Medium chain carboxylic acid production from agro-food residues for biomaterials

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Medium-chain-length carboxylic acids are important building blocks for polymers and resins. Conventional production processes of these chemicals have the disadvantage that petrochemical or food compounds are used as substrate. The use of agricultural residues or municipal solid waste as feedstock for the production of these (bio-based) chemicals is a promising alternative. However, the utilization of these waste streams into bio-based chemicals can only be feasible when an energy efficient process is used.