Archive | December, 2011

Bio-jet fuel momentum soaring high

It seems like almost every week I’ve been seeing news about the use of biofuel in commercial airlines and I’ve even wrote a story about it on ICIS Chemical Business (link for subscribers only) when United Airlines announced its commercial demonstration flight from Texas to Chicago using 40% algae-derived jet fuel developed by Solazyme and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Here’s the blog’s late news roundup (as usual). A couple of biofuel news that came out the past two weeks will be in a separate post. Arkema buys bio-polyamide producerFrench specialty chemical firm Arkema has acquired Chinese companies Hipro Polymers, a producer of biobased polyamide 10,10, and Casda Biomaterials, a producer castor oil-based sebacic acid […]

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Introducing P2 Science

Speaking of investing, our good friend Neil Burns and Connecticut, US-based Elm Street Ventures recently invested in newly formed company called P2 Science, which will focus on the development and manufacture of a new class of high performance carbohydrate-based surfactants called C-glycosides (CGs).   According to the company’s website, the surfactants are being positioned primarily […]

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$355m venture firm for green chems

As I am preparing for my incoming article on ICIS Chemical Business about renewable chemicals investment 2012 outlook, I came across this news about Warburg Pincus investing up to $355m in an new private equity firm called First Green Partners based in Minneapolis. The new firm will be led by Doug Cameron – ex-Cargill official […]

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Sweet and salty Montana deicers

Apologies for the post absence, December is a critical exam season and the magazine is also taking up most of my time these days. Hopefully next week will be a little better in terms of posting.   Let me start with the news this week from Rivertop Renewables about their sugar-based corrosion inhibitors that will […]

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Opinion: A Gevo case study

This insight is by Martin Monroe, a strategist with over 20 years of work experience and a unique, advanced education in both management (PhD, MBA) and technology (MS biotechnology, BS Chem. Engr.).   He has been a strategy consultant to a major petrochemical firm, advised CEOs and Boards of small businesses, and twice been a […]

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Getting to know Renmatix

This post is a little bit difficult for me to do given my extremely little knowledge about sugar chemistry and its industry. I’m also not familiar with the sugar market compared to my 10-year background in the vegetable oils and animal fats industry.   But with everybody talking about sugar in the renewable chemicals sector, […]

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