Evonik and Siemens have launched the second phase of their joint research project Rheticus, in which they are developing a process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable energy to produce specialty chemicals.
The US-based biotech start-up, Lygos, producer of specialty chemicals, recently announced three innovation research grants totalling US$750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced research and development. These funds have been awarded through separate grants from the US Department of Energy, USDA and the National Science Foundation.
Engineered Clostridium species help exploit exhaust gases to produce specialty chemicals [Registered]
With the aid of genetically modified bacterial strains, the research team fermented the exhaust gas into alcohols and acetone, converting both substances catalytically into a kind of intermediary diesel product, and from this they produced kerosene and special chemicals.