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Dow, Sasol launch eco-surfactants

Dow and Sasol both used this year’s SEPAWA Congress in Berlin on 25-27 October to launch surfactants that claim superior ecological profiles. In both cases, the products are based on collaboration with smaller, technology-based partners.

Dow developed EcoSense 2470 Surfactant with carbon recycling company LanzaTech Global, which recovers waste carbon then transforms into ethanol and on to surfactant ingredients. The company said that this is differentiated other biosurfactants and biobased surfactants in two ways: *

CCT collaboration for Givaudan

Flavours and fragrances giant Givaudan has agreed a research collaboration for the development of sustainable fragrance ingredients from renewable carbon, with US-based LanzaTech, which describes itself as a carbon capture and transformation (CCT) company. No commercial terms were disclosed.

LanzaTech plans Nasdaq launch

Chicago-based carbon capture and transformation (CCT) firm LanzaTech has announced plans to launch on the Nasdaq. This follows an agreed to combine through a business combination transaction with AMCI Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company. Closing is expected in Q3, subject to approval by stockholders on both sides.

Off-gases to n-octnaol

BASF and Chicago-based carbon recycling technology firm LanzaTech have announced a key “first success” in a project to turn the carbon from industrial off-gases into high-value chemicals. They have made n-octanol, which is used in cosmetics among other applications, from CO and hydrogen at laboratory scale.

Surfactant made from carbon emissions

Earth Day, 22 April, saw a world first in the launch of the first product using a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions. This was developed by Unilever, LanzaTech and India Glycols (IGL), and was used in an Omo laundry capsule in China.

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