Biobased chemicals, also known as bio-based chemicals or biochemicals, are a class of chemicals that are derived from renewable biological sources such as plants, algae, and microorganisms. These chemicals are produced using biotechnology processes, fermentation, or other biochemical methods, and they serve as alternatives to traditional petrochemical-based chemicals, which are derived from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas.
Biobased chemicals are produced from renewable feedstocks, including crops like corn, sugarcane, and soybeans, as well as various types of biomasses, algae, and even waste materials. The production of biobased chemicals often involves microorganisms like bacteria, yeast, and fungi that are employed in fermentation processes to convert biomass or feedstock sugars into desired chemicals. Enzymes may also be used to catalyze specific reactions. Some biobased chemicals are designed to be biodegradable, meaning they can break down naturally in the environment, reducing waste and pollution.
Biobased chemicals can be used in a wide range of applications, including the production of plastics, resins, lubricants, solvents, adhesives, biofuels, and specialty chemicals. They can replace or supplement traditional chemicals in various industries. One of the main advantages is their potential to have a lower environmental impact compared to their petrochemical counterparts. They can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and mitigate environmental pollution.
The market for biobased chemicals has been growing as a result of increasing environmental awareness, sustainability goals, and the desire to reduce the carbon footprint of chemical production. This growth has led to advancements in biotechnology and bioprocessing techniques.
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See also: Biobased Specialty Chemicals PPT.