Navigation Links
Plastic that grows on trees


Scientists have discovered the most effective method yet to convert glucose, found in plants worldwide and nature’s most abundant sugar, to HFM, a chemical that can be broken into components for products now made from petroleum.
It has been an elusive goal for the legion of chemists trying to pull it off: Replace crude oil as the root source for plastic, fuels and scores of other industrial and household chemicals with inexpensive, nonpolluting renewable plant matter.

Scientists took a giant step closer to the biorefinery this week, reporting in the June 15 issue of the journal Science that they have directly converted sugars ubiquitous in nature to an alternative source for those products that make oil so valuable, with very little of the residual impurities that have made the quest so daunting.

“What we have done that no one else has been able to do is convert glucose directly in high yields to a primary building block for fuel and polyesters,” said Z. Conrad Zhang, senior author who led the research and a scientist with the PNNL-based Institute for Interfacial Catalysis, or IIC.

That building block is called HMF, which stands for hydroxymethylfurfural. It is a chemical derived from carbohydrates such as glucose and fructose and is viewed as a promising surrogate for petroleum-based chemicals.

Glucose, in plant starch and cellulose, is nature’s most abundant sugar. “But getting a commercially viable yield of HMF from glucose has been very challenging,” Zhang said. “In addition to low yield until now, we always generate many different byproducts,” including levulinic acid, making product purification expensive and uncompetitive with petroleum-based chemicals.

Zhang, lead author and former post doc Haibo Zhao, and colleagues John Holladay and Heather Brown, all from PNNL, were able to coax HMF yields upward of 70 percent from glucose and nearly 90 percent fr
'"/>

Source:DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Estrogen-like Component of Plastic Stimulates Growth of Certain Prostate Cancer Cells
2. Brain May Be Less Plastic Than Hoped
3. Plastic surgeons countdown first full facial transplantation
4. Whats next for gene therapy? Plastic
5. Plastic that degrades in seawater could be boon for cruise industry and others
6. Poplar trees redirect resources in response to simulated attack
7. Family trees of ancient bacteria reveal evolutionary moves
8. Alien woodwasp, threat to US pine trees, found in N.Y.
9. Shade trees getting scorched by plant disease
10. Seeing the forest and the trees
11. Why Christmas trees are not extinct
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Plastic that grows trees

