E. coli engineered to produce melanin nanoparticles [Registered]
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has attracted considerable attention for tumour treatment due to its unique advantages in minimal invasiveness and spatiotemporal selectivity.
Conagen scales-up biobased production of super expensive ‘royal’ dye [Registered]
The biotech start-up Conagen has successfully scaled up the production of its sustainable, cost-effective Tyrian purple – a historically coveted and expensive dye found in rare and limited sources in marine nature.
Germany – CropEnergies to build biobased ethyl acetate plant [Full subscriber]
Crop Energies plans to build a commercial-scale plant to produce ethyl acetate at the Zeitz Chemical and Industrial Park, Elsteraue, Germany. Feedstock will be ethanol produced from biomass.
Futerro plans to build PLA biorefinery in Normandy, France [Full subscriber]
Belgian bioplastics manufacturer Futerro plans to build Europe’s first vertically integrated biorefinery in Normandy, France, to produce polylactic acid (PLA).
USA – USDA funds US$9.5 million for three biobased products projects [Full subscriber]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on December 20 an investment of $9.5 million to support the scale-up of three biobased product projects. The three successful projects are funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Bioproduct Pilot Program, which funds research and development of value-added products from agricultural commodities.
LanzaTech partners with Sumitomo Riko to produce isoprene from recycled rubber waste [Full subscriber]
LanzaTech and Sumitomo Riko are partnering to reuse rubber, resin and urethane waste to produce a key chemical intermediate, isoprene.
Decarbonising steel making by replacing coal with lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]
Lignocellulosic feedstocks such as cane bagasse have been successfully deployed, replacing coal, in a new low-carbon iron-making method.
First synthesis of biobased crystalline diamond nanothread [Full subscriber]
Researchers from the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), China, have synthesized highly ordered crystalline diamond nanowires under high pressure for the first time from biobased 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA).