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August 1, 2011

The Bio-Based Economy

Bio-based technologies are being developed around the world. Here we focus on one country’s advances on this front

Dorothy Lozowski

The realization that our natural resources are not endless, and that we need to focus on sustainability is driving technology and its supporting funds toward new choices. In the chemical process industries (CPI), engineers are looking for alternatives to the traditional fossil-fuel-based chemistries, and are developing innovative bio-based routes to meet our needs. There is much evidence of this shift to a bio-based economy, including the work of two of the recipients of this year’s Presidential Green Chemistry Awards in the U.S. (see p.11). Work on bio-based processing is a global undertaking, and in this Newsfront we focus on innovative bio-based technologies from the Netherlands....

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