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Verdezyne starts pilot plant

It’s been awhile since the blog wrote something about Verdezyne’s development activities on bio-adipic acid. The company announced today that it has started its pilot plant operation in Carlsbad, California — Verdezyne’s first biobased adipic acid at scale.   The company said “the plant will be used to demonstrate scalability of their process, validate their […]

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Toray’s 100% bio-PET via Gevo PX

Let me put this news in before I completely get lost on the incoming busy holiday season. Japan chemical firm Toray announced last week that it has successfully produced in laboratory scale its 100% renewable-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber using Gevo’s isobutanol-derived paraxylene (PX).  If readers recall the blog’s recent post on Gevo, the companies […]

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Mitsubishi develops bio-MMA

Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) and its subsidiary Lucite International announced today that they have developed bio-based methyl methacrylate (MMA), a chemical used in coatings, transparent plastics and adhesives.   Most of MMA is polymerized into polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a transparent thermoplastic sometimes called acrylic glass which is an economical alternative to polycarbonate. Lucite by the way, […]

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Plastic from beef waste

Before I go home and prepare for Hurricane Irene, let me post this interesting news from the University of Alberta in Canada about their development of bioplatic using waste beef carcasses. The researchers said they are hoping to divert tonnes of protein waste from landfills across North America as well as boost flagging profit levels […]

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Codexis, Chemtex on detergent alcohols deal

This week is definitely a killer when it comes to press announcements and it is not even Friday yet! Codexis just announced an hour ago their detergent alcohols collaboration deal with technology and engineering firm Chemtex, a company owned by Italy’s Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (the same company that has a bio-butanediol collaboration with Genomatica). […]

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Metabolix in green C4 partnership

Metabolix announced yesterday that it will form a joint development deal for its polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)-based C4 chemicals — initially butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and polyester engineering resins (PBT) — with Korea-based industrial biotechnology company CJ CheilJedang. The blog posted in March about Metabolix’s development in this area where the company said it […]

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Plastic-to-energy tech gains ground

I wrote an article (subscription only) for ICIS Chemical Business (published on June 6) about the increasing development of recycled plastics being used as energy source or alternative chemical feedstock. Companies included in the article are Dow Chemical, Agilyx, JBI Global, and comments from the American Chemistry Council’s Steve Russell, VP of the ACC plastics […]

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Expanding bioplastic collaboration

The chemical/plastic industry seems to be opening more and more to bioplastics collaboration as seen with the recent news from Gevo and Toray on bio-PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and today with Avantium and Solvay’s announcement to jointly develop green engineering plastics. Gevo announced on June 27 that it has successfully produced 100% renewable-based PET using its […]

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Zeachem partners with P&G

As expected when it comes to dealings with Procter & Gamble (P&G), the green blog did not really get any worthwhile additional information to add to the recent press release announced by Zeachem this morning. Zeachem said it has formed a multi-year joint development deal with P&G in bio-based chemicals (and other products) beyond C2s. […]

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Dow enters bio-acrylic acid with OPXBIO

Dow Chemical might not be as loud as DuPont or DSM in their bio-based chemicals intent but they have been very active in investing in this area. In the plastics arena, Dow is still intent on producing sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). In fact, my colleague Anna Jagger wrote an excellent story about the […]

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