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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, Jan.13
4:27 AM MST | January 14, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT
This year is billed as one that is set to feature an uptick in discussions about nanomaterial safety by regulators in the European Union. The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London), in anticipation of this has introduced the Nanotechnologies Supply Chain Forum.
Semiconductor industry consortium Sematech (Austin) says Nissan Chemical Industries (Tokyo) has joined its Resist Materials and Development Center (RMDC) at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany. Nissan Chemical will collaborate with Sematech on advanced adhesion-enhancing materials in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.
In an timely development that comes just weeks after reports on the tightening availability of rare earths outside China, Rhodia has disclosed that it has developed a process for the recovery and separation of rare earths contained in used low-energy light bulbs. The process, which should be operational by the first quarter of 2012, is based on the recycling of luminescent powders.
DSM has secured a contract with BiAqua (Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands) to engineer microbes for decontaminating water.
A biotech process in the making; Sime Darby Plantation (Kuala Lumpur) says it is collaborating with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding to construct and operate a demonstration plant that will convert oil palm empty fruit branches (EFB) into bioethanol.
In MIT’s online research news…Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have shown that they can deliver the cancer drug cisplatin much more effectively and safely in a form that has been encapsulated in a nanoparticle targeted to prostate tumor cells and is activated once it reaches its target.
MoneyTV: This year will be the year of bio-based chemicals made from algae, says Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil, an algae-to-biofuel maker. See video interview below…
BioPol Blog: New generation microorganism to produce biobased succinic acid BioAmber announced that it is developing a new generation microorganism to produce biobased succinic acid under exclusive license from Cargill. BioAmber recently commissioned the world’s first biobased succinic acid plant and is actively engaged in discussions to build large-scale plants in North America and Asia.