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