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When life gives you lemons, make bio-plastics

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From your phone case to airplane windows, polycarbonates are everywhere. Several million tons of polycarbonate are produced every year around the world. However, worries about the dangers of this material are increasing because...  Read more

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A heart made of spider silk

Spider silk is the key to restoring damaged heart tissue. Credit: Universität Bayreuth

Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and their colleagues at the University of Bayreuth investigated whether an artificial silk protein developed in the laboratory could be suitable for...  Read more


On the way to a biological alternative

The catalytic center of vanadium nitrogenase: an iron-vanadium cofactor with an unusual carbonate ligand. Credit: Oliver Einsle

A bacterial enzyme enables reactions that open up alternatives to key industrial chemical processes.  Read more


Specialty biotech company Advanced Enzymes acquires 100% stake in evoxx technologies

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The industrial biotechnology company evoxx technologies GmbH has become a part of the leading specialty biotech company Advanced Enzyme Technologies Limited. Both companies announced that they have entered into a binding...  Read more


Biocomposites – Providing Benefits to Industry, Consumers and Environment

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The “Biocomposites Conference Cologne (BCC)” will take place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in Cologne, Germany. This year’s conference and exhibition will be the largest industry meeting on biocomposites worldwide. More than 250...  Read more


Commercialisation Updates On Bio-Based Building Blocks

Credit: Tecnon OrbiChem 2017

Commercialisation and development of these novel building blocks are discussed in more detail in the new nova Institute trend report.  Read more


Zeolite catalysts pave the road to decentral chemical processes Confined space increases reactivity

Model of the zeolithe catalyst. Image: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the...  Read more