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Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals And Universities To Research On Producing Phenol From Biomass

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Mitsui Chemicals and research groups from Niigata Bioresearch Park, Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Science, and Tokyo Institute of Technology will jointly develop technology to produce phenol from biomass. Widely used as a material in pharmaceutical and agri-chemical industry, phenol is currently made from petroleum and the price has skyrocketed along with oil prices. To cut the cost and search for an alternative, the research team will focus on producing a carbon 6-ring chemical compound from photosynthesis glucose, and then produce phenol from the chemical compound. Glucose is mainly derived from corn and sugarcane. The team is also looking at rice bran and blackstrap molasses. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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