Biobased – New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials 26-06-2024


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ExxonMobil has partnered with Air Liquide in a significant move to support the production and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia

This collaboration is central to a pioneering project at ExxonMobil’s facility in Baytown, Texas, which is poised to become the world’s largest producer of low-carbon hydrogen. The project’s ambitious scope includes the generation of 1 billion cubic feet of low-carbon hydrogen per day and the annual production of over 1 million tons of ammonia, capturing more than 98% of CO2 emissions in the process. Biobased

Air Liquide will play a critical role by integrating ExxonMobil’s production with its established pipeline network, facilitating efficient hydrogen distribution. Furthermore, Air Liquide is set to construct and operate four Large Modular Air separation units at the site. These units will deliver 9,000 metric tons of oxygen and up to 6,500 metric tons of nitrogen daily, using predominantly low-carbon electricity to minimize environmental impact.

Through this venture, ExxonMobil and Air Liquide aim to catalyze the development of the low-carbon hydrogen market in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, offering industrial clients viable solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. Biobased


Automotive Temperature Sensors Provide Multichannel Thermal Control

Mouser now stocks Microchip Technology’s MCP998x automotive temperature sensors, a family of AEC-Q100 grade 1 qualified multichannel sensors. These sensors measure temperatures with 1°C accuracy up to 85°C and 2.5°C up to 125°C, ensuring precise heat control in automotive applications like infotainment systems, engine controls, diagnostics, and side-view mirrors. Biobased

The MCP998x sensors support accurate thermal monitoring across up to five channels, featuring integrated resistance error correction and beta compensation for reliable measurements without additional configuration. This product family can monitor multiple thermal elements, providing several alert and shutdown options for security. The integration of remote sensors with resistance error correction and beta compensation eliminates the need for extra configuration, enhancing accuracy. By monitoring temperatures at multiple locations with a single sensor, the design is simplified, reducing board complexity and size, and lowering the BOM.

These sensors are among the industry’s largest portfolios of automotive-grade multichannel temperature sensors, offering superior accuracy at high temperatures required in demanding automotive environments. Biobased

Automotive Temperature Sensors ProBiobasedvide Multichannel Thermal Control

Green Light for Biobased PE in Asia

The Thai Government has approved the new plant project of the joint venture between Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Through the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), the project for producing biobased polyethylene in Thailand has received the green light. This production will use ethylene derived from bioethanol, centering on Braskem Siam, the joint venture established last year by Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Biobased

The project entails an investment of approximately $520 million for constructing a plant in Map Ta Phut, Rayong province. This plant will have the capacity to produce up to 200,000 tonnes per year of biobased ethylene from bioethanol, which is obtained from agricultural products such as sugar cane, cassava, and corn. The bioethylene will be used for polyolefin production.


‘You are the compass for a sustainable future’

Recyclers in Europe have been assured of a key role as the EU looks for greater circularity when it develops its industrial strategy over the next five years.

The commissioner responsible for the circular economy (CE), Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, stressed the importance of both a CE and recyclers when speaking at the International Automobile Recycling Convention in Antwerp on 20 June. He also suggested the Waste Directive could be re-framed as a ‘resource’ directive when it is next reviewed.

Ciobanu-Dordea’s wide-ranging address also floated the idea of lower taxes for recycled content in new products; embraced chemical recycling (CR) as a complement technology to mechanical recycling; and suggested more would be done to retain critical raw materials and other vital resources within the EU. Biobased

‘Tsunami’ of regulations

He began by apologising for the previous ‘hectic four-to-five years’ when the European Commission had prepared a ‘tsunami’ of regulations in the wake of the Green Deal, saying he had listened to calls for greater predictability in future.

‘We will act in a more integrated way. We will try to make new proposals as a package because this will improve the conception. Biobased

‘In practice, CE models are still reserved to the pioneers and on the fringes of the economy. We need to make the fringes the mainstream.


‘You are the compass for a sustainable future’

New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials

With the rapid advancement of flame retardant chemistry, an increasing number of both intrinsic and additive flame retardant materials (e.g., polymers, woods, composites) are being developed for various applications, ranging from the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector and transportation to energy materials and aerospace. Over the past decade, the environmental and health properties of specific flame retardants, coupled with the ensuing international and national laws and regulations, have created a demand for effective and safer alternatives. Biobased

The primary objective of contemporary research and development in flame retardant chemistry is to integrate fire retardancy into materials without causing significant alterations in their properties and processing parameters, while also considering environmental and health impacts. This challenging goal necessitates comprehensive studies and innovative approaches to create advanced flame retardant solutions that meet stringent safety and sustainability standards.


New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials

Germany’s PLA Prices Maintain Stability Driven by Consistent Demand and Sustainable Initiatives

Germany’s Polylactic Acid (PLA) market experienced a period of stability. PLA prices were recorded at USD 2,430 per metric ton (MT) on a CFR (Cost and Freight) Hamburg basis, marking a marginal increase of USD 10/MT, or 0.4%, from the previous week. This stability was supported by a balance between supply and demand, driven by consistent requirements from key industries and steady domestic production. Biobased

Demand for PLA remained robust, fueled by continuous consumption in packaging, 3D printing, and textiles. Seasonal variations, such as increased demand for cold beverage packaging during summer, had minimal impact on overall demand stability. On the supply side, domestic production facilities in Germany operated regularly, ensuring a steady flow of PLA. This was complemented by stable import volumes from neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and the USA, preventing any oversupply issues.

Balanced inventory levels at manufacturers and distributors further contributed to price stability. Biobased


Germany's PLA Prices Maintain Stability Driven by Consistent Demand and Sustainable Initiatives

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