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Green Chemistry News Roundup: April 7 - 20, 2017

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News Roundup Apr7-20.pngCVS to Remove Parabens, Phthalates & Formaldehyde from over 600 Products

April 20, 2017 | Drugstore News

CVS Pharmacy announced it will remove parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines.  CVS Pharmacy will stop shipping store brand products that don’t meet these standards to distribution centers by the end of 2019.

Turning Ocean Plastic Pollution into Fuels

April 19, 2017 | The Plaid Zebra

A sailboat captain has teamed up with an organic chemist to combat plastic pollution

Industry Collaboration Leads to New Biobased Clear Coat Hardener for Automobiles

April 12, 2017 | Biobased World News

Manufacturers and suppliers in the car industry are working to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in production. This trend has prompted an all-German collaboration between the iconic car manufacturer Audi, the bio-based coating supplier BASF and material company Covestro.

European Parliament Bans Palm Oil-based Biofuels

April 11, 2017 | Sustainable Brands

To address the problem of unsustainable palm oil production, the European Parliament has approved a resolution to introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the European Union, and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020.

An Overview of Industrial Sustainable Polyurethanes

April 10, 2017 | Biofuels Digest

Sustainable polyurethanes are a fast growing segment of the polymer market and represent a success story for the investment by government and industry in products with a lower carbon footprint.

Major Companies Shifting Feedstocks Away From Oil

April 10, 2017 | Green Biz

Nearly one in five barrels of oil is used for advanced materials, specialty chemicals and other non-fuel purposes, and increasingly is being used to create new materials that substitute for those with higher greenhouse gas emissions, such as steel, aluminum and concrete.  There is a vast potential business opportunity in growing the percentage of oil used for such purposes.


Greener Catalysts for Greener Processes: Application of Supercritical Antisolvent Precipitation for ...

Cardiff University | The Nexus Blog

The supercritical antisolvent precipitation technique offers advantages for the preparation of catalysts by greener routes compared to some of the more traditional routes. Furthermore, it offers a powerful tool for catalyst discovery, as it enables researchers to access new materials with unique morphologies and microstructures that may not be readily accessible using more conventional synthesis routes.

Critical Elements Series: Iridium – An Amazingly Useful Element, but at What Cost?

Amanda Morris | The Nexus Blog

Despite its rarity, consumption of iridium in daily life continues to increase.  In the realm of chemistry, iridium has seen increased interest for its applicability in a wide range of catalytic reactions, especially in the pharmaceutical sector, but also in biomass conversion and many other applications.

University of Toronto and Trinity College, Dublin Students Win 2017 Breen Memorial Fellowship

ACS GCI | The Nexus Blog

Each year, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) awards one or more Breen Memorial Fellowships to undergraduate-through-early-career scientists who demonstrate outstanding research or educational interest in green chemistry. The 2017 Dr. Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship winners are Samantha Smith, from the University of Toronto, and Caitilín McManus of Trinity College, Dublin.

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