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UK Malaysia workshop video

Posted by The IBEST on 31 July, 2016 at 17:50 Comments comments (0)

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5-HMF Leader AVA-CO2 Successfully Develops Interface For Different FDCA Oxidation Routes

Posted by The IBEST on 21 July, 2016 at 15:10 Comments comments (0)

World leader in 5-HMF production, AVA-CO2 has successfully developed its patented, water-based 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) process even further. A newly developed interface allows for the use of different solvents which are tailored to the oxidation processes for producing 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale. This development enables a more flexible implementation of industrial 5-HMF and FDCA production, paving the way for using polyethylene furanoate (PEF) in compe...

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Polylactic acid-based polymers is an excellent foundation for the development of materials and solutions for regenerative medicine

Posted by The IBEST on 16 July, 2016 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

Medical implant technology is an attractive and growing market, says Evonik. The company is conducting research on new composite materials - potential replacements for the metal that is currently used in implants - for the fixation of fractured bones.


Implants play a key role in supporting bones until they heal. Today’s metallic devices typically remain in the body for the rest of the patient’s life or require additional surgery for removal. Devices made with Ev...

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Lignin biorefinery in the final approval stage

Posted by The IBEST on 16 July, 2016 at 4:00 Comments comments (0)

LignoTech Florida LLC is going to set up the first biorefinery utilising lignin, a co-product of the sulphite cellulose manufacturing process. The new operation will process the lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products used globally in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.

See what products can be produced from lignin:

The new compan...

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Researchers discovered new bio-based sustainable technology and product for circular economy future

Posted by The IBEST on 9 July, 2016 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

A team of researchers at the Universities of Surrey and Bath in the UK has discovered an effective way of adding value and increasing sustainability of waste resources, by the recovery of metals, extractives, chemicals, fertiliser and energy.

The findings are published in

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Scientist's math formula offers improved yield for flour milling

Posted by The IBEST on 7 July, 2016 at 4:05 Comments comments (0)

RESEARCH by a University of Huddersfield scientist could aid the development of new strains of wheat that yield higher quantities of extra-nutritious flour.

Professor Grant Campbell is a leading expert in cereal process engineering and is based in the University's School of Applied Sciences. The milling of wheat and the complexities of its kernel are central to his work. Now his latest co-authored article analyses the di...

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Are you a bioeconomy pioneer?

Posted by The IBEST on 5 July, 2016 at 4:25 Comments comments (0)

BiobasedWorld, 15-16 February 2017 in Cologne, Germany is the opportunity to showcase your expertise in bioeconomy. It's the debut of this premier trade show for the bioeconomy and your opportunity to stay ahead of your competition. The bioeconomy doesn't follow traditional value chains and it's the business of pioneers. Give yourself a push and be one of them.

The closing date for exhibition space at BiobasedWorld is drawing closer: September 15. Reserve your space now to secure a prim...

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15 PhD positions available at 7 institutes in 5 EU countries!

Posted by The IBEST on 5 July, 2016 at 4:20 Comments comments (0)

An international consortium led by Leiden University-CML, collaborating with partners such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and major industries, recently won an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (MC ITN) on the circular economy.


The network has 15 PhD positions available, at 7 institutes in 5 EU countries, in the following fields:

1. Business modelling,

2. Supply Chain Management,

3. Consumption/behavioural sciences,

4. ...

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Organic nanosheet separation for molecular electronics

Posted by The IBEST on 29 June, 2016 at 2:10 Comments comments (1)

Molecular electronics is a fascinating rapidly growing field. An international team has discovered an elegant way to decouple organic nanosheets grown on metal surfaces. After iodine intercalation, a network of organic molecules behaved almost as it was free-standing. The strong influence of the metal on the network was reduced. This opens up new ways to transfer organic nanostructures from metal surfaces onto more suitable substrates for molecular electronics.

Specific o...

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