Archive | April, 2012

ICIS Surfactants: Day 1

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Live Blog: ICIS World Surfactants 2012

ICIS Surfactants: Day 2 Live

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Sugar fatty alcohols on the way

My article on sugar fatty alcohols has been published this week on ICIS Chemical Business and will be distributed at the ICIS World Surfactants Conference tomorrow and Thursday in New Jersey. There’s still time for those who have not yet registered! We are expecting more than 180 attendees this year and the Thursday agenda will […]

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Castor oil to the auto rescue?

The global automotive industry is abuzz with the tightened supply of polyamide 12 (also called nylon 12) which are used in cable ties, wire insulation, flexible hosing, nozzles, damping cogwheels, flexible cover caps, sheet gaskets, sealing rings, and in other fuel line applications/auto-related parts. PA-12 is also used in plastic parts to make solar panels […]

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Green chem destination: Minnesota

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (BBAM) recently released its Bio-industrial processing roadmap for the advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals industry to provide information for investors, businesses and stakeholders. According to BBAM’s projections, direct and indirect employment in bioindustrial processing companies in Minnesota could total in excess of 13,000 by 2025, up from 2,000 last year. […]

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Seattle Mariners ‘Green Field’

BASF has teamed up with US major league baseball team Seattle Mariners in launching its season-long Sustainable Saturdays program at Safeco Field where BASF will give away its compostable bags made from its Ecovio biodegradable polymers.   The first 10,000 fans on April 21 (this Saturday) will receive a free “Kitchen Catcher” compost kit compliments […]

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Green chem products list

It has been a looong time since I last posted any product introductions and this has been in my  draft box for far too long. I hope these product news are still useful to readers. PLASTICS: Henkel – New additives for high-performance bioplastics Minerals Technologies Inc. Announces a New Product Line for Bioplastics Applications Cortec® […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Now that my sugar-based surfactant story on ICIS Chemical Business is out of the way — that will be published and distributed next week at the ICIS World Surfactants Conference — here is the blog’s news roundup from last week. I also included bits of news that I just came across my email inbox from […]

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OPINION: Notes from the Advanced Biofuels Summit

Small musings from Sam Nejame on the recent Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C. last week. Sam Nejame is a management consultant to the biofuel and renewable chemical industries. ————————————Despite ongoing political and economic challenges, the mood of attendees at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference last week in Washington DC was one of guarded […]

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EPA cancels green chems grants

I just realized today that my phone has not been working since March 27. As I have been traveling for most of the past two weeks, I did not notice that my phone has not been ringing and I did not get indications of any voicemail until a colleague from the UK alerted me to […]

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