Researchers at Washington State University are working on a way to convert agricultural and forestry sugar feedstock to polyacrylonitrile, which is used in the production of carbon fiber. “By utilizing a bio-based form like sugar rather than a petrochemical form, the cost of carbon fiber productions goes down and less greenhouse gasses will be released through the production process,” said Jinwen Zhang, associate professor with the School of Mechanical and Materials engineering.
The Italian company Bio-ON has released their newest product, which uses bioplastic nanoparticles to detect tumors. Bio-ON’s plastics are produced from agricultural waste, which eliminates competition with the food industry, and are 100% biodegradable.
The chemical company has developed Eastman Omnia, a new high-performance solvent for cleaning applications, after a long journey using both computational and bench chemistry to narrow down their search. They used the EPA’s guidelines for carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, acute mammalian toxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, repeated-dose toxicity, and environmental fate and toxicity to develop the new solvent.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The grant will fund research to develop ion-conduction materials for alkaline membranes, which will allow the replacement of platinum with Earth-abundant metals in next-generation fuel cells.
Surfers around the world are going green by choosing certified ECO-boards over other options. Sustainable Surf's ECOBOARD program aims to reduce the environmental impact of a surfboard related to the carbon footprint and use of hazardous materials and encourages manufacturers to use recycled and plant-based materials.
The U.S. Navy is a leader in incorporating alternative fuel into operational supplies, in order to increase mission capability and flexibility. Part of this vision was realized this month when the EA-18G "Green Growler" completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.