Green Chemicals from February

A lot of biofuel-related new chemicals last month. Not surprising as companies always like to launch products during major trade shows, and February was the month where the National Ethanol Conference and the National Biodiesel were held. For more on news from these shows, check out my biofuel posts part 1 and part 2.

1. Verenium ethanol enzyme - Verenium introduced Xylathin, a highly active enzyme designed to significantly improve the economics of fuel ethanol production from cereal grains.

2. Novozymes biomass enzyme - Novozymes launched Cellic® CTec2 enzymes for production of biofuel from agricultural waste. The enzyme enables the biofuel industry to produce cellulosic ethanol at a price below $2/gallon, says Novozymes.

3. Genencor biomass enzyme - Genencor introduced Accellerase® DUET for cellulosic biofuel, which is said to achieve higher sugar and biofuel yields and to be feedstock- and pretreatment- flexible.

4. Evonik metathesis catalyst - Evonik Industries is now offering three new, efficient homogeneous catalysts that cover a broad spectrum of reactions in cross-metathesis, ring-closing metathesis, and ring-opening metathesis: catMETium® RF2, catMETium® RF3, and catMETium® RF4.Metathesis is an important method for developing and producing, for example, high-tech plastics–including those based on renewable resource.

5. Ecology Coatings bio-based coatings - Ecology Coatings has developed bio-based materials for use in its new family of EcoQuik™ UV-curable coatings. Products incorporating bio-based additives are being used in commercial development applications that exhibit enhanced curing speed, pigment coverage and useful surface effects.

6. Solutia’s cost-efficient encapsulant - Saflex, a business unit of Solutia launched a new encapsulant, Saflex® PG41 designed specifically to improve solar panel throughput and processing costs for solar module manufacturers that use the vacuum encapsulation process.

7. Bayer MaterialSicence’s eco-coatings - Bayer MaterialScience highlights its waterborne polyurethane coatings for graffiti-resistant applications on metal bridge infrastructure as well as concrete abutments.

8. Wacker green dispersions - Wacker presented its new vinyl acetate / ethylene-based (VAE) dispersions VINNAPAS® XD 05, said to be a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to existing packaging adhesives based on polyvinyl acetate (PVAc).

9. Celanese low-VOC emulsions - Celanese debuts its EcoVAE® emulsions for low VOC, eco-friendly, waterborne interior paints.

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