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Soy foam market expands

Although soy chemicals (excluding biodiesel) account for a very small portion of soybean oil consumption, this news regarding expansion of soy-based chemical development is still a very good news for the US agriculture industry. According to the United Soybean Board (USB), soy-based foam made from soybean oil polyol is now being incorporated by more than […]

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More biobutanol supply coming soon

I mentioned last month about the development of biobutanol in fuel application. Butanol is currently being used as an industrial solvent and most of it is produced via petrochemical processing. According to industry sources, fermented butanol is only currently sparsely being produced in China. Biobutanol has not been commercially applied as a fuel as of […]

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Bio-funding slumps in Europe

Bad news for green chemistry and industrial biotechnology proponents in Europe. According to this article from ICIS Chemical Business, Europe is losing ground when it comes to bio-refinery R&D and infrastructure because of decreasing funding and resources. The opposite is happening in the US where the former Bush administration drove large funding for biofuels R&D, […]

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Chemistry: The alternative energizers

I just finished an alternative energy article featuring chemical companies that contribute on making clean energy technologies more affordable. Companies included in my interviews were Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Air Products, Evonik, and Dow Corning. Here are some of what they said regarding chemistry and alternative energy: “While energy is crucial to the chemical […]

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Booming green jobs

Apologies for not being able to post yesterday as I had to line up for registration to my next class which will start on January 26. I will not regale you with the horrors of my College enrollment and instead will hopefully cheer you up (and maybe myself) with the good news of expanding green […]

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Green chemistry in ICIS

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published on Monday several interesting articles on the fields of green and chemistry. I already mentioned in my previous post about the growth of carbon capture technology and its potential for chemical companies. An article titled “Green is in the air“ interviewed Air Products’ head of the […]

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CCS article from ICIS Chemical Business

Despite its complexities, the market for carbon capture and storage technology is indeed fascinating to follow. I tried my best to capture (pun intended) an overview of this market mostly on the capture part and ICIS Chemical Business just released online today my article on how the chemical industry could potentially benefit from this high-growth […]

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GreenExchange in San Francisco

A very exciting green event is going to be held in January next year in San Francisco. ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) is co-sponsoring a roundtable event within a newly launched green chemistry program called GreenExchange at InformexUSA, an annual tradeshow for buyers and sellers in the fine, custom and specialty chemical […]

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Green packaging is hot

ICIS Chemical Business released this Monday its feature on packaging and from what the magazine’s editors have found out is that sustainability is definitely becoming more ingrained within this industry mostly driven by consumer demand. The benefits of cost-cutting and energy saving also add to packaging players’ enthusiasm over this trend. In the article “Green […]

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Japan launches voluntary CO2 market

My Green Japan article in ICIS Chemical Business is now available online. In it are some examples of how the chemical industry is responding to the issue of climate change. The article also reported about how carbon emissions from Japan’s industrial manufacturing sector (including energy, steel, chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, cement, etc.) is closely […]

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