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Unexpected discovery: Blue-green algae produce oil

06-Mar-2020

Cyanobacteria - colloquially also called blue-green algae - can produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light. This is shown by a recent study by the University of Bonn. The result is unexpected: Until now, it was believed that this ability was reserved for plants. It is ...

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ExxonMobil, Renewable Energy Group and Clariant to advance cellulosic biofuel research

24-Jan-2019

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) said that they have signed a joint research agreement with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse ...

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New breathing material lubricates itself when needed

Like the earthworm

15-Nov-2018

Earthworms are always clean, even if they come from moist, sticky soil. They owe this to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer, which forms itself again and again on its skin. Researchers at INM have now artificially recreated this system of nature: They developed a material with a surface ...

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Harnessing energy from algae

An enzyme that could help accelerate biofuel production

21-Aug-2018

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils called ...

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Lone water molecules turn out to be directors of supramolecular chemistry

01-Jun-2018

Scientists in supramolecular chemistry often run into surprising outcomes. A broken seal of a lab cuvette led an American researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology to the origin of these inexplicable results: the weather. Or the humidity, to be more precise, because this determines the ...

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New fabric coating protects your clothes, and the environment

08-May-2017

When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly applied to textiles. That resistance, however, comes at a price. The coating that makes textiles oil resistant is fluorine-based and breaks ...

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SI Group announces agreement to purchase Baytown, Texas Facility

19-Sep-2016

SI Group, a developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions, announced today an agreement to acquire TPC Group’s Baytown, Texas manufacturing facility. The agreement includes an on-site terminal and manufacturing assets for nonene, tetramer, and other ...

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Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybean

21-Mar-2016

America's oil consumption far exceeds that of every other country in the world. What's more, it's unsustainable. Therefore, in 2007, Congress mandated a move away from petroleum-based oils toward more renewable sources. Soybeans, an important dietary protein and the current primary source of ...

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Cornelius named as best practice performer for UK companies

27-Jul-2015

Speciality chemicals distributor and manufacturer, Cornelius Group, has been recognised as being outstanding, and an exemplar to other industries, after being involved in a cross-sector efficiency study to investigate best practices for improving operations performance.The Oil & Gas Industry ...

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Scientists develop mesh that captures oil - but lets water through

Nano-coated mesh could clean oil spills for less than $1 per square foot

20-Apr-2015

The unassuming piece of stainless steel mesh in a lab at The Ohio State University doesn't look like a very big deal, but it could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn't, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its ...

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