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ExxonMobil extends algae biofuel research agreement with Synthethic Genomics

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Synthetic Genomics (La Jolla, California) and ExxonMobil have extended their agreement to carry out joint research into advanced algae biofuels. The agreement continues to focus on Synthetic Genomics’ core strengths in synthetic biology and builds on...

US researchers use shellfish proteins and PLA to create biodegradable adhesive

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) have combined the bonding chemistry of mussel proteins with polylactic acid (PLA). The biodegradable adhesive was created by harnessing the chemistry of compounds called catechols contained in L-DOPA...

Merck KGaA signs collaborations, makes acquisition in the US

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

OSCHMANN: Pursuing cross-fertilization across sectors. Photo : Merck KGaA. Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced two collaborations with organizations in the United States. The collaborations are aimed at fostering innovation across its business...

Avantium acquires US-based electrochemical process company

January 13, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Avantium (Amsterdam, Netherlands) has acquired the assets of Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, New Jersey),  a developer of electrochemical processes. Liquid Light has invested more than $35 million to develop proprietary low-energy electrochemistry...

DuPont plans $200 million upgrade of Wilmington experimental station

January 10, 2017 | Clay Boswell

DuPont’s board of directors has approved a $200 million project to modernize and upgrade the company’s experimental station in Wilmington, Delaware. A portion of the upgrade will prepare space for lease to other science-based companies. Ed Breen, CEO of DuPont, announced the news Monday evening during a speech to the Delaware Chamber of Commerce....

Toray, Mitsui Sugar form JV in Thailand to develop cellulosic sugar manufacturing

January 5, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Toray Industries (Tokyo, Japan) has decided to establish Cellulosic Biomass Technology, a joint venture (JV) with Mitsui Sugar Co. (Tokyo). The JV will seek business opportunities for a cellulosic-sugar manufacturing system based on surplus bagasse generated...

Graphene NanoChem receives first commercial order for its 'smart' drilling liquid for deployment in China

December 28, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Graphene NanoChem (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), a provider of nanotechnology, has received a first commercial order and deployment of a "smart" fluid, PlatDrill, in China, tapping into the new, burgeoning market for shale gas development in southwestern...

Arlanxeo opens rubber technology center in China

December 21, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Arlanxeo has opened a rubber technology center at the Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND; Changzhou, China). The center contains five labs. Arlanxeo is a synthetic rubber joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Lanxess. The center brings together...

Chinese researchers develop long-lifespan, graphene-assisted Li-ion battery

December 20, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) has unveiled a long-lifespan, graphene-assisted lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery able to withstand high temperatures. The company's research shows new graphene-assisted, heat-resistant technologies allow Li-ion batteries to remain...

Aramco breaks ground on new research center in Saudi Arabia

December 19, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi Aramco has begun construction of a new research center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) with an expected completion date of mid-2019....

Solvay and France's CNRS renew research partnership agreement

December 15, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Solvay and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS; Paris, France) have renewed their framework agreement for five years, Solvay says. The agreement, which structures the scientific partnership between the two organizations, covers research ranging...

EV Group, Korea National NanoFab Center report display coatings breakthrough

December 7, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Wafer bonding and lithography equipment supplier EV Group (St. Florian, Austria) and the Korea National NanoFab Center (NNFC; Daejeon City, South Korea) say their previously announced joint development program aimed at improving transparent nanostructured...

Petchem players join forces in IQ Chem innovation platform

December 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Companies in the fields of gas processing, petrochemicals, and chemicals have joined forces to promote innovative development of the industry....

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