VAM-based adhesive from bioethanol – step 1

Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is a chemical commodity and building block used in manufacturing of adhesives and composite materials. Currently, commercial VAM production is exclusively based on fossil feedstock, inevitably promoting the release of additional carbon into the atmosphere. This project explores a novel chemical pathway enabling the production of VAM from a completely biobased feedstock.

The aim is to achieve a ‘proof of concept’ for biobased VAM production by demonstrating this process in a laboratory setup. The scope of the current application is limited to the first reaction step, which is crucial for process efficiency and economic feasibility.


Sekab Biofuels & Chemicals AB, RISE AB and RISE Processum.

Budget & time plan

The project’s total budget is close to 1 MSEK and the project runs for 6 months – between April to November 2024.