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Biopolymer Expert

What does a biopolymer expert or a biopolymer consultant do? Strictly speaking, biopolymers are polymers produced by living organisms; in other words, they are polymeric biomolecules. Since they are polymers, biopolymers contain monomeric units that are covalently bonded to form larger structures. In addition, synthetic polymers, traditionally produced from fossil fuel feedstocks, may be termed […]

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2017

By Bernard Cooker. This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects producing renewable chemical products which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (CEN) from 1/1/17 to 12/18/17. It includes activity in biochemicals, biopolymers and other renewable products. It is based on a spreadsheet database of the information […]

High Added Value Renewable Polymers

By:  Dr. Bernard Cooker,  Lee Enterprises Consulting Summary Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is on combinations of low raw material cost, commercial scale operation and high added product value, to maximize the profit opportunity. Introduction […]

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments 2015-2016

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Lee Enterprises Consulting Introduction The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the development of technically efficient and low cost commercial processes to biochemicals and biopolymers. The articles in Chemical Engineering Progress […]

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

By John Forcier, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved. As we transition to the bans on organic […]