Archive | July, 2009

The problem with green plastics

While the bioplastic industry (the European Bioplastic group in particular) are trying to distance themselves from oxo-biodegradables, the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), meanwhile, are refuting the PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic claims that they can be recycled with PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastics. Let’s start with oxo-biodegradables where according to the European Bioplastics group, […]

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BIO update – Next generation bioplastics

News on bioplastics have been accumulating in my blog drafts especially with new information from last week’s BIO conference in Montreal. First, a recap of presentations from BIO coming from Segetis, Avantium, and Metabolix. Segetis’ Olga Selifonova talked about a new chemical platform called L-Ketals formed from the combination of glycerol and levulinic acid. I […]

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BIO DAY 3 – Biobased auto parts growing

The last day of the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing event was as hectic as the previous two days, which unfortunately cut back my plans on a little bit of sightseeing trips (oh well, maybe next time). I found myself attending a very interesting morning session about biobased chemicals being used by […]

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Big bio-succinic acid potential

Now that I’ve filed my Energy Efficiency article for ICIS Chemical Business (watch out for that on August 17 issue!), I can now go back to blogging about my post coverage of last week’s BIO World Congress on Industrial and Biotechnology conference in Montreal, Canada. As previously mentioned in my last post, there seems to […]

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BIO Day 2 – Succinic acid, enzymes, ethanol

Developments in the bio-succinic acid market was my main highlight for Day 2 at BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing event held in Montreal. But before I delved into that, my attention was caught by Genencor‘s presentation of sustainability in textile manufacturing during the breakfast plenary session (which by the way started at […]

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Algae for chems coming soon?

Excitement is palpable in the [carbon-dioxide laden] air of algae industry as big oils and chem firms recently jumped in to the development of algae as potential feedstock for fuel and chemicals. Last week, ExxonMobil announced its $600m commitment in developing algae for biofuel feedstock with its partnership with Synthetic Genomics (SGI). The companies said […]

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Green chems lead at BIO event – DAY 1

Last year the talk centered on biofuel challenges at BIO’s World Congress Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing conference but this year a lot of the buzz (at least in my perspective) was centered on renewable-based chemicals and synthetic biology. DAY 1: First interesting updates I gathered was about bio-based propylene glycol and a little bit of […]

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Hooked on fuel cell car

This article is published on ICIS Chemical Business’s From Our Own Correspondent section, July 27, 2009, p.7 ————————————- After testing out the H-racer fuel cell toy car sent by BASF (see ICB 5/11/09, p.7) I got the chance to test out a real fuel cell vehicle on July 14 courtesy of General Motor’s Chevy Equinox […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Last week’s trip to BIO’s industrial biotech conference was a fruitful event and I had so many information, I have no idea where to start. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting my Q&As from several company interviews that include NatureWorks, Codexis, Genomatica and Verdezyne. I already wrote several news articles for ICIS covering a […]

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Dow’s answer to Walmart

Well Dow didn’t respond directly to Walmart’s Sustainability Product Index announcement but this press release seemed to me an answer that they can rise to Walmart’s supplier challenge with their Product Safety Assessment review. The company said these product assessments are publicly available, written in non-technical language (about darn time!) and covering topics such as […]

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