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LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

18-May-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is sc ... more

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

18-May-2018 A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated ... more

Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

18-May-2018 Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers a ... more

Controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

18-May-2018 A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices. "Graphene is the best el ... more

Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018 Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting th ... more

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

17-May-2018 Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more

No motor, no battery, no problem

17-May-2018 Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors, servos, or power supply. Instead, these first-of-their-kind devices paddle through water as the material they are constructed from deforms with temperature changes. The work blurs ... more

LANXESS: Matthias L. Wolfgruber voted in as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board

17-May-2018 Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (64) is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG. At its constituent meeting, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company elected the doctor of chemistry and former CEO of Altana AG as the successor to Dr. Rolf Stomberg (78), who resign ... more

Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'

17-May-2018 A study led in part by physicists at the Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter could provide new insight into the composition of the universe immediately after the Big Bang -- as well as improve calculations used to predict the life span of stars and describe th ... more

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ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

18-May-2018 Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers a ... more

Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'

17-May-2018 A study led in part by physicists at the Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter could provide new insight into the composition of the universe immediately after the Big Bang -- as well as improve calculations used to predict the life span of stars and describe th ... more

Even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment

17-May-2018 Research at Oregon State University has shed new light how an increasingly common consumer product component - silver nanoparticles - can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater. The findings suggest conventional toxicity testing methods for silver concentrations at treatment ... more

Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces

16-May-2018 The mid-infrared is an interesting part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is composed of colours that cannot be seen by the human eye. Many chemical molecules resonate when illuminated by infrared light. This infrared resonance can then be used to identify or "fingerprint" the molecules. ... more

X-rays from tabletop lasers allows scientists to peer through the 'water window'

16-May-2018 Studying the fleeting actions of electrons in organic materials will now be much easier, thanks to a new method for generating fast X-rays. The technique means advanced measurements of fast reactions will now be possible in physics labs around the world, without having to wait to use expens ... more

Tiny spiders, big color

15-May-2018 There's plenty that's striking about Phoroncidia rubroargentea, a species of spider native to Madagascar, starting with their size - at just three millimeters, they're barely larger than a few grains of salt. But the reason they caught Sarah Kariko's eye had more to do with their color. Unl ... more

A faster and more efficient way to process information

15-May-2018 University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in ... more

Elucidation of vibration energy of a single molecule in an external force field

14-May-2018 A molecule adsorbed on a surface (Figure 1A) vibrates on the surface (Figure 1B). The vibration energy is determined by the mass of the molecule and by the restoring forces exerted on the molecule. The restoring force originates from the interaction within the molecule and with the surface. ... more

Tech bends light more efficiently, offers wider angles for light input

11-May-2018 Engineering and physics researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technology for steering light that allows for more light input and greater efficiency - a development that holds promise for creating more immersive augmented-reality display systems. At issue are di ... more

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LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

18-May-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is sc ... more

A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

18-May-2018 A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated ... more

Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

18-May-2018 Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers a ... more

Controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

18-May-2018 A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices. "Graphene is the best el ... more

Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018 Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting th ... more

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

17-May-2018 Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more

No motor, no battery, no problem

17-May-2018 Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors, servos, or power supply. Instead, these first-of-their-kind devices paddle through water as the material they are constructed from deforms with temperature changes. The work blurs ... more

LANXESS: Matthias L. Wolfgruber voted in as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board

17-May-2018 Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (64) is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG. At its constituent meeting, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company elected the doctor of chemistry and former CEO of Altana AG as the successor to Dr. Rolf Stomberg (78), who resign ... more

Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'

17-May-2018 A study led in part by physicists at the Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter could provide new insight into the composition of the universe immediately after the Big Bang -- as well as improve calculations used to predict the life span of stars and describe th ... more

Even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment

17-May-2018 Research at Oregon State University has shed new light how an increasingly common consumer product component - silver nanoparticles - can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater. The findings suggest conventional toxicity testing methods for silver concentrations at treatment ... more

All news on chemistry

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

17-May-2018 Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more

Strong, super-tough carbon sheets made at low temperature

08-May-2018 An international research team led by scientists at Beihang University in China and The University of Texas at Dallas has developed high-strength, super-tough sheets of carbon that can be inexpensively fabricated at low temperatures. The team made the sheets by chemically stitching together ... more

Covestro well on track

Group sales and EBITDA up significantly in the first quarter

27-Apr-2018 With a successful start to 2018, materials manufacturer Covestro continues its strong growth. Thanks to ongoing robust demand and higher prices, sales rose by 5.4% to EUR 3.8 billion in the first quarter. The main sales drivers were the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates segments. Core volume ... more

