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Chemical Industry Innovation News Round-up, July 13

10:10 AM MDT | July 13, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT

The big innovation news this past week is today's move by Elevance (Bolingbrook, IL), the company with metathesis catalyst technology developed by the brilliant professor Grubbs, to secure yet another partner. This week's deal is with Clariant and the target is the codevelopment of biobased plastic additives. Last week it was Hutchinson Worldwide (Paris), and the target biobased rubber additives. The likes of biotech firms Elevance and Genomatica really are starting to move fast now.

Lonza's move this week to acquire biocides maker Arch Chemicals (Norwalk, CT) is a market - not technology- driven deal. That said, Lonza has an aggressive and efficient R&D strategy, however, and it's a good bet that Lonza has a series of technologies that it will be looking to apply across the Arch business.

BASF has begun producing hydroxypropyl carbamate acrylate (HPCA), a crosslinking acrylate monomer, using a proprietary one step enzymatic fermentation process.

Steve Donen, vp./Process Development & Engineering, Rivertop Renewables in an article for Chemical Week provides insights into scaling up biochemistries from lab to commercial production. He addresses five key considerations.

A group of UK researchers have developed a 'Cling Film' system for producing low cost polymer-based solar cells. The conclusions are that the technology could have a significant impact on the way solar cells are produced. 

Hydrogen fuel cells are getting better - that's the conclusion of a PEM fuel cell based at AkzoNobel's chlor-alkali plant at Rotterdam, which has just surpassed 10,000 hours of operation and is still working efficiently.

Beyond Chemical Week...

Gemini reports that a new approach to lead-free electronics has been devised in Scandanavia.

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