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January 26, 2012
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) says it has obtained exclusive worldwide rights to Beta Renewables’ (Scrivia, Italy) technology to convert biomass to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Genomatica-Advances-Second-Generation-Biobased-BDO-with-M-and-G_40736.html
January 26, 2012
Raising capital, developing an effective market entry strategy, and the ingredients for a successful public launch were the foremost topics of discussion at Biobased Chemicals Summit...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Biobased-Chemicals-Summit-Funding-Available-But-Investors-More-Savvy_40801.html
January 25, 2012
Novozymes says it will supply enzymes to cleantech start-up Fiberight (Catonsville, MD) for a $59.5 million retrofit of a Blairstown, IA corn ethanol production unit to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Novozymes-to-Supply-Enzymes-for-Trash-to-Fuels-Project_40669.html
January 25, 2012
Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay; and Avantium (Amsterdam) say they have agreed on the joint development of a range of new bio-based polyamides, which can be used in a variety of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Rhodia-and-Avantium-to-Codevelop-Bio-Based-Polyamides_40722.html
January 25, 2012
Showa Denko says it has selected Myriant (Quincy, MA) to supply biobased succinic acid for its polybutylene succinate (PBS) production. The deal endorses Myriant’s low-cost...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Showa-Denko-Chooses-Myriant-to-Supply-Succinic-Acid-for-PBS-Efforts_40755.html
January 25, 2012
Albemarle has installed a production train for finished polyolefin catalysts, which completes the expansion of its Process Development Center at Baton Rouge, LA.  “The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Albemarle-Adds-Polyolefin-Catalysts-at-Baton-Rouge_40748.html
January 20, 2012
The development of new technologies in the biomaterials space arguably is moving ahead more rapidly than any other sector in the chemicals industry. I say arguably because the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-News-Round-up-Jan-20_40665.html
January 19, 2012
BASF and Phillips (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) say they achieved a breakthrough in the development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology that will allow the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/BASF-and-Phillips-Develop-OLED-Car-Lighting-Technology_40583.html
January 17, 2012
ACAL Energy (Runcorn, U.K.), a fuel cell technology company, has hired Endeavour Speciality Chemicals (Daventry, U.K.) to scale up a process for making a novel, liquid, non-precious...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Endeavour-Develops-Process-for-Groundbreaking-Liquid-Cathode-Fuel-Cell_40429.html
January 17, 2012
Dow Corning says it has completed a new R&D facility at Seneffe, Belgium. The new facility, dubbed Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) center, includes two buildings: a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Dow-Corning-Completes-New-R-and-D-Facility-in-Belgium_40517.html
January 16, 2012
This past week has seen a raft of alternative energy technology developments in both the battery and fuel cell fields.  BASF made another step forward in its quest to be the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-Round-up-Jan-13_40452.html
January 13, 2012
Switchable Solutions, a green solvents firm, has hired Eric Kelusky, a former Nova Chemicals technology executive, the company says. The firm says it expects to complete pre-pilot...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Green-Solvents-Firm-Hires-Former-Nova-Executive_40413.html
January 12, 2012
BASF researchers work to advance battery technology. BASF says it has acquired an undisclosed equity stake in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery developer Scion Power (Tucson, AZ) for $50...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/BASF-Invests-$50-Million-in-Battery-Developer_40408.html
January 11, 2012
A group of U.S. scientists say they have successfully used solid materials based on fumed silica impregnated with polyethylenimine (PEI), a readily available and inexpensive polymeric...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Research-Polymer-based-System-Breaks-Records-for-Capture-of-CO2_40304.html
January 10, 2012
Banholzer: Spending more in 2011. Thomas: Using CO2 as raw material. Bock: Strong research culture. Investment among the top 50 largest chemicals R&D spenders increased 7.3%...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/R-and-D-Spending-Goes-Up_39832.html
January 9, 2012
Demand for renewable materials is expected to post strong gains in 2012, as large-scale projects progress, availability increases, and partnerships along the supply chain continue the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Renewables-Peak-Investment-Year_40274.html
January 6, 2012
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO) says it has begun operations at its 250,000 gallons/year demonstration biorefinery at Boardman, OR. The $28-million facility is being tested for the production...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Zeachem-Starts-Up-Oregon-Biorefinery_40286.html
December 30, 2011
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO) closed last November a $24-million series C funding round with its venture capital partners. The company has raised a total of $64 million in private financing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/ZeaChem-Builds-Toward-Its-First-Flexible-Biorefinery_40094.html
December 22, 2011
Lenzing announced the expansion of its cooperation with smartfiber (Rudolstadt, Germany). Lenzing will be the exclusive producer of the lyocell specialty fibers smartcel and SeaCell...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Lenzing-Expands-R-and-D-Cooperation-with-German-Company_39989.html
December 22, 2011
Valspar (Minneapolis, MN) says it has opened a new research and development (R&D) center at Shunde, China. The Valspar Applied Science and Technology Center will employ over 200...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Valspar-Opens-R-and-D-Center-in-China_39987.html
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