Archive | September, 2010

Purac bioplastic update

Purac has been busy last week and sent me two news, one about their partnership with Arkema, and another, about their investment in biomedical polymers. Purac and Arkema is collaborating on the development of lactide-based block copolymers that will enhance the thermochemical and physical properties of bioplastics such as polylactic acid (PLA). I remembered Arkema […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m here in Boston for this week’s Biobased Chemicals East conference. Hopefully, I’ll have internet connection to tweet some info via @ICISchemicalbiz and #ICIS hashtag. Stay tune! For now here are this week’s news roundup. Biofuel seems to be the theme in last week’s news. Rape oil for Neste Oil’s diesel Neste Oil will use […]

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P&G compacts US powder detergents

Procter & Gamble announced this week that it will compact its entire US and Canadian powder laundry detergents starting February 2011, which will help reduce waste, save energy and save water. The smaller packaging and compacted formulas will also reduced fuel consumption, according to the company. With the proper dosage use as recommended, consumers can […]

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Interview Update: DNP Green Technology

My apologies for posting this so late but I did file an ICIS news story* (subscription only) about DNP Green’s joint venture with DuPont late last June as well as part of my biorefinery story on ICIS Chemical Business published in July. Here’s a recap of what DNP has been doing the past year with […]

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Solazyme’s bubbling algae investors

Solazyme has been a very, very busy company this year gathering big time investors from across various industries to its fold. Many industry analysts are speculating this is part of a big-time preparation for an IPO (initial public offering). Today, Solazyme announced its current development partner Unilever has joined its Series D financing round although […]

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LanzaTech in coal-based ethanol demo plant

New Zealand-based LanzaTech and Chinese coal producers Henan Coal and Chemical Industrial Corp. (HNCC) announced their plans yesterday to produce ethanol fuel and chemicals from the gasification of coal using LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology. The companies will jointly build a 300 tonne/year demonstration plant in Zhengzhou, Henan province, which will initially produce ethanol. The facility […]

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Green chemicals in August

The monthly green chemicals product launch is back! (at least while I have extra time to put it all together) August seems to be the month for new product introductions focusing on the energy market. I also have a growing list of new bio-based products in the retail market that hopefully, I’ll be able to […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Green chemistry collaboration Rhodia has signed a long term green chemistry collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon (ENSL) and the East China Normal University (ECNU) of Shanghai. The deal aims to develop common research on materials and processes based on eco-design principles and renewable raw […]

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New solvent for CO2 capture

Before I file my fatty alcohol article for ICIS Chemical Business today…here is an interesting development on carbon capture technology coming from German companies RWE, BASF and Linde. The companies claimed that new chemical solvents can increase efficient separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas by being able to reduce energy input by 20%. The […]

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