Green Chemistry News Roundup December 10th-16th 2016

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roundup-12-16.pngGreen Biologics Starts Shipments of Bio-Based n-Butanol & Acetone

December 14, 2016 | Business Standard

Green Biologics Ltd, the UK-based company that makes specialty chemicals from agricultural waste and sugar cane, has started commercial shipments of bio-based n-butanol and acetone from its manufacturing facility in Little Falls, Minnesota (USA).

New Bio-Based Plastic Leaches Less, Keeps Food Fresher

December 13, 2016 | PBS

Traditional “green” plastics have their share of problems, whether it be a compostable food container with sides too flexible to a secure lid or a biodegradable bag that rips on its way to the compost bin. But a new and improved biodegradable polypropylene carbonate film—PPC—may have solve those problems.

Chemists Uncover a Means to Control Catalytic Reactions

December 12, 2016 |

A team of researchers, led by Nobel Prize-winning chemist John Polanyi, employed a combination of experiment and theory to discover that the position of the molecule on the catalytic surface is a key factor in determining the rate at which particular bonds break.

Meet Photanol: Harnessing Cyanobacteria’s Powers for Green Chemicals

December 12, 2016 | Labiotech

Producing fuels and chemicals from CO2 and light has long been a dream of Biotech, and Amsterdam-based Photanol is working on making it an industrial reality with engineered cyanobacteria. The following article is an interview with Ross Gordon, Director of Business Development, about Photanol’s strategy.

Researchers Expand Research on Simplifying Recycling of Rare-Earth Metals

December 12, 2016 |

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have pioneered a process that could enable the efficient recycling of rare-earth metals, which are found in many high-tech devices. Mining and purifying rare-earth metals is not only expensive and labor-intensive, but takes a devastating toll on the environment. The current methods for recycling them are wasteful and inefficient. The paper focused on one pairing in particular which could enable scientists to recycle rare-earths from compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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