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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation News Round-up, March 16

11:28 AM MDT | March 16, 2012 | By ALEX SCOTT

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 Licensing (Muttenz, Switzerland), an affiliate of Clariant-subsidiary Süd-Chemie.  Süd-Chemie now has a very large competitor in one of its favorite fields. It is remarkable how quickly and how far BASF has advanced in this field within the space of a few months.

BASF’s Venture Capital investment arm has invested $13.5 million in Allylix (San Diego), a start-up producing flavors and fragrances from terpenes derived from biomaterials. The word among some senior industry experts is that Allylix could turn the flavors and fragrances sector upside down by providing access via a fermentation technology platform to chemicals that are expensive and/or in short supply.  

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and the Cluster of Engineering and Advanced Materials (EAM) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Erlangen, Germany) have announced that they will work together to develop novel hybrid materials. Efficiency really is the buzzword at Merck at present as the company is also restructuring to improve efficiency across all of its businesses.

Rivertop Renewables has made a key step forward in its plans for commercialization with the news that since February it has been testing its oxidation process for making glucarate from sugars at pilot scale.

U.K. government energy secretary Edward Davey has launched a competition worth up to £20 million ($31 million) to fund the development of innovations in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. CCS also is referred to in detail in the OECD's (Paris) new report on climate change and the severe economic costs to countries of doing nothing to prevent greenhouse gas emissions from rising. 

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