Low cost and versatile monomers from biomass

Our principle technologies focus on the biosynthesis and utilization of beta methyl valerolactone. Beta methyl valerolactone can be produced in a highly efficient manner from a variety of sugar resources in fermentation processes. The monomer can be isolated in high purity for subsequent polymerization chemistry. The polymers produced have tunable properties that are competitive with commercial, petroleum-based analogs. Moreover, the product polymers can be chemically recycled or degraded in the environment to simple hydroxy acids. 

The publications below describe key advances since our original discovery.

Our technology is also described in these pending patent applications: Poly(beta-methyl-delta-valerolactone) block polymers and Biosynthetic pathways and products


Scalable Production of Mechanically Tunable Block Polymers from Sugar

Xiong M, Schneiderman DK, Bates FS, Hillmyer MA, Zhang K, PNAS 2014, 111, p 8357 – 8362.


Chemically Recyclable Biobased Polyurethanes

Schneiderman DK, Vanderlaan ME, Mannion AM, Panthani TR, Batiste DC, Wang JZ, Bates FS, Macosko CW, Hillmyer MA, ACS Macro Letters 2016, 5, p 515 – 518. 


Renewable, Degradable, and Chemically Recyclable Cross-Linked Elastomers

Brutman JP, DeHoe GX, Schneiderman DK, Le TN, Hillmyer MA, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 2016,  55, p 11097 – 11106.


Aliphatic Polyester Block Polymer Design

Schneiderman DK, Hillmyer MA, Macromolecules 2016, 49, p 2419 – 2428.