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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, Dec.1
5:18 AM MST | December 1, 2010 | By ALEX SCOTT
A key development that has emerged this week is legislation proposed by the U.K. government to encourage the development of intellectual property (IP) and manufacturing in the U.K. This has led GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to announce a £500 million ($776 million) investment in R&D in the country.
Huntsman has been keeping a relatively low profile for the past year but in the past few days held an innovation convention in Basel, Switzerland for its partners and customers, to which CW had exclusive media access. At the Huntsman meeting Roquette (Lestrem, France), the world’s fourth largest producer of starch disclosed that it plans to start producing commercial volumes of a range of bioplasticisers and biopolymers including alternatives to petrochemically-derived bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.
A round up of the Huntsman meeting is available in the following news article Huntsman: Boosting Innovation through Collaboration. Additionally, Philippe Michaud, chief technology officer/Huntsman Advanced Materials details the group’s activities in a video interview at Huntsman Develops Biomaterials (video). Andre Genton, president/Huntsman Advanced Materials also in a video interview outlines the groups general plans for innovation at Huntsman Outlines Innovation Plan (video).
Catalysts mergers and R&D developments been in the news: Süd-Chemie has disclosed that it will invest $31 Million in a catalyst R&D Alliance with the Technical University of Munich (TUM; Munich) to cooperate on research in the field of catalysis. Süd-Chemie will invest about €2 million ($3.1 million) in the research collaboration annually.
Evonik and AU Optronic (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a producer of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD), say they will jointly develop materials for green energy markets, including solar and lighting, and further expand production capacity at their polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) joint venture site.
Food and industrial starch supplier Penford (Centennial, CO) says it is developing a renewable-based replacement for perfluoronated acrylic polymers used to provide oil and grease resistance in food packaging.
From ScienceDaily: Cinnamon can replace harmful chemicals used to create nanoparticles Researchers say they have found a method that could replace nearly all of the toxic chemicals required to make gold nanoparticles.
From Science Daily: Biofuels production has unintended consequences on water quality and quantity in Mississippi. More water is required to produce corn than to produce cotton in the Mississippi Delta requiring increased withdrawals of groundwater from the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer for irrigation.
From Alphagalileo: Trained bacteria convert bio-wastes into plastic: Researcher Jean-Paul Meijnen has ‘trained’ bacteria to convert all the main sugars in vegetable, fruit and garden waste efficiently into high-quality environmentally friendly products such as bioplastics.
From Alphagalileo: A research team led by the University of Bristol (Bristol, U.K.) has used STFC’s ISIS Neutron Source to come up with a new way to treat carbon dioxide (CO2), so that it can be used in efficient and environmentally friendly methods for extracting oil.