Archive | March, 2010

New Green Chemistry companies

I’ve postponed this post about new green chemistry companies for too long and I’m very sorry = (. It seems there are new companies I come across each month that my list keeps on growing! But that’s a good thing. On the back of my recent green investment article on ICIS Chemical Business, here are […]

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Green out of Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympic games is over but of course environmentalists have to check if there is a heavy carbon footprint left behind. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, the recent Vancouver Olympic games garnered a Bronze medal for overall efforts to reduce the event’s climate impact. Achievements include building energy-efficient venues, using clean-energy sources, relying […]

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Green R&D chemical partnerships

Two France-based specialty chemicals companies recently separately announced a research and development collaborations towards green materials and processing. Rhodia formed a multi-year partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, or CNRS) to develop new, sustainable technologies in the field of soft condensed matter […]

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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. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

My bioplastic article has been filed and will be out for the March 22 issue of ICIS Chemical Business. Right now I’m working on about bisphenol-A (BPA) which is getting to be really interesting. Can’t wait to share that! For now here are this week’s news roundup: Lithium expansion in KoreaCelgard will expand production capacity […]

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Strong algae momentum

Two recent big news on the algae front are developments from Honeywell’s UOP business and from DuPont. Both companies were able to get funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) – $1.5 million for UOP and $8.8 million for DuPont. In UOP’s case, The funding will be used for the design of a demonstration […]

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Investment insight from DSM

The blog previously posted about DSM Venturing‘s growing recent investments in renewable chemistry and clean technology projects. It is now our pleasure to share insights coming from Erik Rutten, DSM Venturing’s senior investment manager, on how green chemistry companies can attract strategic partners such as DSM. Q: What are the challenges that DSM Venturing confronts […]

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Walmart’s supply chain beware

Let me get this news from Walmart last week before it becomes stale. Everybody knows in the supply chain community that what Walmart and other big box retailers do vibrates all the way even up to chemical feedstock producers. This year, Walmart decided to further put their nose in their supply chain’s businesses by asking […]

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Weekly News Roundup

While I’m knee-deep last week transcribing phone interviews for my bioplastic article as well as trying to find people interested in talking about bisphenol-A (this one should be interesting), Walmart was busy announcing its latest sustainability strategy of eliminating 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by the end […]

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ICB’s Green feature this week

My green article masterpiece is finally out (on print) this week as part of ICIS Chemical Business’ March 1 green feature. My article is about the investment environment for green chemistry companies and it has definitely been an eye opener for me on how these companies were able to get the money flowing for their […]

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