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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 86, May 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 10/05/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Here at NNFCC, and particularly within these pages, the entire bioeconomy is important to us, but naturally we are more invested in the projects we are directly involved in. This month, one such project has taken a notable step forward, with Merck’s launch of the biobased solvent Cyrene. Cyrene is a dipolar, aprotic solvent, for which the petroleum-based equivalents are coming under increased scrutiny. Dimethylformamide (DMF) and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), have been restricted by the European Chemicals Agency due to their suspected toxicity, particularly to unborn children. The need for an alternative solvent could be solved by Cyrene, which has no such toxicity issues, and has the additional advantage of being biobased. However, such innovative products need to successfully be brought to market, and this was where NNFCC came in: we provided in-depth market research to Circa, the SME who have developed Cyrene, informing them of the market opportunities available for their novel solvent. We’re pleased to see........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Chinese investment in Danish biotech company
  • ADM announces steps for long-term value creation

Research & Development

  • Producing "unnatural" polymers inside cells
  • Methods to reduce tar in biomass gasification
  • First long-term analysis of historic ocean plastic levels
  • More economic strategy for producing PEF
  • Enzymatic synthesis of lignin-derived pyridine polyesters​


  • Partnership aims to bring first spider silk fabrics to market
  • Nanocellulose-based fire-retardant coating
  • Braskem raising funds for Join the Pipe by distributing biobased bottles
  • EUBP claims study into plastic bag environmental impact has unsatisfying conclusions​


  • Biobased Cyrene solvent launched
  • DuPont releases enzyme-based platform for cleaning medical instruments
  • Nouryon releases biobased asphalt adhesion agent
  • Celltice releases biobased active cosmetics ingredient
  • Anellotech's process for biobased aromatic chemicals proved viable
  • Nordfuel biorefinery to open in 2021
  • Partnership to power biorefinery with green hydrogen​

Consumer Products

  • Bio-on and Kartell release biobased furniture
  • Target releases biobased cleaning product range
  • First biobased sunscreens go on sale
  • Collaboration seeks BioPreferred certification for personal care products
  • Joint venture to pursue paper bottles
  • Plastic to be removed from Guinness packaging​



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