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Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Findings by scientists could transform the multi-billion-dollar plastics and rubber industries

Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists ... more

Eppendorf continues on course for success

The Eppendorf Group successfully ended fiscal year 2016 with Group sales of €651.5 million (prior year: €629.1 million) and revenue growth of 3.6% (4.8% when adjusted for currency effects). Income from operations (EBIT) climbed 17.1% to €139.6 million (prior year: €119.3 million), amounting ... more

Strong start to the year for Bayer

Growth momentum across all segments

The Bayer Group got off to a very successful start to 2017 and generated strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter. “At Pharmaceuticals, we once again benefited from the very good performance of our key growth products,” CEO Werner Baumann said when he presented the interim repo ... more

WACKER Grows its Sales and Earnings in Q1 2017

In Q1 2017, Wacker Chemie AG continued to increase its sales and operating result compared with its adjusted figures of a year earlier and a quarter ago following the deconsolidation of Siltronic. The Munich-based chemical company posted sales of €1,218.8 million in the reporting quarter (Q ... more

Bright future for self-charging batteries

New technology could 1 day make battery chargers obsolete

Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill University. Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of a ... more

BASF: Sales and earnings considerably above prior first quarter

BASF completed the first quarter of 2017 with a considerable rise in sales and earnings compared to the same quarter of last year. “BASF has had a good start to the year 2017,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “The demand trends we observed over t ... more

Quantum mechanics is complex enough, for now….

Physicists have searched for deviations from standard quantum mechanics, testing whether quantum mechanics requires a more complex set of mathematical rules. To do so a research team led by Philip Walther at the University of Vienna designed a new photonic experiment using exotic metamateri ... more

Chip-based nanoscopy: Microscopy in HD quality

This information can be used to produce images with a resolution of about 20 to 30 nanometres, and thereby ten times that of conventional light microscopy. Until now, this method has required the use of expensive special instruments. Bielefeld University and the University of Tromsø have fi ... more

Prestigious grant for imaging single molecules

Human Frontier Science Program supports intercontinental collaboration

An international team of researchers, including DESY scientist Henry Chapman, has been awarded a research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with atomic resolution. The team will receive a total of 1.35 million US-Dollar ... more

Dr. Henrike Brundiek ist the new Head of R&D at Enzymicals AG

Dr. Brundiek is a long-term employee of Enzymicals AG and takes over the scientific management of the company from now on. The former CSO, Dr. Rainer Wardenga, steps down from the managing board due to a longer-term parental leave. This decision was made by mutual agreement between the bodi ... more

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Chip-based nanoscopy: Microscopy in HD quality

This information can be used to produce images with a resolution of about 20 to 30 nanometres, and thereby ten times that of conventional light microscopy. Until now, this method has required the use of expensive special instruments. Bielefeld University and the University of Tromsø have fi ... more

Prestigious grant for imaging single molecules

Human Frontier Science Program supports intercontinental collaboration

An international team of researchers, including DESY scientist Henry Chapman, has been awarded a research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with atomic resolution. The team will receive a total of 1.35 million US-Dollar ... more

Sartorius starts off 2017 with double-digit growth

Sartorius increased its sales revenue and earnings in the first quarter of 2017 by double digits. "Both divisions successfully started off the current year. Lab Products & Services achieved considerable organic growth, and with the acquisition of Essen BioScience, it added another innovativ ... more

Particle accelerator for the European XFEL X-ray laser operational

The international X-ray laser European XFEL has reached one of its final major milestones on the way to scientific user operation. DESY has successfully commissioned the particle accelerator, which drives the X-ray laser along its full length.It is the world’s largest superconducting linear ... more

Strange forces acting on nanoparticles discovered

A new scientific paper published, in part, by a University of New Mexico physicist is shedding light on a strange force impacting particles at the smallest level of the material world. The discovery was made by an international team of researchers lead by UNM Assistant Professor Alejandro M ... more

Femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy

Coming to a lab bench near you

The ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a reaction important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes have been captured and, for the first time, directly characterized using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ... more

analytica Vietnam on a growth course

Trade fair closes with significant exhibitor growth

The fifth edition of analytica Vietnam, which was held from March 29 to 31, 2017, in the International Center for Exhibition (I.C.E) in Hanoi, produced an excellent overall result. 121 exhibitors from 17 countries, more nations than ever before, presented their products and solutions for th ... more

