International Sugar Journal

Covestro develops biobased hairstyling products [Full subscriber]

Covestro, the leading polymer company, has developed Baycusan eco E 1000, a film-forming polyurethane (PU) dispersion for hairstyling products with a carbon content based on 58% biomass, which achieves the high-performance level of synthetic acrylate polymers. Baycusan eco E 1000 is suitable in formulations where a long-lasting hold and a good humidity resistance are critical.

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Catechyl lignin found to withstand harsh measures during lignocellulosic feedstocks deconstruction [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with partners at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have shown that a recently-discovered variety of the substance, catechyl lignin (C-lignin), has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts.

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USA – LignoTech Florida opens US$110 mln lignin plant [Registered]

Rayonier Advanced Materials and Borregaard who jointly own LignoTech Florida opened on 26th June, a new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach. Costing US$110 million, the plant has a production capacity of 100,000 tonnes lignin.

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Cellulosic sugars converted into supercapacitors [Registered]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a process to convert cellulosic sugars into supercapacitors.

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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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