International Sugar Journal

Metabolic engineering of yeast with Crispr Cas 12a paves way for improved production of biobased products [Full subscriber]

Researchers from DSM’s Rosalind Franklin Biotechnology Center in Delft, the Netherlands, and the University of Bristol have shown how to unlock CRISPR’s potential for regulating many genes simultaneously, thereby opening the door to more efficient and sustainable production of biobased products.

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Quality coating for wood made from colloidal lignin particles [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Aalto University have used lignin, a natural polymer, to create a safe, low-cost and high-performing coating for use in construction.

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Engineered bacteria produce super-strong spider silk [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Washington University, US, have engineered bacteria that can make fibres that are stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks.

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Covestro commissions mini-plant to produce carbon monoxide-based polycarbonates [Full subscriber]

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.

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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.

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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.

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Yokohama Rubber develops novel technology to produce biobased butadiene [Full subscriber]

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.

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Mitsubishi licenses its bio-based polyester technology to Kuraray [Full subscriber]

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.

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Braskem unveils polyethylene wax made from cane-based ethanol [Full subscriber]

Petrochemical company Braskem recently launched the world’s first polyethylene (PE) wax made from ethanol produced from sugarcane.

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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.

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