Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation News Round-up, Jan. 20
10:43 AM MST | January 20, 2012 | By ALEX SCOTT
The development of new technologies in the biomaterials space arguably is moving ahead more rapidly than any other sector in the chemicals industry. I say arguably because the emergence of novel electronic chemicals also are moving on at a rapid pace. Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) developments are among the key fields in electronic chemicals in what is a potentially huge global market. BASF and Phillips this week took a step forward on the OLED development front announcing a breakthrough that will enable the production of transparent car roofs. When the OLEDs are switched on the roof goes from transparent to a state in which they provide light to the inside of the vehicle.
Andy Talkington, senior client partner with Korn/Ferry International (Los Angeles) in a blog this week talks about the surge in the amount of "value-added" innovation that chemical companies are undertaking. Essentially, companies are getting better at developing technologies that solve problems by working more closely with customers.
On the biotech front, DSM has teamed up with a Brazilian biotech firm to develop floor coatings. The coatings are made from castor-oil based ingredients and are being designed for the concrete floor coatings market.
In an interesting article on green chemistry, Professor James Clark from York University outlines the 12 Misunderstandings of Green Chemistry. The article is represented in Chemical Week with the kind permission of the Green Chemistry Network (GCN). Their newsletter is available below
Beyond Chemical Week...
The scientific journal Structure reports that researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute has determined the three-dimensional crystal structure of a protein that is key to enabling the microbial-based production of bisabolone, a member of the terpene chemical family, and a substance which holds potential for use as an advanced biofuel.