February 25, 2009

Ethanol rejoice! Genomatica develops bio-MEK

The green chemistry field is on fire this week! (I mean this figuratively so need to call the Environmental Protection Agency)

After Segetis' news on their full-speed plant operation in Minneapolis last Monday, another start-up firm Genomatica announced today that they have developed biobased methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), an industrial solvent, using sugar and water - and maybe a catalyst and some organisms to go along with it.

Genomatica hopes this new process will help the ailing ethanol industry as the biobased MEK can be produced in existing ethanol manufacturing facilities with minimal additional investments.

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