International Sugar Journal

USA – Governor Ricketts inaugurates US$50 million biobased ethyl acetate plant in Nebraska [Full subscriber]

Governor Pete Ricketts inaugurated the Prairie Catalytic, LLC’s new US$50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility in Columbus, Nebraska on 4th September, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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Neste and IKEA partner to produce biobased polypropylene [Full subscriber]

Finland’s Neste Corp. partnering with the Swedish home furniture giant IKEA to start a pilot production of biobased polypropylene plastic using renewable raw materials such as used cooking oil or vegetable oils.

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Biobased polyamides from terpenes sourced from waste stream of hydrolysed wood pulp [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Straubing BioCat branch of Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have successfully developed a process to convert 3-carene, a component of turpentine oil resulting from breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock wood into cellulose, into polyamides used in of high-quality structural components, as they are not only impact- and abrasion-resistant, but also resistant to many chemicals and solvents.

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Domtar acquires Prisma Renewables to produce lignin-based composites [Full subscriber]

Montreal-headquartered paper and absorbent hygiene products company Domtar has acquired a majority interest in Prisma Renewable Composites to expand the production of biocomposites.

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Eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging made from crab shells chitin and cellulose [Registered]

Cellulose and chitin are the world’s first- and second-most common biopolymers, found in plants and crustacean shells (among other places) respectively. Georgia Tech scientists have now devised a method of combining the two, to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

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Lignin-based aerogels [Registered]

Using purified lignin from the lignocellulosic biorefinery at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna, Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TU HH) have produced lignin-containing aerogels and processed high-porosity insulating boards with excellent insulation properties.

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Godavari Biorefineries restarts production of biobased acetic acid [Full subscriber]

The India-based Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. (GBL) will be re-commencing its production of bio-based acetic acid at its Sakarwadi facility in Maharashtra from August 2018 using molasses-based ethanol for feedstock.

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AkzoNobel partners with Renmatix to develop biobased paint additives [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals giant AkzoNobel is partnering with the start-up Renmatix, a specialist in plant-based technology, to make biobased additives for paints and construction materials.

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Braskem’s cane-based polymer exploited by a footwear firm [Registered]

Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has produced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane that is being exploited by the popular footwear startup Allbirds in the production of flip-flops.

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Discovery and engineering of novel cytochrome P450 enzymes for converting lignin into to chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth.have discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into high value platform chemicals.

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