Materials and chemicals
Biomass can be used to produce chemicals, fibres, pigments and plastics. These products are either identical to their petroleum-based counterparts or have completely new properties. Biorefineries will play a key role in the transition to a bioeconomy. There is great expectation placed on the potential ability to convert the countless carbon compounds in biomass into chemicals and material components.
Article - 22-Oct-2010
Prof. Dr. Christian Bonten has been head of the Institute for Polymer Technology IKT at the University of Stuttgart since 1st September 2010. The former Institute for Plastics Testing and Science has recently become part of the IKT and has therefore come under Bontens area of responsibility. Bonton believes that bioplastics have great future potential and he plans to set milestones to drive bioplastics development forward.
Article - 11-Oct-2010
Renewable resources not only provide the field of biotechnology with interesting possibilities for the development of new materials. Scientists from the Department of Chemical Material Science at the University of Konstanz have now succeeded in chemically synthesising a new type of plastic from plant oils.
Article - 04-Oct-2010
Ozan Gökay, chemical engineer and chemist, has been thinking about setting up his own company for many years. Now he is about to turn his plans into reality and his company ANASYN will start operating in November 2010. The company will focus on analytics, syntheses and biotechnology.
Article - 27-Sep-2010
The Pfinztal-based Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology investigates and develops innovative technical materials on the basis of biobased thermoplasts and furanic resin. Innovative companies in the consumer goods, packaging and transport industries are extremely interested in such products.
Article - 20-Sep-2010
mayer-THERMOPLASTE GmbH is a specialist in high-quality plastics injection moulding. The company’s flexible organisation of production enables it to react quickly to customer requirements. Based on the idea of using biomaterials for injection moulding, the company’s managing directors, Dirk Elger and Günter Lachnit, are currently planning to become involved in production using sustainable plastics.
Article - 07-Sep-2010
Jürgen Spitzmüller’s goal is to create perfect profiles with perfect extrusion systems. The experienced entrepreneur has left his family business to set up the company “think-blue” aimed at commercialising innovations for extrusion systems.
Article - 31-Jul-2010
Tanja Weil travelled across half the globe in order to be able to start her new position as the head of the Institute of Organic Chemistry III Macromolecular Chemistry and Organic Materials at the University of Ulm on 1 May 2010. Prior to her current position the 36-year-old chemist was associate professor at the renowned National University of Singapore and is now trying to bridge her discipline with the disciplines of biology medicine and the materials sciences with research on biohybrid molecules.
Article - 10-Jul-2010
The potential of Microalgae cannot yet be optimally used on the large scale. The bioprocess engineer Dr. Rosa Rosello and her team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT are investigating the conditions under which different microalgae species can optimally grow in photobioreactors and lead to high product yields. It is all a question of light and shade.