Novomer is commercializing a proprietary catalyst system that transforms waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into high performance, low cost polymers for a variety of applications. These polymers contain up to 50% CO2 by mass, sequestering this harmful greenhouse gas permanently from the environment. In addition, waste CO2 is a very low cost starting material that enables competitively priced materials.
Our CO2 polymers can be made to have a broad range of material characteristics, from stiff solid plastics to viscous liquids, based on the molecular weight (or “size”) of our polymer chains. This enables Novomer materials to be used in a wide range of applications, such as flexible and rigid thermoplastic packaging using our high molecular weight polymers or thermoset coatings using our lower molecular weight polyols. In addition to molecular weight, Novomer has the ability to vary polymer structure (i.e., linear or branched), functionality, and the polymer backbone itself using simple adjustments to a single manufacturing system. The flexibility of our CO2 based technology platform is one of the many advantages afforded by Novomer’s groundbreaking catalyst system.
Novomer's Catalyst Advantages
Moderate Reaction Conditions– The Novomer CO2-epoxide reaction occurs at moderate temperature and pressure, requiring little additional energy for synthesis.
Fast Reaction Times – Novomer’s catalyst is over 300 times more active than previous systems developed to synthesize aliphatic polycarbonates and results in fast and easily manageable reaction times.
Low Catalyst Cost – The catalyst system does not use precious metals and requires simple organic chemistry which keeps its synthesis costs low.
Low Finished Polymer Cost – The use of inexpensive CO2 combined with Novomer’s fast acting, low cost catalyst yields finished polymers that are competitive or cost advantaged relative to competing petroleum-based polymers.
Tunable Molecular Structure – Novomer polymers can be tailored to yield precise polymer backbones, structures, molecular weights and functionalities, creating materials with optimized performance properties for specific industrial applications.