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An electronic nose to sniff out nasty chemicals

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.

By May. 11, 2012


From biofuels to green chemicals (images)

A number of biotech start-ups are targeting industrial chemicals and other high-margin additives first on their way to making petroleum fuel replacements.

5 Images By May. 9, 2011


Green chemicals company Genomatica files for IPO

Genomatica looks to raise $100 million with a process for converting sugars, rather than oil, into chemicals used in everyday products.

By Aug. 24, 2011


Solazyme cruises in biofuels, green chemicals IPO

The stock for algae company Solazyme rises 15 percent in its initial public offering, raising $227 million to expand its biofuels and chemicals businesses.

By May. 27, 2011


Molecules for sale: Biofuel outfits bet on chemicals

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.

By May. 9, 2011


Clean up without chemicals

The Tersano Lotus Sanitizing System cleans food and kitchen surfaces without introducing any dangerous chemicals to your dinner.

By Aug. 22, 2009


Microbes to start making ethanol, chemicals

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.

By Nov. 18, 2009


While biofuels sputter, green chemicals attract cash

Biotech company Genomatica raises $15 million in venture funding to test the process of making industrial chemicals from sugar water.

By Mar. 25, 2010


Genomatica brews sugar into industrial chemicals

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.

By Sep. 16, 2008


Army recycles PackBots to sniff out chemicals

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.

By Jul. 15, 2008