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Rennovia, Johnson Matthey to co-develop and manufacture catalysts for biobased adipic acid process

5:26 AM MST | March 4, 2015 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Rennovia (Santa Clara, CA) and Johnson Matthey have entered into a joint agreement for the co-development and manufacture of catalysts to be used in the scale-up and commercialization of Rennovia’s process for the production of biobased glucaric acid...


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Global Bioenergies produces second generation isobutene at lab scale

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US researchers find potentially faster, cheaper way to produce cellulosic bioethanol

Biologists at Indiana University (IU; Bloomington) believe they have found a faster, cheaper, and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen (N2) gas, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers, the university says. An IU...

Evonik explores collaboration with Israeli scientists

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Almac Group to invest $7 million in biocatalysis in Northern Ireland

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Amyris to launch biopharma platform

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Ube Industries to set up new R&D facility in Japan

Ube Industries said today that it will establish a new R&D facility within the Sakai factory at Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, in July 2016. The center will expand the company's R&D capabilities in the strategic growth segment of specialty...

Thomas Swan, University of Manchester collaborate in design of graphene research center

Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) says it is collaborating with the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC) at the University of Manchester in the design of a graphene research center. The company, which is a member of the GEIC industry advisory panel, invited...

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