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October 14, 2013
MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals (MWV) is investing $9.3 million to expand a research and development (R&D) facility in North Charleston, SC, according to local press reports. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/MWV-expands-R-and-D-facility_55935.html
October 10, 2013
Skyonic (Austin, TX) has broken ground at its Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio, TX, the company announced. The plant is expected to capture 300,000 m.t./year of CO2 though the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Skyonic-Corp-breaks-ground-at-its-Capitol-SkyMine-plant-in-Texas_55812.html
October 9, 2013
Researchers at the Centre for Electrochemical Technologies (Cidetec, Donostia, Spain) have created a self-healing thermoset elastomer, the center announced. The polymer is based on a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Spanish-researchers-create-self-mending-elastomer_55778.html
October 9, 2013
A Korean research team at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist; Daejeon, South Korea) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Korean-researchers-engineer-an-E-coli-strain-able-to-produce-phenol-from-glucose_55779.html
October 9, 2013
Three US-based scientists were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering research in the 1970’s that laid the groundwork for the use of computer modeling in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Three-chemists-awarded-Nobel-Prize-for-computer-modeling-advances_55783.html
October 8, 2013
DSM announced today that it has tested and approved the use of Genomatica’s (San Diego) biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) for use in DSM’s Arnitel thermoplastic copolyester...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/DSM-validates-Genomaticas-biobased-BDO-for-thermoplastic-copolyester-production_55767.html
October 8, 2013
The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES; Singapore) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (Kitech; Ch'┼Ćnan, South...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Singaporean-and-Korean-institutes-to-collaborate-on-sustainable-chemicals-research_55739.html
October 8, 2013
Researchers at the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) have received a four-year $4.4 million federal grant as part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/US-researchers-receive-$4-4-million-grant-to-design-safer-chemical-manufacturing-processes_55734.html
October 8, 2013
Ashland today said it has opened a testing lab for lithium-ion battery materials at Wilmington, DE. The lab will be a support center for customers of the company’s specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Ashland-opens-battery-testing-lab_55757.html
October 7, 2013
Europe's petrochemical industry must undergo a fundamental shift in focus if it is to survive and prosper in an increasingly challenging and competitive global market, says Sabic...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/EPCA-2013-Europes-petrochemical-sector-must-refocus-says-Sabic-CEO_55710.html
October 4, 2013
Dow AgroSciences is advancing an insect-resistant soybean for South America that, if approved, will compete directly with a newly launched seed Monsanto expects to be its next...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Dow-developing-competitor-to-Monsantos-Intacta-soybean_55678.html
October 4, 2013
Apple’s use of plastic for the case of its new iPhone 5c smartphone reflects a trend that will increase the volume of plastics used in cell phones from 282,000 m.t. in 2013 to 336,000 m.t. in 2017, say analysts at IHS Chemical. The value of the plastics consumed will increase from $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion over the same period....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/IHS-Plastics-used-in-cellphones-to-reach-$4-5-billion-in-2017_55638.html
October 2, 2013
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) has successfully started the synthesis stage of its Biomass to Liquid Karlsruhe (Bioliq) pilot plant, the institute has...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/German-biomass-to-liquids-pilot-plant-reaches-synthesis-stage_55584.html
October 2, 2013
Rennovia (Menlo Park, CA) has produced, and shipped to a prospective partner, samples of what it believes to be the first 100% biobased nylon-6,6. The product is made from Rennovia's...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Rennovia-ships-100-percent-biobased-nylon-66_55589.html
October 1, 2013
BASF is spending $25 million to expand its R&D site at Beachwood, OH, to include cathode materials research and chemical and process engineering. The expansions will increase the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/BASF-spending-$25-million-to-expand-research-facility_55536.html
September 30, 2013
Western Hydrogen (Calgary, AB) says it has reached a major milestone in the piloting of an innovative hydrogen production technology, molten salt gasification (MSG). The first...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Western-Hydrogen-achieves-pilot-production-of-MSG-based-hydrogen_55500.html
September 27, 2013
Sugar start-up Proterro (Ewing, NJ) says it has met key milestones in scaling its biosynthetic production process and demonstrating the robustness of its sucrose-producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Proterro-advances-sucrose-production-technology_55479.html
September 26, 2013
Mounting consumer pressure and legislation is accelerating demand growth for biobased polymers, although variations in product cost and properties remain an impediment, says a new...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Commercialization-of-certain-biobased-polymers-hampered-by-cost_55463.html
September 26, 2013
Wison Engineering Services (Shanghai) says it has commercialized its proprietary methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology with the start-up of a plant with annual capacity for 300,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Wison-commercializes-MTO-technology-in-China_55452.html
September 25, 2013
Novomer (Waltham, MA) has won a $5-million grant from the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative to scale up a new process for the production of acrylic acid from ethylene and carbon dioxide. The company has partnered with a major industrial gas producer on the project, and discussions with chemical partners are underway, says Michael Slowik, director/chemicals at Novomer....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/innovation/Novomer-aims-to-scale-ethylene-to-acrylic-on-US-Gulf-Coast-by-2017_55397.html
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