Fabrication of active-matrix 3-D pressure sensors

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has created a three-dimensional, tactile sensor that could detect wide pressure ranges from human body weight to a finger touch. This new sensor with transparent features is capable of generating an electrical signal based on the sensed touch actions, a ... more

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

With spring finally here and warmer temperatures just around the corner, snow will slowly melt away, releasing us from the clutches of winter. However, that's not the only thing that the melting snow will release. Researchers from McGill University and École de technologie supérieure in Mon ... more

The inner lives of molecules

Quantum mechanics rules. It dictates how particles and forces interact, and thus how atoms and molecules work -- for example, what happens when a molecule goes from a higher-energy state to a lower-energy one. But beyond the simplest molecules, the details become very complex. "Quantum mech ... more

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Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Findings by scientists could transform the multi-billion-dollar plastics and rubber industries

Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists ... more

Strong start to the year for Bayer

Growth momentum across all segments

The Bayer Group got off to a very successful start to 2017 and generated strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter. “At Pharmaceuticals, we once again benefited from the very good performance of our key growth products,” CEO Werner Baumann said when he presented the interim repo ... more

WACKER Grows its Sales and Earnings in Q1 2017

In Q1 2017, Wacker Chemie AG continued to increase its sales and operating result compared with its adjusted figures of a year earlier and a quarter ago following the deconsolidation of Siltronic. The Munich-based chemical company posted sales of €1,218.8 million in the reporting quarter (Q ... more

Bright future for self-charging batteries

New technology could 1 day make battery chargers obsolete

Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill University. Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of a ... more

BASF: Sales and earnings considerably above prior first quarter

BASF completed the first quarter of 2017 with a considerable rise in sales and earnings compared to the same quarter of last year. “BASF has had a good start to the year 2017,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “The demand trends we observed over t ... more

Quantum mechanics is complex enough, for now….

Physicists have searched for deviations from standard quantum mechanics, testing whether quantum mechanics requires a more complex set of mathematical rules. To do so a research team led by Philip Walther at the University of Vienna designed a new photonic experiment using exotic metamateri ... more

Dr. Henrike Brundiek ist the new Head of R&D at Enzymicals AG

Dr. Brundiek is a long-term employee of Enzymicals AG and takes over the scientific management of the company from now on. The former CSO, Dr. Rainer Wardenga, steps down from the managing board due to a longer-term parental leave. This decision was made by mutual agreement between the bodi ... more

Lonza Starts 2017 with Outstanding First Quarter

Outlook 2017 upgraded

During the first quarter of 2017, Lonza achieved another record quarter in terms of sales and earnings. The healthy overall company performance resulted from particularly strong performance in the Pharma&Biotech segment and continued robust growth in the Specialty Ingredients segment. “Foll ... more

WACKER Expands Its Integrated Ketene Production in Burghausen

WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the life sciences and biotechnology division of the WACKER Group, is strengthening its integrated ketene production at its Burghausen site in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is building a further reactor for the manufacture of isopropenyl acetate (IPA) with a ... more

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

Columbia Engineers use ice-templating to control electrolyte structure in lithium batteries

Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new techniqu ... more

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LANXESS invests in its production site in Lillo/Antwerp

Efficiency investments of roughly EUR 25 million in plastics production chain in 2017

LANXESS announced plans to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precursors for plastics in Antwerp. With an investment of roughly EUR 25 million in 2017, the specialty chemicals company will primarily implement measures to further enhance efficiency. “Our i ... more

Strong first quarter for Covestro

After a successful fiscal year 2016, materials manufacturer Covestro continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2017 and adjusted its forecast upward for the full year. Thanks to still-strong demand for innovative polymers, the Group’s core volumes increased by 9.0%. Further growth i ... more

A plastic-eating caterpillar

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is ... more

Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters

Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient ... more

Surprisingly long lifetime of high adhesion property of plasma-treated PTFE

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is used in a variety of daily products, from cookware to carpets, because of its non-sticky property. However, this very same non-stickiness has limited its application to other fields including medicine. Scientists at the Osaka University Graduate School of E ... more

Waterlike polymer to create high-temperature ceramics patented

Ceramic textiles, improved jet engine blades, 3-D printed ceramics and better batteries may soon become a reality, thanks to a recently patented polymer from a Kansas State University engineer. Using five ingredients -- silicon, boron, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen -- Gurpreet Singh , Harol ... more

Atomic-level activity of green catalyst used in PVC production revealed

An international group of scientists has unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst that is responsible for a new, environmentally friendly method of producing the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) that is used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the world's third-most widely used plastic ... more

