Chemical Recycling of Bioplastic Offers Up Bonus Solvent

Technology networks | May 21, 2020

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based “bioplastics” has been developed by a team of scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product – a biodegradable solvent – which can be sold for use in a wide variety of industries including cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.  Bioplastics, made from polylactic acid (PLA), are becoming increasingly common in products such as disposable cups, packaging materials and even children’s toys. Typically, once they reach the end of their useful life, they are disposed of in landfill or composted, biodegrading over periods of up to several months. In a new study, researchers have shown that a chemical process, using a zinc-based catalyst developed at the University of Bath and methanol, can be used to break down real consumer plastics and produce the green solvent, called methyl lactate. Their results are published in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

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This is a classic chemical reaction. It's called the iodine clock reaction. There are several variations of how this chemical reaction can be performed using different chemicals than the ones I used in the video. You can order clock reaction kits from several science related websites. You can also use simple store bought chemicals like vitamin C, iodine, hydrogen peroxide and starch. A quick internet search will turn up multiple ways of performing the experiment.


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CAS applies AI-driven approach in collaboration with INPI Brazil to transform patent examinations

CAS | March 22, 2022

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, recently completed a major project with The National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil to implement an enhanced examination workflow solution for chemistry patent applications using a unique blend of technology, artificial intelligence, data, and expertise. The new solution reduced application examination times by up to 50%, helping the office achieve their goal of clearing 80% of their multi-year application backlog. "Overcoming delays in the patent cycle has a significant, positive impact on innovation and economic growth in Brazil. Quickly granting patent rights accelerates investment, because applicants are confident their products will not be copied, which is the inventor's greatest fear. A structured, predictable and strong IP ecosystem helps ensure investment," Gabriel Di Blasi, Founding Partner, Di Blasi, Parente & Associates, of Rio de Janeiro Brazil's rapid growth caused patent application volume to outpace the patent office's examination capacity. The new, optimized examination workflow uses CAS's AI technology and eliminates a significant number of examiner search steps, allowing the office to better keep pace with projected application volumes. "The challenges faced by INPI Brazil reflect the unprecedented demands on patent offices around the world. As the largest economy in Latin America, the imperative to improve patent pendency was clear," said CAS President Manuel Guzman. "We are proud of the meaningful impact our work with INPI has already achieved and believe this solution provides an excellent starting point to help other patent offices optimize resources and ensure sustainable growth." CAS worked with INPI Brazil to tailor a solution to their unique needs. By employing multiple AI algorithms trained with patent office data and the scientist-curated CAS Content Collection™, the approach meaningfully increased examiner productivity. INPI Brazil reported that the CAS solution significantly reduced examiner search times for 77% of national applications processed, and that 29% of national applications processed required little or no additional search. "Our solution is designed to transform the prior art search process. Chemistry patent applications are very complex, requiring searches of both text and chemical structures within patent and non-patent publications. This is a unique capability of the CAS-designed solution," said CAS Chief Product Officer Tim Wahlberg.

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EnergySource Minerals Raises Strategic Investment from Schlumberger and TechMet to Scale Lithium Extraction Technology

