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Headed To BioPlastek Later This Month

I’m being let out of my cell here at C&EN’s Edison, N.J., office to attend BioPlastek 2011, June 27 to 29 at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. It is being put on by Schotland Business Research and the Chemical Development and Marketing Association (CDMA).

The lineup for the event is pretty impressive. The keynote speaker is Michael Okoroafor, VP of packaging R&D at H.J. Heinz. Heinz is making a move into bio-based polyethylene terephthalate. Pepsi, which recently unveiled a plant-based bottle, is also speaking at the event. I am personally curious to see if Pepsi will reveal a route to its bio-based terephthalic acid.

There will also be something called “real time market research (using the audience response system)”. Anyone remember Love Connection?

One presentation that I don’t want to miss is “Green PET: Thermochemical catalytic process for production of p-xylene (and ethylene) directly from non-food biomass.” That will be presented by David Sudolsky from Anellotech.

I could go on. There are presentations like that appearing over the span of two days. It should be pretty fruitful.

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