In honor of post-Earth Day I am trying to clean up and consolidate all my Inbox’s green news releases and so bear with me as I post more updates, this time on new green chemical research and developments.
- A University of Toronto research team from the Department of Chemistry has discovered useful “green” catalysts made from iron that might replace the much more expensive and toxic platinum metals typically used in industrial chemical processes to produce drugs, fragrances and flavours.
- Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN)have succeeded in unlocking the potential of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by converting it into a more useful product such as methanol using organocatalysts.
- Stanford University researchers develop natural hemp fibers fused with a biodegradable plastic resin called polyhydroxy-butyrate (PHB) – as biodegradable substitutes for wood, plastic bottles and other common materials.
- Purdue University students created new uses for corn and soybeans such as melt-away cupcake liners, biodegradable cork and toilet paper.
- A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory was able to develop a greener process of turning propane into propylene using platinum clusters as catalyst.
- Scientists from the University of California San Francisco have taken a bacterium they founded in a French garbage dump and combined it with a synthesized yeast to convert plant waste into a gasoline that is indistinguishable from fossil fuel derived petroleum. [More info on this one soon!]
- Researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi developed self-healing polymeric materials called oxetane-substituted chitosan polyurethane networks that are activated by sunlight. A self-repairing property is said to increase sustainability of a material. [This reminds me of my post last year about MIT's self-reassembly materials with the idea coming from abalone shells]