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Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called i ... more

Self-folding origami

Chemical "programming" to induce Nafion foil to fold itself

Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3D structures. Researchers describe how they use simple chemical "programming" to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. These folds can be rep ... more

A catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis

A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina has just reported a way to trigger a fundamental step in the mechanism of photosynthesis, providing a process with great potential for developing new technology to reduce c ... more

How protons move through a fuel cell

New conductivity mechanism of ions discovered

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conve ... more

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?

In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. Able to operate in ordinary, room-temperature environments, yet exploiting some of the deepest principles of quantum physics, t ... more

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

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

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

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CS ... more

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Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

Diamond detectors for CERN

A research team of Tomsk Polytechnic University is participating in the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN). In the upgrading works TPU scientists were set the task to analyze operating detectors and to develop more reliable next gen ... more

Improved remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a method for the remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances. With the help of this newly-developed detection device, the detection of various types of radioactive materials can be done from a remote distance. In their study Prof ... more

Quantum nanoscope

Seeing electrons surfing the waves of light on graphene

Researchers have studied how light can be used to “see” the quantum nature of an electronic material. They managed to do that by capturing light in a net of carbon atoms and slowing down light it down so that it moves almost as slow as the electrons in the graphene. Then something special h ... more

Anton Paar acquires product line for particle characterization

Anton Paar expands the product portfolio for particle characterization by the acquisition of the corresponding division from CILAS (Orléans, France). The PSA instruments are based on the light scattering principle or image analysis. They give information about the size distribution and shap ... more

Low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight

Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have developed a synthetic material based on the natural hackmanite mineral which produces broad spectrum white light in lamps. The hackmanite created by the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group is a low-cost material emitting lumines ... more

Highly sensitive nanosensors to prevent catastrophes

With safety in the resource sector a globally critical issue, the researchers said an affordable, robust, and real-time monitoring system was imperative - and they have already made recent important discoveries furthering this work within the centre. Dr Dzung Dao, Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen ... more

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Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called i ... more

Self-folding origami

Chemical "programming" to induce Nafion foil to fold itself

Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3D structures. Researchers describe how they use simple chemical "programming" to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. These folds can be rep ... more

A catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis

A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina has just reported a way to trigger a fundamental step in the mechanism of photosynthesis, providing a process with great potential for developing new technology to reduce c ... more

How protons move through a fuel cell

New conductivity mechanism of ions discovered

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conve ... more

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?

In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. Able to operate in ordinary, room-temperature environments, yet exploiting some of the deepest principles of quantum physics, t ... more

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

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

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

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CS ... more

All news on chemistry

BASF puts expanded compounding plant for engineering plastics into operation

Capacity at Schwarzheide, Germany, increased by 70,000 tons per year

BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid® (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur® (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) can be produced each year. This is a further step in the capacity e ... more

MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PF ... more

Trinseo to acquire Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali

Soft-touch polymers will broaden product portfolio

Trinseo and API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. have signed a definitive agreement for Trinseo to acquire API. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, following customary closing conditions. Trinseo is funding the purchase of API’s shares through its exi ... more

Plastic made of sugar and carbon dioxide

Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. Polycarbonate is used to mak ... more

Targeting PFOA threat to drinking water

A highly toxic water pollutant, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), last year caused a number of U.S. communities to close their drinking water supplies. Because of its historical use in Teflon production and other industrial processes as well as its environmental persistence, PFOA cont ... more

Oyster shells inspire new method to make superstrong, flexible polymers

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have demonstrated for the first time a new technique that takes its inspiration from the nacre of oyster shells, a composite material that has extraordinary mechanical properties, including great strength and resilience. By changing the crystallization sp ... more

Polymer pioneer

Taking a transformative approach to functional materials, a UC Santa Barbara polymer chemist has created innovative results that feature new properties and new applications. Now, his methods have earned him the Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research fro ... more

New fabric coating could thwart chemical weapons, save lives

Chemical weapons are nightmarish. In a millisecond, they can kill hundreds, if not thousands. But, in a study, scientists report that they have developed a way to adhere a lightweight coating onto fabrics that is capable of neutralizing a subclass of these toxins -- those that are delivered ... more

Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production

Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and che ... more

New fabric coating protects your clothes, and the environment

When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly applied to textiles. That resistance, however, comes at a price. The coating that makes textiles oil resistant is fluorine-based and br ... more

All news on plastics

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

Figuring out the 3-D shape of molecules with a push of a button

An international team of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University chemist Roberto R. Gil and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco chemist Armando Navarro-Vázquez has developed a program that automates the process of figuring out a molecule's three-dimensional structure. The technique com ... more

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

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

FRITSCH opens a subsidiary in the US

Besides branches in Singapore, Russia, China and France now FRITSCH opened its first subsidiary in the US: Fritsch Milling and Sizing Inc. For a long time we have been serving customers in the USA but in order to meet the demands of our customers in a growing market it was time to have a FR ... more

Low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight

Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have developed a synthetic material based on the natural hackmanite mineral which produces broad spectrum white light in lamps. The hackmanite created by the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group is a low-cost material emitting lumines ... more

Positive market response to first edition of LABVOLUTION in Hannover

LABVOLUTION got off to a fine start and is on the right track for the future. That sums up the outcome of the European trade fair dedicated entirely to lab equipment and lab workflow optimization. Crowded aisles, brisk traffic at exhibitors’ stands and an upbeat mood among exhibitors and vi ... more

X-rays from copper source set new gold standard for measuring industrial materials

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced and precisely measured a spectrum of X-rays using a new, state-of-the-art machine. The instrument they used to measure the X-rays took 20 years to develop, and will help scientists working at the agency m ... more

Three-dimensional Direction-dependent Force Measurement at the Subatomic Scale

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an extremely sensitive technique that allows us to image materials and/or characterize their physical properties on the atomic scale by sensing the force above material surfaces using a precisely controlled tip. However, conventional AFM only provides the su ... more

LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA: The world of lab technology

The highlight of the trade show is smartLAB – a special display that presents the laboratory of the future

Visitors to LABVOLUTION with the life sciences event BIOTECHNICA in Hannover from 16-18 May will find that some big changes have taken place. It is not simply the rescheduling of the event – from the autumn to spring. After all, trade visitors have had eighteen months to get used to this ch ... more

All news on lab technology

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

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

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

New Head of the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Business Group

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger hands over the baton

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger, Member of the Executive Board and since 1999 Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group (SMT), is retiring on 31 December 2016. Dr. Hermann Gerlinger has been a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG since 2006. He will continue to act i ... more

SensoTech establishes Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai

Strengthening the presence in China

Under the name SensoTech (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. the German industrial company SensoTech announces the opening of the Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai. SensoTech’s business focuses on the development, manufacturing and sales of analytical instrumentation technology for liquid concentration and d ... more

Thermo-Optical Measuring method (TOM) could save several million tons of CO2 in coal-fired plants

Coal-fired plants as alternative energy source to nuclear power are essential for ensuring the energy supply. But due to the high CO2 emission their combustion process requires optimization. In various projects the Center of Device Development CeDeD of Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Rese ... more

Process analysis in real time

With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated m ... more

Radar with 360° vision

Nowadays it is impossible to imagine industry without robots. Safety laser scanners mostly safeguard dangerous areas and protect people from collisions. But optical sensors have their limitations, for instance when plastic surfaces, dust or smoke obstruct their line of sight. Fraunhofer res ... more

Markus Juchheim is now the sole Managing Director at JULABO GmbH

The company founder and shareholder Gerhard Juchheim has handed over the complete executive leadership responsibilities of JULABO GmbH to his son Markus after almost 50 years as its Managing Director. This is not a new responsibility for Markus Juchheim, who has led the company along with h ... more

MKS Instruments Reports Q2 2015 Financial Results

Sales were $218 million, an increase of 2% from $214 million in the first quarter of 2015, and an increase of 18% from $185 million in the second quarter of 2014. Second quarter net income was $33.2 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to net income of $33.8 million, or $0.63 per d ... more

MKS Instruments Reports Q1 2015 Financial Results

MKS Instruments, Inc. reports first quarter 2015 financial results. Sales were $214 million, an increase of 5% from $203 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, and an increase of 4% from $206 million in the first quarter of 2014. First quarter net income was $33.8 million, or $0.63 per dilu ... more

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Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called i ... more

Self-folding origami

Chemical "programming" to induce Nafion foil to fold itself

Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3D structures. Researchers describe how they use simple chemical "programming" to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. These folds can be rep ... more

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CS ... more

Using 3-D laser printing to print graphene foam

Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China's Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. The research could yield industrially useful quantities of bulk graphene and is described in a new study. "This study is a fi ... more

A rhodium-based catalyst for making organosilicon using less precious metal

The design of new catalysts is essential for making new and useful organosilicon compounds, which are in high demand in fields ranging from the medical to the electronics industries. A crucial step in this process is hydrosilylation (the formation of carbon-silicon bonds), and much interest ... more

Alloying materials of different structures offers new tool for controlling properties

New research into the largely unstudied area of heterostructural alloys could lead to greater materials control and in turn better semiconductors, advances in nanotechnology for pharmaceuticals and improved metallic glasses for industrial applications. Heterostructural alloys are blends of ... more

Sound waves direct particles to self-assemble, self-heal

An elegantly simple experiment with floating particles self-assembling in response to sound waves has provided a new framework for studying how seemingly lifelike behaviors emerge in response to external forces. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ... more

Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life

Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect - they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers from the University of Houston have described a new class of materi ... more

Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles

An innovative technique using light and tiny bubbles to propel microparticles at forces many times greater than previously achieved has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. The new technique could have significant implications in the development of micromotors a ... more

Sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide?

Most cars and trucks in the United States run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel made primarily from fermented corn. But to produce the 14 billion gallons of ethanol consumed annually by American drivers requires millions of acres of farmland. A recen ... more

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    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

    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

    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

    SONGWON to meet key industry needs with its new pilot plant

    SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that its new pilot plant in Panoli (Gujarat), India has come onstream, thereby strengthening the organization’s overall specialty chemicals development capability.  Built on SONGWON’s Indian site with all the necessary main unit operations, the new pl ... more

    Spanish salt venture opens new markets for AkzoNobel

    New salt packing facility opens mediterranean market

    Located in Súria, the facility is being used for tableting and packing high purity salt, which is a co-product of ICL’s potassium mine. AkzoNobel will market and sell the full volume of salt specialties produced, allowing it to serve new markets in the Mediterranean region. “High purity sal ... more

    AkzoNobel increases organic peroxide capacity for North American specialty chemicals market

    AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has taken another significant step in cementing its industry leadership in organic peroxides with the completion of an expansion project at its Polymer Chemistry production facility in Los Reyes, Mexico. The investment will increase the company's per ... more

  • Research

    Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called i ... more

    Self-folding origami

    Chemical "programming" to induce Nafion foil to fold itself

    Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3D structures. Researchers describe how they use simple chemical "programming" to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. These folds can be rep ... more

    A catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis

    A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina has just reported a way to trigger a fundamental step in the mechanism of photosynthesis, providing a process with great potential for developing new technology to reduce c ... more

  • Technology

    Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called i ... more

    Self-folding origami

    Chemical "programming" to induce Nafion foil to fold itself

    Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3D structures. Researchers describe how they use simple chemical "programming" to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. These folds can be rep ... more

    A catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis

    A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina has just reported a way to trigger a fundamental step in the mechanism of photosynthesis, providing a process with great potential for developing new technology to reduce c ... more

  • Business

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

    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

    Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

    Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

    Conserve crude oil: Sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry

    More joint efforts and pioneering spirit required

    According to experts, the chemical industry needs to increase the use of sustainable raw materials such as plants and CO2 to conserve limited fossil resources. Participants of a raw material summit held on Tuesday at the Technical University of Berlin and organized in collaboration with DEC ... more

  • People

    Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

    Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

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

    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

    Grant focuses on 'hydrogen sponge' for use in fuel-cell vehicles

    Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State. Chung's recent research on superabsorbent polymers, whic ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF puts expanded compounding plant for engineering plastics into operation

    Capacity at Schwarzheide, Germany, increased by 70,000 tons per year

    BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid® (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur® (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) can be produced each year. This is a further step in the capacity e ... more

    LANXESS to streamline the chrome value chain of its leather business

    Stronger focus on innovative, service-intensive specialties for leather production

    LANXESS is to further strengthen the competitiveness of its leather chemicals business. The core element is a shift from the international chrome value chain to centralization in South Africa, where chrome ore is processed into the intermediate sodium dichromate and ultimately to chrome spe ... more

    SONGWON to meet key industry needs with its new pilot plant

    SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that its new pilot plant in Panoli (Gujarat), India has come onstream, thereby strengthening the organization’s overall specialty chemicals development capability.  Built on SONGWON’s Indian site with all the necessary main unit operations, the new pl ... more

  • Products

    SONGWON to meet key industry needs with its new pilot plant

    SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that its new pilot plant in Panoli (Gujarat), India has come onstream, thereby strengthening the organization’s overall specialty chemicals development capability.  Built on SONGWON’s Indian site with all the necessary main unit operations, the new pl ... more

    AkzoNobel rewards start-ups as Imagine Chemistry winners are announced

    Ten start-up groups will see their ideas for more sustainable chemistry move a step closer to reality after being named winners of AkzoNobel's Imagine Chemistry challenge. The initiative was launched earlier this year to help solve chemistry-related challenges in categories ranging from rev ... more

    Agilent Technologies Receives Multiple Awards at Scientific Conference in China

    Agilent Technologies announced that it received three awards at the Annual Conference of China Scientific Instruments (ACCSI) 2017 in Nanjing, China. Agilent received the following awards: Green Product of the Year, Most Popular Scientific Instrument, and Most Influential Foreign Manufactu ... more

  • Finances

    Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

    Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

    LANXESS to streamline the chrome value chain of its leather business

    Stronger focus on innovative, service-intensive specialties for leather production

    LANXESS is to further strengthen the competitiveness of its leather chemicals business. The core element is a shift from the international chrome value chain to centralization in South Africa, where chrome ore is processed into the intermediate sodium dichromate and ultimately to chrome spe ... more

    Celanese and Blackstone to Form Joint Venture in Acetate Tow

    Celanese Corporation and funds managed by Blackstone announced a definitive agreement to form a JV that will create a global acetate tow supplier. Celanese and Blackstone will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively. Transaction Overview Under the terms of the agreement, Celan ... more

  • Career

    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.

    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

    BASF saves €60 million globally from employee ideas

    €4.4 million paid out in bonuses to employees

    Valuable ideas: by implementing improvement proposals from employees, BASF was able to save nearly €60 million globally last year. A computer program for labeling samples, a concept for efficient distillation of a solvent, and a new approach to the energy-saving melting of waxes – these and ... more

    Platform for startups through IQ-CHem contest

    Petrochemical industry looks for ideas

    World leading companies in the field of gas processing, petrochemicals and chemicals join efforts to promote the innovative development of the industry. Chemical engineering startups can apply until March 1, 2017 for the IQ-CHem contest supported by SIBUR, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, ... more

  • Cooperation

    Celanese and Blackstone to Form Joint Venture in Acetate Tow

    Celanese Corporation and funds managed by Blackstone announced a definitive agreement to form a JV that will create a global acetate tow supplier. Celanese and Blackstone will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively. Transaction Overview Under the terms of the agreement, Celan ... more

    Liquid crystals for new optical applications

    Merck collaborates with the University of Leeds

    Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced today that it has signed a five-year research collaboration agreement with the University of Leeds. The aim is to develop new digital optical applications with liquid crystals under the umbrella of the “Emerging Innovation – LC 2021 ... more

    DKSH extends partnership with LAUDA to Singapore and Taiwan

    DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and LAUDA, a global leader in manufacturing thermal-controlling instruments, have signed a distributor agreement for Singapore and Taiwan for the product line of constant temperature equipment. DKSH Business Unit Tec ... more

  • Laws

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

    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

    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

    Court finds Willowood infringed Syngenta Azoxystrobin patents

    Damages will be assessed at trial later this year

    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has issued an order finding that agrochemical manufacturer Willowood, LLC and Willowood USA, LLC (collectively, “Willowood”) infringed two valid U.S. patents owned by Syngenta relating to the fungicide azoxystrobin (U.S. Pate ... more

  • Politics

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

    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

    MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

    The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PF ... more

    Americans use more clean energy in 2016

    Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat. Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate ... more

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