The multinational oil and gas company BP is partnering with the biotech start-up Virent and specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) to advance the commercialization of Virent’s Bioforming® process for the production of bio-paraxylene (PX), a key raw material for the production of renewable polyester.
Extracting cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic biomass is costly as it is difficult to tease out the cellulose and hemiceullose fractions from the recalcitrant lignin and hydrolyse the former two into […]
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered Novosphingobium aromaticivorans, a soil bacteria, to depolymerize lignin into smaller aromatic hydrocarbons.
The French biotech start-up Afyren has obtained €60 million in funding to commercialise its technology that can produce industrial chemicals from cellulosic sugars from crop residues and agro-industry by-products.
Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) will expand its offering to customers in the detergents market through a supply agreement with biobased polymers maker Itaconix.
The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced large-scale commercial production of its Brontide™ butylene glycol.
Braskem and Haldor Topsoe recently announced commissioning a pioneering demonstration unit for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar.
The biotech start-up Gevo has developed a proprietary catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO2 emissions.
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range of biobased chemicals. This map charts all available strategies and pathways of chemical reactions that lead to the production of various industrial chemicals via engineered microorganisms.