Polysaccharides

Improving the process of modifying starch

Our process of hydrogen peroxide activation is interesting for a wide array of industry applications, where polysaccharides substrates are the target.

Modified starches are growing in use, particularly as an additive for enhancing the performance of end products and processes. But our chemistry is of special interest to those sectors where there is a sensitivity to the use of chlorinated oxidants for either environmental or health and safety reasons.

 

For pulp and paper and related end-uses, such as corrugated cardboards, a chlorine-free position is becoming increasingly desirable.

Our research and development shows oxidation catalysis technologies not only eliminate chlorine, offering a strong sustainability benefit, but can also make the whole industrial treatment of starch more efficient as the highly active catalysts can improve the selective depolymerisation of these natural polymers.

European potato starch has been explored the most fully to-date but the possibilities for oxidative modification could indeed extend to other natural sources in general, and corn and other cereal starches, in particular.

Contact us to find out if we can explore together improvements in environmental profile and cost for your process.