Poster présenté par Thomas Lebarbé, Chef de projets Lipochimie à l’ITERG, au 8Th Workshop on fats and oils as renewable feedstock for the chemical industry, 29-31 mars 2015
Vegetable oils, which are annually renewable, are one of the most important sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. Indeed, vegetable oils are already heavily used as raw materials in industry for surfactants, as cosmetic products, lubricants, in paint formulations, as flooring materials and for coating and resin applications. Vegetable oils or fatty acid derivatives are raw materials of great promise and offer new tailor-made structures with variable functionalities. Being easy to obtain and having ability to mimic petroleum-based products, there has been a plethora of examples in the synthesis of molecules, resins and polymers issued from plant oils¹. In order to bridge the gap between the development of innovative biomolecules and their potential industrial applications, an extensive investigation of the scaling-up is required. The scale-up and process validation includes industrial viability, economic and environmental evaluation.
In this context, ITERG (French technical research centre for fats and oils industries) has created the European Oil-Products Development Centre (CEDOP) in order to drive academic researches toward semi-industrial level and to help companies to innovate while limiting the risks during the scaling-up of an oleo-product.
CEDOP is a highly skilled department with expert know-how in environmentally friendly synthesis processes for oil-and-fat (vegetable and animal) processing. The CEDOP platform is part of a global strategy aimed at achieving synergy and developing pilot-scale biorefining based on the tools and technological means (from 1kg to 2000kg) available on our site in Pessac (France), which include : the CREOL, Centre for Research and Experimentation on Oilseed and Protein Crops (a division of CETIOM and SOFIPROTEOL) and the refining unit of the ITERG, which is equipped with all the necessary facilities for fat and oil chemical and physical refining unitary processes.
This technological platform dedicated to the valorization of plant oils biomass in industrial applications will be described in this presentation to illustrate the unique facilities that allow the development of a bio-product from the native plant oil refining to the pre-industrial production thanks to oleochemistry transformations.
To illustrate the challenges of product development, this presentation will highlight the scaling-up approach of bio-based additives originated from plant oils for the improvement of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) mechanical properties² ³
¹ H.Cramail, T.Lebarbé, L.Maisonneuve, E.Grau, 2013, Polymer Chemistry, 4, 5472-5517
² T.Lebarbé, E.Grau, B.Gadenne, C.Alfos, H.Cramail, 2014, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, published
³ H.Cramail, T.Lebarbé, B.Gadenne, C.Alfos, WO2014/166959 A1, 2014