As retailers and product formulators band together to find new cosmetic preservatives, Emerald Kalama Chemical is investing in 50-year-old sodium benzoate, calling it a safe, readily available alternative for a number of biocides under fire.
Tomislav Friščić was awarded a two-year, $250,000 fellowship to support research into greener chemistry. His research group plans to “focus fully on developing 'Chemistry 2.0' – a cleaner, solvent-free system of chemical synthesis that could replace traditional solvent-based approaches in research and industry.”
Avalon Industries is launching a research project to replace formaldehyde with bio-based, non-toxic 5-HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural). The project focuses on resins for the furniture industry, although the research is relevant to several sectors that might employ 5-HMF as a substitute for formaldehyde, e.g. as an active ingredient in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors, or in the manufacture of textiles, bottles or food packaging.
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