Team members on the project include Solvay Composite Materials and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The bio-based acrylonitrile produced by Southern Research’s process will be validated by Solvay, a major carbon fiber manufacturer, and compared with petroleum-based acrylonitrile as a potential direct substitute. NJIT will assist with catalyst characterization for optimizing catalyst performance.

“Solvay is very excited about the importance of this research and our ability to be a trusted and valued partner in the development of the next dimension of carbon fiber technology,” said Billy Harmon, carbon fiber research and innovation director for Solvay.