New green R&D

A lot of deadlines for me this week but just to let the readers know that I am still thinking of them (awww!), here are several recent R&D news that might be useful to some companies looking to add green products to their portfolio.

1. Lubricants made from sunflower and is said to be just as good as the petrochemical-derived product

2. Iowa State’s Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team has developed proteins based on corn, soybeans and sorghum that can be converted into plastics.

3. US Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) has issued a patent on a new technology that uses renewable and inexpensive animal byproducts to produce activated carbons.

4. The University of Nevada-Reno published a paper on extract useable oils from waste feather meal as potential feedstock in producing biodiesel.

5. The University of Northern Iowa’s National Ag-Based Lubricants (NABL) Center has developed a technology that continuously recycles engine oil, overcoming the problem of oxidation stability and allowing biobased engine oil to be used in diesel engines.

6. The UAE (United Arab Emirates) University has found that sunflower oil can be an effective and environment-friendly way for removing Chromium Hexavalent or Cr(VI) contamination from ground water sources and industrial waste.

7. Scientists from the USDA-ARS found that unsaturated oil in milkweed’s seed has potential as a base material for sunscreen, cosmetics and skin- and hair-care products, including moisturizers and conditioners.

8. A new microbial strain can help extract electricity from mud and wastewater according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

[Photo from USDA-ARS]

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