(Date:7/8/2015)... 8, 2015 Summary Pancreatic cancer is ... most fatal, with a mortality rate of 10.9 deaths ... pancreatic cancer patients has highlighted a significant need for ... being met by the current market. A highly ... with varying molecule types and mechanisms of action, which ...
(Date:7/8/2015)... July 8, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... today announced the launch of a study that ... Cancer Monitoring℠ (PCM) technology for predicting response to ... a combination of the novel immunotherapy agents Yervoy® ... PD-1 inhibitor. The 50-patient study will be led ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... 2015 Research and ... of the "Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors Patent Landscape" ... this date, fingerprint sensing technology is the most ... are well developed. This patent landscape focuses on ... The domain of capacitive fingerprint sensors is closely ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Frontier Pharma: Pancreatic Cancer - Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation 2Frontier Pharma: Pancreatic Cancer - Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation 3Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 2Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 3Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 4Worldwide Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors Patent Landscape Market Report 2015-2020 - Main IP Holders include Seiko Epson, AuthenTec, Sony and STMicroelectronics 2
... a new study, Dartmouth researchers describe the structure of a ... Vibrio cholerae , the bacteria that causes cholera. Buried within ... that appears to inhibit ToxT, which prevents the bacteria from ... threatening, and, according to the World Health Organization, cholera remains ...
... In fact, toe running is far more efficient than landing ... distance endurance running, humans are some of the best-adapted animals ... why have we stuck with our inefficient heel first footfall ... marathon running? This paradox puzzled Nadja Schilling and Christoph Anders ...
... Scientists have pinpointed specific mutations that allow a common ... in the March issue of the Journal of General ... viruses and hosts could provide insight to how some viruses ... a better idea of how animal diseases are generated. ...
Cached Biology News:Dartmouth researchers describe how the cholera bacteria becomes infectious 2Human use heel first gait because it is efficient for walking 2The genetic secrets to jumping the species barrier 2
(Date:7/27/2015)... ... July 27, 2015 , ... This is ... report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and ... including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies ...
(Date:7/27/2015)... --  Inocucor Technologies Inc ., the agriculture biotech ... has received a notice of allowance from the ... application to protect Inocucor consortia and unique microbial ... on farms and in greenhouses. This ... consortium and its fermentation byproducts, which are the ...
(Date:7/27/2015)... , July 27, 2015 According to ... Type (Home-brew Media, Pre-formulated Media), by Application (Biobanking, Regenerative Medicine, ... Europe , Asia-Pacific , ... The global biopreservation media market was valued at $247.7 million ... million by 2019, at a CAGR of 18.2% between 2014 ...
(Date:7/27/2015)... WESTBROOK, Maine , July 27, 2015 ... that more than 8,000 clinics have submitted over 100,000 ... SDMA, testing in just the first 10 days since ... Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a leading cause of ... from the submitted specimens are consistent with generally accepted ...
Breaking Biology Technology:2015 Biophotonics Market Global Research 22015 Biophotonics Market Global Research 3Inocucor Technologies Receives Groundbreaking U.S. Patent for Proprietary Biological Processes that Stimulate Plant Growth 2Inocucor Technologies Receives Groundbreaking U.S. Patent for Proprietary Biological Processes that Stimulate Plant Growth 3Global Biopreservation Media Market to be Worth $571.5 Million by 2019 2Global Biopreservation Media Market to be Worth $571.5 Million by 2019 3Over 100,000 Pets Tested with New IDEXX SDMA Kidney Function Test Since Product Launch on July 13 2Over 100,000 Pets Tested with New IDEXX SDMA Kidney Function Test Since Product Launch on July 13 3Over 100,000 Pets Tested with New IDEXX SDMA Kidney Function Test Since Product Launch on July 13 4Over 100,000 Pets Tested with New IDEXX SDMA Kidney Function Test Since Product Launch on July 13 5
... RIVER, N.Y., June 20, 2011 ... provider of software and services for health and ... 4.2 electronic health record (EHR) software for behavioral ... ARRA Ambulatory Certification. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110620/NY22778LOGO) ...
... VICTORIA, Australia, June 20, 2011 Genetic Technologies Limited ... North American division, Phenogen Sciences Inc., has launched the ... risk.   Phenogen Sciences will target its ... US metro-markets.  The company has deployed its sales force ...
... ,Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon, has the ... But its unique properties, and the shrinking scale of ... produce on a large scale. In ... had overcome some of these difficulties and were able ...
Cached Biology Technology:CMHC/MIS Electronic Health Record Solution from Netsmart Technologies Attains Complete ARRA Certification 2CMHC/MIS Electronic Health Record Solution from Netsmart Technologies Attains Complete ARRA Certification 3CMHC/MIS Electronic Health Record Solution from Netsmart Technologies Attains Complete ARRA Certification 4Genetic Technologies Launches BREVAGen™ Breast Cancer Risk Test in US 2Genetic Technologies Launches BREVAGen™ Breast Cancer Risk Test in US 3Genetic Technologies Launches BREVAGen™ Breast Cancer Risk Test in US 4UCLA team reports scalable fabrication of self-aligned graphene transistors, circuits 2
The F40 pump maintenance kit is used to service one F40 pump of a BioLogic DuoFlow workstation. It includes 2 piston seals, 4 check valves, seal removal tool, and 2 O-rings....
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant EOMES. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = EOMES...
... antibody raised against a partial ... Immunogen: SLC22A3 (NP_068812, 90 ... recombinant protein with GST tag. ... NM_021977 ...
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant AAAS. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = AAAS...
Biology Products: