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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, Oct. 14
10:23 AM MDT | October 14, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT
Shell Chemical detailed some of the jewels in its technology development program this week in a briefing to journalists at its technology center in Amsterdam. One of the technologies highlighted was its low cost, greener process for making Diphenyl carbonate (DPC), a key intermediate for making polycarbonate. Shell also detailed a novel surfactant that it is already testing in its oil wells that has the potential to enable the recovery of 150 billion bbl of oil. Both technologies could play a significant role in huge markets.
Bayer Material Science (BMS) this week makes the case for polycarbonates as as greener material particularly as its lightness can enable fuel saving in cars. For a company looking to go a step greener a licence to Shell Chemical's DPC technology might be an attractive option. Shell says it is talking to potential customers that are polycarbonate producers. BMS could be one of them.
In a successful licensing deal this week UOP says it has agreed to license its propane dehydrogenation and isobutane technology to Yantai Wanhua.
Tests by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL; Dayton, OH) have concluded that a plant-derived jet fuel produced by Virent (Madison, WI) could be used to fuel jets. The system uses Shell technology.
Peter B. Kipp v.p./OpenAlgae (Austin, TX), an algae process technology firm, details the challenges facing algae companies in the field of separation.
Meanwhile, Dow Chemical and Arkema in separate developments have both announced plans to build R&D centers in China.
Beyond Chemical Week
Gemini details a new approach to electronics manufacture which removes the use of lead.