Last year, we reported that Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between 2014 and 2019. Heft growth indeed, and a survey of the patent apps shows sharp activity levels that confirm that many see the promise. What […]
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In the EU, a consortium of European companies and research institutions, with Borregaard as lead member, has applied for financial support for the development and commercialization of Borregaard’s Exilva microfibrillar cellulose under the Horizon 2020 Flagship program, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation. The application has been positively evaluated, and it is now […]
In Denmark, one family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), ease the transformation of cellulose. Chemists at the University of Copenhagen have now taken a leap ahead in understanding how LPMOs work by showing how these enzymes bind to cellulose. This can be incredibly important for, among other things, the development and production of sustainable […]
From Germany comes the news that JeNaCell will launch its new nanocellulose-based therapeutic product later this month. The products aim at medical cosmetology, laser treatments, and skin sensitivities or to supplement aesthetic procedures such as exfoliation. As documented by current studies, they have a long-lasting moisturizing, cooling, and soothing effect on the skin and support […]
In Tennessee, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date—a 23.7-million atom system representing pretreated biomass (cellulose and lignin) in the presence of enzymes. The size of the simulation required Titan, the flagship supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility […]
In Maryland, The US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,193,979 for ethanol-tolerant microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol. The patent describes using the microorganisms to produce ethanol from crop or waste biomass like food waste, crop residues (e.g. corn stalks), algae, or leaves. In contrast to most current biochemical methods to produce […]
In California, the Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University have awarded 12 faculty seed grants totaling $2.1 million for groundbreaking research on clean energy. Launched in 2010, the seed grant program funds faculty research with the potential for high impact on energy supply and use. Included among […]
American Process nabs foundational nanocellulose patent: is the wonder-material finally, affordably here?
From Georgia, we received the news that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a 25th patent to American Process — this one is a doozy. It covers API’s process for producing a nanocellulose material, as well as many downstream applications using the nanocellulose. The process includes fractionating a biomass feedstock with an acid, a solvent […]
In Virginia, Hamrick Engineering has been granted a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent office granted U.S. Patent App. 14/608,183 titled Methods and systems for producing sugars from carbohydrate-rich substrates and issued U.S. Patent Number 9,194,012. This new technology uses […]
Japanese researchers identify first reusable, cost-effective catalyst for lignocellulose depolymerisation
In Japan, researchers have identified the first reusable and cost-effective heterogeneous catalyst for the depolymerisation of lignocellulose. Air oxidation of woody biomass (Eucalyptus) provides a carbonaceous material bearing an aromatic skeleton with carboxylic groups (2.1 mmol g−1) and aliphatic moieties. This catalyst hydrolyses woody biomass (Eucalyptus) to sugars in high yields within 1 h in […]