Team highlights work on tuning block polymers for nanostructured systems

High-performance materials are enabling major advances in a wide range of applications from energy generation and digital information storage to disease screening and medical devices. Block polymers, which are two or more polymer chains with different properties linked together, show great ... more

SONGWON Industrial Group ends a good year with steady growth

SONGWON Industrial Group released its financial results for FY2016. In terms of sales, it was a very positive year overall for the organization with almost all product lines contributing to the Group’s growth despite the ongoing challenging economic environment. The company achieved sales ... more

Using light to control curvature of plastics remotely

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses light to get two-dimensional (2-D) plastic sheets to curve into three-dimensional (3-D) structures, such as spheres, tubes or bowls. The advance builds on earlier work by the same research team, which focuse ... more

All news on plastics

Eppendorf continues on course for success

The Eppendorf Group successfully ended fiscal year 2016 with Group sales of €651.5 million (prior year: €629.1 million) and revenue growth of 3.6% (4.8% when adjusted for currency effects). Income from operations (EBIT) climbed 17.1% to €139.6 million (prior year: €119.3 million), amounting ... more

Sartorius starts off 2017 with double-digit growth

Sartorius increased its sales revenue and earnings in the first quarter of 2017 by double digits. "Both divisions successfully started off the current year. Lab Products & Services achieved considerable organic growth, and with the acquisition of Essen BioScience, it added another innovativ ... more

Femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy

Coming to a lab bench near you

The ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a reaction important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes have been captured and, for the first time, directly characterized using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ... more

smartLAB 2017: Program featuring live use cases and panel discussion

One of the highlights of LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA is smartLAB, the intelligent laboratory of the future. From 16 to 18 May the fully functional model laboratory will form the heart of Europe's flagship fair for innovative lab equipment and laboratory workflow optimization. An exciting n ... more

HUBER expands and acquires Van der Heijden Labortechnik GmbH

The 2016 financial year was outstandingly successful for Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG. As well as recording double-digit growth rates the company was exceptionally successful by any other measure. For instance Huber was acclaimed as best employer and a top 100 innovator and received the ... more

Agilent Technologies Board of Directors elects Koh Boon Hwee as new chairman

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Koh Boon Hwee has been elected chairman of the board, effective at the end of today’s shareholders’ meeting. Koh, who has been a member of Agilent’s board since 2003, replaces James G. Cullen, who served as chairman since 2005 and will continue as a ... more

New electron source for materials analysis

How can solar cells be made more efficient? How can solar and wind energy be best stored for later use? Technologies for the transformation of the German energy sector (Energiewende) require tailor-made materials which are both affordable and efficient. One important tool in the search for ... more

Triboelectric nanogenerators boost mass spectrometry performance

Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG) convert mechanical energy harvested from the environment to electricity for powering small devices such as sensors or for recharging consumer electronics. Now, researchers have harnessed these devices to improve the charging of molecules in a way that dra ... more

New Managing Director Bronkhorst High-Tech

On 1 April 2017, Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V. in Ruurlo will be subject to a change of management. Henk Tappel will be appointed Managing Director as of that date, and will be taking over day-to-day management from Ben Brussen. Henk Tappel has more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech ... more

analytica Vietnam 2017: More exhibitors and a strong supporting program

analytica Vietnam is being held for the fifth time this year, and interest among companies is stronger than ever. Compared to the last time the fair was held (2015), approximately 15 percent more exhibitors are expected. Exhibition space is up by the same amount. Besides the product highlig ... more

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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

IDEX Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Novotema

IDEX Corporation announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Novotema, SpA, a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of specialty sealing solutions for use in the building products, gas control, transportation, industrial and water markets. T ... more

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New method for 3-D printing extraterrestrial materials

When humans begin to colonize the moon and Mars, they will need to be able to make everything from small tools to large buildings using the limited surrounding resources. Northwestern University's Ramille Shah and her Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Laboratory have demo ... more

From moo to goo

Cooperating microbes convert methane to alternative fuel source

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting. Now scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have d ... more

New class of optoelectronic materials

Semiconductors are used for myriad optoelectronic devices. However, as devices get smaller and smaller and more demanding, new materials are needed to ensure that devices work with greater efficiency. Now, researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have pioneered a new class of se ... more

