Issue Date: July 16, 2012
Oakbio Makes Plastic From Carbon Dioxide
Oakbio, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based start-up firm, says it has succeeded in making a biopolymer using carbon dioxide from the flue gas of a cement plant. Lehigh Southwest Cement in nearby Cupertino provided flue gas that Oakbio fed to CO2-consuming microbes. Oakbio’s CEO is Russell Howard, who founded the biotechnology firms Maxygen and Codexis. He says the microbes are also capable of converting the greenhouse gas into specialty chemicals and fuels. Novomer, an Ithaca, N.Y.-based start-up, uses catalysts to convert CO2 into polymers.
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