Researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported that they have genetically modified blue-green algae to produce chemicals that can be easily turned into biofuels and other bio-based products. The researchers successfully produced 2.4 grams of 2,3 butanediol per liter of growth medium from the algae, the biggest yield so far for bacteria-derived chemicals.
Arkema and British firm Oxis Energy will co-develop polymer-based lithium-sulfur batteries, which are expected to supplement lithium-ion systems. "The use of designer compounds, currently undergoing development by Arkema, could have remarkable results in improving the power available for use in polymer lithium sulfur battery systems," said Oxis CEO Huw Hampson Jones.
The U.S. experienced a 52% increase in reported cyberattacks, according to the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity-response team. Seven of the 198 reported attacks were on chemical facilities.
Phillips 66 secured a deal with Global Partners to get crude oil delivered by rail to its New Jersey refinery from North Dakota's Bakken Shale. The five-year contract will allow Phillips 66 to take in 50,000 barrels of oil per day using Global Partners' rail network.
Biocatalytic processing is reducing the energy and solvent demands of cosmetics production, writes Gregory Nelson, chief technology officer at Eastman Chemical. The technology, however, still faces cost disadvantages. "While biocatalysts for the production of green and natural ingredients is still in its infancy, it holds great potential for the continued 'greening' of the cosmetics industry worldwide," Nelson writes.