At GlaxoSmithKline, researchers discovered a greener way to incorporate a single fluorine atom at a chiral center. Their method, which utilizes fluorine gas and a copper catalyst, was found to have a process mass intensity (PMI) more than four times lower than their original method.
Picasolar Inc., a start-up company out of the University of Arkansas, was awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance a pilot manufacturing program. They have a goal of producing 1,000 solar panels that utilize their technology, which requires less silver than solar panels already on the market.
Plasmonic nanoparticles have the ability to absorb light from the sun, and this research group at the University of Notre Dame is trying to harness that absorbed energy. The group also discovered that these nanoparticles can be used to detect radioactive actinides for use in nuclear forensics.
The Society of the Plastics Industry presented the award to Club Coffee LP for their innovative compostable coffee pod, which utilizes bioplastic in its design. Club Coffee’s pods break down fully in typical municipal and industrial composting facilities in as little as five weeks.
A recent report published by Grand View Research, Inc. predicts the market size of green and bio-based solvents to grow to $13.74 billion by the year 2024. The group attributes this projection to the strict regulations imposed on the chemical industry by the EPA and other governmental agencies.
Seventh Generation’s 100-oz. laundry detergent bottle has received an upgrade—it’s now made from recycled HDPE and bio-based polyethylene. This takes Seventh Generation one step closer to its vision of having all of its bottles made completely from recycled or bio-based materials by 2020.
Though lithium-ion batteries last longer than lead-acid batteries, they are not utilized in streetlamps because they cannot withstand cold temperatures. This research group from the Netherlands has designed a solution—a solar-powered heater.
News Dr. Gregory Weisenborn received the Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) for teaching his students a broad and holistic approach to operations and systems engineering.
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