BP and DuPont team up for biofuels
BP and DuPont have partnered to develop and market advanced biofuels and will reportedly commercialize biobutanol for gasoline in 2007.
Nanosponge soaks up mercury
The first commercial use of a novel sponge-like material dubbed Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports (SAMMS) has begun at several sites.
Microwave use with chemicals to grow
The use of microwaves by the chemical industry is set to grow as the National Centre for Industrial Microwave Processing (NCIMP) is evaluating the economics of microwave technology for specific applications and, for promising ones, developing industrial-scale equipment.
Bayer pioneers more-efficient TDI technology
A new process for making toluene diisocyanate (TDI), which is a key raw material for polyurethane, reduces energy consumption by a third, cuts investment costs by 10-20%, and sets new safety standards, claims its developer, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Leverkusen, Germany.
Ionic liquids boost cellulose as feedstock
Ionic liquids, now being pioneered by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, for acid scavenging in reactors, also promise to play an important role in expanding the use of cellulose as a chemicals feedstock.
Automation Federation launched
The Automation Federation, an umbrella organization for societies involved with process control and automation, now is being formed.