A young Ecuadorian biomedical engineer Carolina Serrano has developed cane bagasse-based biodegradable diapers.
The specialty chemicals major DSM recently signed an agreement with Neste under which the Finish refiner will supply sustainable feedstocks for the production of biobased polyamide 6 (PA6).
Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Until now, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery. An international team of researchers led by Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered a gene responsible for anthraquinone synthesis in plants. Their findings could help scientists cultivate a plant-based mechanism for harvesting these useful compounds in bulk quantities.
The chemical giants Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have announced that they have achieved their first-ever demo-scale production of biobased monoethylene glycol (MEG).
EU funds €23 million for a new plant to produce biobased solvent from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]
The Melbourne-based biotech start-up Circa Group is taking the lead in the European flagship project to produce biobased the platform chemical levoglucosenone (LGO) through its proprietary Furacel technology.
Researchers at Kanazawa University have chemically modified Kraft lignin — ordinarily produced in pulp mills is destined for low-added value applications — and used it in the production of quality carbon fibre composite. Once the process is optimised, it will invite significant application interest from not only aerospace, defence and automotive industries due to the combination of its lightweight nature (providing a solution to reducing the weight of vehicles et al), its versatility and strength.
Solvay has opened a second plant in Brazil for its Augeo line of biobased solvents, more than tripling production capacity 6000 to 20,000 tonnes per year.