Pinpoint creation of chirality by organic catalysts

Researchers at Nagoya University have reported on the development of an organic catalyst that triggers a highly stereoselective 1,6-addition of azlactones to a δ-aryl dienyl carbonyl compound to generate amino acid derivatives in high yields. The generated 1,6-adduct contains two carbon ste ... more

Next-generation NIF optics to boost energy and limit damage developed

A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics, developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, represents an important breakthrough in its effort to boost the energy of the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) 192 giant lasers, and cut the ... more

Ultrathin superconducting film developed

Experimental physicists in the research group led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University have developed a thin nanomaterial with superconducting properties. Below about -200 °C these materials conduct electricity without loss, levitate magnets and can screen magnetic fields. The p ... more

Major breakthrough in smart printed electronics

Researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. These 2D materials combine exciting electronic propertie ... more

Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors

Carbon nanotubes can be used to make very small electronic devices, but they are difficult to handle. University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and ... more

Improving silver nanowires for FTCEs with flash light interactions

Flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs) are an essential element of flexible optoelectronics for next-generation wearable displays, augmented reality (AR), and the Internet of Things (IoTs). Silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have received a great deal of attention as future FTCEs due to ... more

How best to stir a steel furnace, and beat corrosion

Two steel research projects led by Swansea University -- a better way to tackle corrosion, and more efficient use of furnaces -- are on a list of only eleven awards, across all subjects and the whole UK, by the Royal Society, one of the world's most prestigious scientific organisations. The ... 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

    The offroader from the chemical industry

    Being a great admirer of the Landrover Defender series, Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of INOES group, founded the new business branch INEOS Automotive. This, for a chemical company, unusual project is based on Ratcliffe’s personal attachment to this offroad car. Ratclife saw a market he thought to be ... more

    Biesterfeld International expands to France

    With effect from 1st March 2017, Biesterfeld International will strengthen its business activities in France and show its presence in the country. Sales activities will be expanded and strategically developed in a focused process from the existing Biesterfeld Group location in Rueil-Malmais ... more

    KRAHN CHEMIE Polska: new distributor of PPG silica in Poland

    As of January 1, 2017 KRAHN CHEMIE distributes the precipitated silica products from PPG in Poland. Both companies already collaborate in Italy, where Pietro Carini, the Italian subsidiary of KRAHN, acts as sales and marketing partner of PPG for many years. The product range of PPG comprise ... more

  • Research

    Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

    Findings by scientists could transform the multi-billion-dollar plastics and rubber industries

    Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists ... more

    Bright future for self-charging batteries

    New technology could 1 day make battery chargers obsolete

    Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill University. Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of a ... more

    Quantum mechanics is complex enough, for now….

    Physicists have searched for deviations from standard quantum mechanics, testing whether quantum mechanics requires a more complex set of mathematical rules. To do so a research team led by Philip Walther at the University of Vienna designed a new photonic experiment using exotic metamateri ... more

  • Technology

    New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects

    A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions has developed a new 3-D printing method to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of different shapes in response to heat. The team, which included researchers from the Singapore Univer ... more

    New method for 3-D printing extraterrestrial materials

    When humans begin to colonize the moon and Mars, they will need to be able to make everything from small tools to large buildings using the limited surrounding resources. Northwestern University's Ramille Shah and her Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Laboratory have demo ... more

    Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters

    Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient ... more

  • Business

    LANXESS successfully completes acquisition of Chemtura

    Acquisition cleared by all required regulatory authorities

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed the acquisition of U.S. company Chemtura earlier than originally expected effective April 21, 2017. All required regulatory authorities have cleared the transaction. Already in February 2017, Chemtura’s shareholders voted to app ... more

    AkzoNobel announces finalists for Imagine Chemistry start-up challenge

    AkzoNobel announces the 20 finalists for itsImagine Chemistry initiative, which was launched earlier this year to help solve real-life chemistry-related challenges and to uncover sustainable opportunities for the company's Specialty Chemicals business. "We've received so many great ideas fr ... more

    Start-up organizations partner with AkzoNobel on global chemistry challenge

    AkzoNobel has teamed up with two organizations focused on supporting start-ups, Lux Research and StartupDelta. The partnerships will focus on developing business opportunities stemming from the company's Imagine Chemistry start-up challenge. Designed to solve real-life chemistry challenges, ... more

  • People

    AkzoNobel strongly supports Chairman of the Supervisory Board

    AkzoNobel calls on Elliott Advisors and PPG to clarify relationship

    AkzoNobel has received a request to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to dismiss Antony Burgmans as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The request was received from a number of shareholders led by Elliott Advisors. Elliott Advisors has stated it became a shareholder in AkzoNobel i ... more

