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Syntec explores biomass-based chemicals

Syntec Biofuel Inc. launched a research program to develop catalysts and processes to produce biobutanol and biopropanol from biomass. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Syntec boasts a yield of 110 gallons per ton from its proprietary catalysts that convert municipal solid waste and biomass into ethanol, methanol and propanol. The company is seeking partners to help finance the estimated $2.5 million, three-year research and development program that will adapt the technology for biobutanol and biopropanol production.