Bio-On and Moore Capital ink deal to build €80m PHA bioplastics plant in Brazil

Bio-On and Moore Capital inked a deal to build the only PHA bioplastics production facility in Brazil. The new facility will produce bioplastic from agricultural waste, such as sugarcane. Photo: Flickr

Bio-On and Moore Capital have inked a deal to build the only PHA bioplastics production facility in Brazil. The new facility will produce bioplastic from agricultural waste, such as sugarcane. Photo: Flickr

Bio-On and Moore Capital signed a licensing agreement on Monday to develop the first PHA bioplastics production facility in Brazil, requiring an investment of more than €80 million ($90 million). [Read more…]

Academic round-up: bioplastics from squid teeth and high-efficiency solar cells from graphene

Researchers have developed QDs that can produce a stream of photons with identical wavelengths, scientists have developed a high efficiency solar cell with graphene, a research team has created a self-healing bioplastic, researchers have used graphene to increase the capacity of capacitors and scientists have developed graphene electrodes for OLEDs. [Read more…]

Brief: Cargill appoints David MacLennan as Chairman

Cargill, the American multinational, announced on Thursday that its President and CEO, David MacLennan, had been appointed Chairman of the Board. MacLennan will replace the outgoing Gregory Page, who will become an executive director of the company. MacLennan joined the company in 1991 and was appointed CEO in 2013. Read more >

Academic round-up: US Energy Department gives $4m for bioplastics research, new allotrope of graphene discovered

The US Energy Department has awarded $4m to two universities for bioplastics and biofuel research, scientists have made graphene superconductive using lithium, quantum dots have been used to ‘squeeze’ individual photons and researchers have discovered a new allotrope of graphene. [Read more…]

Bio-on inks $1.4m agreement with University of Hawaii to develop new bioplastics

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As part of the new research, agricultural refuse (incuding wood processing waste) will be added to the products, which Bio-on currently uses to create bioplastics, namely sugar beet and sugar cane.

The Italian bioplastics manufacturer, Bio-on, announced yesterday it had entered into a $1.4 million agreement with the University of Hawaii to develop PHAs from domestic and agricultural refuse, as well as wood processing waste. [Read more…]