News Roundup Jan14-27.jpgTarget Tightens Grip Over Chemicals in Bid to Make Goods Safer

January 25, 2017 | Bloomberg

Target Corp. introduced a sweeping new policy governing chemicals in products, a move that will push hundreds of suppliers to list ingredients in everything from fragrances to floor cleaner.

 

Carbios Develops Technological Solution to Recycle Opaque Plastics

January 25, 2017 | Packaging Business Review

According to the company, the process showed depolymerization of PET based commercial products, including bottles, packaging and films, into their original monomers such as terephthalic acid (TPG) and mono ethylene glycol (MEG).

 

Peer-driven Occupational Change and the Emergence of Green Chemistry

January 19, 2017 | Administrative Science Quarterly

Using extensive interviews, archival data, and observations, researchers found that advocates of green chemistry simultaneously advanced different frames, or ways of presenting green chemistry that resonated with a diversity of roles in the chemistry community. Further discussion on the resulting tensions between frames clarifies how a diverse message can both help and hinder behavior change.

 

Chemical Regulation: EPA Cranks Out Toxics Rules During Obama’s Last Days in Office

January 17, 2017 | C&EN

The office has been feverishly working to ensure that it meets several upcoming deadlines under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act. It has also been pushing out several proposed rules under TSCA that would ban or restrict certain uses of some high-risk solvents.

 

Researchers Derive Valuable Chiral Amino-Alcohol Structures from CO2

January 16, 2017 | Phys.org

Researchers at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona have developed new methodologies to convert small molecules like CO2 and other waste gases into useful chemicals. In previous work, they developed various catalytic routes to functional cyclic carbonates using carbon dioxide and easily accessible chemicals. Kleij and coworkers made these transformations possible with cheap and sustainable iron and aluminum catalysts.

 

 

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