Green Chemicals from November

Sorry about the blog’s temporary hiatus as I am up to my eyeballs with exams this week and needed every extra minute to cram information in my aching brain. By the way, thanks for the good luck wishes from @AmChemistry and @plasticpossible = )

Our green chemicals of the month is a little bit late but November was still robust when it comes to green chemicals launch. Also to make amends for the sparse blog these past few days, I will try to post some interesting green commercial products to consider just in time for the holidays!

1. Cognis’ green thickener - Cognis launched its DSX 3100, a new nonionic associative polyurethane thickener suitable for water-based architectural and industrial coatings and paints. It is free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), does not contain heavy metals (such as organic tin compounds) or solvents and is odor-free.

2. Cortec’s Eco-resin - Cortec introduced its EcoWorks® Resin, a proprietary blend of aliphatic and aromatic polyesters for biodegradable film extruding applications. The resin also contains plant sugar-based components.

3. Clariant green cosmetic formulation - Clariant presented its silicone-free cosmetic formulation using Aristoflex® polymers rheology modifiers and naturally-derived emulsifier Hostacerin®. The non-biodegradable nature of silicone restricts its use in natural/eco-labeled cosmetics according to Clariant.

4. ITRI’s safe Li-ion batteries - ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) introduces STOBA (self-terminated oligomers with hyper-branched architecture), the first material technology to enhance the safety of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. STOBA has passed mandatory shorting and piercing experiments conducted in 2008 and 2009 by battery manufacturers in Japan and Taiwan.

5. BASF bio-plastic - BASF has launched Ecovio® FS Paper for coating paper, and Ecovio® FS Shrink Film for manufactur­ing shrink films, which serve to easily wrap packaged goods. Introduction into the market at large is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010.

6. PPG green coatings - PPG Industries’ commercial coatings group has introduced Aquacron water-based, low-volatile organic compound coatings for light industrial applications. The new product line includes primer and topcoat technologies.

7. Rhodia green polyamide - Rhodia introduced its new polyamide 6.10-based product line produced partly from castor oil, which the company said requires 20% less fossil fuels than a ton of a conventional polyamide.

8. Americhem recycled additive - Americhem has introduced a post consumer recyclate (PCR) renewal additive that adds clarity and eliminates yellow discoloration normally associated with recycled resin.

9. Novamont bioplastic - Novamont presented its the 2nd generation of Mater-Bi® bioplastic which integrates Novamont’s starch-based technology with the technology of polyesters from vegetable oil. The material was recently introduced in high quantities by some leading European retail chains for compostable shopping bags.

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