Nitrilica – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Team Members 
Primary Investigator: Eric Karp
Entrepreneurial Lead: Violeta Sanchez i Nogue
Entrepreneurial Lead: Todd Eaton
Industry Mentor: John Aikens

Technology Description

Sustainable Nitriles’ nitrilation technology enables production of cost-competitive nitriles from both biomass residues and traditional petro-based feedstocks. This de-couples nitriles' dependence on a volatile petroleum market, stabilizing price points for end users. One downstream product, carbon fiber, is highly sought in automotive applications but volatility in the petroleum market limits large scale use. Nitrilation provides a solution that is cleaner, greener, and cost competitive.