Using materials technology to add a touch interface to devices, U.K. scientists develop an electronic nose sensor able to be tied into clothing or paper.
A number of biotech start-ups are targeting industrial chemicals and other high-margin additives first on their way to making petroleum fuel replacements.
Genomatica looks to raise $100 million with a process for converting sugars, rather than oil, into chemicals used in everyday products.
The stock for algae company Solazyme rises 15 percent in its initial public offering, raising $227 million to expand its biofuels and chemicals businesses.
Making industrial chemicals from plants is easier to crack into than the cut-rate world of transportation fuels for young green-tech companies seeking a commercial foothold.
The Tersano Lotus Sanitizing System cleans food and kitchen surfaces without introducing any dangerous chemicals to your dinner.
Cellulosic ethanol start-up ZeaChem begins construction on a plant in Oregon that will use a microorganism found in termite stomachs to convert wood into fuel.
Biotech company Genomatica raises $15 million in venture funding to test the process of making industrial chemicals from sugar water.
A start-up that's part of a green chemistry wave has a micro-organism specially designed to make chemicals from sugar, rather than petroleum.
Older models of the iRobot military-grade inventions don't fade away. Instead, they get reassigned to a still-useful purpose as scouts for contaminated areas.