International Sugar Journal

Y. lipolytica engineered to produce high yields of triacetic acid lactone [Registered]

Chemical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a biobased process to produce the platform chemical called triacetic acid lactone (TAL) that can be used to produce innovative new drugs and sustainable plastics at an industrial scale.

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Canada – Advanced Chemical Technologies to invest US$120 mln in a methanol plant [Registered]

Advanced Chemical Technologies (AChT) recently announced that it plans to will build a CA$150million (US$120 mln) demonstration plant by 2020 at the Bluewater Energy Park in Chemical Valley which will produce green methanol from industrial carbon monoxide emissions and natural gas.

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ADM partners with PNNL to produce biobased propylene glycol [Registered]

Every year, more than 7 million barrels of oil are used in the production of propylene glycol (PG), an ingredient found in many common household items, including anti-freeze, plastics, cosmetics, and food additives. Until recently, the only economically viable source of feedstock for producing PG was petroleum. The agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland has partnered with US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to produce biobased PG.

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Carbios develops conversion technology to recycle plastics [Registered]

The French biotech start-up Carbios has developed enzymes which break down long plastic chains into monomers – without the need for high temperatures and energy – which can then be separated, purified, and re-used to produce new plastic.

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Evonik and Siemens partner to convert CO2 into chemicals [Registered]

Germany’s speciality chemicals group Evonik and the engineering giant Siemens are partnering to develop a plant that will produce substitute petrochemicals from carbon dioxide and green electricity.

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Genomatica and Aquafil partner to produce biobased nylon [Full subscriber]

The US biotech start-up Genomatica is partnering with the Italian synthetic fibres producer Aquafil, to develop a commercial process for the production of biobased caprolactam for the synthesis of polyamide 6 from sugar via fermentation with genetically modified microbes which will be used by the Italian company to produce fibres and synthetic yarns for carpets and clothing

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Pfizer partners with Adapsyn to search for novel compounds from microbes [Registered]

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is collaborating with the Canadian biotech start-up Adapsyn Bioscience to discover novel compounds by scraping and crunching genomic and metabolomic data from microbes.

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Biobased coating developed from starch [Registered]

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Germany, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a cost-effective biobased coating based on potato starch.

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Novel process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into five-carbon sugar and furfural [Registered]

Researchers from Taiwan, Australia, India and Bangladesh have successfully developed an effective process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into commercially valuable chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals.

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A novel method to produce biobased acrylonitrile [Registered]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields.

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