Archive | September, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The 3-day long weekend comes to an end (pity…) and school is back (pity me…) The battle on climate change bill will again be back on track in Congress although the health care reform will most probably overshadow that. An ICIS insight piece from Washington correspondent Joe Kamalick last week states… “The once healthy climate […]

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New Green Chemicals

You think I’d forget this segment of the blog didn’t you? I was afraid the last weeks of summer will not produce enough green chemical product launch for August and will have to scrap this one for the month but fortunately, innovation is still active even during the lazy weeks of summer. Here they are […]

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Green car inside out

Preceding ICIS Chemical Business’ automotive feature on October 5, here’s a glimpse of some of the green technologies being developed (and commercialized) by chemical companies for the automobile industry. DuPont just announced today that its joint venture company DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products now have the approval of the American Society for Testing and […]

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Eyewear looking at green chems

Eyewear manufacturers like what they see when it comes to renewable-based chemicals. According to Japanese chemical company Teijin, their new plant-based heat-resistant bioplastic BIOFRONT will be the first bioplastic to be used for all plastic parts of an eyeglass frame. The frames were developed in collaboration with Tanaka Foresight Inc., which Teijin said manufactures and […]

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Farewell and hello to biofuels

It saddens us to see one of ICIS’ pioneer blogs, Big Biofuels Blog, by Simon Robinson closing down but the good news is that the Green Chemicals blog will now officially cover biofuels as well as part of ICIS’ efforts to send out more information about the business of green chemistry and sustainability.Look out for […]

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Greening vending machines

A new energy efficiency standards released by the Department of Energy (DOE) will soon reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 9.6 million metric tons from 2012 through 2042 coming from around 2.3 million beverage vending machines in the US. This is almost equivalent to removing more than 2 million cars from the road for […]

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Corn glue for plywood

Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that the corn byproduct corn germ, which is usually converted into animal feed can also be used as a protein extender for plywood glues. Glue extenders reduce the amount of main binder, or resin, used in such glues and enhance their adhesive action, the researchers said. […]

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Union demand HF ban

Trade union United Steelworkers (USW) is calling for the phaseout of hydrogen fluoride, an acid used as a catalyst in the alkylation unit for high-octane petroleum production, stating that the chemical is health hazard to workers in petroleum refineries. The demand for the ban comes at a time when several petroleum refineries this year had […]

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Got HP printer? Use soy toner!

This month, soy-based toner under the brand AgriTone is now available in replacement cartridges for select laser printers, according to the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC). In partnership with Battelle, OSC develop the soy toner technology, which is licensed by Advanced Image Resources, Inc. (AIR). The company manufactures a soy-based resin, called BioRez, which contains 60% […]

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Weekly news roundup

Ok, I did promise to post another news roundup yesterday but unfortunately I had to scramble to get back into the “work” mode after a week of vacation bliss. This week is also my deadline for my China alternative energy article (coming out on September 21) as well as preparing for an alternative transportation fuel […]

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