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April 13, 2012
This Week on CW:   Cytec has agreed to acquire Umeco, a maker of advanced composite materials, for $439 million. Cytec also expects first-quarter adjusted earnings to be 45%-50%...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Apr-13_42687.html
April 13, 2012
This week has seen Gevo (Engelwood, CO) file an additional lawsuit against isobutanol rival Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Wilmington, DE). It is part of a year long patent...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Weekly-Chemical-Industry-Innovation-News-Round-up-April-13_42671.html
April 7, 2012
A team of researchers at Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, the U.K.), an agricultural research organization, is conducting a field experiment to test the effectiveness of its genetically...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Researchers-Develop-GM-Wheat-to-Repel-Aphids_42576.html
April 5, 2012
Solvay says it is developing, in partnership with Peróxidos do Brasil--a joint venture of Solvay and Produtos Quimicos Makay (Curitiba, Brazil)--a new concept of small...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Solvay-Codevelops-Small-Hydrogen-Peroxide-Units-for-on-Site-Production_42511.html
April 3, 2012
BASF says is reorienting its R&D activities so that they are more aligned to the group's key growth markets and so that R&D is undertaken more efficiently across the group. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/BASF-Reorients-R-and-D-Predicts-2012-Spending-of-$2-3-Billion_42373.html
March 30, 2012
Photo Courtesy of UCLA. California researchers have produced the versatile fuel and chemical precursor isobutanol from electricity and carbon dioxide (CO2). The findings, published in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Researchers-Produce-Isobutanol-From-Electricity-and-CO2_42400.html
March 30, 2012
Researchers from Stirling University (Stirling, U.K.) and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA; Avignon, France) have published two studies in which they say that 85%...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Neonicotinoids-Challenged-as-Study-Links-Imidacloprid-to-85-percent-Mortality-of-Queen-Bees-update_42397.html
March 30, 2012
Dow Chemical says it has formed a strategic partnership with the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) that will result in the establishment of the Dow Centre for Sustainable...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Dow-and-Australian-University-Form-Partnership_42396.html
March 29, 2012
Bioplastics firm DaniMer Scientific (Bainbridge, GA) has partnered with Myriant (Quincy, MA) to use biobased succinic acid in the production of polymers. The two firms have already...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Myriant-Forms-Bioplastic-Partnership_42377.html
March 29, 2012
W. R. Grace & Co. says it has entered into an agreement with Dow Chemical to develop new catalysts for polypropylene production. The catalysts, which use one of Dow’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Grace-and-Dow-Developing-PP-Catalyst_42376.html
March 28, 2012
Myriant (Quincy, MA) says it is “immediately” initiating scale-up activities of biobased acrylic acid in order to ship kilogram-sized quantities for potential customers in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Myriant-Begins-Scaling-Biobased-Acrylic-Acid-Process_42351.html
March 28, 2012
A technique developed by researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; San Francisco Bay Area, CA), is able to optimise the performance of microbes to generate a target...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/U-S-Synthetic-Biology-Technique-Triples-Biodiesel-Yield_42324.html
March 27, 2012
Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA) and Albemarle have been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) for biobased jet fuel. Under the terms of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Navy-Taps-Cobalt-and-Albemarle-for-Biobased-Jet-Fuel_42340.html
March 27, 2012
Momentive Specialty Chemicals has opened an applications center focused on the transportation market at its site in Duisburg, Germany. The new lab will perform R&D and testing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Momentive-Opens-Transportation-Applications-Center_42329.html
March 27, 2012
BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has produced multi-ton quantities of 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and gamma-burtyrolactone  (GBL) from biobased succinic acid. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/BioAmber-Proves-Biobased-BDO-Production-at-Scale_42326.html
March 26, 2012
Avantium (Amsterdam), a catalyst technology firm, and Danone, have agreed to jointly develop bottles made from bio-polyethylene furanoate (PEF). The partnership will use...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Avantium-and-Danone-Agree-to-Develop-Bio-PEF-Bottles_42282.html
March 26, 2012
Source: Viridia Renewable technology firms Virent (Madison, WI) and Viridia (Redwood City, CA) say they have successfully converted cellulosic sugars from pine trees into hydrocarbons...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Virent-Viridia-Jet-Fuel-Passes-Key-Test_42295.html
March 22, 2012
GlaxoSmithKline has confirmed plans outlined first in November 2010 that it will invest more than £500 million ($790 million) in R&D and manufacturing in the U.K. From the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/GSK-to-Build-Its-First-Pharmaceutical-Plant-in-U-K-for-40-Years_42199.html
March 21, 2012
Evonik says it has expanded its hydroformylation catalysis research cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT; Rostock, Germany) and will set up a laboratory at...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Evonik-Expands-Catalyst-Partnership-with-Leibniz-Institute_42189.html
March 21, 2012
Dow Chemical says it has opened an electronic materials R&D center near Seoul, Korea  to advance technologies for displays and semiconductors. Dow did not disclose the cost of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Dow-Opens-Korean-Electronic-Materials-Lab_42172.html
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