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August 26, 2013
Genomatica announced today that Just Jansz has been appointed to its board of directors. Jansz has 30 years of international experience as a senior executive in the chemical industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Genomaticas-new-board-member-will-help-expand-licensing-business_54733.html
August 23, 2013
Optinol (San Francisco) has achieved energy-cost parity feasibility with bioethanol for the production of biobased butanol from a wide variety of sugars, the company has announced. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Optinol-develops-butanol-at-cost-parity-with-bioethanol_54712.html
August 22, 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback from public- and private-sector stakeholders on the need for federal financial assistance for the research, development...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-DOE-seeks-information-on-renewable-carbon-fiber-technologies-including-biobased-acrylonitrile_54637.html
August 21, 2013
Evonik Industries says it has opened an analytical center in Singapore dedicated to the animal feed industry. The center will be used for the full range of amino acid analytical...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Evonik-opens-analytical-center-for-animal-feed-in-Singapore_54594.html
August 19, 2013
Monsanto today announced the completion of a $31-million expansion at its vegetable seed research headquarters in Woodland, CA. The expansion, which included a new 90,000 square-foot...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Monsanto-completes-$31-million-expansion-at-vegetable-seed-R-and-D-site_54561.html
August 19, 2013
An international collaboration of plant scientists from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB; Ghent, Belgium), Ghent University, the University of Dundee (Dundee, UK), the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Researchers-discover-enzyme-potentially-able-to-yield-better-plants-for-biofuel-production_54552.html
August 14, 2013
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI; Davis, CA) has received a patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office for thaxtomin, the active ingredient in a new biobased herbicide...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Marrone-Bio-receives-US-patent-for-biobased-herbicide-active-ingredient_54483.html
August 14, 2013
Chemical R&D spending in Germany reached a record level of €9.6 billion ($12.8 billion) in 2012, an increase of 6% versus 2011, says German chemical industry association VCI...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-R-and-D-spending-in-Germany-climbs-to-record-level-VCI-calls-for-tax-incentives_54479.html
August 14, 2013
Researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB; Bochum, Germany), in collaboration with Max Planck Institute Mülheim (Mülheim, Germany), and Université...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/European-researchers-discover-a-process-for-biobased-hydrogen-synthesis_54477.html
August 12, 2013
Axalta Coating Systems (Wilmington, DE), a supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has invested $5 million in a pilot reactor to support coatings polymer research and scale-up...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Axalta-Coating-Systems-invests-$5-million-in-polymer-research-facility_54416.html
August 8, 2013
The US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Washington) is working with Ecopetrol (Bogotá) to develop ways to process the residue from sugar cane and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Ecopetrol-seeks-NREL-expertise-in-developing-bagasse-to-ethanol-process_54323.html
August 7, 2013
Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) has expanded its worldwide agreement with Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC; Seoul) that focuses on biodegradable polymer products, Metabolix announced. Metabolix...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Metabolix-expands-collaboration-with-Samsung-Fine-Chemicals-reports-second-quarter-loss_54294.html
August 2, 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $22 million in new investments to help develop cost-competitive algae-fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-DOE-to-invest-$22-million-in-algal-and-biomass-biofuel-development-projects_54193.html
July 31, 2013
Imaspro (Klang, Malaysia) says it has incorporated a new, wholly owned subsidiary, Plant Science Center, to carry out research into agricultural chemicals. The group’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Malaysian-firm-Imaspro-forms-new-subsidiary-to-research-agricultural-chemicals_54091.html
July 30, 2013
Evonik Industries has begun operating a pilot plant for ω-amino lauric acid (ALS) at Slovenska Lupca, Slovakia, the company announced today. The biobased ALS is an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Evonik-launches-pilot-production-of-biobased-lauric-acid-in-Slovakia_54064.html
July 30, 2013
Dow Chemical announced today that Bill Banholzer, chief technology officer and executive v.p. whose tenure saw the value of Dow’s innovation pipeline triple to $32 billion, has...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Dow-CTO-retires_54065.html
July 29, 2013
Solegear Bioplastics (Vancouver, BC), a developer of bioplastic technologies, has entered into a significant contribution agreement with the Industrial Research Assistance Program of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Canadas-Solegear-enters-into-agreement-with-government-to-develop-bioplastic-technologies-using-industrial-waste_54011.html
July 29, 2013
Gevo (Englewood, CO) has begun supplying the US Coast Guard R&D Center (Washington) with initial quantities of finished renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Gevo-supplies-isobutanol-blended-gasoline-to-US-Coast-Guard-for-testing_54018.html
July 26, 2013
Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; Berkeley, CA) have engineered the Ralstonia eutropha bacterium to produce fatty acid-derived, diesel-range methyl ketones, JBEI announced. Methyl ketones are naturally occurring aliphatic compounds used in fragrances and flavorings. The researchers at JBEI have shown that  methyl ketones also have high diesel fuel ratings, making them strong candidates as advanced biofuels....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-researchers-engineer-bacterium-to-produce-biodiesel_53932.html
July 26, 2013
Ampac Fine Chemicals (AFC; Rancho Cordova, CA), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Pacific Corp. (Las Vegas); and Proteaf Technologies (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) have signed an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/AFC-and-Proteaf-sign-joint-development-agreement_53931.html
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