Laine Spinoff Wins 2015 Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award

Laine Spinoff Wins 2015 Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award

Professor Rick Laine

The Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award 2015 goes to Professor Rick Laine’s company (Mayaterials) for developing a process to convert agricultural waste (e.g. rice hull ash) into a set of distillable silicon compounds (alkoxysilanes). The process developed avoids using silicon metal to produce these same compounds. Si metal is producen via carbothermal reduction of sand and anthracite coal in an electric arc furnace at 1900 °C in an energy, equipment and CO2 Intensive process. The “Mayasil” process saves an estimated 6 tons of CO2/ton of distillable alkoxysilane.

 

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