Ajinomoto and Toray have announced that they will start a joint research for manufacturing bio derived nylon. The nylon will be manufactured from 1,5-pentanediamine (1,5-PD) from the amino acid lysine produced from plant materials by Ajinomoto by way of fermentation technology. Lysine is one of the nine essential amino acids which can not be synthesized by the body and food and other sources are the only mean to obtain it.
The manufacturing process will involve decarbonization of the amino acid lysine through enzyme reaction to make the 1,5-PD, which Toray afterward will polymerize with use of dicarboxylic acid. Read more