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Clariant breaks ground on joint venture production site in China

Production planned to begin in first half of 2019

25-Jun-2018 Clariant and Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd. (Tiangang), conducted a groundbreaking ceremony in Cangzhou (China), just over 200 km south of Beijing. The ceremony marked the start of the construction of a world-class production facility for stabilizers for plastics and textiles that wil ... more

Biological processing of precious metal ores

BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH develop disruptive technologies

25-Jun-2018 The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH have announced the development of an initial range of market-relevant products for the global mining industry. This work has been carried out as part of a multi-year collaboration between the companies in the area of biological ore processing ... more

Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved

Applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor possible

25-Jun-2018 Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more

Repellent research: Ship coatings to reduce fuel, energy costs

25-Jun-2018 It can repel water, oil, alcohol and even peanut butter. And it might save the U.S. Navy millions of dollars in ship fuel costs, reduce the amount of energy that vessels consume and improve operational efficiency. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an ... more

Major challenge in mass production of low-cost solar cells solved

25-Jun-2018 An international team of university researchers today reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of li ... more

Temperature-controlled fiber-optic light source with liquid core

22-Jun-2018 In a recent publication in the journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning. ... more

Bodo Möller Chemie expands in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global specialty chemicals expert opens office in Kenya

22-Jun-2018 The Bodo Möller Chemie Group continues to increase its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa and opens a new office in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. At the new location Bodo Möller Chemie is offering specialty adhesives, epoxy resins, additives and pigments from suppliers like Huntsman Advanced M ... more

Cementless fly ash binder makes concrete 'green'

Researchers use byproduct from coal-fired power plants to replace Portland cement

22-Jun-2018 Rice University engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, that can replace Portland cement in concrete. The material is cementless and environmentally friendly, according to Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari, who ... more

LABVOLUTION 2019: Spotlight on the integrated laboratory

21-Jun-2018 Modern laboratory practice is a fast-changing area characterized by growing digitization, automation, ever more complex workflows, and interaction at all levels. The next LABVOLUTION show is picking up on these trends with a strong focus on digital integration and connectivity, as evidenced ... more

LANXESS: Frederique van Baarle to head the Procurement and Logistics Group function

21-Jun-2018 Frederique van Baarle (47) will take over as Head of the Procurement and Logistics Group function at specialty chemicals company LANXESS on December 1, 2018. The Dutch native is currently head of the Marketing & Sales Engineering Plastics sector for the EMEA region within the High Performan ... more

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Making data matter

A multimaterial, voxel-printing method turns imaging datasets into physical objects

13-Jun-2018 The world is awash in digital images, from photographs to x-rays to computer models to 3D scans. The advent of 3D printing has made it possible to take imaging data and print it into physical representations, but the process of doing so has been prohibitively time-intensive and costly. A ne ... more

Long-Sought Workaround to Helium Shortage?

Neutron Detection Method

12-Jun-2018 Doctors use X-rays to see inside people, and scientists use neutrons to peer inside advanced materials and devices such as fuel cells to better understand and improve them. But a critical shortage of a rare form of helium used for detecting neutrons—which are difficult to spot directly—thre ... more

Neutrinos weighed by the world's most precise scale

12-Jun-2018 The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN now starts to weigh the mass of neutrinos. Following the electrostatic spectrometer and the detector unit, the tritium source was installed as the last of the large components of KATRIN. The ambitious and highly motivated team of physicists, ... more

Rapid spectroscopic process analysis

Empowers development and control of flexible production processes

12-Jun-2018 Global competition in the chemical industry, with increasingly dynamic markets and product cycles, requires shorter process development times and flexible and efficient production processes. By combining micro chemical engineering and spectroscopic process analysis in different spectral ra ... more

Reaction calorimetry in microreactors

12-Jun-2018 At Achema 2018 the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology will demonstrate the latest gen-eration of continuous reaction calorimeters. These permit rapid screening of thermokinetic data, making kinetic constants and safety-relevant data available in the early stages of process develop ... more

A nanotech sensor that turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes

11-Jun-2018 Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. But it requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making device miniaturization challenging and hindering its use for some industrial and medical applications and for data col ... more

Widespread uranium contamination found in India's groundwater

11-Jun-2018 A new Duke University-led study has found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater from aquifers in 16 Indian states. The main source of the uranium contamination is natural, but human factors such as groundwater-table decline and nitrate pollution may be exacerbating the problem. Se ... more

Capturing light in a waveguide array

07-Jun-2018 Cheaper and more efficient photonic devices, such as lasers, optical fibers, and other light sources may be possible with confined light that is unaffected by imperfections in the material that confines it, according to new research. A team of physicists from Penn State, the University of P ... more

Direct coupling of the Higgs boson to the top quark observed

06-Jun-2018 On 4 July 2012, two of the experiments at the CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) and CMS (Compact-Muon-Solenoid), reported independently the discovery of the Higgs boson. The discovery confirmed the existence of the last missing elementary particle of the S ... more

