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Engineered E. coli could make carbohydrates, renewable fuel, from CO2

"The key is for a microbe to use formate as its sole carbon source"

15-Sep-2021

Researchers from Newcastle University, UK have engineeredEscherichia coli bacteria to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) using hydrogen gas (H2) to convertit into formic acid. The research,published inApplied and Environmental Microbiologyraises the possibility of converting atmospheric CO2 to ...

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Step by step to the end product through enzyme catalysis

Enzymes from microorganisms can produce valuable chemical substances. In a cascade, they can do that even if they need different environmental conditions

02-Sep-2021

The production of the sugar trehalose, which is used as a functional food and an additive in pharmaceutical products or in cosmetics, is a team effort for enzymes: One takes care of the construction of an energy-rich intermediate product (UDP-glucose), from which the second then makes trehalose. ...

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Team develops bioprocess for converting plant materials into valuable chemicals

19-Aug-2021

A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value bioproducts. Lignocellulose, the woody material that gives plant cells their ...

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LANXESS expands capacity for light-color sulfur carriers

Production capacity of extreme pressure additives for the lubricants industry to be expanded by 2023

13-Aug-2021

LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for light-color sulfur carriers at its Mannheim site by several kilo tons. The specialty chemicals company is investing a double-digit million amount to expand the facilities in response to growing demand. The additional volumes are expected to be ...

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Hundreds of chemicals, many in consumer products, could increase breast cancer risk

List includes potential carcinogens that act by stimulating production of hormones that fuel breast tumors

23-Jul-2021

Every day, people are exposed to a variety of synthetic chemicals through the products they use or the food they eat. For many of these chemicals, the health effects are unknown. Now a new study shows that several hundred common chemicals, including pesticides, ingredients in consumer products, ...

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Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

More potentially hazardous chemicals are lurking in plastics than has been assumed

24-Jun-2021

ETH Zurich researchers examined chemicals in plastics worldwide. They found an unexpectedly high number of substances of potential concern intentionally used in everyday plastic products. A lack of transparency limits management of these chemicals. Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly ...

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Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread'

17-Jun-2021

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. Scientists tested more ...

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Efficiently "switching on" bacteria to produce high-value chemicals

Researchers have found a cheap way to switch bacteria into chemical production mode

10-Jun-2021

High-value chemicals used in biofuels and pharmaceuticals can be made from bacteria by switching their chemistry to produce novel products. Researchers from the University of Warwick have found a way to drastically cut the cost of turning on these switches.We use chemicals for almost everything, ...

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LANXESS completes sale of its organic leather chemicals business

03-Jun-2021

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS completed the sale of its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH on June 1, 2021. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment firm Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. All relevant antitrust ...

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How chemicals in plastic may cause lower IQ levels

The effects of environmental chemicals at the molecular level

25-May-2021

The chemical bisphenol F (found in plastics) can induce changes in a gene that is vital for neurological development. This discovery was made by researchers at the universities of Uppsala and Karlstad, Sweden. The mechanism could explain why exposure to this chemical during the fetal stage may be ...

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