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MARCEL WUBBOLTS

Lactic Acid's versatility, not far off from Duct Tape

Marcel Wubbolts is Chief Technology Officer at Corbion – the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. He is responsible for Corbion’s global Science and Innovation portfolio. He is passionate about developing sustainable solutions, in conjunction with partners from academia and industry.

 

ABSTRACT

Carl Wilhelm Scheele, a Swedish chemist, discovered Lactic Acid (Mjölksyra or 2-hydroxypropanoid acid) in 1780 by isolating the compound from sour milk. In 1856, Louis Pasteur discovered the role of Lactobacillus in the synthesis of lactic acid and fermentation is still the primary technology used for large scale lactic acid production. Being a small, easily accessible, versatile chiral molecule, Lactic Acid has found many applications ranging from food ingredients to advanced medical materials applications. 

 

Corbion is one of the leading companies in the circular economy and produces both the (S)- and (R)-stereoisomer of lactic acid by fermentation. The company is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and (recently added) algae ingredients. In combination with other organic acids as well as vegetable and algal oils, our Lactic Acid-based solutions help differentiate products in various markets. The versatility of Lactic Acid will be illustrated with application examples in food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, building & construction, adhesives, medical materials and bioplastics.

BIO

Affiliation

Corbion,

The Netherlands

Research tracks

Chemistry of Materials + Chemical Conversion

More information

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Plenary lecture

Monday 9 December

(restricted programme)

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CHAINS 2019 is organised by NWO Domain Science with the support of partners Holland Chemistry and KNCV