The ever-increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are a pressing imperative for scientists and engineers to develop technologies capable of mitigating its harmful effects. Turning this waste CO2 into something useful for people and planet is our mission at Econic.
One of the key challenges scientists face is how to overcome the inherent stability of CO2, the property that leads to its long atmospheric lifetime and increasing global temperatures. Most often, large amounts of energy, in the form of heat or electricity, are needed to transform CO2 into other useful chemicals. At Econic, we develop catalyst systems that significantly reduce the energy required for these reactions to occur allowing CO2 to be turned into polymers for use in creating everyday plastics.
Econic Catalyst Technology
Our catalyst systems react CO2 with a group of chemicals called epoxides – traditional building blocks in the polymer industry – to make polymers that can contain up to 50% by weight of CO2. Econic’s first success was to build CO2 into a range of short-chain polymers called polyols, which are used predominantly in the polyurethane industry.
TURNING WASTE CO2 INTO SOMETHING OF REAL POTENTIAL VALUE HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN TWO MAJOR PHASES:
ALTERNATING CATALYST SYSTEMS
First, we developed our Alternating catalyst systems to enable customers to produce polyols with the maximum possible CO2 content. These polyols have excellent properties for some high-performance applications, but their higher viscosity than their traditional fossil fuel-based counterparts limits their use in other areas.
TUNABLE CATALYST SYSTEMS
Turning this limitation into another opportunity, we developed our Tunable catalyst system, which enables customers to tailor the amount of CO2 incorporated into their polyols according to the performance requirements of a much wider range of applications.