International Sugar Journal

Cathay invests further US$500 million to scale-up biobased chemicals production [Registered]

The government of the city of Wusu (Xinjiang, China) and Cathay Industrial Biotech signed on 6th December an agreement for the expansion of Cathay’s biobased chemicals production unit in Wusu.

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Sn-ceria catalyst effective in producing 4-heptanone from ABE mixture [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University have succeeded in the catalytic conversion of aqueous ABE (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) fermentation broth to phase-separable 4-HPO with ~86% selectivity and ~70% conversio

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Breakthrough in the production of biobased FDCA [Full subscriber]

Scientists previously succeeded in producing furan-2.5 dicarboxylic acid (FDCA)  from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) but couldn’t adopt this process for industrial application because of the high amount of by-products and the small yield of FDCA that remains.

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Croda announces the launch of biobased surfactants [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals company Croda International recently announced the launch and certification of its ECO range of bio-based surfactants, ingredients designed to meet increasing market demand for sustainable, high-performance ingredient options.

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Anellotech to scale up biobased production of BTX [Registered]

The US-based biotech start-up Anellotech recently announced significant progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program and has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

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Novel dual catalytic system turns waste vegetable oils into valuable chemicals [Registered]

Alkenes are one of the most useful classes of chemicals and can be turned into a range of products from polymers to pharmaceuticals. But most alkenes available in bulk are derived from petroleum-based materials. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research have developed a new method which can produce terminal alkenes from waste vegetable oil.

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Russia – Bio-on licenses its technology to TAIF for the production of biobased PHAs [Full subscriber]

The Italian biotech start-up Bio-on recently signed an agreement with the Russian group Taif Jsc, which will purchase a license to build the first plant of the Russian Federation for the production in the Republic of Tatarstan of 100% biodegradable bioplastic PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoate).

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Genomatica secures funding of US$90 million to boost commercialization of its biobased chemicals [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Genomatica has raised US$90 million in private funding to accelerate the commercialization of two biobased chemicals that are being used today in plastics, cosmetics, and personal care. The company says it will also use the money to further ongoing development of a third chemical, to be used in sustainable nylon.

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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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