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BASF, Cargill and Novozymes achieve another milestone in bio-based acrylic acid

In Germany, Minnesota, and Denmark, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Moreover they have selected the process for further […]

September 17, 2014 More

Cargill, BASF, and Novozymes achieve milestone in bio-based acrylic acid process

In Minnesota, Germany and Denmark, Cargill, BASF and Novozymes announced achievement of an important milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials by successfully demonstrating the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid in pilot scale.  3-HP is a renewable-based building block and one possible chemical precursor to acrylic acid.

July 4, 2013 More

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes to develop renewable acrylic acid

In Denmark, Germany, and Minnesota, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have signed an agreement to develop technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. Novozymes and Cargill have collaborated on renewable acrylic acid technology since 2008. Both companies have worked to develop microorganisms that can efficiently convert renewable feedstock into 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which is […]

August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Enerkem named finalist in the first round of the CCEMC Grand Challenge

In Canada, Enerkem announced that its project to convert carbon from industrial waste CO2 and natural gas into chemicals, such as propanol, propionic acid and acrylic acid, has been selected as a finalist in the first round of The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation “Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses”. The Grand Challenge funds innovative […]

April 17, 2014 More

Myriant selected as a 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Global Company

In Massachusetts, Myriant Corporation, a global renewable chemicals company, today announced that Red Herring has named it a Top 100 Global award recipient, in recognition of the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a […]

December 3, 2013 More

Metabolix CSO Dr. Oliver Peoples will present data demonstrating production of PHA-based biopolymers and biobased chemicals using second generation cellulosic sugars

In Massachusetts, Metabolix announced its Chief Scientific Officer Oliver Peoples, Ph.D. will present the Company’s strategy for its polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based biopolymers and biobased chemicals platform. This presentation will include new data on the successful conversion of second generation cellulosic sugars to PHA precursors for the production of PHA biopolymers and biobased chemicals, including C3 (bio-acrylic) […]

November 21, 2013 More

BASF hopes to penetrate US automotive industry with new biocomposite

In Minnesota, at the 13th annual Automotive composites Conference & Exhibition, BASF granted tours as part of the opening.  Plastics Today reports that BASF demonstrated a prototyping line for a woven kenaf and foamed water based Acrudur acrylic latex binder resin biocomposite. The materials were then put in a radio-frequency dryer. BASF is pushing to […]

September 12, 2013 More

Ascenix BioTechnologies initially to use U of M process for bio-methymethacrylate

In Minnesota, Ascenix BioTechnologies will perfect and commercialize production methods to synthesize chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Ascenix predicts this new bio-based process, developed by University of Minnesota researchers, will be more economical and environmentally friendly. Although the process could be applied to the production of biofuels and myriad chemicals, the startup’s initial focus is on […]

March 12, 2013 More

Top Molecules: The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased List – what’s worked out?

136,000 downloads later – let’s look at why this DOE paper on renewable chemicals from 2004 is such an enduring hit, and which of its 12 target molecules are looking like winners. It may not have a sexy title, and certainly won’t give Tom Cruise and Top Gun a run for their money — but […]

January 8, 2013 More

The Greening of Dow, the Dao of Dow

For the carbon yin, a cleantech yang. Dow and its business units seek to balance cost attributes in the fossil world with sustainable attributes from the clean world. I forget which friend told me that, in the misty dawn of time, God in his infinite wisdom decided to make a paradise, to demonstrate all the […]

October 11, 2012 More