International Sugar Journal

Rennovia enters piloting stage of its sugar-based 1,6-hexanediol process [Registered]

The biotech start-up Rennovia recently announced that it has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process.

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VTT introduces 100% biobased pouches for packaging food products [Registered]

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches that exploit VTT’s patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

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Comparative analysis of the industrially useful Aspergillus species [Registered]

Researchers from Netherlands and USA have sequenced the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, more than doubling the number of industrially important Aspergillus species sequenced to date.

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Helm and Greenyug partner for biobased ethyl acetate [Registered]

The chemicals marketing company Helm and chemical company Greenyug recently signed an exclusive off-take contract for biobased ethyl acetate which will be produced at Greenyug’s planned facility in Columbus, Nebraska, USA.

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EU funds exploiting lignin to produce carbon fibre composites [Registered]

The Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres (ITCF) based in Denkendorf, Germany is participating in a new European research project, together with renowned firms and research institutes from all over Europe, for the development of lignin-based carbon fibre for use in composite fibre materials. Known as the “LIBRE Project” (Lignin Based Carbon Fibres for Composites), the aim is to develop raw materials based on lignin derived from pulp and paper manufacture for highly stable carbon fibre composites.

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Industrial biomanufacturing of chemicals needn’t be large scale [Registered]

Producing mass quantities of chemicals has its roots in the industrial revolution. But industrial synthesis leads to sizeable sustainability and socioeconomic challenges. The rapid advances in biotechnology suggest that biological manufacturing on a small scale may soon be a feasible alternative, says Rice University Professor Ramon Gonzalez and his researchers in a review1 published in Science.

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Breakthrough in the production of biobased isoprene [Registered]

Conventional car tires are made from petrochemical isoprene. Researchers at the University of Minnesota developed a process to produce the chemical from biomass.

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Thailand – Bioeconomy roadmap disclosed [Registered]

The government and private sector under the Pracha Rat public-private collaborative scheme recently launched the bioeconomy development plan to promote more private investment in biotechnology-related businesses, according to local press reports.

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Bioplastic produced from pine needles [Registered]

Scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles.

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Anellotech successfully extends catalyst lifetime for the biomass to aromatic chemicals and fuels process [Registered]

Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low-cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels.

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