Renewable Chemical Production Coming Soon to Sarnia, Ontario

Friday, November 17, 2017

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Available via GoToMeeting only.

OCB Tech Talk Speaker:

Chris Rentsch - Head of Engineering at Origin Materials

Chris Rentsch started his career in 2004 at the BP Toledo Refinery as a hydrotreater production engineer. In 2007 he joined Dow AgroSciences as a herbicides production engineer. In 2009 he joined the capital projects team that engineered, built and commissioned the Colex?D production facility. In 2011 he joined Dow Energy Materials as an R&D engineer piloting and scaling up lithium-ion battery materials. In 2014 he entered the venture capital world and is currently Head of Engineering for Origin Materials, a small California-based start-up company pursuing renewable plastic from Gen-2 biomass feedstocks.

Presentation Overview:

Origin Materials is a new chemical company endeavouring to produce renewable chemicals from cellulose. By utilizing feedstocks such as sawmill dust and pulp mill fines, Origin offers a price-stable alternative to petroleum products and enables the food or beverage producer to market renewable packaging to consumers. Origin has demonstrated the conversion of cellulose into PET plastic. In the future, new polymers currently undergoing testing promise to deliver barrier performance unmatched by incumbent petroleum-derived products. These polymers would enable the cost-effective packaging of oxygen-sensitive liquids in plastic bottles.

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