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Green chemicals from June

Before I start working on my posts coming from the BIO Industrial Biotechnology conference, let me put out these new products launched last month… 1. Novozyme’s new enzyme – Novozymes launched a new enzyme, Spirizyme Excel, that converts more starch in corn, wheat, and other feedstocks into sugars which can be fermented to ethanol, thereby […]

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Ford Q&A on green cars

One of Ford Motor’s strategies is to make their cars more environment-friendly by using plant-based chemicals or recycled materials. According to Ford, its vehicles are already 85% recyclable by weight, but it wants to increase its use of bio-based materials such as its seat cushions and seatbacks, which already use soybean-based polyurethane. The 2010 Ford […]

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Ubiquitous bioplastic part 2

Sorry about the sparse posts folks, I’m working on two articles this week: One about the very important greenhouse gas regulation for stationary sources by the EPA; and the other is about bio-based products being incorporated in automobiles (got a response from Ford– woohoo!) Before I get mired in GHG politics again (watch out for […]

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April green chemicals

Another late post for this month’s new green chemicals. I’ll try to do better next month but no guarantees! 1. Dow biobased plasticizers – Dow Chemical launched DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers, a new family of phthalate-free plasticizers for use in wire insulation and jacketing that are made from nearly 100% renewable feedstocks. 2. Safety-Kleen recycled […]

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PolyOne’s new green resins

Plastic company PolyOne has been very busy last month launching new sustainable plastic products at the plastic trade fair ChinaPlas 2010 held last April 19-22. By the way, I have several bio-plastic updates lined up especially covering general overview of the market from several consulting firms. Now if only I have my doppelganger to work […]

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Chemicals profit in solar

DuPont, Dow Corning, BASF, Wacker Chemie, Solutia (and other chemical companies) have been announcing left and right about recent developments and projects within the solar market — especially solar encapsulants. According to DuPont, encapsulants are among the most important materials to solar module manufacturers for high-volume module sealing and integration. DuPont has collaborated with Oerlikon […]

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Algae resins in the market this year

Just got this news from Cereplast talking about their plans to commercially introduce the first-ever algae-based resins in the market by the end of 2010. Their proprietary resins could contain 50% or more algae biomass based resins (the rest are petroleum-based). I am not sure who they source their algae biomass from but since research […]

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March green chemicals

Yes, I know this is very late but is still worthwhile posting for those on the hunt for new green materials and chemicals… 1. Novozymes bioinsecticide – Novozymes launched its bio-insecticide Met52® Granular in Canada. Met52 is a contact insecticide against black vine weevil larvae and strawberry root weevil for the professional greenhouse and nursery […]

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A chemical consultant’s view on BPA

As noted on my previous post, here is my full Q&A interview with Michael Brown, president of consulting firm StrategyMark, on his views about bisphenol-A. Mr. Brown’s previous chemical career highlights include as global coatings director of Quaker Chemical (2006-08), partner and VP of ChemQuest Group (1999-2006); business manager at DuPont (1981-1999), process engineer at […]

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Cytec forms green chemistry alliance

It’s 4am here in Munich and my body clock is still adjusting so instead of staring at the ceiling, might as well make myself useful by scanning recent tweets from my green chemistry friends. @BeyondBenign sent me this news about their recent new green chemistry alliance with specialty chemicals company Cytec Industries, and product lifecycle […]

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