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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, October 13
10:31 AM MDT | October 13, 2010 | By ALEX SCOTT
Welcome to the first weekly CW round-up of innovation in the chemical sector written by CW journalists with links to news reports from other publications across the web.
CPhI 2010: Innovation Takes Center Stage – an assessment of the the three winning technologies at the past week’s CPhI fine chemicals expo in Paris, featuring BASF among the winners, as well as details of other technologies that were unveiled at the show.
BASF Invests in Aerogel-Based Insulation Firm BASF buys into new tech capability
Unilever: Seeking Innovative Chemical Partners for a Greener Wash (not Greenwash) A short feature-length article on Unilever’s detergents strategy. The article investigates how the drive to make the products more sustainable could affect technology partnerships with chemical innovators.
Nobel Prize Honors Carbon Coupling Breakthroughs Three renowned chemists are bestowed with the 2010 Nobel prize for chemistry for their development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling in organic synthesis. The winners are: Richard Heck, a retired professor from the University of Delaware (Newark); Ei-ichi Negishi, a chemistry professor at Purdue University (West Lafeyette, IN); and Akira Suzuki, professor at Kokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan).
Arkema Buys Fluorinated Materials Startup Piezotech Arkema's purchase of this tech start-up potentially opens up new market opportunities for Arkema in the field of fluorinated materials.
DOE Funds ADA-ES Clean Coal Technology Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) takes another step toward commercialization.
Innovation news from beyond Chemicalweek…
Nobel Prize for Chemistry Won by…Chemistry Nature’s take on how chemists – not biologists – have won the Nobel prize for chemistry
Transgenic corn suppresses European corn borer, saves farmers billions Transgenic corn's suppression of the European corn borer has saved Midwest farmers billions of dollars in the past decade, reports a new study in Science Daily.
Project to grow algae near airports gets airlines' support
British Airways and Airbus are among the aviation companies backing an initiative by researchers at Cranfield University in the U.K. to use areas near airports to grow algae for renewable jet-fuel production. Growing commercial batches of algae for jet fuel could be achievable in four years, said a professor from the university. This story by CNN.
Chemists simplify biodiesel conversion Chemists have streamlined the conversion of waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, eliminating the need for corrosive chemicals to perform the reactions. The researchers were able to pull off the waste vegetable oil-to-biodiesel conversion in a single reaction vessel using environmentally friendly catalysts and making the conversion six times faster than current methods. This story by Science Daily.
Efficient, inexpensive plastic solar cells coming soon Physicists have discovered new properties in a material that could result in efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells. The discovery reveals that excitons, or energy-carrying particles generated by photons, can travel on the order of a thousand times farther in organic semiconductors than scientists previously observed. This story is from Science Daily.