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February 25, 2014
Monsanto has added to its growing precision agriculture footprint by acquiring the soil analysis business of Solum (Ames, IA) for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes the Solum brand...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Monsanto-acquires-soil-analysis-firm_59085.html
February 25, 2014
Flexible Solutions International (FSI; Victoria, BC) says it has halted production at its Taber, AB, renewable aspartic acid production plant, citing unfavorable economics given the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/FSI-halts-renewable-aspartic-acid-plant-citing-economics_59079.html
February 24, 2014
Iluka Resources (Perth, Australia) is acquiring an 18.3% stake in Metalysis (Rotherham, UK), a Cambridge University spin-off that is developing a low-cost titanium process, for A$22.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Iluka-acquires-stake-in-developer-of-low-cost-titanium-manufacturing-process_59038.html
February 13, 2014
S-Oil (Seoul), a major oil refiner and aromatics producer partly owned by Saudi Aramco, said today that it plans to build a technical service and development center in the Magok...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/S-Oil-builds-petchems-technical-service-and-development-center-at-Seoul_58795.html
February 11, 2014
Novozymes and Monsanto say they have closed their previously announced, long-term strategic alliance aimed at jointly developing agricultural biologicals for global broadacre crops...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Monsanto-and-Novozymes-launch-ag-biologicals-alliance_58738.html
February 11, 2014
Israeli plant genomics firm Evogene (Rehovot) announced today that it has launched a new computationally based target discovery platform for novel chemical herbicides. Evogene says the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Evogene-launches-technology-for-identifying-new-herbicide-targets_58737.html
February 4, 2014
A team of researchers at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) has developed a highly selective catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-researchers-develop-catalyst-to-convert-CO2-into-chemicals_58531.html
February 3, 2014
Borealis has received a €150-million ($202.2 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) to finance research activities on plastic materials, Borealis and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Borealis-secures-&euro150-million-in-EIB-funding-for-R-and-D_58507.html
February 3, 2014
AVA Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) said today that it has begun commercial-scale production of high-purity renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at Clariant’s Infrapark at...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/AVA-Biochem-starts-commercial-production-of-renewable-5-HMF_58501.html
January 29, 2014
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and UOP, a Honeywell company, have signed a joint research agreement into process optimization of carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur removal from natural gas, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Qatar-Petroleum-and-UOP-sign-natural-gas-research-agreement_58381.html
January 21, 2014
Biochemical company Global Bioenergies (Evry, France) and automaker Audi have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of isobutene-derived isooctane, Global Bionergies s...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Global-Bioenergies-signs-agreement-with-Audi-to-develop-isobutene-based-isooctane_58148.html
January 20, 2014
Borregaard (Sarpsborg, Norway) has received a pledge for a 12.4-million Norwegian kroner ($2 million) grant from Innovation Norway (Oslo), the former company has announced. The funds...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Borregaard-secures-funding-for-biomass-based-R-and-D_58120.html
January 20, 2014
BASF and the Graphene Research Centre (GRC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have partnered to develop the use of graphene in organic electronic devices, such as organic...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/BASF-and-University-of-Singapore-partner-in-graphene-research_58114.html
January 17, 2014
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison; Madison, WI) have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that has potential for biofuel...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-researchers-develop-process-to-make-sugars-for-biofuel-production_58095.html
January 16, 2014
Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA), University of California, hope to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-scientists-research-enzyme-to-convert-methane-to-transportation-fuel_58022.html
January 15, 2014
Wacker Chemie today opened an expanded technical center for silicone products at Amtala, near Kolkata, India. Wacker Metroark Chemicals (WMC), a joint venture in which Wacker has 51%...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Wacker-expands-silicones-technical-center-at-Kolkata_57971.html
January 8, 2014
Cibus Global (San Diego), a technology firm, has acquired the remaining interest in Nucelis (San Diego) for an undisclosed amount, Cibus has announced. Nucelis, established as an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/US-technology-firm-becomes-sole-owner-of-biobased-chemical-start-up_57795.html
January 3, 2014
Oxiteno (São Paulo) has initiated a project to expand its R&D activities for products serving the oil and gas sector. The project aims to foster the development of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Oxiteno-to-expand-R-and-D-activities-serving-oil-and-gas-sector_57730.html
December 30, 2013
Researchers from the department of chemistry at York University (York, UK), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (Paris), and Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) say...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Researchers-discover-family-of-enzymes-that-degrade-biomass-into-sugars-potentially-for-biofuel-production_57681.html
December 30, 2013
Rosneft (Moscow), Oil Techno (Yerevan, Armenia), and tire manufacturer Pirelli have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for joint R&D related to synthetic rubber, in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/r_and_d/Rosneft-Pirelli-sign-deal-for-rubber-R-and-D-partnership-in-Armenia_57682.html
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