Posts tagged with ‘marine biopolymer’

  • Breaking Down Crab Shells Could Improve Solar Technology

    At Kyoto University in Japan, researches have found an interesting composite that might just meet these requirements in an unlikely place — a crab shell. A crab shell was put through a number of different chemical washes and was broken down into a material called chitin. The chitin is combined with a resin to create the desired compound. This material […]
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  • University of Toronto student gets financial boost for top spot in a national automotive R&D competition utilizing marine-derived Chitin

    A new biodegradable material made from shrimp and crab shells that can replace petroleum-based plastics used in auto components helped a University of Toronto student win a national automotive competition. Aaron Guan, a master of science student, won the AUTO21 TestDRIVE competition, receiving a $10,000 scholarship for his work on recyclable, lightweight, polymeric nanocomposites. Shrimp and crab shell fibres called chitin nanowhiskers form the base of […]
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  • Algae-based fuels a growing business in New Mexico

    Sapphire Energy Inc., which uses a proprietary process to turn algae oil into renewable gasoline to replace fossil fuels at the pump, broke ground last June on a 300-acre commercial demonstration facility in Columbus. In Hobbs, in the heart of southeast New Mexico’s oil patch, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited Inc. broke ground this fall on a five-acre site that will use […]
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  • Shimp-derived shrilk material made from chitin

    Material scientists admire spider silk for being lightweight and strong. Now another arthropod product is getting into the act—insect cuticle, the tough, flexible material in the insect exoskeleton. Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering analyzed insect cuticle, which includes chitin and other proteins, such as the fibroin also found in spider silk. They then devised a method […]
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  • Acetate from chitin suggested as an economically viable source for bioethanol

    In a Viewpoint published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, Adão Montel of the Universidade Federal do Tocantins in Brazil suggests that the production of acetate from chitin may be a path to economically viable bioethanol. Both current methods of producing bioethanol, reducing carbon dioxide or the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose or lignocellulose, are onerous. In this context, the acetate-to-ethanol […]
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  • Kyoto University research team makes transparent crab shells with high-tech possibilities

    Researchers  in Kyoto have discovered a way to make crab shells transparent, which while of no use to the shells’ former owners, could be applied to solar panels and flexible video displays. According to the research group led by Professor Hiroyuki Yano at Kyoto University’s Research Institute for “Sustainable Humanosphere,” the key to the study is a soft and highly heat-resistant […]
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  • Seaweed gel transforms drops into edible beads

    A technique for quickly encapsulating a drop of liquid to create an edible bead, developed by Nicholas Bremond and colleagues at the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry in Paris (ESPCI ParisTech), can package any liquid using a seaweed extract. Bremond came up with the technique while collaborating with a master chef who wanted to put flavours in small compartments. To create […]
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  • Brazil: Shrimp waste processing plant opened

    The Technology Development Park (Padetec) and the company Montairo Pescado developed and mounted a pilot plant that converts shrimp shells into high value products. The plant is located in Itarema, on the west coast of Ceará, and according to the superintendent of Padetec, Afrânio Craveiro, it represents a milestone in the national shrimp production. This initiative was supported by the Ministry […]
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  • Global Glucosamine Market to Reach 46.6 Thousand Metric Tons by 2017, According to a New Report

    The research report titled “Glucosamine: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the Glucosamine market, current market trends, key growth drivers, new research findings on Glucosamine, new product introductions and launches, recent corporate initiatives, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates […]
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  • Chitosan Product Provides a New and Effective Way of Clotting Arterial Bleeds

    Celox, a flaked form of the clotting agent chitosan, is revolutionizing how military and medical personnel deal with bleeds, from the smallest scrapes to full-blown arterial fire hoses. Celox is easy to use — you just pour it on an open wound and apply pressure — and both safer and faster-acting than similar products. The best bit, though, is that […]
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