Green Chemistry News Roundup: November 30 - December 4, 2015

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Recyclable Bioplastics Cooled Down, Cooked Up in Chem Lab

December 3, 2015 | PHYS ORG

Colorado State University chemists made a completely recyclable, biodegradable polymer, paving a potential new road to truly sustainable, petroleum-free plastics.

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Picatinny Arsenal Engineers Cook Up New Recipe for Biofuel

December 2, 2015 | ECN

Engineers have partnered with private industry to harness algae’s photosynthesis ability to develop a safe, cheap, fast and environmentally-friendly way to recycle aging M6 artillery round propellant and create biofuel.

Take More Risks

December 1, 2015 | Nature

Scientific innovation is being smothered by a culture of conformity.

Lanzatech, INVISTA Find Direct Pathway to Bio-Based Butadiene

December 1, 2015 | Biofuels Digest

INVISTA and LanzaTech developed a metabolic ‘toolkit’, generating novel metabolic pathways to bio-derived butadiene and key precursors, such as 1,3 butanediol and 2,3 butanediol, resulting in new direct and 2-step processes for butadiene utilizing gas-fermentation technology.

Need Rare-Earths Know-How? The Critical Materials Institute Offers Lower-Cost Access to Experts and ...

December 1, 2015 | News Wire

The Critical Materials Institute is looking to strengthen its network of industrial, commercial, educational and government partners through a newly revamped and lower-cost affiliate membership program.

Discovery Advances Biowaste-to-Jet Fuel Research

December 1, 2015 | WSU

News Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel.

Ionic liquids: Enzymatic cellulose processing

December 1, 2015 | Spectroscopy Now

Researchers found that enzymatic activity can be sustained in processing cellulose, from wood, for conversion of this raw material into other useful compounds.

Vegetable Oils Improve Super Strong Plastic Fibers

November 30, 2015 | C&EN

Polymer Chemistry: Green production method can be used to make ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene stronger, less expensive, or both.

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