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Green Chemistry Challenge

Presidential Green Chemistry Winners Announced

LanzaTech and Renmatix are among the companies to win 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, says the winning technologies reduce energy, hazardous chemicals and water use, cut manufacturing costs and, in some cases, turn pollution into useful products. … Read more »

Demand for Safer Chemicals Skyrockets

Demand for Safer Chemicals Skyrockets

The market for safer chemicals is estimated to have 24 times the growth of conventional chemicals market worldwide, from 2011 to 2020, according to a report from independent research firm Trucost. The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the American Sustainable Business Council commissioned the research. Making the Business & … Read more »

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Nike, NASA Bring Green Chemistry Ideas to Market

A low-cost, low-energy process for treating high-salinity industrial wastewater and affordable biodegradable plastics produced from methane are among the 10 winners of a green chemistry challenge co-sponsored by Nike and NASA. The latest system Challenge initiated by Launch — an open innovation platform founded by NASA, Nike, the US Agency … Read more »

Fracking Green Chemistry Roundtable Launched

Apache, Dow Chemical and Marathon Oil are among the members of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute’s newly formed roundtable to identify opportunities for the oil and gas industry to use green chemistry and engineering in hydraulic fracturing. The ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable is open to new members; … Read more »

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Amyris, Solazyme Among EPA Green Chemistry Award Winners

Amyris, Solazyme, QD Vision and the Solberg Company have won EPA awards for their green chemistry technologies. The winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards have brought products to market that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, says Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for … Read more »

Apples Bans Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

Apple says it will ban two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press reports. The move follows pressure from environmental and workers-rights groups that have called on Apple to stop using benzene, a carcinogen, and n-hexane, which has been linked to nerve damage, … Read more »

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Universities’ Sustainability Initiatives Save Money, Resources

The University of Toronto uses solar panels to heat water for athletes’ showers and McGill University imposes a student fee of 50 Canadian cents per credit that is matched by the university for its Sustainability Projects Fund. These are two examples of how Canadian campuses are integrating sustainability into university … Read more »

Green Chemistry Commitment

Universities Sign Green Chemistry Commitment

The University of California-Berkeley, University of Minnesota, Northeastern University and 10 other colleges and universities that have signed the Green Chemistry Commitment, intended to increase the number of green chemists and scientists in the US and the business opportunities available to them. Dow Chemical is an official partner, a Green … Read more »

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Green Plastics Process Discovered

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Xylene chemicals are used to produce PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is used in many products including soda … Read more »

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BASF, Genomatica Plan Renewable Butanediol Facility

BASF has inked a deal with California biochemical company Genomatica to build a production facility to make sugar-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) using Genomatica’s technology. The German chemical giant says renewable BDO has valuable applications for the plastics, textile and automotive industries. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to … Read more »

Rennovia

Rennovia Develops Bio-Based Nylon

Rennovia says it has developed a process to make a bio-based nylon material that will cost 20 to 25 percent less to produce and halve greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional petroleum-derived chemicals. The company says it has demonstrated production of hexamethylenediamine (HMD) — a key chemical used to make … Read more »

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Plant Extracts Produce ‘Green’ Nanoparticles

Green tea plants, sunflowers, coffee, fruit and peppers may replace potentially hazardous chemicals normally used in a host of products including textiles and clothing, scientists say. Extracts from these plants could play a new role in the sustainable manufacturing of the most widely used family of nanoparticles, according to an … Read more »