Biobased and Renewable Products News: Research

March 7, 2014
European Union (EU) Invests In Development Of Biobased Chemicals
The EU has launched a new four-year research project called Bio-Qed, which will focus on developing biobased chemicals from renewable sources. The project has ten partners from Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Croatia, and ... read more >
February 21, 2014
EPA Announces Funding For Chemical Impact Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has awarded more than $3 million in funding to four research institutions to study how chemicals behave when they come into contact with biological systems. The projects will focus on developing better models that predict the connection between exposures to chemicals and the chain of events that lead to an unwanted health effect. The results are expected to assist EPA in its mission to protect human health and the environment, to inform and impact EPA's chemical safety research, and to develop solutions for more ... read more >
February 14, 2014
Purdue University Researcher Awarded Funds For Renewable Chemical Research
On February 5, 2014, Purdue University announced that three researchers in the University's colleges of Engineering and Science received more than $130,000 from the Trask Innovation Fund to develop their work. One of these researchers was awarded $50,000 for "Selective Catalysis for the Production of High Value Flavor and Fragrance Chemicals from Wood Biomass." A copy of Purdue University's press release is available ... read more >
December 23, 2013
EPA Awards Professor Green Chemistry Award For Development Of Safer Chemicals
On December 11, 2013, EPA gave a Green Chemistry award to Professor Richard Wool of the University of Delaware for his work to develop biobased products such as adhesives, composites, and foams from renewable feedstocks, including vegetable oils, chicken feathers, and flax. The EPA grants Green Chemistry Awards each year to recognize "landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that are contributing to the use of chemicals and products that are safer for people's health and the environment." More information on the 2013 Green ... read more >
November 1, 2013
DuPont Announces Expansion Of Its R&D Center In China
On October 28, 2013, DuPont announced the start of the second phase of its China Research and Development Center. The Center will focus on the development of biobased materials, among other things. A copy of DuPont's press release on the announcement is available ... read more >
October 18, 2013
NREL Study Released On Using E15 In Model Year 2001 And Newer Cars
RFA sponsored a study released this month by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The study is available online. In the study, NREL analyzed various studies on the effects of E15 use in Model Year 2001 and newer cars and found no meaningful difference in the use of E10 and E15 in those vehicles. This is a significant finding because many in the oil and gas industries, among others, have warned of potentially harmful effects of using E15 in cars. EPA has approved E15 for use in Model Year 2001 and newer vehicles. Many in the biofuels industry have ... read more >
October 4, 2013
DOE Announces Intent To Award $100 Million For Energy Research
On Monday, September 30, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it intends to award $100 million for cutting edge energy research in areas including biofuels as part of its Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). In 2009, DOE granted five-year awards ranging from $2 million to $5 million per year to each of 46 EFRCs throughout the country. The current Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is available online. Under the FOA, applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply by November 13, 2013, and applications are due by January 9, 2014. Existing and new EFRCs may ... read more >
September 5, 2013
Unilever And University Of Liverpool Partner On Renewable Chemicals
Unilever announced this week its new partnership with the University of Liverpool for a three-year research project designed to develop renewable chemicals "from the surplus sugars, fats, oils and carbohydrates produced via commodity by-products and forestry wastes, creating a cent[er] of excellence in the identification of sustainably sourced ingredients that it is hoped will end up in the production of some of the world's most familiar brands." The company's press release on the partnership is available ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Metabolix Announcement
Renewable energy company Metabolix announced that its researchers will present new data in Cincinnati this week at the ANTEC Conference "showing that its biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers significantly improve the mechanical, performance and environmental characteristics of the commercially significant polymers polylactide (PLA) and polyvinyl chloride ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Department of Energy Developments
Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hears From Energy Pick On April 9, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), held a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ernest Moniz. Moniz began his career in 1973 and since that time has alternated between positions as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He faced tough questions on his stated support for an "all of the above" energy policy and natural gas. Moniz ... read more >
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