Re-imagine Industry:
Reinventing industrial processes through biobased and sustainable enzymatic remediation

IFF delivers enzymes to a variety of industrial markets that enable safer, faster and more sustainable processes. Replacing harsh chemicals or petrochemical ingredients with sustainable alternatives, our biobased solutions offer more sustainable choices for our customers - and theirs. Our enzymes are engineered for optimal performance under a wide range of conditions and compete with more conventional processes in terms of both performance and cost-effectiveness.

See how together with our customers, we're satisfying the growing demand for traceable supply chains and sustainable products around the world.

Explore our Solutions:

Semiconductor Wastewater Treatment

  • Large volumes of high concentration H₂O₂ are a byproduct in semiconductor fabrication, so wastewater generated contains high concentrations of residual H₂O₂.​

  • Many fabricators choose to decompose residual H₂O₂ from their wastewater effluent streams. IFF’s OPTIMASE® portfolio of catalases decomposes H₂O₂ to generate water and molecular oxygen quickly and cleanly via biocatalysis.

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Pulp & Paper

  • IFF has a complete portfolio of enzymes for ​ the pulp and paper industry. We work with​ formulators, distributors and paper companies that​ are able to apply enzymes in pulp & paper mills.
  • Pulping and papermaking is a complex and multi-step process. IFF’s OPTIMASE range of enzymes can be used in starch modification, refining & fiber modification, stickies control, bleach reduction and peroxide clean-up​

Other Applications

  • IFF’s OPTIMASE portfolio of enzymes for industrial markets is being used in industries around the globe

  • IFF enzymes have been engineered for cleaning-in-place, membrane cleaning, wastewater treatment, medical instruments and food diagnostics, oil & gas production, and many others.​

  • Our range of betaine and inositol products are also used for crop protection and corrosion-free de-icing of air frames.​

Sustainability Benefits: Beyond Zero-Impact

Our portfolio of solutions for industrial markets go beyond "zero-impact". We apply regenerative principles as a core business strategy to drive positive change—while extending the definition of natural for a new generation.

Sustainability benefits of IFF’s enzyme portfolio are very specific and vary based on the area in which applied. See how enzymes provide sustainability benefits specifically within the semi-conductor industry:

  • Energy reduction​: Peroxide can be removed using chemical reducing agents like sodium bisulfite - but these can be hazardous and work on a stochiometric basis, making them relatively expensive. Enzymes are a safer and more cost-effective biological alternative.​

  • Water savings: Enzymes offer an effective solution for removing specific chemicals from an industrial waste water stream. For instance, IFF enzymes may be used as an effective remediation of peroxide in semiconductor wastewater. ​

  • Efficiency: Using chemical reducing agents for peroxide remediation produces salt as a by-product, which requires further clean-up. By contrast, enzymes produce only water oxygen – simple, efficient and clean.

  • Biobased and biodegradable: Enzymes are naturally biodegradable proteins. Enzymes from IFF are made via fermentation using raw materials such as soy, wheat and corn.


case study
How enzymes helped a semi-conductor fabricator achieve ~100% reduction in TDS and a more efficient process

A semiconductor fabricator producing 30,000 wspm generated 1.2 MM liters of 400 ppm H₂O₂ containing waste water per day. Removing the hydrogen peroxide in this waste stream with a conventional method used 352 MT of sodium bisulfite on an annual basis with a variable cost close to $600,000​.

Using IFF’s OPTIMASE CA 800L catalase, the plant realized a significant saving in variable cost, without requiring any capital investment. In addition, only 3 MT of catalase was needed for treatment, leading to a greatly reduced logistics footprint (e.g., warehouse space and handling, truck movements).​ The use of catalase resulted in not only a nearly 100% reduction in total dissolved solids (TDS), bur also a more efficient ion exchange process and improved resin lifetime.​

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The Industrial Markets team at IFF is standing by to discuss your challenges - and how we can work together to find effective and more sustainable solutions through our cutting-edge enzyme technology and industry expertise.

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The Industrial Markets team at IFF is standing by to discuss your challenges - and how we can work together to find effective and more sustainable solutions through our cutting-edge enzyme technology and industry expertise.