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What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

Chemical giants Dow and DuPont agreed to merge late last year, forming a $130 billion company that will split into three companies focusing on agriculture, material science and specialty products such as biomaterials. But new analysis shows this may not be the “merger of equals” touted by Dow and DuPont. … Read more »

DuPont, ADM Biotech Will Enable 100% Renewable Chemicals, Plastics

DuPont, ADM Biotech Will Enable 100% Renewable Chemicals, Plastics

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland today said they have developed a “game-changing” technology — a process to develop a molecule that can be converted into several biobased chemicals and plastics with applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and other industries. The companies have developed a method for producing … Read more »

BASF, Genomatica Expand Biochemical Production

BASF and Genomatica have expanded their biochemical license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process. BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers for the packaging, automotive, textile, and sports and leisure industries, among … Read more »


Nontoxic Firefighting Chemical Used to Combat 100+ Wildfires This Season

GelTech Solutions’ FireIce High Visibility Orange — a nontoxic firefighting chemical — has been actively used by more than 10 state and federal wildland firefighting agencies so far this season to fight more than 100 fires in the US and Canada. FireIce is an advanced, nontoxic, non-corrosive polymer that when … Read more »


World’s Largest Biobased Succinic Acid Plant Opens

The world’s largest succinic acid plant, which produces renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum, opened yesterday in Canada. Renewable chemistry company BioAmber jointly built the $141.5 million Sarnia plant with Mitsui & Co. The new plant will produce biobased succinic acid from glucose sourced from southern Ontario agricultural suppliers. … Read more »

Elevance Clean 1000

Bio-based Cleaning for Degreasing, Asphalt/Tar Removal

Elevance Renewable Sciences, which creates specialty chemicals from natural oils, has added to its Elevance Clean product line to address the cleaning industry’s growing supply-demand gap for d-limonene. The company says Elevance Clean 1000 is a high-performing, bio-based cleaning ingredient that reduces uncertainty in price and supply for d-limonene buyers … Read more »


World’s First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant Available

Chemical giant BASF and Solazyme, a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine … Read more »

Commercial-Scale Biochemical Production Plant Online

Biobased-chemical company GFBiochemicals has started commercial production at its 10,000 metric ton per year capacity levulinic acid plant in Caserta, Italy. The company says it’s the first to produce levulinic acid — a building block for specialty chemicals and materials — at commercial scale directly from biomass. The large-scale production … Read more »

Biobased Chemical Manufactures Subject to Significant New Use Rules

Chemical manufacturers — including those that make several biobased chemicals — will soon be required to notify the EPA at least 90 days before manufacturing, importing or processing 25 chemical substances, according to an EPA rule that will go into effect July 7. The EPA’s new rule covers significant new use … Read more »

Impranil eco

Bayer Launches Bio-Based Polyurethanes for Textile Coating

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions under the Impranil eco name for apparel, footwear and automotive applications. With a renewable content that reaches as high as 65 percent, this product class contributes to a further reduction of CO2 emissions, thus further improving the sustainability … Read more »

BioAmber Accelerates Commercial BDO/THF Plants

BioAmber says it has has entered into a technology license with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies that will allow the industrial biotechnology company to construct and operate a 100,000 ton per year capacity plant that uses bio-succinic acid as the feedstock to produce 70,000 tons of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and 30,000 tons … Read more »

Bio-Based Platform Chemicals Market to Grow Nearly 14% by 2019

The global market for bio-based platform chemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.82 percent from 2015-2019, according to a TechNavio report. The report says key vendors include BASF, BioAmber, Braskem, DSM, DuPont, Ineos, Myriant and Novozymes. Global Bio-Based Platform Chemicals Market says the push towards environmental sustainability … Read more »

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