Kanazawa University researchers have found a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion they developed as a solvent of biomass, which could dissolve cellulose with very low toxicity to microorganisms. Use of this novel solvent enables a significant reduction of energy cost for ethanol production from non-food biomass. Thus, second-generation biofuel ethanol production is in sight of practical […]

GreenCentre Canada, a green chemistry incubator located at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario has spun out a new company, called Switchable Solutions.  Switchable Solutions is trying to commercialize a new type of industrial solvent invented by the University’s researchers. This is not your usual chemistry solvent.  Ready?  The new chemical mixes with oil in one […]