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Levan as a Raw Material: Summary

Carbon is the backbone of the chemical industry. As the price of petroleum products rises, interest grows in products derived from bio-based materials. It is hoped that a biorefinery will eventually be able to substitute bio-products for those made from petrochemicals. Levan is one of those bio-based raw materials that can be used as the starting point for several useful products.

Levan (Levana™) is made by fermentation of sucrose. Several examples have been found in which levan can be substituted for chemicals with a poor eco-profile. Levan can be made into a biodegradable plastic film and it can be used as an adhesive. Levan derivatives have potential as surfactants. The safety of levan is particularly attractive for use in personal care products.

Levan Safety

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