P2 Science starts commercial production of renewable C9 aldehyde


P2 Science Inc, a bio-renewable chemistry company has produced the first ever commercial quantities of BioNonanal, at its new plant in Naugatuck. BioNonanal is a 100 percent renewable, vegetable-based linear C9 aldehyde, commonly used in fragrances to impart waxy, citrus and floral notes to consumer products in both household and personal care markets. To date, nonanal has been mainly produced from a petrochemical, Octene. The only option for a renewable nonanal has been via a costly extraction process from certain essential oils such as orange oil. The resulting cost of such a natural extract nonanal made it impractical to use in most fragrance applications. Read More

Using a simple mesh screen may allow farmers to dramatically reduce the amount of pesticides they spray. When spraying paint or coatings onto a surface, or fertilizers or pesticides onto crops, the size of the droplets makes a big difference. Bigger drops will drift less in the wind, allowing them to strike their intended targets more accurately, but smaller droplets are more likely to stick when they land instead of bouncing off. Now, a team of MIT researchers has found a way to balance those properties and get the best of both-sprays that don’t drift too far but provide tiny droplets to stick to the surface. The team accomplished this in a surprisingly simple way, by placing a fine mesh in between the spray and the intended target to break up droplets into ones that are only one-thousandth as big. Read More

TUV SUD has inaugurated its new Non-destructive testing (NDT) and Destructive testing (DT) laboratory in Noida. The fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratory can help businesses prevent incidents that are hazardous to human life and environment. The laboratory is fortified with world-class facilities to deliver reliable and accurate results that enable businesses to safeguard their operations and products. TUV SUD will cater to conventional and advance NDT needs with state-of-the-art equipment and technical specialists conducting tests to ensure the sudden downtime and shutdown of the manufacturing plants and projects is reduced. Read More

LyondellBasell said that its CEO Bob Patel has been appointed president of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). Patel will lead the board of the organization for a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2019. The ICCA is recognized as a key stakeholder in various settings, including the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Energy Agency. Patel continues to serve as chairman of the ACC and on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. “It’s a tremendous honour to help lead our industry as we work towards creating a more sustainable future. Read More