A polymer that puts plastic on a better path toward recyclability

27-Apr-2018 Researchers have developed a family of synthetic polymers that can be repeatedly recycled, an important feat because current efforts to recycle plastic are so limited. Globally, the production of plastic has increased to the point where output is expected to exceed 500 million metric tons b ... more

Change at the top management of Covestro brought forward

Patrick Thomas retires on May 31, 2018, by mutual agreement

16-Apr-2018 The Supervisory Board of Covestro has agreed on an amicable retirement of Patrick Thomas’ tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective May 31, 2018. Patrick Thomas contract as CEO would have originally ended on September 30, 2018. Already in May 2017, Patrick Thomas had informed the Su ... more

Gabriel Performance Products acquires Royce International

10-Apr-2018 Gabriel Performance Products announces the acquisition of Royce International. Headquartered in Sarasota, FL, Royce is a custom solutions provider of specialty epoxy resins, diluents, curing agents, and additives. These are sold under the RoyOxy TM trademark into CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, ... more

Turning polymer films into self-sensing high-tech actuators

28-Mar-2018 They might only be made from thin silicon film, but they can squeeze down hard, deliver a powerful thrust, vibrate or hold any required position. And because they can act as sensors, they are becoming important tools in technical applications. Stefan Seelecke and his team at Saarland Univer ... more

Covestro sells business unit in North America

26-Mar-2018 Plaskolite announced that it is acquiring the North American polycarbonate sheet manufacturing business of Covestro. The acquisition transforms the North American sheet industry by combining the leader in acrylic manufacturing and the leader in polycarbonate manufacturing. As a part of the ... more

Customizing polymers using visible light

22-Mar-2018 Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University used a light-sensitive iridium-palladium catalyst to make "sequential" polymers, using visible light to change how different building blocks are combined into polymer chains. By simply switching the light on or off, they were able to realize di ... more

SONGWON begins large scale manufacture of functional monomers

21-Mar-2018 Having started to develop functional monomers about two years ago, SONGWON has now begun bulk manufacture at its production site in Ulsan, South Korea. These monomers provide resins and polymers with special functions, one of the most important being improvement of the physical and chemical ... more

All news on plastics

Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces

16-May-2018 The mid-infrared is an interesting part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is composed of colours that cannot be seen by the human eye. Many chemical molecules resonate when illuminated by infrared light. This infrared resonance can then be used to identify or "fingerprint" the molecules. ... more

A molecular switch for on-demand cargo release

14-May-2018 In an unexpected finding, chemist Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst show for the first time how movement of a single chemical bond can compromise a membrane made up of more than 500 chemical bonds. Their system uses light as a switch to c ... more

Tech bends light more efficiently, offers wider angles for light input

11-May-2018 Engineering and physics researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technology for steering light that allows for more light input and greater efficiency - a development that holds promise for creating more immersive augmented-reality display systems. At issue are di ... more

Eppendorf continues to generate growth above the market average

Stronger strategic investments for further sustainable growth

27-Apr-2018 The Eppendorf Group can look back at 2017 as a very satisfactory business year.  With Group sales of €690.3 million (prior year: €651.5 million), the company generated growth of 6.0% (organic growth in local currencies: +7.9%) while the world market grew by around 5%. As expected, income fr ... more

Sartorius starts off fiscal 2018 successfully

Exchange rate effects dampen profit growth

24-Apr-2018 Sartorius looks back on a successful first quarter 2018. "Both divisions started off the year strongly in line with our expectations and further increased their revenues in the first quarter of 2018 in all regions. On the currency side, however, we faced some headwinds, especially due to th ... more

Structured light and nanomaterials open new ways to tailor light at the nanoscale

24-Apr-2018 What happens when you excite novel assemblies of nanomaterials using structured light? Joint research between Tampere University of Technology (TUT) (Finland) and University of Tübingen (Germany) has shown that carefully structured light and matching arrangements of metal nanostructures (so ... more

Salt boosts creation of 2-D materials

23-Apr-2018 A dash of salt can simplify the creation of two-dimensional materials, and thanks to Rice University scientists, the reason is becoming clear. Boris Yakobson, a Rice professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, was the go-to expert when a group of labs in Singapore, ... more

'Soft' robots that can move on their own

23-Apr-2018 If Star Wars' R2-D2 is your idea of a robot, think again. Researchers led by a University of Houston engineer have reported a new class of soft robot, composed of ultrathin sensing, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive artificial muscle that can adapt to the environment and crawl ... more

Peptide induces chirality evolution in a single gold nanoparticle

20-Apr-2018 For the first time, scientists have successfully created optically active, chiral gold nanoparticles using amino acids and peptides. Many chemicals significant to life have mirror-image twins (left-handed and right-handed structures), a characteristic that is conventionally called chirality ... more

DKSH and Bruker AXS sign distribution agreement for Asia Pacific

20-Apr-2018 DKSH Business Unit Technology, a leading Market Expansion Services provider for technology companies seeking to grow their business in Asia, and Bruker AXS, a leading provider of Analytical X-ray Solutions, have signed a multi-product line distribution agreement for South Korea, Australia, ... more

All news on lab technology

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

Evaluating risk of hydrogen embrittlement

New simulation of cold cracks in high-strength steels

04-May-2018 High-strength steels play a vital role in the construction of modern vehicles and machines. If these steels are welded during the production of components, mobile hydrogen atoms can cause problems within the material: the atoms accumulate slowly at highly stressed areas of a component, resu ... more

Real-time layer thickness measurement with terahertz

18-Apr-2018 Terahertz is a key technology for non-destructive material testing. Major advantages are examinations without physical contact and the analysis of complex systems with a low contrast range, in which established methods like ultrasonic usually fail. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HH ... more

Emerson completes acquisition of ProSys

19-Jan-2018 Emerson announced it has acquired ProSys Inc., a global supplier of software and services that increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining industries. By building intuitive processes for plant operators, these solutions make everything from eve ... more

Peratech raises $12.4 million in financing from Merck Ventures, Arie Capital and existing investors

25-Oct-2017 Peratech, a world leader in 3D force-sensing technologies, announced it has subscribed $12.4 million (£9.2 million) to the round of funding, led by Merck Ventures the venture capital wing of Merck, along with Arie Capital and existing investors. This investment sends a clear signal of confi ... more

New alliance between machine building and IT for Industrie 4.0

World market leaders combine strengths in ADAMOS

06-Sep-2017 Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Germany’s first alliance of well-known ... more

Smart tomographic sensors control industrial processes of tomorrow

HZDR coordinates European Doctoral Training Network TOMOCON

01-Sep-2017 Modern parallel computer architectures are capable of processing huge amounts of data at high speed. This allows for the increasing use of imaging techniques as sensors to control machines and process plants. In the new European collaborative project TOMOCON twelve research institutions and ... more

German Brand Award 2017 for Berghof

30-Jun-2017 “Excellence in Brand Strategy, Management and Creation” – the Berghof Group is recognized for its successful branding with the German Brand Award 2017 The corporate group’s online presence was awarded first prize for “Brand Campaign – Web & Mobile” in Berlin on June 29, 2017. Katrin Wenke, ... more

LAUDA appoints Dr. Ralf Hermann as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment

20-Jun-2017 Dr. Ralf Hermann started work as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment on June 1, 2017 at LAUDA. With his extensive experience and comprehensive specialized knowledge gained from many years in a managerial capacity at Eppendorf AG, as well as his PhD in biology, he will con ... more

CTO Dr. Attila Bilgic new member of the KROHNE Group Management

28-Feb-2017 Effective January 1st, 2017, the Advisory Board of the KROHNE Group has appointed Dr.-Ing. Attila Bilgic Managing Director of Ludwig KROHNE GmbH & Co KG. He assumes global responsibility for research and development and extends the managing board of the KROHNE Group alongside Michael Radema ... more

All news on mc

A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

18-May-2018 A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated ... more

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

17-May-2018 Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more

Team achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

16-May-2018 Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the researchers say, they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, a substantial advance o ... more

X-rays from tabletop lasers allows scientists to peer through the 'water window'

16-May-2018 Studying the fleeting actions of electrons in organic materials will now be much easier, thanks to a new method for generating fast X-rays. The technique means advanced measurements of fast reactions will now be possible in physics labs around the world, without having to wait to use expens ... more

New technology for liquid-crystal displays

15-May-2018 An international research team from Russia, France, and Germany has proposed a new method for orienting liquid crystals. It could be used to increase the viewing angle of liquid-crystal displays. "This is first and foremost a fundamental study exploring the mechanisms of liquid crystal orie ... more

A faster and more efficient way to process information

15-May-2018 University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in ... more

Mimicking a sweet solution to mop up pollution

14-May-2018 A fast and safe method to prepare a 3D porous material that mimics the shape of a honeycomb could have broad applications from catalysis to drug delivery or for filtering air to remove pollutants or viruses. Both the lattice of a honeycomb and the symmetry of a diatom are complex living str ... more

Divide and conquer: A key to creating better medicines with fewer side effects

14-May-2018 A new study by Professors Yossi Paltiel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ron Naaman from the Weizmann Institute of Science describes a breakthrough technology with the power to create drugs with fewer unwanted side effects. Chemical compounds are made up of molecules. The most impo ... more

Levitation yields better neutron-lifetime measurement

14-May-2018 Being repulsive can have its advantages. In the case of an experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory's linear accelerator, a repulsive magnetic field and a clever detector system are allowing ultracold neutrons to be levitated so their actual lifetimes can be more accurately measured. Fo ... more

Elucidation of vibration energy of a single molecule in an external force field

14-May-2018 A molecule adsorbed on a surface (Figure 1A) vibrates on the surface (Figure 1B). The vibration energy is determined by the mass of the molecule and by the restoring forces exerted on the molecule. The restoring force originates from the interaction within the molecule and with the surface. ... more

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    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    09-Dec-2016 When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of E ... more

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

    21-Oct-2016 The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for n-Propanol and n-Propyl Acetate

    27-Nov-2015 Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow.   USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

  • Market

    Europe aims to become a world-class commercializer of fuel cell technology

    09-May-2018 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a five-year European consortium worth more than EUR 10 million, which is developing commercial applications from SOFC fuel cell technology. The aim is to implement the reliable production of low-emission electricity and heat, which wi ... more

    Useful Alcohols: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Solvents

    25-Apr-2018 Solvents play a major role in industrial production: They can dissolve, dilute, and, in a very fine distribution, absorb other substances without changing them chemically. Solvents (sometimes also called dissolvents) are mainly used in the paints and varnishes, print inks, and adhesives ind ... more

    Praxair signs long-term agreement to supply Samsung Electro-Mechanics

    24-Apr-2018 Praxair, Inc. announced it has signed a long-term agreement to supply industrial gases to Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM), one of the world’s largest MLCC (Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors) manufacturers. Praxair has been supplying nitrogen to SEM’s manufacturing facility in the Noksan Indust ... more

  • Research

    A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

    18-May-2018 A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated ... more

    Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

    18-May-2018 Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers a ... more

    Controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

    18-May-2018 A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices. "Graphene is the best el ... more

  • Technology

    A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

    18-May-2018 A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated ... more

    Controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

    18-May-2018 A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices. "Graphene is the best el ... more

    Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

    17-May-2018 Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting th ... more

  • Business

    LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

    Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

    18-May-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is sc ... more

    LANXESS increases dividend after best-ever fiscal year

    Record earnings after successful realignment

    16-May-2018 The specialty chemicals company LANXESS looked back on a record year at this year's Annual Stockholders' Meeting. “Last year proved impressively that our strategy is paying off and that we are fully geared up for growth,” stated LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert to stockholders at Cologne's LANX ... more

    Europe aims to become a world-class commercializer of fuel cell technology

    09-May-2018 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a five-year European consortium worth more than EUR 10 million, which is developing commercial applications from SOFC fuel cell technology. The aim is to implement the reliable production of low-emission electricity and heat, which wi ... more

  • People

    LANXESS: Matthias L. Wolfgruber voted in as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board

    17-May-2018 Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (64) is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG. At its constituent meeting, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company elected the doctor of chemistry and former CEO of Altana AG as the successor to Dr. Rolf Stomberg (78), who resign ... more

    LANXESS renews contract with CEO Matthias Zachert ahead of time

    04-May-2018 At its ordinary meeting, the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG appointed Matthias Zachert (50) as Chairman of the Group’s Board of Management for another five years, thus renewing his contract ahead of time. His new term in office will begin on April 1, 2019. “Under the management of Matthias ... more

    Is it time to abandon the Nobel Prize?

