Tag Archives: biochemicals

Ellen Kullman’s big win needs applause

After a long, bruising battle with hedge fund Trian Partners and Nelson Peltz, Dupont’s management headed by CEO Ellen Kullman soundly defeated an attempt by the investment fund to gain seats on the DuPont board with the stated purpose of … Continue reading

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Biochemicals: Desirable Innovation Model

Sunday’s New York Times  a couple of weeks ago had an interesting article on innovation and job creation, with emphasis on the fact that companies are sitting on a great deal of money, because they see so few opportunitie to … Continue reading

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Renewable Feedstocks Update: Industrial Biotech Advances

Industrial biotechnology, when defined as large scale production of fuels and chemicals from biomass (i.e. renewable feedstocks) has been around for a long time, though in a limited way compared to production from hydrocarbon feedstocks. Ethanol (from sugar cane, molasses, … Continue reading

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Compostable plastic bags: Economics work for municipalities

A lot of progress has occured in the production of plastics from renewable materials, the goal generally being to reduce the consumption of hydrocarbons and to make a “greener” product. A secondary goal is to produce plastics that can decompose … Continue reading

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An Unfair Fine: Spur to Development?

In 2011, refiners paid a $ 6.5MM fine to the government for not blending ethanol made from agricultural wastes( instead of ethanol made from corn) into gasoline. And guess what?  There was no such ethanol available, because so-called cellulosic ethanol is not … Continue reading

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Sweet Tires?

A lot of research is going on in the area of biofuels and biochemicals and a blog is not a great vehicle to capture all of the important developments.  I will cover this subject from time to time as particularly interesting topics catch my eye.  … Continue reading

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