IHS Chemical Week

Amyris, Kuraray extend collaboration for biobased farnesene

December 1, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Amyris (Emeryville, California) has extended a multiyear collaboration agreement with Kuraray (Tokyo, Japan) for the use of Amyris's biofene-branded ß-farnesene in liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) and farnesene-based elastomer applications. The...

US researchers develop process to make p-xylene from biomass with a 97% yield

November 29, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

A team of chemical engineering researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Armherst) has developed a novel, chemical process to make para-xylene (p-xylene), the university announced. The new method has a 97% yield and uses biomass as the...

EPA Okays Marrone Bio Innovations biofumigant

November 28, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Marrone Bio Innovations (Davis, CA)  says it has received registration EPA registration for a biofumigant based on Muscodor albus. MBI-601 controls and suppresses plant parasitic nematodes, insect pests and soil-borne plant diseases in agricultural and...

Givaudan completes $5-million investment in flavor innovation in Singapore

November 24, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Givaudan has expanded its flavor innovation center in Singapore....

Graphene 3D Lab and Stony Brook University to collaborate on next-generation lithium-ion battery

November 21, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Graphene 3D Lab and Stony Brook University have announced they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research to develop a next-generation, lightweight lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack. The intended use of the battery is for...

Researchers develop chemical reactor for power-to-liquids plant

November 17, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) have developed a microstructured chemical reactor, a key component in a plant that converts the hydrogen produced from solar power together with carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid...

Report: Dow, DuPont expect statement from EU next month; R&D concerns may be highlighted

November 16, 2016 | Vincent Valk

Dow Chemical and DuPont expect to receive a formal statement from EU antitrust authorities outlining objections to their proposed merger as early as December, according to a report in Bloomberg. The report, citing people familiar with the European Union's investigation, says the European Commission is set to send a statement to the two companies that month....

Solabia Group acquires algae firm

November 14, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Solabia Group,a Pantin, France-based company specializing in fermentation, enzyme biocatalysis, fine chemicals, and plant extraction technologies, says it has acquired algae-based ingredients firm  Algues & Mer (Ouessant Island, France) for an...

Novozymes launches biological foam-control enzyme for ethanol production

November 9, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Novozymes (Bagsværd, Denmark) has launched an enzyme protease that prevents foam development during the sugarcane ethanol fermentation process, and delivers improved control and replaces chemicals, the company has announced. Trialing partners also...

BP signs partnership with biobased jet fuel producer Fulcrum

November 8, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

BP Ventures and Air BP, each subsidiaries of BP, have entered into a partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy (Pleasanton, California), a developer and producer of low-carbon jet fuel, in which BP will invest $30 million. As an equity investor, BP has secured a...

Clariant launches novel catalyst for styrene production

November 8, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Clariant says it has launched a high-performance ethylbenzene (EB) dehydrogenation catalyst, StyroMax UL3, that solves a critical issue in styrene production. Styrene is manufactured from EB using superheated steam as energy source, and relies on catalysts to...

Solvay, Petrovietnam agree to launch new range of fertilizers

November 8, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Solvay and Petrovietnam Ca Mau Fertilizer Joint Stock Co. (PVCFC; Ca Mau, Vietnam), a Petrovietnam affiliate, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch eco-friendly "enhanced-efficiency fertilizers" that increase yield for the...

IHS Markit: Helium in oversupply, growth driven by electronics applications

November 7, 2016 | Vincent Valk

The global market for helium is forecast to grow by 2%/year in the coming years amid over-supply conditions, according to a new report from IHS Markit. Demand growth will be driven by the electronics sector in China, South Korea and Taiwan...

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