Green Chemistry News Roundup: March 31 – April 6, 2017

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Launch Circular Innovation Summit Gathers Sustainable Industry Leaders

April 4, 2017 | Huffington Post

At the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, LAUNCH innovators and industry leaders from companies like Nike, IKEA, eBay and Novozymes teamed up for a series of conversations about innovation and the future of circular economy conducted by former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman.

University of Nottingham Chemistry Lab Meets Highest Green Building Standards

April 4, 2017 | Edie News

A carbon-neutral laboratory built from natural materials has become one of the first buildings globally to achieve the highest certifications under BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum standards systems for green buildings.

EcoFuel Technologies Creates Diesel from Plastic Waste

April 3, 2017 | ACS Pressroom

Researchers developed a metallocene catalyst deposited on a porous support material that, coupled with a controlled pyrolysis reaction, yields diesel fuels directly without further refining. It is also cost-effective on a small scale, runs at lower temperatures and is mobile.

Graphene-oxide Membranes Could Turn Polluted Seawater into Clean Drinking Water

April 3, 2017 | Yahoo News

Scientists at the University of Manchester have shown how graphene-oxide membranes can be used as an efficient filtration system. Publishing their findings in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers were building on previous work showing how these membranes could be used to filter nanoparticles, organic molecules and salts.

Researchers at Harvard Create "Bionic" Leaf

April 3, 2017 | EurekAlert

To help spur the next agricultural revolution, researchers have invented a "bionic" leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the very soil where crops are grown.

New Zeolite Catalyst Leads to 97% Selectivity to Renewable Butadiene

April 2, 2017 | ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Journal

Dehydra-decyclization of biomass-derived tetrahydrofuran (THF) provides a chemical process to manufacture butadiene—used to make rubber—from renewable resources.

Creating Sustainable Textiles through Fashion Upcycling

April 2, 2017 | ACS Pressroom

A team of researchers from Aalto University have discovered an ionic liquid that dissolves cotton-polyester blends and allows the fabrics to be separated into usable fibers that can be re-spun.

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