Ecosaf, a chemical process which converts waste biomass into new furan-based surfactants

We have developed new furan-based surfactants derived from waste biomass, which is otherwise disposed of. In this way we are contributing to a circular economy, something which is vital to the future health of our planet.

How it is made

We use waste biomass from agricultural activities and turn it into furan-based building blocks which are used to produce surfactants.

Benefits of this process

This process is designed to be energy efficient, with low carbon emissions, low waste and low purification steps – all of which mean low operating costs.

What sets us apart

Energy efficient

We designed the process to minimize the energy required for the process so that it can be efficiently integrated in a biorefinery scenario.

Low purification steps

The process has been designed to avoid complex separation and purification steps, reducing the operating costs.

Low operating costs

Our process has been designed to guarantee minimum selling price of our surfactant which can be competitive in the large scale with the fossil fuel based analogues.

Low carbon impact

The process uses biomass as raw material and no chemicals with strong carbon impact. We use the hemicellulosic fraction to produce furanbuilding blocks while the residual part of the biomass burned for heat integration and minimize the fuel requirement.

Our Furan building blocks

Step 1

The hemicellulosic fraction is used to produce furan based building blocks.

Step 2 & 3

This is catalytically treated in further two steps to create the functionality required for the synthesis of the surfactant.

Step 4

In the last step, we perform a sulfonation to produce our final surfactant.

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