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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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Growing phthalate-free plasticizers

The blog is not that familiar with the plasticizer market although ICIS Chemical Business has been covering some part of this market in the form of phthalate plasticizers dioctyl phthalate (DOP), di-isosonyl phthalate (DINP) and feedstock phthalic anhydride. However, the blog has constantly been receiving news on alternatives development to phthalates DOP and DINP, which […]

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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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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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Ajinomoto, Toray on Biobased Nylon

Just had my first school exam for the semester tonight so hopefully my lack of blog posting this week was justified. I saw this news on Wednesday morning about Ajinomoto partnering with Toray on the development of nylon raw material 1,5 pentanediamine (1,5 PD) using plant-based amino acid lysine via Ajinomoto’s fermentation technology. According to […]

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Chemicals from cashew nut shell

Who knew you can use liquid extracted from cashew nut shell and use it for chemical feedstock?    The blog received this news from BioBased Technologies (a US biobased polyol producer) about their partnership with Palmer International, a US company working with Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) for over 50 years. The firms is developing […]

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Bio-polyamide developments on the rise

The nylon market will soon see more biobased polyamides developments with this recent partnership announcement between France-based Rhodia and the Netherlands-based Avantium. Rhodia, like its polyamide competitor France-based Arkema, has been developing biopolyamides for as long as the blog can remember. Rhodia is also now a newly acquired business of Belgium-based Solvay and if readers […]

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Bio-methionine developments

France-based METabolic EXplorer (METEX) and Roquette announced last week that the companies are now initiating an industrial engineering study on the production of a 100% bio-based L-Methionine, which the companies have been developing for several years.   Methionine is an essential amino acid mainly used in animal feeds. According to METEX, the amino acid is […]

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Penford, Novomer in starch PPC

This news has been out for days now but Penford and Novomer just released its formal announcement today on their partnership to develop and commercialize packaging materials made from the combination of starch and poplypropylene carbonate thermoplastic polymer (which is composed of nearly 50% by weight waste carbon dioxide developed by Novomer. The companies said […]

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Coca-Cola to announce PlantBottle partners

So I got home tonight from school (after an interesting exam) and guess what I found on my email? An invitation for Coca-Cola’s announcement on Thursday about a partnership announcement regarding their next-generation PlantBottle packaging. Of course I am super excited and hoping to get a slot for an interview with somebody from the press […]

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