The Indiana Corn Marketing Council has selected Missouri-based Catalyxx Inc. as a winner of its 2022 Research Grant Program. The organization says Catalyxx, which provides sustainable solutions for producing renewable chemicals for biofuels, fits within its mission to develop new markets for Indiana-grown corn.
Catalyxx creates a bio-based n-butanol, as well as other alcohols from ethanol, that are used in cosmetic products. The ICMC says the alcohol mix can also be used for diesel and marine fuels.
“This project will allow us to characterize our proprietary alcohol blends as a diesel and marine fuel blending component,” said Joaquin Alarcon, president of Catalyxx. “Once proven, our technology will open a gigantic new market for corn growers and ethanol producers. This financial sponsorship from ICMC allows us to be more innovative in meeting the needs of our customers, who want more sustainable, bio-based products.”
The ICMC says the program is funded through checkoff money from Indiana corn farmers as part of its Value Creation initiative.
“We are excited to come alongside Catalyxx to advance this exciting technology,” said ICMC Director of New Uses Julie Ohmen. “ICMC’s strategic direction to create value through new uses for Indiana corn farmers includes expanding market opportunities for corn-derived sugars and ethanol that create bio-industrial ingredients that are sustainable.”