The long-term decoupling of chemicals from petroleum took another step forward with the announcement by LanzaTech that it has successfully produced 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) using microbial gas fermentation technology. 2,3-butanediol is a key building block for plastics and fuels.
Chemical building blocks are normally produced from the cracking of petroleum or even through the fermentation of sugars (ethanol). However, LanzaTech’s process uses nonfood, low value gas feed stocks, including industrial waste gases such as those produced by steel mills, oil refineries, coal manufacturing, syngas from landfill-waste and reformed natural gas.
2,3-BD is converted into intermediaries like butenes, butadiene and methyl ethyl ketone that are used to make polyester plastics, ABS, and other polymers. The technology is based on a proprietary microbe developed by the New Zealand company.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is