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Coating Chemistry Wins Green Award

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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A California producer of biobased chemicals has won a 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for a product that’s used in paints, coatings and sealants, among other materials.

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Verdezyne was honored for its development of Biolon DDDA, a biobased chemical used in nylon 6,12, molding resins; adhesives; and paints and coatings.

Verdezyne Inc., of Carlsbad, CA, was the recipient of the Small Business Award in the 2016 Challenge, run by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was honored for its development of Biolon DDDA, a biobased chemical used in nylon 6,12, molding resins; adhesives; and paints and coatings.

Replacing Butadiene with Yeast

DDDA (dodecanedioic acid) is a dicarboxylic acid, previously produced from butadiene, a flammable, toxic gas that’s a known carcinogen. New developments have allowed DDDA to be produced using yeast instead; Verdezyne developed a way to make Biolon from “low-cost plant-oil sourced feedstocks.”

Verdezyne says the substance can be used in formulating epoxy resins, powder coatings and corrosion inhibitors, in addition to high-performance polyamides and synthetic lubricants.

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Verdezyne says the substance can be used in formulating corrosion inhibitors.

According to Verdezyne, the company has produced some 70,000 pounds of Biolon DDDA so far, and plans to open a commercial production facility for the product in 2017. Biolon has received the USDA Certified Biobased label.

About the Awards

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge was judged by a panel of experts brought together by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute. The awards have been handed out annually for 21 years.

“We could not be more pleased about this recognition from the EPA for our proprietary platform for production of biobased chemicals such as Biolon DDDA,” commented E. William Radany, president and CEO of Verdezyne.

Verdezyne also received the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award earlier this year for its work with Biolon and other products.

Other Green Chemistry Challenge winners this year include Dow Agrosciences, Newlight Technologies, CB&I and Albemarle. Find a full list of winners and winning technologies on the EPA’s website.


Tagged categories: Bio-based materials; Environmental Protection; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Green chemistry; Green Chemistry Awards

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