Novomer Inc.

Novomer Inc.

Novomer is designing and developing facilities for the production of cost competitive, sustainable chemicals and polymers. Our materials, produced from plant-based and renewable feedstocks, are able to be used in a wide variety of applications. Novomer’s headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts and the Novomer Innovation Center is in Rochester, New York. Deploy manufacturing plants globally.

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One Bowdoin Square, Suite 300 , Boston , MA 02114 USA
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Fine Chemicals
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Globally (various continents)
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What We Do

  • Produce cost competitive, sustainable chemicals and polymers
  • Deploy manufacturing plants globally
  • Develop strategic relationships with our customers

A New Generation Of Chemicals
We develop and produce cost competitive, sustainable chemicals and polymers from plant-based and renewable feedstocks

Sustainable materials from plant-based and renewable feedstocks
Our commodity chemicals replace fossil fuel based products with equivalent product functionality and performance, but with superior sustainability metrics. Some of our chemicals even surpass the performance of fossil fuel based equivalents currently on the market, such as our high purity glacial acrylic acid.

Cost competitively manufacturing commodity chemicals and polymers
Our technology provides environmental benefits without the typical cost premium associated with plant-based alternatives. These benefits are enabled by the effectiveness of our proprietary catalyst, efficient processing, near zero waste, and use of CO from waste streams of other processes, biomass via gasification, or other readily available starting materials.

Catalyze Your Career
Novomer has positions at every level, with openings in multiple disciplines from project management to chemistry to engineering. We seek employees who have innovative problem-solving skills and a mindset of intelligent risk-taking, and who are ready to learn and develop.

The COEth Platform enables sustainable products to be sold at competitive prices
developed innovative catalyst systems and processes that enable production of a wide variety of materials.
Novomer’s carbonylation catalyst has selectivity greater than 99% and operates at moderate operating conditions, allowing for life cycle advantages of little waste and low energy usage.

Novomer has developed a streamlined, low capital cost, continuous process for the conversion of carbon monoxide (CO) and ethylene oxide (EO) into a variety of chemicals and polymers. This catalyst system produces 3-carbon and 4-carbon products.

World-scale manufacturing plants are currently in various stages of engineering and site preparation around the world. Key unit operations have been validated in increasingly larger scale continuous systems. In 2014, Novomer designed and deployed a fully automated continuous pilot process. A larger demonstration unit is currently operating at the Novomer Innovation Center.

COEth Platform
The COEth process leverages efficiency and competitive production costs attributable to high selectivity of the catalyst, lower capital cost for commercial plants, low to moderate operating conditions, use of CO as a raw material, and readily available supply of ethanol to produce EO. CO is sourced from biomass via gasification, a waste stream of another process, or other renewable starting materials.

Intellectual Property
Two of our largest assets are our people and our intellectual property. Novomer has continued its research and development to produce pathways to a multitude of products. Our extensive patent portfolio protects our technology around the world with:
  • Robust framework provided by broad patents,
  • Broad IP coverage of EO & CO derived products,
  • Ongoing research by a dedicated technical team that keeps filling the invention pipeline for application filings, and
  • Hundreds of patents filed internationally, particularly across the highest potential countries.
New 26,000 sq ft Novomer Innovation Center in Rochester, NY

The Novomer Innovation Center is designed to meet the expanding demands of our growing sustainable chemicals business. The new 26,000 square foot facility houses technology research, product development activities, and a Demonstration Unit to make customer samples for a variety of products. “This move reflects our rapid growth which has resulted in the need for additional space to develop new innovative products, meet customer demands for product testing, and collaborate with partners,” explained CEO, Jim Mahoney. Novomer is expected to employ about 60 chemists, engineers, lab technicians, and other personnel at the new facility.