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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is preparing for her trip to Taipei next week for a presentation alongside Tecnon OrbiChem at the APIC (Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference) on May 9. If she is lucky with getting a free wifi, she will tweet some of the good stuff coming from the conference. Follow hashtag #APIC13 (as #APIC2013 is already taken by infection control conference…)

IFF, Amyris in multi-year collaboration deal
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Amyris have announced a multi-year collaboration to develop and commercialize a specific set of renewable fragrance ingredients. IFF will have exclusive rights to the renewable-based fragrance ingredients in the F&F applications, while Amyris will have exclusive rights in other fields.

Blogger’s note: Why do I get the feeling that this press release has been recycled a couple of times now??

Cereplast’s new algae-based resins
Cereplast announced a new bioplastic resin grade Biopropylene® A150D, an injection molding grade manufactured with 51% post-industrial algae biomass. The bioplastic resins will be commercially available this quarter. Biopropylene® A150D can be processed on existing conventional electric and hydraulic reciprocating screw injection molding machines, and is recommended for thin wall injection molding applications. Cereplast’s subsidiary Algaeplast is expected to develop a 100% algae-based plastic within the next three years.

P2 Science bags $500K funding
Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, has made a $500,000 investment in P2 Science Inc. of New Haven, Conn., through its Seed Investment Fund. The company has developed a novel chemical process, known as hybrid ozonolysis, to convert biomass into aldehydes for use in fragrances and flavors, di-acids for use in cosmetics and polymers, and derivatives of aldehydes, such as alcohols, esters and surfactants, for use in cosmetics, personal care products and lubricants.

Cardia Bioplastics in PPC collaboration
Cardia Bioplastics’ wholly-owned subsidiary CO2Starch Pty and the University of Sydney have partnered to develop a PPC (polypropylene carbonate) resin, a biodegradable aliphatic polyester synthesized from copolymerization of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide. If successful, the development will expand application and use of PPC resin for Cardia across a wide range of products including packaging, medical and coatings and engineering polymers. The resin can also be used for bio-medical applications such as tissue scaffolds and drug delivery agents.

Metso’s LignoBoost plant used by Domtar
Domtar has successfully started up a commercial-scale LignoBoost lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill in the US, with the technology supplied by Finland-based Metso. The LignoBoost plant is integrated with the pulp mill and separates and collects lignin from the pulping liquor. Domtar’s BioChoice lignin are being developed for use as fuels and feedstock for resins and thermoplastics.

Biopac’s PLA tumblers for brewers group
Biopac and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have joined forces to produce a branded tumbler made with polylactic acid (PLA) resins specifically for use by SIBA members. The 100% compostable tumblers made from cornstarch can be disposed of by industrial composting.

Tirex licenses tire recycling tech 
Tirex Corporation will license its patented tire recycling technology (TCS) to Green Recycling Solutions International (GRSI) to market, sell and own/operate TCS facilities in North American states and provinces, the Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America. GRSI expects to start setting up the first TCS facility in a market soon.

Gevo bags new isobutanol patent
Gevo has been issued a new patent, US Patent 8.431,374 covering the foundational methods for low-cost isobutanol production at commercially relevant titer, productivity and yields. According to Gevo, the three metrics are key to sustain an economically viable process for isobutanol production, and that prospective producers cannot achieve commercially viable production without access to its ‘374 patent.

Glycerine as chemical catalyst
This year’s 2013 Glycerine Innovation Award sponsored by American Cleaning Institute and National Biodiesel Board goes to Dr. B.L.A. Prabhavathi Devi from the Centre for Lipid Research at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, India. The researcher and her group have developed glycerol-based catalysts including waste from the fat-splitting industry, to replace chemicals more traditionally used in manufacturing processes such as sulfuric acid and alkali catalysts

Clariant launches EcoTain label
Clariant has introduced its EcoTain® life cycle and labeling system for its customers in the crop protection sector. EcoTain products used in crop protection are made using largely bio-based materials such as coconut fatty acids/alcohol, castor oil and naturally based solvents such as methylated seed oil. Individual products, such as adjuvants Synergen GL 5, Synergen OS and the dispersing agent Dispersogen PG have a renewable share of around 95%.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype?

Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry.

She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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