Terahertz flashes uncover state of matter hidden by superconductivity

06-Jun-2018 Using the physics equivalent of the strobe photography that captures every twitch of a cheetah in full sprint, researchers have used ultrafast spectroscopy to visualize electrons interacting as a hidden state of matter in a superconductive alloy. It takes intense, single-cycle pulses of pho ... more

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Clariant breaks ground on joint venture production site in China

Production planned to begin in first half of 2019

25-Jun-2018 Clariant and Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd. (Tiangang), conducted a groundbreaking ceremony in Cangzhou (China), just over 200 km south of Beijing. The ceremony marked the start of the construction of a world-class production facility for stabilizers for plastics and textiles that wil ... more

Biological processing of precious metal ores

BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH develop disruptive technologies

25-Jun-2018 The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH have announced the development of an initial range of market-relevant products for the global mining industry. This work has been carried out as part of a multi-year collaboration between the companies in the area of biological ore processing ... more

Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved

Applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor possible

25-Jun-2018 Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more

Repellent research: Ship coatings to reduce fuel, energy costs

25-Jun-2018 It can repel water, oil, alcohol and even peanut butter. And it might save the U.S. Navy millions of dollars in ship fuel costs, reduce the amount of energy that vessels consume and improve operational efficiency. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an ... more

Major challenge in mass production of low-cost solar cells solved

25-Jun-2018 An international team of university researchers today reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of li ... more

Temperature-controlled fiber-optic light source with liquid core

22-Jun-2018 In a recent publication in the journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning. ... more

Bodo Möller Chemie expands in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global specialty chemicals expert opens office in Kenya

22-Jun-2018 The Bodo Möller Chemie Group continues to increase its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa and opens a new office in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. At the new location Bodo Möller Chemie is offering specialty adhesives, epoxy resins, additives and pigments from suppliers like Huntsman Advanced M ... more

Cementless fly ash binder makes concrete 'green'

Researchers use byproduct from coal-fired power plants to replace Portland cement

22-Jun-2018 Rice University engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, that can replace Portland cement in concrete. The material is cementless and environmentally friendly, according to Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari, who ... more

LANXESS: Frederique van Baarle to head the Procurement and Logistics Group function

21-Jun-2018 Frederique van Baarle (47) will take over as Head of the Procurement and Logistics Group function at specialty chemicals company LANXESS on December 1, 2018. The Dutch native is currently head of the Marketing & Sales Engineering Plastics sector for the EMEA region within the High Performan ... more

An unlikely marriage among oxides

21-Jun-2018 Sebastian Siol is looking for new materials with unusual properties that were so far not accessible in experiments. To do this, he connects partners who don't really fit together: One partner forces the other into a state that would not be possible without the unlikely pairing. Siol also ma ... more

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Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved

Applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor possible

25-Jun-2018 Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more

BASF inaugurated application center for Plastic Additives

Merging key resources at one location to create a center of excellence

12-Jun-2018 BASF recently inaugurated its new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Application center for Plastic Additives in Kaisten, Switzerland. The new facility, located in the existing BASF production site, includes a state of the art compounding extruder, stretch film and tape lines as well as ... more

Large-scale and sustainable 3D printing with the most ubiquitous natural material

08-Jun-2018 Cellulose is one of the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. Yet, despite decades of extensive research, the bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects is still plagued with problems that restrict its practical applications: deri ... more

A path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

04-Jun-2018 There's a good chance you've touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It's often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene products like diapers. As useful as polyolefins are in society, they continue to multiply as trash in the environment. Scienti ... more

Mitsui Chemicals and Prime Polymer Establish New PP Compounds Company in Netherlands

31-May-2018 Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., owned 65 percent by Mitsui Chemicals and 35 percent by Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., announced that the Group will establish Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Europe B.V. in the Netherlands, together with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The new company will ... more

Technique doubles conversion of CO2 to plastic component

24-May-2018 Fossil fuels have long been the precursor to plastic, but new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and European collaborators could help send that era up in smoke - carbon dioxide, to be exact. Produced almost entirely from burning fossil fuels, carbon dioxide concentrations in ... more

Gerresheimer expands production of pharmaceutical plastic packaging in Brazil

23-May-2018 Gerresheimer, the leading manufacturer of specialist packaging for drugs, is further expanding its strong presence on the South American market. The new Gerresheimer Anápolis plant has commenced production in the Brazilian state of Goiás in order to secure and support the continued strong g ... 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

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

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LABVOLUTION 2019: Spotlight on the integrated laboratory

21-Jun-2018 Modern laboratory practice is a fast-changing area characterized by growing digitization, automation, ever more complex workflows, and interaction at all levels. The next LABVOLUTION show is picking up on these trends with a strong focus on digital integration and connectivity, as evidenced ... more

Does nanoconfinement affect the interaction between two materials placed in contact?

