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BioAmber enters adipic acid

Biosuccinic acid producer BioAmber is now venturing into the bio-adipic acid market (and other intermediates) with an exclusive licensing deal with US bioengineering firm Celexion LLC. Unfortunately, I am still on jury duty and so do not have time right now to do more information digging. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more information on […]

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Metabolix’s PHA-based chems coming soon

I just finished my biochemicals article, which will be included in the National Petrochemical and Refineries Association (NPRA) supplement to be distributed on March 28 at their international meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  The article focuses on the commercialization advancement of succinic acid, biobased 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and bio-acrylic acid. With Metabolix, I was actually […]

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Codexis enters detergent alcohols market

This news I actually first heard during Codexis’ presentation in a recent Clean Technologies conference hosted by investment and securities firm Jefferies & Co.  According to Codexis’ Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Robert Lawson, the company hopes to soon begin commercial production of detergent alcohols using sugar as feedstock. Detergent alcohols will be Codexis’ […]

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Genomatica dives into municipal waste

From trash to treasure is the motto here as Genomatica announced its joint development deal with Waste Management to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from syngas made from municipal solid waste. Under the deal, Genomatica will create proprietary, specially-designed organisms and complete manufacturing processes to efficiently and economically convert syngas produced from locally-available waste with […]

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BioAmber in Cargill succinic acid deal

That’s right folks, you read it first right here on the Green blog. We just received a scoop that BioAmber (formerly DNP Green Technology) is developing a new generation of microorganism for succinic acid production under exclusive license from Cargill. As soon as this microorganism is ready for commercial action, BioAmber plans to use it […]

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Amyris enters bio-base oil market

I tried to contact Amyris for one of my upcoming green chemistry article but unfortunately they seem to have a policy of not talking to media because of being a public company (???) Oh well, at least the green blog has plenty of materials to get from other sources… Now this recent news from Amyris […]

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LanzaTech joins DOE in butanediol R&D

I was too sick last week to post anything but I’m recovering enough now to hopefully be able to post last week’s news, maybe one interview, and then I’m off for some Black Friday shopping to support the economy and the chemical industry (I will do my best…) LanzaTech sent me this news on November […]

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Glycerine-based chems investment in Malaysia

Two companies announced this week their plans to set up green chem facilities in Malaysia using crude glycerine as feedstock. France-based renewable chems developer METabolic Explorer said on Tuesday that it will construct a 50,000 tonne/year bio-1,3 propanediol (PDO) plant in Iskandar, Malaysia using crude glycerine as feedstock. This investment is in partnership with the […]

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Braskem to build Bio-PP plant

Flushed from its startup success with its new 200,000 tonne/year green polyethylene (PE) plant in Brazil, Braskem announced last week that it will now build a sugarcane ethanol-based polypropylene plant after concluding the conceptual phase of the project. Work on the basic engineering studies for the plant is expected to conclude next year and operational […]

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Presenting: Siluria

The green blog still has Anellotech (tech – Biomass to aromatics) and Arzeda (tech -biocatalysts) to cover based on their presentations from the Biobased Chemicals East conference, but let’s start with this very intriguing company Siluria – their technology is based on a breakthrough catalyst that can convert natural gas specifically methane to ethylene. I […]

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