14-May-2009 - Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical Company showcased Green Biocatalytic Process

Process Saves Time, Energy and Reduces Material Use

Eastman Chemical Company showcased its Green Biocatalytic Process at NYSCC Suppliers' Day at the Raritan Center in Edison, NJ. Eastman's green biocatalytic process redefines efficiency and sustainability.

The Eastman™ green biocatalytic process allows chemists to work solvent-free and avoid even trace levels of undesirable solvents in cosmetic products. The process eliminates the environmental impact of disposing of process solvents as waste. This modification drives the esterification to completion with high efficiency, after which the supported biocatalyst pellets are easily filtered from the product, facilitating catalyst re-use.

The single-step, solvent-free biocatalytic esterification reaction yields product that is 90% pure without further downstream processing, saving time and energy and reducing material use.

"The Eastman™ green biocatalytic process will help cosmetic and personal care brands reach new levels of sustainability," says James McCaulley, global market development manager, coatings business organization for Eastman. "Our message to brand owners and formulators searching for efficacious and sustainably-derived ingredients is this: your hunting days are over. At Eastman we are on the verge of revolutionizing the process by which personal-care ingredients are made."

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