    Provocative comment emphasis collaboration over few-person discoveries

    19-Apr-2018 In a commentary piece authors Clare Fiala and Eleftherios P. Diamandis spawned a debate now further nourished by recent disclosures. Fiala and Diamandis argue that it is time to abandon the Nobel Prize in favor of alternative recognitions which encompass the collaborative nature of modern s ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

    Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

    18-May-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is sc ... more

    Arkema starts new fluoropolymer production capacities in the United States

    30-Apr-2018 Arkema has just successfully brought on stream new Kynar® PVDF capacities in its Calvert-City plant in the United States. With this 20% increase in its US production capacities, Arkema will further support its customers’ strong demand in the region. Through this investment and following the ... more

    Increase of BASF production capacities for aliphatic polyisocyanates

    27-Apr-2018 BASF has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat® hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site. The high-quality polyisocyanates are used for the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as adhesives. “With this investment, we further re ... more

  • Products

    3D-printed smart metal parts

    A step towards artificial intelligence

    18-Apr-2018 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which is developing future manufacturing concepts, has succeeded in 3D printing a smart shaft. Novel is the overall process management chain in particular: 3D printing, sensor technology, wireless data transfer, and condition monitoring in the same ... more

    New material makes cooling devices more energy-efficient

    11-Apr-2018 Waste heat from industry can often not be utilised because of its low temperature. With this material, it can be used in environmentally friendly cooling systems for example in the field of building technology. The research team from Kiel will present its material and its applications at th ... more

    Don't Give the Slightest Chance to Toxic Elements in Medicinal Products

    New high-accuracy reference solutions for the SI-traceable measurement

    27-Mar-2018 Lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic do not belong in medicinal products. International requirements for the quality of medicines have therefore become more stringent and introduced new control requirements. Hence, it makes sense to use high-accuracy reference solutions with defined contents ... more

  • Finances

    ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

    Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

    18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

    LANXESS increases dividend after best-ever fiscal year

    Record earnings after successful realignment

    16-May-2018 The specialty chemicals company LANXESS looked back on a record year at this year's Annual Stockholders' Meeting. “Last year proved impressively that our strategy is paying off and that we are fully geared up for growth,” stated LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert to stockholders at Cologne's LANX ... more

    LANXESS raises its guidance for fiscal year 2018 after strong first quarter

    Net income improved by 23 percent to EUR 96 million

    04-May-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has followed up its successful fiscal year 2017 by posting the best quarterly result in its history, and has raised its earnings guidance for 2018. In the opening quarter, global sales rose by almost 7 percent to EUR 2.565 billion, compared with EUR 2.401 ... more

  • Career

    Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

    The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

    06-Apr-2018 As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, anal ... more

    Merck Named One of the Global Top Employers in 2018

    Top Employers Institute honors leading employers worldwide

    20-Feb-2018 Merck announced it has been named one of only 13 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The independent research shows Merck stands out as an exceptional employer with regard to talent development, performance management, and career and succession planning. In addition t ... more

    To be or not to be an academic: the question for all postdocs

    Becoming a full time academic at a research university is not an easy road.

    13-Jun-2017 Becoming a full time academic at a research university is a dream for many young scientists, but it's not an easy road. For the past eight years, Dr Liz Elvidge has been helping postdoctoral researchers achieve this goal − but also advising them about a variety of different career paths and ... more

  • Cooperation

    AkzoNobel collaborates with INEOS Nitriles

    Agreement to expand chelates production

    23-Apr-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and INEOS Nitriles have signed a long-term co-operation agreement that will allow AkzoNobel to expand its production of biodegradable chelates, used in detergents and other industries, utilizing one of INEOS Nitriles' chemical products. The move will strengthen ... more

    DKSH and Bruker AXS sign distribution agreement for Asia Pacific

    20-Apr-2018 DKSH Business Unit Technology, a leading Market Expansion Services provider for technology companies seeking to grow their business in Asia, and Bruker AXS, a leading provider of Analytical X-ray Solutions, have signed a multi-product line distribution agreement for South Korea, Australia, ... more

    Is it time to abandon the Nobel Prize?

    Provocative comment emphasis collaboration over few-person discoveries

    19-Apr-2018 In a commentary piece authors Clare Fiala and Eleftherios P. Diamandis spawned a debate now further nourished by recent disclosures. Fiala and Diamandis argue that it is time to abandon the Nobel Prize in favor of alternative recognitions which encompass the collaborative nature of modern s ... more

  • Laws

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... more

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    23-Jun-2017 Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

    BASF and Argonne reach resolution with Umicore

    25-Apr-2017 BASF and Argonne National Laboratory reached a business resolution of their pending patent disputes with Umicore. Umicore is now licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode material for lithium ion batteries in the United States un ... more

  • Politics

    AkzoNobel joins partnership to explore opportunities for green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' in Sweden

    22-Mar-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is partnering with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra and packaging materials company ... more

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... more

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    23-Jun-2017 Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

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