EnergySource Minerals | May 04, 2022

EnergySource Minerals today announced a new round of investment led by Schlumberger New Energy and TechMet Ltd. The Schlumberger New Energy investment includes a strategic partnership to accelerate the deployment of the ILiAD lithium extraction platform and integrate it into the front end of the process used by NeoLith Energy, a Schlumberger New Energy venture. The platform has been piloted at demonstration scale for over 6 years on a variety of real-world brines. Schlumberger will scale up testing at NeoLith Energy's pilot plant in Nevada and deploy it at a global scale. "As the world projects a significant supply shortage of various critical minerals such as lithium, the time is particularly ripe for our Schlumberger and TechMet partnership. Simply put, we have found a way to make battery material production more efficient, economical, and sustainable. We continue to push the envelope to reduce environmental impact, which is really the obligation of the industry." Eric Spomer, EnergySource Minerals President and CEO EnergySource Minerals developed the ILiAD technology for its lithium extraction operation at the John L. Featherstone Geothermal Power Plant in the Salton Sea. The platform maximizes lithium extraction from brines in a closed-loop environment, delivering disruptive reduction in time, cost, and environmental impact compared with alternative methods. ILiAD is best-in-class among direct lithium extraction technologies. It is commercially ready to deploy today, dramatically reduces water footprint, does not consume reagents, demonstrates order-of-magnitude longer operating life, and highest lithium recovery rates. It also enables the development of new classes of brine resources for the production of additional minerals, such as manganese and zinc. "Schlumberger conducted extensive research and due diligence into our operations. Its investment is a validation of our disruptive ILiAD technology and the demand for cleaner, domestically sourced lithium," added Spomer. "As well, we are delighted to add TechMet as a strategic partner. Their expertise across project development, financing, marketing and supply-chain management, together with its global network and position will bring considerable commercial and strategic value to EnergySource Minerals as we look to deploy our ILiAD technology in new markets." Leveraging strategic alliances and technical collaborations, EnergySource Minerals has already engaged with multiple resource customers to evaluate and deploy the ILiAD technology platform worldwide. As a strategic investor and partner, Schlumberger New Energy is working closely with EnergySource Minerals in the industrialization and deployment of the platform. "Energy Source Minerals' technology shows great promise as an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly solution for lithium extraction from brines," said Gavin Rennick, President of Schlumberger New Energy. "We are excited by the opportunities to scale up this solution to support the increased demand for lithium, motivated by the electric vehicle industry's growth ambitions." As the world transitions to a clean energy economy, lithium demand is increasing dramatically. Currently, lithium mining has a high environmental cost and a dependence on just a few countries worldwide. A technology change is required to leverage a broader, more sustainable resource base to address the requirements of countries committed to a cleaner future. "We need a monumental ramp-up of lithium production to meet the global demand from EVs and the renewable energy transition," said Brian Menell, TechMet's Chairman and CEO. "EnergySource Minerals' pioneering DLE technology has the potential to scale lithium production globally while minimizing environmental impacts and we are hugely excited to be supporting the development of its first commercial operation on the Salton Sea." About EnergySource Minerals EnergySource Minerals is a privately held company leading the development of Project ATLiS—a premier lithium project located in Imperial County, California, United States—as well as the ILiAD technology platform, which is being developed and deployed to lithium operations worldwide. The EnergySource Minerals team comprises leaders in industrial project development, continuous adsorption and ion exchange processes, and battery materials. A 30-year veteran of ion exchange and adsorption technology, Dr. Charles Marston has led the ILiAD technology project. Dr. David Deak (former CTO of Lithium Americas Corp, ex-Tesla) and EnergySource Minerals CTO John Featherstone provide leadership support for ILiAD and our own project development initiatives. About TechMet TechMet is a private company that invests across the Li-ion battery metal supply chain, including production, processing, and recycling. TechMet's major shareholders include the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and the global energy trader Mercuria, and their advisory board is led by Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama. About Schlumberger New Energy Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology to the global energy industry. Schlumberger New Energy explores new avenues of growth by leveraging Schlumberger's intellectual and business capital in emerging new energy markets, with a focus on low-carbon and carbon-neutral energy technologies. Its activities include ventures in the domains of hydrogen, lithium, battery storage, carbon capture and sequestration, geothermal power and geoenergy for heating and cooling buildings.

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Flowserve Announces Partnership With Gradiant to Accelerate Growth in the Water Technology Market

Flowserve | March 25, 2022

Flowserve Corporation a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, announced it has entered into a non-exclusive partnership agreement with Gradiant to help address the most challenging problems in water and wastewater treatment. Flowserve has more than two centuries of experience serving the global water industry, providing low maintenance, energy efficient pumps, valves, seals and services to both the municipal and industrial water sectors. This partnership will combine Flowserve’s flow control solutions and product expertise with Gradiant’s innovative tailored water treatment technology to provide unparalleled total water treatment solutions for our customers. Flowserve also continues to upgrade its water portfolio with market leading flow control products and solutions for the water industry. Recent additions include the H2O+ submersible pump, a suite of highly efficient pumps for desalination, as well as our RedRaven IoT platform, which enhances our overall solutions portfolio and aftermarket services. “As we further diversify, decarbonize and digitize to drive growth and continue to support our customers, this partnership is a tangible way we’re advancing our offerings in new geographies, new marketing applications and new technology synergies. This new partnership with Gradiant not only strengthens Flowserve’s commitment and offering to the water market, but it also supports our sustainable development goals to make the world better for everyone.” Scott Rowe, Flowserve president and chief executive officer Gradiant develops and delivers advanced water and wastewater treatment facilities around the world, with a primary focus in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific and Americas for customers with mission-critical needs in cleantech water and sustainable operations. The company offers a broad portfolio of proprietary and patented technologies and services that focus on water reuse, resource recovery, brine concentration for minimum and zero liquid discharge (MLD / ZLD), and digital solutions for plant performance optimization. Gradiant offers flexible models for the design-build, operate-maintain, and financing of projects based on customers’ specific needs and situations. “Working with a global flow control leader like Flowserve gives us access to a wider range of industry for our total solutions,” said Anurag Bajpayee, Gradiant co-founder and CEO. “This collaboration allows more rapid adoption of Gradiant’s cleantech water solutions into new market segments, leveraging Gradiant’s established project delivery resources and process expertise with Flowserve’s distribution reach.” About Flowserve Flowserve Corp. is one of the world’s leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 50 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services. About Gradiant Gradiant is a global solutions provider and developer of cleantech water projects for advanced water and wastewater treatment. Gradiant's end-to-end solutions and technology expertise enable sustainable and cost-effective treatment of the world's most important water challenges. Today, with over 400 employees, Gradiant operates from its corporate headquarters in Boston, regional headquarters and global R&D center in Singapore, and offices across ten countries. At Gradiant, we create New Possibilities for Water for our clients and the communities they serve to ensure a safer and more promising tomorrow.

