May 16, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

I am here in Phoenix, Arizona, already baked brown under this afternoon's hot sun and preparing for the AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) annual meeting. I hope to do some tweeting as well but that depends on the mercy of the WiFi gods. I'll try to post some info this week but I already have photos of cactus as alternative in case I couldn't make it.

By the way, AOCS is offering a free live webcast of their annual keynote presentation on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:15am (US MST). This year is going to be from Richard Theiler, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, from The Dial Corporation.

Try to tune in for that. For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Eastman opens new Tritan plant
Eastman opened its new plant in Kingston, Tenn., which is exclusively dedicated to the production of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Demand for Tritan has been increasing as it targets product applications such as infant care and bottled water products aiming to replace BPA-contained polycarbonates.

First algae customer
Algae technology developer OriginOil has signed multi-phase commercialization project with MBD Energy Limited, which is OriginOil's first algae-producing customer. OriginOil will supply MBD Energy its Quantum Fracturing™ and Single-Step Extraction™ systems, which will be integrated into MBD’s proprietary growth system, the Algae Synthesizer, to enhance algae growth and perform oil extraction.

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