Archive | March, 2011

Tate and Lyle to produce Genomatica’s bio-BDO

Genomatica announced today that food ingredient producer Tate & Lyle will produce its bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) in Decatur, Illinois, starting third quarter this year. Tate & Lyle seems to be profiting from being a toll manufacturer for green chemicals production, first with Amyris and now Genomatica. Genomatica said it is ramping its fermentation process from […]

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Oil firms at center stage

I’ve been picked as a juror! Fortunately, the lawyers of both sides said it will be a one (or maybe two)-day trial – let’s hope that’s true as you never know the truth from lawyers right? Ha! And yes, they know that I’m a blog/twitter/facebook junkie so they forbade me to do any of these […]

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Green blogger on jury duty

The green blogger will be doing her patriotic duty and hopefully will have internet access while doing so. Not yet sure when I’ll be back online but in the meantime I found this hilarious blog on ways to spice up the jury duty selection process… This is the green blogger’s first time attending the selection […]

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Green Chemistry Panel overview

“Green is now embedded in the DNA of every chemical industry’s research and development activities” This is what industry analyst Chris Cerimele of Houlihan Lokey noted during the Question and Answer session at the Green Chemistry panel I co-moderated in New York last week. The panel discussion and webcast hosted by the American Chemical Society’s […]

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Metabolix’s PHA-based chems coming soon

I just finished my biochemicals article, which will be included in the National Petrochemical and Refineries Association (NPRA) supplement to be distributed on March 28 at their international meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  The article focuses on the commercialization advancement of succinic acid, biobased 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and bio-acrylic acid. With Metabolix, I was actually […]

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Weekly News Roundup

There are several news that came out this week especially from Metabolix and Solazyme (a bird told me Genomatica is also coming out with something), that I have my hands full with the weekly news roundup. Let’s start first with those that came out last week… Genomatica raises $45m Genomatica has raised $45m with new […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

I’m still assembling my weekly news roundup but decided again to separate biofuels as there seem to be several interesting ones that came out last week BASF’s 2nd biodiesel catalyst plant BASF plans to build its second Latin American sodium methylate plant in Rosario, Argentina with annual capacity of 60,000 tonne. It’s first biodiesel catalyst […]

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50 Best Blogs for Green Business Students

I am still working on the Weekly News Roundup including a separate Biofuel News roundup but in the meantime, I want to acknowledge BSchool.com, an online MBA school information and resources, for including Green Chemicals blog in its list of 50 Best Blogs for green business students. Not sure if the blog has been included […]

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Solazyme’s algae now in skin care

Exciting news from Solazyme this morning as the company announced its microalgae-based skin care line Algenist will now be available in Sephora stores and on television shopping channel QVC (my favorite shopping channel actually). Solazyme said its Algenist anti-aging skincare products include its patented alguronic acid, a polysaccharide extracted from microalgae. In the company’s website, […]

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Codexis enters detergent alcohols market

This news I actually first heard during Codexis’ presentation in a recent Clean Technologies conference hosted by investment and securities firm Jefferies & Co.  According to Codexis’ Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Robert Lawson, the company hopes to soon begin commercial production of detergent alcohols using sugar as feedstock. Detergent alcohols will be Codexis’ […]

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