Archive | September, 2011

Big Biofuel News

For those following my tweets, you probably know already about my recent interview with DSM about their bio-adipic acid strategies now published on ICIS News (subscription required). I am also planning to do a more comprehensive article about the interview as well as about bio-adipic acid developments for ICIS Chemical Business with publication date on […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog apologizes for the lack of weekly news roundup in the past two weeks. Unfortunately, the blog is at the second-bottom of the chain between my day job at the magazine and night work at school. My friends and family will tell you my personal life is at the very bottom (violin starts playing […]

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Amyris and Michelin in bio-isoprene

Okay, let’s start with this one after numerous “green chemical-related” press releases (and webcasts) came out and still coming out this week – at a critical time when I’m chained to deadlines for ICIS Chemical Business (ICB)…such is life.   Amyris is on fire as usual with various collaboration announcement but this one to me […]

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Elevance files for $100m IPO

A busy IPO (initial public offering) season this year as Illinois, US-based Elevance Renewable Sciences joined the ranks of Myriant, Genomatica, Gevo, Amyris, Solazyme, Codexis and Metabolix. The company submitted its S-1 form to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late Sept. 20 noting its intention to raise $100m on the NASDAQ stock exchange […]

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First bio-EPDM rubber by Lanxess

I have been working on this week’s news roundup when I came across Lanxess’ news today about its planned bio-based EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene) monomer production in Brazil using sugarcane as feedstock for the ethylene component. Braskem will supply the bio-ethylene via pipeline to Lanxess’ EPDM plant in Triunfo, Brazil. Lanxess said this will be the first […]

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Is bio-based BDO for real?

This is an article from ICIS Chemical Business published on May 16 and written by ICIS colleague Brian Balboa. Brian handles the ICIS pricing report on US butanediol (BDO) and he was able to talk to his contacts in the industry about bio-BDO and what they think about its developments. ———————————————   The debate over […]

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PTTMCC picks BioAmber for succinic supply

Just like my recent interview with Japanese firm Mitsubishi Chemical (see ICB article for subscribers), I am hoping to get to know more about Thailand-based PTT Chemical (PTTCH) someday soon given their strategies within the renewable chemicals and bioplastic market. The other day, Reuters put out a news article about PTTCH looking to buy a […]

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Gevo update: Isobutanol lawsuit Round 2

Or is it round 3 now? It’s hard to keep track of Butamax’s and Gevo’s back and forth bio-isobutanol lawsuit these days. Gevo announced today that the the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) granted the company two patents on bio-isobutanol production. Gevo also filed a lawsuit against Butamax and its parent company DuPont for […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

A follow-up to my Weekly News Roundup: Neste Oil has launched a joint algae research program with the Marine Research Center at Finnish Environment Institute. The program is part of Neste Oil’s efforts aimed at using algae oil as a raw material for producing NExBTL renewable diesel in the future. Gevo and Mansfield Oil Company […]

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Weekly News Roundup

It was a busy week, given the Labor Day holiday, school, Gevo’s investor day meeting and preparing for my upcoming Japanese renewable chemicals article and cellulosic ethanol article for ICIS Chemical Business. Plus, my bio-butanediol article will come out on Monday on ICB. Stay tune for that! Meanwhile, here are this week’s news roundup which […]

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