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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 »

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Contract Wins: Ball, Lockheed Marin, John Deere, Schneider Electric, Xylem, Fuel Tech

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to build the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) for the National Institute of Environmental Research in South Korea. GEMS is a geostationary scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrometer designed to monitor trans-boundary pollution for the Korean peninsula and … Read more »