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Researchers Make Base Oils from Non-food Plants

Researchers at a University of Delaware-partnered lab say they have discovered a way to create lubricant base oils from non-food biomass and fatty acids. The team, most of whom are affiliated with the schools Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, also claimed the new product could minimize the use of additives due to its customizable properties.

Calumet Acquires Biosynthetic Technologies

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. said on Monday that it acquired Biosynthetic Technologies, a startup that converts sustainable plant oils into synthetic base stocks using proprietary technology.