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May 1, 2013
Five researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Washington) and a scientist from the Weizmann Institute of Israel (Rehovot, Israel) say they have discovered two...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/New-enzyme-research-could-result-in-less-expensive-biofuels-production_51633.html
April 30, 2013
Solvay says it has decided to invest an undisclosed sum to build a production unit for the biobased nylon polymer PA6,10 at the company's site at Saint-Fons, France. The plant is...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Solvay-to-build-biobased-nylon-facility-in-France_51598.html
April 30, 2013
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, WI) chemists have identified an approach to using oxygen gas to convert lignin, a by-product of biofuel production, into a form...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/U-of-Wisconsin-Madison-researchers-identify-way-to-transform-biomass-waste-into-biobased-chemical-feedstock_51589.html
April 29, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says they have agreed to a multi-year collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize a set of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/IFF-Amyris-sign-biobased-fragrance-ingredients-pact_51582.html
April 25, 2013
Researchers from the University of Exeter,UK, have developed a method to produce biodiesel from E. coli bacteria, the university announced. The technology, which is still being...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/UK-researchers-develop-technology-to-produce-biodiesel-using-bacteria_51438.html
April 24, 2013
Toray says it has successfully made molded components from the partially biobased PBT. Toray Industries announced today that it has successfully produced partially biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Toray-produces-biobased-PBT-plans-commercial-scale-production-unit_51428.html
April 24, 2013
Teijin (Tokyo), a world-leading producer of aramid fibers, has developed aramid fiber fabric that protects users against X-ray and gamma-ray radiation, the company announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Teijin-develops-radiation-shielding-aramid-fiber_51394.html
April 23, 2013
Vertellus Specialties (Indianapolis) has entered into a joint venture with Weifang Green Olive Chemical (Weifang, China) to expand significantly Vertellus's capacity to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Vertellus-JV-to-produce-pyridine-and-picoline-in-China_51372.html
April 23, 2013
Bayer CropScience and KeyGene (Wageningen, Netherlands) have announced a joint research program to develop improved crop varieties. The program will initially concentrate on wheat, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Bayer-CropScience-KeyGene-to-develop-improved-crop-varieties_51365.html
April 22, 2013
Mounting consumer pressure and legislation such as plastic bag bans and global warming initiatives will increase demand for biodegradable plastics in North America, Europe, and Asia...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Demand-for-biodegradable-plastics-expected-to-grow-15-percentyear-through-2017-according-to-IHS-Chemical-report_51336.html
April 22, 2013
SynPol1, a consortium of 8 academic and 6 industrial institutions, has secured almost €7.5 million ($9.8 million) in funding under the EU Seventh Framework Programme to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Consortium-secures-&euro7-5-million-for-waste-to-biobased-plastics-R-and-D_51327.html
April 19, 2013
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals business of ENI (Rome), has outlined a major transformation program that aims to shift the company's portfolio from one dominated by commodities toward...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Versalis-announces-transformation-plan-mulls-import-of-US-gas_51306.html
April 19, 2013
TMO Renewables (Guildford, UK) and sugar producer Usina Santa Maria (Medeiros Neto, Brazil) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/UK-Brazil-JV-to-produce-bioethanol-from-bagasse_51305.html
April 19, 2013
Air Liquide has signed an agreement with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA; Paris), to develop a second-generation biofuel production unit in France...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Air-Liquide-signs-contract-to-develop-second-generation-biofuel-plant-in-France_51304.html
April 18, 2013
Wison Engineering (Shanghai) has developed proprietary butene oxidization and dehydrogenation technology to produce butadiene, the company announced. The novel technology, featuring a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chinese-engineering-firm-develops-proprietary-butene-dehydrogenation-technology_51280.html
April 15, 2013
Newlight Technologies says it has acquired the rights to Biomer’s intellectual property for the functional modification of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a class of biopolymers...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Newlight-Biomer-sign-PHA-pact_51094.html
April 15, 2013
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says it has entered into a partnership with Purac (Gorinchem, Netherlands) for the development of caprolactone lactide copolymers for the plastic, coatings...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Perstorp-Purac-ink-partnership_51092.html
April 15, 2013
Amyris and Firmenich say they have expanded their efforts to develop renewable ingredients for the flavors and fragrances market. Under a 2010 collaboration, Firmenich funded Amyris...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Amyris-extends-flavors-fragrances-collaboration-with-Firmenich_51090.html
April 11, 2013
Wacker Chemie has strengthened its presence in South America by inaugurating an expanded technical center, including a training center, at Jandira near São Paulo, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Wacker-inaugurates-expanded-technical-center-in-Brazil_51097.html
April 11, 2013
Versalis and Genomatica (San Diego) have signed a definitive joint venture agreement for the development, licensing, and production of biobased butadiene, the companies said today...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Versalis-and-Genomatica-launch-biobased-butadiene-development-and-licensing-joint-venture_51072.html
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