Starbon® is faster, more efficient and has better selectivity than acid resins in catalysis, porous graphitic carbon in separation and activated carbon in adsorption

About Starbon® Technologies

Starbon® Technologies Ltd manufactures and markets Starbon®, a patented class of bio-based mesoporous materials derived from uniquely modified polysaccharides and capable of being tuned to specific applications.

Starbon® products deliver a step change in performance over existing systems for example, acid resins in catalysis, Porous Graphitic Carbons in separation, and activated carbon in adsorption. They are more selective, efficient and effective.

The Starbon® range resolves a spectrum of technical challenges by combining high mesoporosity (up to 2.0 cm3g-1) and high surface area (up to 500 m2g-1). It comes in a range of physical forms, with tuneable properties from hydrophilic to hydrophobic and has the ability to adsorb and desorb rapidly.

Primary applications include:

  • Separation of complex mixtures for production and analysis with Starbon® as the stationary phase in chromatographic systems
  • Catalysis of bio-refinery downstream processes including esterification reactions in aqueous systems
  • Purification, in particular removal of harmful organics and heavy metals to purify water and clean up waste streams
  • Recovery of precious metals through reductive adsorption

"Starbon® is sustainable, reusable and environmentally benign."

Starbon® Technology Platform

Technology Platform

Starbon® is produced from mesoporous expanded starch without the need for a templating agent and avoiding the use of aggressive chemical processes which characterise other mesoporous materials.

The patented process utilises the natural propensity of the amylose and amylopectin chains within starch to self-assemble into organised, largely mesoporous structures.

Starbon® Product Series

Starbon® comes in four series of products adapted and functionalised to specific applications. Starbon® can be tuned from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, and can be produced in a range of physical forms: powders, beads and monolithic customised shapes.

Application areas Key advantages Benefits
C Series
Catalysis particularly esterification in aqueous media Aqueous systems Recoverable and reusable Improved selectivity (v. Acid Resins) Active in aqueous systems Ease of product isolation Reduced catalyst use
S Series
Separation by chromatography of complex mixtures with Starbon® as the stationary phase Better separation Greener technology (v. PGC) Higher productivity Separations effected that are difficult or impossible by other methods
P Series
Purification of water and clean up of waste streams Captures larger molecules Faster adsorption rate Recoverable and reusable (v. Activated Carbons) Removal of harmful organics Transferable Global availability of starch
R Series
Recovery of precious metals Reductive adsorption of noble metals (v. Activated Carbons) More efficient and effective recovery of precious metals