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Carbios achieves PLA depolymerization process in 48 hrs

9:57 AM MST | November 21, 2014 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Carbios (Clermont-Ferrand, France) has used its proprietary enzymatic process to depolymerize 90% of polylactic acid (PLA) material –a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources– in only 48 hours. This marks the beginning...


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Solazyme to supply algae-based drilling fluid additive to ENI

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Edeniq partners with Chinese firm to develop corn stover-to-industrial sugars technology

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Velocys acquires Pinto Energy and Ashtabula port GTL project

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GlyEco starts offering glycol recycling services in Canada

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Avantium raises €36 million toward first commercial-scale PEF facility

Avantium (Amsterdam) has closed a €36-million ($50 million) financing round backed by a consortium of investors including Swire Pacific, Coca-Cola, Danone, and Alpla, as well as existing shareholders, the company has announced. The investment will enable...

Gevo ships biobased p-xylene to Toray

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UK start-up targets 50% market share for its titanium-based PET catalyst

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