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CW's Weekly Innovation News Round-up, Feb. 17

5:03 AM MST | February 17, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT

Steps were taken this week toward enhancing the safety of nanomaterials: The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC; Brussels) yesterday officially opened the first repository of reference nanomaterials. The center is designed to facilitate the safety assessment of nanomaterials and so ensure consumer protection.
DSM, Zeon and Novomer each won profiles in sustainability awards at Informex's gala dinner in Charlotte, NC. The awards have three categories: product innovation, process innovation and other green innovation. Zeon's cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME) won the product innovation award, Novomer's green catalyst technology won the process award, and DSM's sustainability route scouting in pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing won the other innovation award.
Genomatica (San Francisco) and Waste Management (Houston) say they will jointly develop a process to turn syngas derived from municipal solid waste into intermediate and basic chemicals.
Biochemical maker Myriant Technologies says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Davy Process Technology (DPT; London), a Johnson Matthey subsidiary, covering the use of Myriant’s biobased succinic acid in DPT’s butanediol, tetrahydrofuran, and gamma-butylolactone process technology. The MOU covers the non-exclusive testing and approval of Myriant’s succinic acid as feedstock for the DPT process and an exclusive joint development agreement to integrate Myriant’s biobased succinic acid technology with Davy butanediol technology....
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) say they have developed an energy efficient process to produce diesel from biomass, bypassing energy-intensive, low-selectivity processes. The team, led by Alvino Corma, published their results in a recent issue of Angewandte Chemie.
The financial opportunity from low-carbon technologies just became clearer: Mercer (New York), a consulting firm, in a wide-ranging study has concluded that investment in low-carbon technologies will reach $5 trillion by 2030.
Beyond Chemicalweek…
American Journal of Agricultural Economics: A billion tons of biomass a viable goal, but at high price, new research shows
A team of researchers led by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, shows that very high biomass prices would be needed in order to meet the ambitious goal of replacing 30 percent of petroleum consumption in the US with biofuels by 2030.

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