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Cavitation Technologies Inc. Expands International Operations as Alfa Laval Acquires Its Strategic Partner Desmet Ballestra

Cavitation Technologies Inc. | April 06, 2022

Cavitation Technologies, Inc. announces its plans to expand international operations as one of its key strategic partners Desmet Ballestra a world leader in edible oil and biofuel processing, was acquired by Alfa Laval (listed in Stockholm STO: ALFA and in USA OTC: ALFVY) a leading global provider of first-rate products in the areas of heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling. By signing the Agreement announced on March 31, 2022, Alfa Laval and Desmet Ballestra are no longer in competition with each other. In turn, the acquisition will strengthen CTi’s global position by opening more occasions for their proprietary Nano Reactor ®applications and business opportunities. Since 2010 CTi has granted an exclusive license to Desmet Ballestra—with exclusive rights to market, sell, and supply their technology Nano Reactor ® Systems incorporating Nano Reactor ® Devices—for the sole purpose of producing and/or processing plant oils & fats, or oleochemicals. CTI’s strategic partnership with Desmet Ballestra has been instrumental in delivering CVAT technology and systems around the world. Alfa Laval, already a global leader in the competitive edible oil and biofuel processing market with a market cap of $14.7 billion, will likely become the largest industry player after this acquisition. The merger will be executed in Q2, 2022, and will strengthen Alfa Laval's position in the renewable energy arena and beyond. Alfa Laval has 17,900 employees and its annual sales in 2021 were approx. USD 4 billion. Through the adjacent growth from Desmet being acquired by Alfa Laval, CTi is now looking to expand the relationship with combined companies and scale up its operations internationally. “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to expand our technology not only in vegetable oil refining but also in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, pharma and biotech as well as other applicable industries,” commented Roman Gordon, Global Technology Manager & Founder of Cavitation Technologies Inc. We look forward to continuing our relationship and work with Desmet Ballestra and Alfa Laval as we anticipate accelerated global system sales in the coming months.” About Cavitation Technologies, Inc Founded in 2007, the company designs and manufactures innovative flow-through devices and systems, as well as develops processing technologies for use in edible oil refining, renewable fuel production, water treatment, and alcoholic beverage enhancement. The company's patented Nano Reactor® systems and various technologies have over 48 patents issued and filed both domestically and abroad. About Desmet Ballestra Group The Desmet Ballestra Group provides engineering and supply of plants and equipment for the following industries worldwide: Oils and Fats and Animal Feed · Detergents, Surfactants and related Chemicals · Oleochemical and Biodiesel. Desmet Ballestra's R&D Team is composed of professionals specializing in Oils and Fats, oleochemicals and chemical processes, using the most comprehensive set of technological resources and equipment. Controlled by Financière DSBG, a holding company based in Paris, France, the Desmet Ballestra Group is present in all major market areas of the world through its integrated business units located in Northern and Central America (USA, Mexico), South America, Asia & Far East (PR China, Singapore, Malaysia), India and Europe. About Alfa Laval Alfa Laval is a leading global supplier of products and solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling through their key products – heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves. Alfa Laval play

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This is a classic chemical reaction. It's called the iodine clock reaction. There are several variations of how this chemical reaction can be performed using different chemicals than the ones I used in the video. You can order clock reaction kits from several science related websites. You can also use simple store bought chemicals like vitamin C, iodine, hydrogen peroxide and starch. A quick internet search will turn up multiple ways of performing the experiment.

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