Business Headquarters
Novomer, Inc.
One Bowdoin Square, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 781-419-9860
Fax: 781-672-2525

Research & Development Lab
Novomer Inc.
1999 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14650


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Joseph Grande
J. Grande communications Inc.

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Acrylic Acid Technology

Novomer’s process has the potential to enable a significant improvement in the manufacture of acrylic acid from both an operational and environmental perspective. The Novomer process is simple, requires low capital investment and most importantly is easy to operate. The Novomer process requires significantly less equipment and creates the opportunity to dramatically change the transportation of glacial acrylic acid.

The process to Glacial Acrylic Acid has a few key steps and uses widely available equipment:

  1. Production of Beta-propiolactone
  2. Catalyst Recovery and Recycle
  3. Production of Poly-propiolactone (the polymer can either be isolated or passed on to the next unit operation)
  4. Production of Glacial Acrylic Acid (this step can be practiced on the same site where Poly-propiolactone is produced or at another remote site where the Glacial Acrylic Acid is required for another process)
Novomer Process Conditions
High Purity GAA can be Produced by Applying Heat to PPL (Left to Right: GC and TGA Graphs)

Novomer Process Characteristics:

  • Mild operating conditions
  • High yields and selectivity
  • Low implementation risk as all unit operations are widely used in the petrochemical industry
  • Elimination of expensive distillation and crystallization steps normally required to produce glacial acrylic acid
  • Standard equipment and materials of construction
  • The capital estimate for a world scale glacial acrylic acid plant of 160,000 tonnes is less than $100 million
Easy Conversion of PPL to Glacial AA Allows for Global Shipping
The Novomer Process Produces an Inert Polypropiolactone Intermediate that can be Shipped and Easily Converted to Glacial AA