Archive | March, 2012

Live blogging at Bioplastek 2012: Day 3

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Live blogging at Bioplastek 2012: Day 2

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Live blogging at Bioplastek 2012

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Big green chemical news

Again, my apologies for the sparse blog. Too many things going on with work and school. As you’ve probably seen by now, I am currently here in Arlington, Virginia, to blog live at the BIOPLASTEK Conference. The session will start soon but in the meantime, here are news that came up within the past 24 […]

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Avantium, Danone partner in PEF bottles

Here’s another news that will probably create a buzz at the BIOPLASTEK 2012 meeting next week in Washington D.C. and within the bioplastic community attending the humongous international plastic tradeshow NPE coming in April in Orlando, Florida. Avantium announced today that it has partnered with Danone’s research organization to jointly develop recyclable PEF (polyethylene furanoate) bottles […]

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Vinythai starts glycerin-to-ECH plant

Solvay’s subsidiary Vinythai noted last month that it has successfully commissioned its 100,000 tonnes/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, that uses refined glycerin for feedstock via Solvay’s Epicerol technology. ECH is an essential feedstock for the production of epoxy resins and is also increasingly being used in applications such as corrosion protection […]

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Green Surfactants Update

USDA-ARS chemists working on new biosurfactant yeasts I am starting to work on my biobased surfactants article for ICIS Chemical Business’ April 23 Surfactants issue to be distributed at the ICIS 2nd World Surfactants Conference in New Jersey.   In the new technology session, presenters will include Solazyme, LS9, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Codexis, P2 Science […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m bummed out by the result of my exam grades today….On the other hand, I got my new (and first) Ipad!! Yipee! Rivertop Renewables starts contract manufacturing Rivertop Renewables has contracted DTI, a fine and specialty chemical contract manufacturer in Danville, Virginia, to pilot at initial 850 lbs/run the manufacture of Rivertop’s glucarate-based products. Product […]

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Allylix bags BASF investment

The flavors and fragrance (F&F) market seem to be benefiting from renewable chemicals developments from players such as Amyris, Allylix and Blue Marble Biomaterials…and chemical firms also supplying the F&F market are taking notice. BASF announced on Monday that its venture capital business has invested $13.5m in Allylix, which BASF said allows them to leverage […]

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Increasing bioplastic capacity

Miss me? Sorry for the long hiatus on posting, too many things going on including exams and finishing my presentation for the BIOPLASTEK conference, not to mention magazine deadlines.   My bio-PX/PTA story just came out this week in ICIS Chemical Business’ Green Chemicals issue, which seems to be mostly focusing on bioplastics. Here are […]

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