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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
March 21, 2012
 Volkswagen of America has partnered with Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Solazyme (San Francisco) to evaluate emissions reductions and demonstrate the performance of biobased ...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Volkswagen-Evaluating-Amyris-and-Solazyme-Biodiesel_42173.html
March 21, 2012
DuPont says it has opened a new innovation center yesterday, at Paulinia, Brazil. The center provides an environment for collaboration with customers, government, academia and business...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/DuPont-Opens-Innovation-Center-in-Brazil_42151.html
March 21, 2012
Air Products says it has signed a joint research and development (R&D) agreement with South China University of Technology (SCUT; Guangzhou, China) on water purification...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Air-Products-and-Chinese-University-Sign-R-and-D-Agreement-for-Water-Purification-Technology_42150.html
March 20, 2012
Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT), a biotech start-up, says it has successfully scaled-up its patented bioprocess for making the building block chemical glucarate from the lab to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Rivertop-Scales-up-Bioglucarate-Process-to-Pilot-Scale_42065.html
March 20, 2012
Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed a proton-responsive ligand and a homogeneous iridium catalyst which together enable the controlled storage and release of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Mimicking-Photosynthesis-Enables-Storage-and-Release-of-Hydrogen_42127.html
March 19, 2012
Honeywell says it has opened a new technology center at Gurgaon, India, further expanding its technology development capabilities in areas including refining, petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Honeywell-Opens-Technology-Center-in-India_42095.html
March 16, 2012
This week, BASF has made yet another advance in the lithium battery materials sector through its licensing in of  lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery materials from LiFePO4+C...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-News-Round-up-March-16_42084.html
March 14, 2012
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and the Cluster of Engineering and Advanced Materials (EAM) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Erlangen, Germany) have announced that...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Merck-KGaA-Forms-Collaboration-to-Develop-Materials-for-Energy-Efficient-Processes_41913.html
March 14, 2012
U.K. government energy secretary Edward Davey has launched a competition worth up to £20 million to fund the development of innovations in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/U-K-Offers-£20-Million-$31-Million-Prize-to-Boost-Carbon-Capture-Innovation_41979.html
March 9, 2012
No single major innovation or technology development stand out this week - but there are some fascinating developments across a range of fronts.  In plant biotechnology, Bayer...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-News-Round-up-March-9_41900.html
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