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Consortium scales up production of bio-aromatics from waste

15-Jul-2016

Turning waste, that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry is the challenge being undertaken by a consortium of 12 companies over the next 18 months. Biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewater ...

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Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

01-Jul-2016

Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds each cell and plays a pivotal role in plants' ability to grow against gravity and reach heights ranging from stubbly grasses to the sky-scraping splendor of redwoods. But lignin is a problem for scientists ...

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Eating air, making fuel

27-Jun-2016

All life on the planet relies, in one way or another, on a process called carbon fixation: the ability of plants, algae and certain bacteria to "pump" carbon dioxide (CO2) from the environment, add solar or other energy and turn it into the sugars that are the required starting point needed for ...

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New technologies to eliminate fossil fuel use in the sugar industry

29-Apr-2016

QUT researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. Associate Professor Ian O'Hara, from QUT's Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, said ...

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Recyclable, sugar-derived foam - a renewable alternative to traditional polyurethanes?

15-Apr-2016

Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically ...

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How sweet can you get?

Plant-derived sweetener thaumatin becomes 1.7 times sweeter after amino acid swap

25-Feb-2016

A sweeter version of a widely used plant-derived sweetener is on the way. Researchers have found a way to make thaumatin -- one of the sweetest natural sugar substitutes on the market -- even sweeter. "Making natural sweeteners stronger could be a huge plus to the food industry, especially as ...

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Sugar-based carbon hollow spheres that mimic moth eyes

07-Jan-2016

Antireflective coatings are used to cut surface glare in everything from eyeglasses and camera lenses to solar cells, TV screens and LED devices. Now researchers from Research Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University in Belarus and Institut Jean Lamour-Université de Lorraine ...

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Chocolate physics: How modeling could improve 'mouthfeel'

27-Aug-2015

Lecithin plays a vital role in the production of chocolate and many other foods. It's never been clear how this ingredient works on a molecular level, and confectioners have relied on observational methods to perfect their recipes. Now, scientists have shown how the field of molecular dynamics ...

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Liquids and glasses relax, too. But not like you thought.

20-Jan-2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules published by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of what happens when you pour a liquid out of a cup. More important, it provides a theoretical foundation for a ...

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AkzoNobel and partners looking to turn sugar beet into raw materials

27-Nov-2014

AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to investigate the possibility of producing chemicals from beet-derived sugar feedstock.The parties have asked ...

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