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.
Doris de Guzman has written 898 posts for Green Chemicals Blog

Lignin Challenge 1.0 in Canada

FYI for Canadian researchers, institutions, companies or other organizations who are seeking funding! Alberta Innovates invites proposals for funding under Lignin Challenge 1.0, a sub-program of Alberta Bio Future (ABF). The group is offering this funding in partnership with West Fraser, an integrated forest products company. Lignin Challenge 1.0, which was launched this month, aims to supports … Continue reading »

Stora Enso launches lignin-based phenol

I’ve received several announcements about developments of several lignin-based chemicals and I will report this trend (and the lignin market if I get more information) on next month’s Tecnon OrbiChem Biomaterials newsletter. Lignin makes of 20-30% of the composition of wood but has traditionally been discarded by the pulp and paper industries. Stora Enso, a pulp … Continue reading »

VIDEO: ECHA solicits comments on tattoo ink chemicals restriction

I find this announcement interesting as I know several people who have been allergic to tattoo inks and are looking for alternatives. According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), potential incremental substitution costs as a result of the proposed restriction could be valued at about €4.4m/year to be incurred by downstream users of tattoo ink … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Synthetic biology in the fashion industry

My special report on Tecnon OrbiChem’s Biomaterials newsletter this month is all about biofabrication focusing on the fashion industry. Companies that I’ve mentioned in this report include Modern Meadow, Bolt Threads, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Mango Materials, Orange Fiber, among others. The textiles industry, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, relies mostly on … Continue reading »

Veramaris’s construction of algal-based omega-3 fatty acids facility starts

I find the animal nutrition, aquaculture and animal feed markets all very interesting areas of growth for renewable chemicals especially for organic acids. DSM and Evonik’s new joint venture, Veramaris V.O.F., aims to produce omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. DSM and Evonik announced their intention to start this joint venture in … Continue reading »

Genomatica, Aquafil in bio-nylon collaboration

Genomatica and Italy-based polyamide producer Aquafil announced yesterday their collaboration in the development of sugar-based caprolactam, a key raw material in the production of polyamide 6, using Genomatica’s bioprocess GENO CPL. According to the press release, caprolactam has a worldwide market of over 5m tons/year. Of course, I will report more about the current market … Continue reading »

European plastics industry sets sustainable targets

The trade organization, PlasticsEurope recently published its 2030 Voluntary Commitment, which contains a set of ambitious targets and initiatives by the European plastics industry towards a more sustainable economic solution. This commitment focuses on (1) increasing re-use and recycling, (2) preventing plastics leakage into the environment, and (3) accelerating resource efficiency. For the recycling targets, … Continue reading »

AkzoNobel opens Imagine Chemistry 2018 challenge

AkzoNobel’s Imagine Chemistry challenge is now open as an opportunity for startup and scale-up firms and researchers to solve real industry challenges  and create sustainable business opportunities in chemistry. The overall winners will be awarded joint development agreements with AkzoNobel to help bring their ideas to market. The 2018 edition calls for solutions within the … Continue reading »

2018 Tecnon OrbiChem Chemical Planner

Tecnon OrbiChem’s year planner is now available.  If you would like to receive this planner please click on the button below. The year planner provides information on: Key industry events World Holidays Chemical Conversion Factors Energy Factors Electricity Production Costs Metric versus US Measures Cash Production Cost of Ethylene Energy Equivalents Please send me the 2018 Year … Continue reading »

UK bans microbeads in personal care

UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that a ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force effective 9 January 2018. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ … Continue reading »

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