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Petrochemicals – News and Features

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Industry Insight

Supporting Sustainable Biopharmaceutical Production With Plant-Based Plastic Labware

Encouraging scientists to rethink the materials and methods they use will help to foster a culture of sustainability within research institutions and across various industries. Technology Networks spoke with Dr. Joel Eichmann from Green Elephant Biotech to learn more about the creation of its plant-based plastic labware, and his broader vision for embedding sustainability within the biotech industry.
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A Jolt of Electricity Can Boost Common Catalytic Reactions, Study Finds

A jolt of electricity could boost the efficiency of some key chemical processing reactions by up to a factor of 100,000, reports a new study.
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Conversion Process Turns Greenhouse Gas Into Ethylene

Engineers at the University of Cincinnati created a more efficient way of converting carbon dioxide into valuable products while simultaneously addressing climate change.
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Efficiently Unlocking Plant Sugars Could Lead to Biofuels and Medicines

Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) sheds new light on how to access the sugars locked up in plants to produce petroleum-free fuels, chemicals, and medicines.
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Some Plastic Straws Degrade Quicker Than Others, New Study Shows

Straws are one of the most commonly found sources of marine litter. Researchers say we lack a firm understanding of how long plastics last in the ocean, but that science supports moving away from using the material.
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Bird Flu Strikes Seals in Sub-Antarctica

Bird flu has been detected in mammals on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, according to a report by the UK Government's Animal and Plant Health Agency.
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Why Do We Need Effective Testing Methods in the Petrochemical Industry?

Petrochemicals are ubiquitous in modern-day society. In this article, we explore the need for chemical analysis in the petrochemicals sector and the use of techniques such as gas chromatography and trace element analysis to achieve this.
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Scientists Engineer Bacteria To Make Two Valuable Products From Plant Fiber

Scientists have engineered bacteria to make a key ingredient of plastics and a carotenoid used in pharmaceuticals simultaneously, from an underutilized plant fiber.
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Combining Ocean-Derived Biopolymers To Replace Synthetic Plastic Films

Materials with advanced structures derived from crustaceans and seaweed could be part of the answer to replacing petroleum-based plastic films.
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Methane Pockets Are Moving Under Antarctica, Closer to Its Edge

Studies in Svalbard have shown that methane is migrating beneath the permafrost. While lowland regions have ice-rich permafrost which acts as an effective seal to the gas, highland regions with less ice seem to be more permeable.