Several start-ups, including Ubiquitous Energy, PolySolar, and SolarWindow Technologies, are finding ways to turn infrared and UV light from the sun into electricity using windows. They’ve designed transparent coatings that can be applied to existing glass surfaces or even flexible plastic.
Croda, a specialty chemical company, has developed a biobased phase change material. The new material has applications in pharmaceutical packaging, especially for shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals.
Amyris, Inc. in partnership with Boticario Group has been named a Gold Winner by Cosmetics Design USA for their development of the ingredient Neossance Hemisqualane. This ingredient, which is biodegradable and non-toxic to aquatic life, has applications in skin and sun care, hair care, and makeup removal.
Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS environmentally friendly cleaning products, announced that they are the first company to receive this label for a line of pet care products. These hypoallergenic conditioning shampoos are made using the safest ingredients and have been tested for performance.
Stony Creek Colors, which manufactures biobased textile dyes, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit institute, have received a grant to improve genetic resources for plant-based indigo dye production. The goal of the research is to make the manufacturing of blue jeans more sustainable.
UCLA chemistry professor Craig Merlic was recently spotlighted for his activities as the head of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety. He teaches a safety course for all of the chemistry and biochemistry graduate students, and hopes the center’s work will become the “gold standard in laboratory safety in the United States.”
Green Biz highlights five videos about biomimcry—the idea that humans should try to mimic natural systems when making decisions about product design, architecture, engineering, energy systems, carbon capture, city planning, and more.
Renmatix, a leader in affordable cellulosic sugars, received a $14 million investment from Bill Gates and Total, the global energy major. The investment will drive the building of Plantrose-enabled biorefineries, facilitating further market development in downstream bioproduct applications.
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