About Cleantech Chemistry

The Cleantech Chemistry blog will take a close look at the business and technology strategies of a number of companies – many of them new – that hope to serve the world’s need for renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, clean water, and non-polluting manufacturing and transportation, among other cleantech sectors. Cleantech now receives the largest share of venture capital of all industries, beating out both biotechnology and computer technology. Large chemical firms are also participating in cleantech by planning for a future where the products consumers use every day are made without petroleum-based feedstocks. These business ventures are often based on new technologies that have not been proven in the marketplace, and the blog will take a look at the risks faced by investors, scientists, and business leaders in the cleantech sector.

The blog’s primary author is Melody Voith, Senior business editor at C&EN. She writes about green industries including biofuels, solar energy, batteries, water treatment, and green building materials for the magazine. She also covers agriculture, chemical financials, and food ingredients. Voith has a B.A. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

You can follow me on Twitter: MelodyMV

Senior business editor Alex Tullo, who also covers green business in larger chemical firms, will be a contributor to the blog.

7 Comments

  1. You have a good intention and that is to serve the world’s need for renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, clean water, and non-polluting manufacturing and transportation, among other cleantech sectors. I hope you can do this and please consider the environment.

  2. the hot topic at the moment is sustainable energy.
    This is obviously been a primary objective of the UK government due to the introduction of the solar feed in tariff.
    We just need the scheme is to continue to make sure everybody has access to their own way of generating energy and for prices to ultimately drop.

  3. Looking forward to hearing contributions from Alex on green energy investing.

  4. Every small step we can take along this route is a step into the future – fuels extracted form the earth will not last forever and have polluting side effects, If you can help sway the debate on cleaner fuels then you will be doing good.

  5. Good to hear about Cleantech Chemistry putting out information about successful, and what looks like possibly successful, businesses focusing on renewable energy. There’s a lot of controversy about renewable energy (mostly from the “drill, baby, drill” crowd). We need to hear about alternate energy companies that are making a go of it.

  6. Chemistry innovation can be a part of a new cleantech solution or can be a refinement or fundamental change in a process in the chemical industry. The common theme is that the purpose of the innovation is to improve the holistic environmental impact.

  7. renewable and sustainable energies are the future of the humanity

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