Metex – Metabolic Explorer

METabolic EXplorer has focused its efforts on exploiting the biochemical diversity of microorganisms and fermentation to create processes that are alternatives to petrochemical processes.

Its goal is to help make the world more sustainable by creating biological processes for producing items that form the basis of our everyday consumption.

METEX is partnering with Finnish group UPM, a world leader in the paper industry, to develop a process for manufacturing MPG (1,2-Propanediol) from cellulosic sugars. This two-party agreement is part of a collaborative project of the ValChem consortium aimed at demonstrating the technical feasibility and competitiveness of a biorefinery producing wood-based chemical products.

Polymers are basic synthetic products used in the manufacture of such things as plastic materials, packaging, resins, and construction materials. Synthetic polymers have become the essential component of a very large number of everyday items. METEX processes offer alternatives that help produce polymers using less oil, thereby decreasing their environmental footprint.

By developing a process to manufacture MPG (1,2-Propanediol) using sugars from wood, METEX seeks to help increase the proportion of renewable carbon in polymers such as unsaturated polyester resins, polyurethanes, and thermoplastics.