Researchers at Aalto University have used lignin, a natural polymer, to create a safe, low-cost and high-performing coating for use in construction.
Covestro is exploring the possibility of exploiting carbon monoxide (CO) from steel industry metallurgical gases for the production of high-quality polycarbonates by commissioned a mini-plant for this purpose at its Dormagen site in Germany. This is where it is tested whether the quality of the CO from metallurgical gases is sufficient for further processing.
Unilever partners with Arzeda to improve/develop enzymes for cleaning and laundry applications [Full subscriber]
Consumer goods giant Unilever and Arzeda, the industry-leading Protein Design Company™, have entered a strategic partnership to apply the latest advances in digital biology to discovering and designing new enzymes for household cleaning applications.
AVA Biochem and Sulzer Chemtech partner to commercialize biobased 5-HMF production technology [Full subscriber]
Sulzer Chemtech and AVA Biochem have entered into an exclusive license agreement to commercialize AVA Biochem’s COBRIS™ (Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Industrial Substances) technology.
Japan’s Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC), in collaboration with Zeon Corp. and the national R&D agency RIKEN, claims to have developed the world’s first technology to enable the efficient production of butadiene from biomass – namely plant sugars.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) recently signed a licensing agreement with the Japanese manufacturer of chemicals and fibres Kuraray Co for the related patent including MCC-owned basic patent on a biomass-based polyester.
Petrochemical company Braskem recently launched the world’s first polyethylene (PE) wax made from ethanol produced from sugarcane.
Singapore – Arkema’s new €450 million biobased polyamide 11 plant expected to commence operations in H1 2022 [Full subscriber]
Speciality chemicals company Arkema has confirmed that it is on track to begin production of Amino 11 and its flagship Rilsan polyamide 11 (and its monomer, aminoundecanoic acid derived from castor oil), high-performance polymer at its new plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, in the first half of 2022. This plant, for which production will be 100% derived from castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity.