Waxes are typically made of linear or branched hydrocarbon chains and can contain polar functionalities such as ester or amide groups. Their importance has been well recognised, especially with the growing demand of modern consumer products, including packaging, cosmetics and pharmaceutical. Plant-based, renewable waxes have been gaining favour in recent years due to higher sustainability footprint.
The client is active in researching, manufacturing and selling a large amount of chemicals and solutions, including eco-friendly ones. Green technologies are sought for processing of waxes.
Among the oxidative cleavage processes established in the waxes industry, not many are eco-friendly. The client is seeking sustainable, green oxidative cleavage processes that can convert ester waxes to similar end products obtained by conventional processes. Moreover, the company is keen to explore modern bleaching technologies or to work with technology-partners with bleaching experiences, in particular, on renewable materials.
Preferably not early stage, i.e. TRL 1-3.