12-Jun-2018 Scientists show that is it possible to estimate how nanoconfinement affects the number of contacts formed by two materials placed in intimate contact and, hence, the interfacial interactions. They considered wafers of silicon, as those largely used in microelectronics, coated by thin polyme ... more

Reaction calorimetry in microreactors

12-Jun-2018 At Achema 2018 the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology will demonstrate the latest gen-eration of continuous reaction calorimeters. These permit rapid screening of thermokinetic data, making kinetic constants and safety-relevant data available in the early stages of process develop ... more

New laser makes silicon 'sing'

11-Jun-2018 Yale scientists have created a new type of silicon laser that uses sounds waves to amplify light. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in translating optical technologies -- such as fiber optics and free-space lasers -- into tiny optical or "photonic" integrated circuits. Usi ... more

Self-sustaining loop of chemical reactions could revolutionize drug production

07-Jun-2018 Experts from the University of Nottingham have created a self-sustaining circuit of reactions which is a greener and more efficient method of chemical production. Drs Francesca Paradisi and Martina Contente of the University of Nottingham produce chemicals more efficiently through a looped ... more

ChemMaps lets researchers navigate the chemical universe

06-Jun-2018 Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a new online service - ChemMaps - that allows users to interactively navigate the chemical space of over 8,000 drugs and 47,000 environmental compounds in 3D and real time. ChemMaps is designed to be a central resource for studen ... more

Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

04-Jun-2018 What's better than platinum? In hydrogen fuel cells, the answer is cofacial cobalt porphyrins. It's a mouthful to say, and if you're not a chemist, you've probably never heard of these compounds before. But these molecules -- which are great at facilitating a chemical reaction that's needed ... more

Agilent and University of Duisburg-Essen Announce Collaboration Agreement

New Teaching and Research Center for Separation

28-May-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. and the University of Duisburg-Essen has formed a collaboration agreement that brings together Agilent's leading analytical technologies with the University's outstanding researchers. As part of the collaboration, Agilent will support the university with a broad ra ... more

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

25-May-2018 Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. "Until now, this was considered impossible," said C.R. Selvakumar, an en ... more

Agilent aigns agreement to acquire assets from Young In Scientific Co. Ltd.

24-May-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Agilent-related business from Young In Scientific Co. Ltd. YI Scientific is a leading distributor of analytical and scientific instruments in South Korea and a long-time distributor of Agilent instr ... 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

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

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Biological processing of precious metal ores

BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH develop disruptive technologies

25-Jun-2018 The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG and CyPlus GmbH have announced the development of an initial range of market-relevant products for the global mining industry. This work has been carried out as part of a multi-year collaboration between the companies in the area of biological ore processing ... more

Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved

Applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor possible

25-Jun-2018 Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more

Repellent research: Ship coatings to reduce fuel, energy costs

25-Jun-2018 It can repel water, oil, alcohol and even peanut butter. And it might save the U.S. Navy millions of dollars in ship fuel costs, reduce the amount of energy that vessels consume and improve operational efficiency. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an ... more

Major challenge in mass production of low-cost solar cells solved

25-Jun-2018 An international team of university researchers today reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of li ... more

Observation of anisotropic magneto-Peltier effect

20-Jun-2018 For the first time in the world, NIMS and Tohoku University jointly observed an anisotropic magneto-Peltier effect--a thermoelectric conversion phenomenon in which simple redirection of a charge current in a magnetic material induces heating and cooling. Thermoelectric heating and cooling a ... more

Continuously emitting microlasers with nanoparticle-coated beads

20-Jun-2018 Researchers have found a way to convert nanoparticle-coated microscopic beads into lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers, which convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies, are among the smallest continuously emitting lasers of their kind ever reported and can c ... more

New material for splitting water

20-Jun-2018 Solar energy is clean and abundant. But when the sun isn't shining, you must store the energy in batteries or through a process called photocatalysis -- in which solar energy is used to make fuels. In photocatalytic water splitting, sunlight separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hyd ... more

Organic Crystals Twist, Bend, and Heal

Soft crystal gives a multifunctional, all-in-one material

19-Jun-2018 Crystals are brittle and inelastic? A novel class of smart, bendable crystalline organic materials has challenged this view. Now, scientists have engineered a molecular soft cocrystalline structure that bends and twists reversibly and without disintegration when stimulated by high temperatu ... more

TNT could be headed for retirement after 116 years on the job

18-Jun-2018 Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland have developed a novel “melt-cast” explosive material that could be a suitable replacement for Trinitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT. “The Army and the Laboratory, through the Join ... more

Sculpting with graphene foam

18-Jun-2018 Rice University scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive, three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam. The squishy solids look and feel something like a child's toy but offer new possibilities for energy storage and flexible electronic sensor applications, according ... more

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