Tag Archives | R&D

New glycerine developments

Just finished my article this week about traditional chemical companies jumping into industrial biotechnology processing. That will come out on June 21 so stay tune. Meanwhile, I have a few glycerine development updates that I got hold from my Phoenix trip attending the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) meeting — geez, that seems like a […]

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Green R&D chemical partnerships

Two France-based specialty chemicals companies recently separately announced a research and development collaborations towards green materials and processing. Rhodia formed a multi-year partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, or CNRS) to develop new, sustainable technologies in the field of soft condensed matter […]

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Biofuel R&D updates

The biofuel industry might be struggling right now but advanced technology developments are definitely still alive and kicking — especially if government grants and funding from both public and private sector are flowing in. There are sooo many news this past two weeks but the recent ones that came into my attention are Cobalt’s new […]

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Biorefineries get $564m funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected today 19 biorefinery projects that will receive up to $564m funding under the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program, which promotes development of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, biopower and bioproducts using biomass resources. Up to $483m will go to 14 pilot scale projects and 4 demonstration-scale biorefinery […]

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26 new soy chemicals in 2009

The green blog continues to see the growing use of soybean and derivatives as a renewable chemical feedstock. Yesterday, the United Soybean Board (USB) released its annual list of soy-based products the U.S. farmer-led organization helped introduce this year. 26 new soy-based products hit the market in 2009, according to the group, which helps provides […]

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Canada strengthens green chemistry

Canada’s Ontario government wants green chemistry in their industrial landscape, and is investing $13.6m (on top of a $9.1m award earlier this year) in the establishment of a research center to develop and commercialize green chemistry technology. The GreenCentre Canada is said to be the first of its kind in North America bringing together leading […]

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Algae madness

I have no idea why there seems to be so much algae news last week but I guess that’s good news for the chemical and biofuel industry who are hoping to gain from its development as potential feedstock. Unfortunately these were too late to post from my recent algae updates that mostly came from attending […]

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SC Johnson’s sustainable insecticide

Another addition to my biopesticide saga, although this might be my last this summer. For this post, SC Johnson is making sure that one of their key natural insecticide ingredient, Pyrethrum extracted from the dried flower heads of chrysanthemums, is benefiting farmers in East Africa (as well as them of course). SC Johnson initiated a […]

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More bioplastic news

Here are more green plastic news from last week. Incidentally, I ampreparing for a bioplastic article for ICIS Chemical Business so watchout for that in June. First stop is Coca-Cola’sannouncement of its new plant-based plastic bottle, 30% of which ismade from sugar cane and molasses. The rest of the plastic ispetroleum-based polyethylene (PET). The company […]

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Green chem JVs

Two interesting green chem joint ventures were announced this week. Dow Chemical and German specialty chemicals company Sud-Chemie agreed to research alternative routes in producing chemicals. Converting synthesis gas from coal or biomass to chemicals is one such route, according to the companies. They aim to make this process more efficient and economically viable using […]

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