Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Oleochemicals

and cosmetic esters

Green chemistry: crystal clear products

For many years, enzymes have been used for the interesterification of fats. This is a mature market that utilises a limited number of suppliers. More recent are the developments using enzymes for hydrolysis, transesterification and esterification of algae oil, PUFA’s and cosmetic esters, either as emollient, as surfactant or active component.

We have a strong expertise in esterifications: enzyme selection, immobilization and process control along with our in depth understanding of the reaction conditions and the peculiarities of the enzymes. This gives us a unique position where we actually create a technically and commercially viable process.

Since the first commercial applications of CalB in the manufacture of cosmetic esters about a decade ago, there have been many publications, but the real breakthrough in commercial processes still has to come.

Immobilization and process knowledge make biocatalysis competitive.

With our new bead immobilized lipases and advanced process control, we have reached the point where biocatalysis delivers: a higher product quality, a smaller footprint, reduced downstream processing and -most important- lower costs.

Even for bulk products like 2EH palmitate, IPA-esters or MCT, biocatalysis is now a viable alternative. We work closely with different manufacturers of cosmetic esters and will gladly assist you to also make it happen. Please contact us and find out what we can mean for your process.

Enzymatic vs acidic process

Just looking at  the schedule below makes it easy to understand the advantages of biocatalysis Esterification-2As the main enzyme used not free of charge, increasing the enzyme activity and keeping it active over many cycles is the key to create a process that not only guarantees a high quality but also a competitive product. We know how to do it.

Medium Chain Triglycerides

MCT’s are more and more used in dietary applications. In general, the MCT’s used are produced using purified coco or palm kernel fatty acids. Due to the low molecular weight of the fatty acids, the industrial esterification of glycerol with the fatty acids is far from ideal.
Using biocatalysis, the process can be highly simplified avoiding bleaching, washing and recycling. Just react, remove the biocatalyst and go to packaging. Re-use the catalyst of course.

Is it also profitable? We are convinced it is. The proof is in the eating of the pudding. You are invited to the party.

2Ethylhexyl-Palmitate

Compared to the medium chain triglycerides, the enzymatic synthesis of 2EH-Palmitate is fairly easy. The low reaction temperature of 50 ºC and the absence of acids result in a high purity and crystal clear product. Downstream processing is almost negligible. With our immobilized CalB and our process, it is also highly competitive.

Our partners to commercialize this technology are main cosmetic ester manufacturers. If you are interested to join, please let us know.