Chemicals from Biomass: A Market Assessment of Bioproducts with Near-Term Potential

| October 11, 2017

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Production of chemicals from biomass offers a promising opportunity to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, as well as to improve the overall economics and sustainability of an integrated biorefinery. In considering petroleum refinery economics, 15% of the entire barrel of oil goes toward the production of chemical products, while chemical products account for nearly 50% of the profits (Bioenergy Technologies Office 2014, Rinaldi and Schuth 2009). Chemical production, however, also has a big impact on the overall sustainability of a refinery process.

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Amsyn is an import/export distributer of specialty chemicals with access to synthesis capabilities as well as various distribution services. Founded in 1989 as Amber Synthetics, Inc., the company's primary activity was custom manufacturing and sourcing services for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1992 Amber Synthetics was merged with a newly acquired activities in chemical distribution (Alemark Chemical) and R&D Consulting (Custom Synthesis & Development). Together Amber Synthetics, Alemark Chemicals and CS&D became Amsyn Incorporated, a uniquely integrated organization adapted to meet the full range of development, commercialization and distribution needs of the chemical industry.

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