There are countless chemicals and solution like acids that support life and other numerous natural functions that are required for the healthy progression of our body and for the life of other living beings. Some primary acids namely lactic acid, citric acid, hydrochloric acid, oxalic acid etc. are extremely important for the proper metabolic activities of living things. One such vital acid is the succinic acid which is also recognized as amber acid. Technically succinic acid is named as 1,4-butanedioic acid is composed organically as a product of cellular metabolism and is synthetically produced from maleic anhydride which is an anhydrous compound of malice acid. One form of succinic acid is the bio-succinic acid or the myriant succinic acid is a chemical substitute for many other petrochemical acids which are being used in many different fields and renewable energy plants. The applications and recent study of bio-succinic acid are presented briefly.
APPLICATIONS OF BIO-SUCCINIC ACID
Bio-succinic acid is derived from a core product called Bio Amber. The extracted bio-succinic acid can be used to make a large amount of products and in other industries too which are listed into major classifications as follows below.
Daily –use products
Bio-succinic acid is used in the production of household products and components namely polyurethanes, paints, coating materials, adhesive tapes and so on. Since it is biodegradable, it is also used in the personal care products such as phthalate-free plastics, pigments and pharmaceuticals. Thus bio-succinic acid offers a lot of help in building household products. The specific applications are below.
As a replacement for petroleum based acids
One of the most common applications of bio-succinic acid lies in the petrochemical industry where the bio-succinic acid is used as the most widely preferred alternative for petroleum succinic acid. The use of bio-succinic acid instead of pure petroleum succinic acid may be comparatively eco-friendly and more importantly cost effective. These advantages make bio-succinic acid a very feasible replacement for petroleum based succinic acid. But the sustainability of the same in the long run is a question mark which is under study.
As a taste additive
Bio-disodium succinate, a compound of bio-succinic acid is very extensively used as a flavour enhancer (i.e. taste additive) in complex reasoning agents. Since this component is a salt like chemical, it is soluble in water and has high penetration levels which make it a great alternative for food additive salts. It is prepared by neutralizing bio-succinic acid and filtering it into particle-sized salt which can be used to add more intensity to the required taste or to soften strong and raw tastes. These are some of the quite common applications of bio-succinic acid.
The higher amount of use and applications of bio-succinic acid has made bio-succinic has found a place among the top twelve chemical building blocks used in various fields today as per a current survey. In addition to the above fact, the growth rate of bio-succinic acid is expected to increase by seven percentages in the upcoming years. Though the recent research on bio-succinic acid is to make it feasible replacement for petroleum based succinic acid since it may suffer higher cost and unmanageable demand in future. Apart from petroleum industries, the part of bio-succinic acid in the manufacture of resins and polyols also contributes to the recent trends in the applications of bio-succinic acid.