Archive | April, 2010

Chemical reform debate is on!

The newly introduced “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010” by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), which aims to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 was the biggest news in the chemical industry yesterday. Senator Lautenberg chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health. Here are the highlights of the bill: Provides EPA […]

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Bio-succinic invades Asia

Got this news from DNP Green Technology this morning about new activities from their bio-succinic joint venture Bioamber. Bioamber’s bio-based succinic acid products are already being spread out in Asia with the help of DNP’s acquisition of Sinoven Biopolymers last February. Sinoven will manufacture modified polybutylene succinate (mPBS) in China using Bioamber’s bio-succinic acid. DNP […]

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Waste plastic bags in lithium batteries

This is a very cool development from Argonne National Laboratory and could make plastic bags even more valuable. Argonne chemist Vilas Pol found a way to recycle waste plastic bags into either carbon nanotubes (using a cobalt-based catalyst) or carbon spheres, which can be used in various applications such as electronics, paints, printers, lubricants and […]

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BPA Q&A with metal packaging group

As part of my bisphenol-A (BPA) article published March 29 on ICIS Chemical Business (ICB), here is my interview with John. M. Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA). Some of the blog’s faithful readers might recall NAMPA on the spotlight of a certain Milwaukee newspaper last year. ————–Q: Several food companies […]

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Wacker licenses bio-acetic acid process

I’ve reported this in ICIS News during my trip to Wacker Chemie’s Burghausen, Germany, plant late last March, but for those who doesn’t have subscription, here’s your chance to get some information for free. During the trip, Wacker’s senior vice president of R&D, Fridolin Stary, noted that their 500 ton/year ACEO bio-acetic acid pilot plant […]

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Cobalt’s bio-butanol from pine

Among my news roundup this week, I separated this one about biobutanol from Cobalt Technologies as it sounds really interesting. Cobalt said it was able to create biobutanol fuel using beetle-killed lodgepole pine feedstock. The company signed a fuel testing deal with Colorado State University to test the butanol’s viability for commercial vehicles. Mountain pine […]

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Weekly News Roundup

It’s a little rare these days for me to be able to post the Weekly News Roundup on Monday so I’m patting myself in the back. Lots of green goodies from last week by the way. Verdezyne in ethanol dealIndustrial biotech company Verdezyne and Lallemand Ethanol Technology signed a deal to develop and commercialize genetically […]

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PolyOne and Segetis in bioplastic additives

I was starting on my Weekly News Roundup this morning when I found this email in my spam box (thank goodness I scan my spam mails first before emptying the folder!). US resin company PolyOne announced today their development partnership with Segetis aiming to explore renewable-based plasticizers. The agreement will leverage Segetis’ bio-based levulinic ketal […]

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Corn-based BPA alternative

I did promise to post some of my interviews from my recent bisphenol-A article on ICIS Chemical Business (ICB) so here’s one about a possible alternative to BPA in epoxy resins. Michael Jaffe, professor of biomedical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has developed a derivative of corn-based isosorbide that has the […]

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March green chemicals

Yes, I know this is very late but is still worthwhile posting for those on the hunt for new green materials and chemicals… 1. Novozymes bioinsecticide – Novozymes launched its bio-insecticide Met52® Granular in Canada. Met52 is a contact insecticide against black vine weevil larvae and strawberry root weevil for the professional greenhouse and nursery […]

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