Microreactors gain interest

This blog has already commented on the attraction of microreactors for greener chemical production, noting recently that one of the winners of the ICIS Innovation Awards – Oxford Catalysts – won it for microreactor developments.  Now market research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a fascinating study into the uptake of this technology. Oxford Catalysts’ […]

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Alternative feedstocks for petrochemicals

Butanediol

On the occasion of the NPRA’s annual International Petrochemicals Conference in San Antonio, Texas, taking place as I write this in the conference hotel, ICIS editor Doris de Guzman has written a piece on progress towards bio-based feedstocks as an alternative to crude oil-derived materials. The article appeared in a special publication ICIS produced for NPRA and delegates […]

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SusChem annual meeting approaches

Chemical and biotech industry innovators and regulators will be meeting in Amsterdam for the 7th annual SusChem stakeholder meeting on 17 May.  The agenda focuses on the role the industry can play in sustainable growth, in the context of the EU’s 2020 strategy. The industry will be making its case to establish a couple of European Innovation Partnerships SusChem, […]

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ICIS Innovation Awards 2011 launch nears

As well as my role as Chemicals and Innovation blogger at ICIS, I also run the ICIS Innovation Awards each year. March is always a busy time as I prepare to launch the Awards, now in their 7th year, on 18 April. The call for entries will appear in ICIS Chemical Business and on the icis.com website from […]

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Evonik “white bio” day hails above average growth

In a recent white biotechnology day, attend by some 200 people, Germany‘s Evonik noted that the sector will see above average growth for the industry. It’s a message that seems to be gaining momentum, but perhaps more so in rhetoric than in practice. Evonik argues that the use of renewable raw materials presents special opportunities […]

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Pepsico makes all renewable “PET” bottle

Pepsi has unveiled a PET-type bottle produced entirely from renewable resources, although it is not indicating how it has achieved the look-alike molecule for the polymer. All it says in its release is that: Combining biological and chemical processes, PepsiCo has identified methods to create a molecular structure that is identical to petroleum-based PET (polyethylene […]

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Dow boosts innovation in Saudi Arabia

Dow Chemical has finalised its plans to invest in innovation in Saudi Arabia through support of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A comprehensive cooperation agreement signed this week establishes Dow’s Middle East and Africa R&D Center on the university’s campus at KAUST. Markus Wildi heads up Dow Chemical in the Middle East Dow […]

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Dow studies bio-based propylene routes

Here’s an interesting article from an ICIS colleague, Anna Jagger, on Dow Chemical’s quest to source feestocks for its downstream slate from bio-sources. In this case, it’s looking for ways of making propylene, to support its already proven bio-route to ethylene. As well as developing the necessary process technologies, the company is examining which bio-based […]

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BASF, RWE, Linde extend carbon capture

The chemical industry continues to show it can provide solutions to the problem or global warming. In Germany, BASF and Linde have been working with RWE Power to develop carbon capture technology to remove carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of a lignite-fed power station at Niederaussem. Already underway for four years, the project has just been extended, […]

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New entrant for bio-ethylene

The petrochemical industry’s search for sustainable feedstocks has prompted another major producer to look at sourcing ethylene from sugars, via ethanol, so as to be able to make polymers such as polyethylene and PET with a “green” credential. Braskem’s new green ethylene plant in Triunfo The technology is already in use in Brazil, where sugar […]

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