Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has expanded its office and lab facilities in Bolingbrook, IL to accommodate a 54% increase in staff since September 2008. Developing a proprietary bio-refinery technology, Elevance has expanded its building footprint by 28%, including an additional 700 ft2 of lab space and more than 35 feet of hood space. The lab expansion also includes the addition of three different-sized parr vessels, glove boxes for air-sensitive catalyst research, and a pilot-scale laboratory unit that will provide customers with thousands of pounds of developmental samples. Elevance also added to its analytical equipment and capabilities, bringin in two GC (gas chromatography) mass spectrometers with chemical ionization and a 400 MHz NMR.
As it ramps up commercialization efforts, the company recently completed its first toll production run where it converted 40,000 lb of feedstock into specialty and commodity chemicals. In addition to large quantities of specialty chemicals for customer qualification and development, the toll run also resulted in the creation of technical data that Elevance feels will be useful in scaling the process in a world-scale facility. The company uses olefin metathesis to create a wide range of specialty chemicals from natural oils. —[email protected]