IFF has announced the launch of its Designed Enzymatic Biomaterials (DEB) technology for the development of biobased materials at scale. Created to deliver sustainability benefits, DEB technology helps to address growing preferences for environmentally-friendly biopolymers.
The technology platform offers manufacturers the opportunity to meet regulatory changes and consumer demands to replace traditional fossil-based synthetic polymers.
IFF’s DEB technology creates structurally diverse polysaccharides like those found in nature. Its family of biomaterials uses plant-based sugars, water and enzymes to allow access to a range of materials with glycosidic linkage control, designed in molecular weights and morphology, per the company.
DEB has been demonstrated in ingredients across several industries, including:
Personal care applications ─ AURIST AGC (INCI: Not Provided): A biodegradable, cationic biopolymer for improved hair conditioning in hair care products. The conditioning biopolymer won gold in the functional ingredients category at the 2023 in-cosmetics Global Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award.
Home care applications ─ Lyrature (INCI: Not Provided): A growing family of biopolymers aimed to pursue 100% biodegradable detergents and cleansers. The DEB technology can be applied as cleaning polymers, rheology modifiers and emulsion stabilizers.
Industrial applications ─ Nuvolve (INCI: Not Provided): Nuvolve are engineered polysaccharides designed to meet the established polymer grade.
Wayne Ashton, VP of Home and Personal Care at IFF, commented: "With the DEB technology platform, scientists can now build the functions of petroleum-based polymers into biopolymer materials directly – customizing and fine-tuning polysaccharides to enable sustainable performance enhancements within the chosen application."