    New president of BASF’s Coatings division

    Dirk Bremm is the new president of BASF’s Coatings division, effective April 1, 2017. He succeeds Dr. Markus Kamieth, who was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. Kamieth had led the Coatings division since 2012. Bremm earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administrati ... more

    Analytik Jena Executive Board Member Klaus Berka Steps Down from the Operational Business

    For more than 25 years, Klaus Berka has been the thinker, guider, and doer of Analytik Jena AG. Now the Company’s founder and long-term CEO is stepping down from Analytik Jena’s operational business. He will shortly join the Supervisory Board. “Klaus Berka has always focused on the customer ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LANXESS invests in its production site in Lillo/Antwerp

    Efficiency investments of roughly EUR 25 million in plastics production chain in 2017

    LANXESS announced plans to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precursors for plastics in Antwerp. With an investment of roughly EUR 25 million in 2017, the specialty chemicals company will primarily implement measures to further enhance efficiency. “Our i ... more

    WACKER Expands Its Integrated Ketene Production in Burghausen

    WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the life sciences and biotechnology division of the WACKER Group, is strengthening its integrated ketene production at its Burghausen site in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is building a further reactor for the manufacture of isopropenyl acetate (IPA) with a ... more

    BASF invests in sustainable production for high performance silica adsorbents in Germany

    BASF announced the mechanical completion of a significant investment at its adsorbents production site in Nienburg, Germany. Two new state-of-the-art dryers at the site support BASF’s long-term commitment to its customers and underline BASF’s corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sus ... more

  • Products

    The offroader from the chemical industry

    Being a great admirer of the Landrover Defender series, Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of INOES group, founded the new business branch INEOS Automotive. This, for a chemical company, unusual project is based on Ratcliffe’s personal attachment to this offroad car. Ratclife saw a market he thought to be ... more

    BASF Group inaugurates new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Mumbai, India

    BASF Group’s biggest R&D investment in South Asia

    BASF Group inaugurated its new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Mumbai, India. The project will involve a total expected investment of up to €50 million from BASF Group, and marks the Group’s largest research and development (R&D) investment in South Asia. All global research oper ... more

    Innovation Award for Organic Photovoltaics

    The award honors designers and manufacturers of innovative products in the construction industry

    Merck announced that OPV modules, jointly developed with BELECTRIC OPV GmbH, received the Innovation Award Architecture + Building at the BAU 2017. The BAU is the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. It has proven itself as an efficient international contact a ... more

  • Finances

    Eppendorf continues on course for success

    The Eppendorf Group successfully ended fiscal year 2016 with Group sales of €651.5 million (prior year: €629.1 million) and revenue growth of 3.6% (4.8% when adjusted for currency effects). Income from operations (EBIT) climbed 17.1% to €139.6 million (prior year: €119.3 million), amounting ... more

    Strong start to the year for Bayer

    Growth momentum across all segments

    The Bayer Group got off to a very successful start to 2017 and generated strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter. “At Pharmaceuticals, we once again benefited from the very good performance of our key growth products,” CEO Werner Baumann said when he presented the interim repo ... more

    WACKER Grows its Sales and Earnings in Q1 2017

    In Q1 2017, Wacker Chemie AG continued to increase its sales and operating result compared with its adjusted figures of a year earlier and a quarter ago following the deconsolidation of Siltronic. The Munich-based chemical company posted sales of €1,218.8 million in the reporting quarter (Q ... more

  • Career

    Dr. Henrike Brundiek ist the new Head of R&D at Enzymicals AG

    Dr. Brundiek is a long-term employee of Enzymicals AG and takes over the scientific management of the company from now on. The former CSO, Dr. Rainer Wardenga, steps down from the managing board due to a longer-term parental leave. This decision was made by mutual agreement between the bodi ... 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

    Prestigious grant for imaging single molecules

    Human Frontier Science Program supports intercontinental collaboration

    An international team of researchers, including DESY scientist Henry Chapman, has been awarded a research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with atomic resolution. The team will receive a total of 1.35 million US-Dollar ... more

    Start-up organizations partner with AkzoNobel on global chemistry challenge

    AkzoNobel has teamed up with two organizations focused on supporting start-ups, Lux Research and StartupDelta. The partnerships will focus on developing business opportunities stemming from the company's Imagine Chemistry start-up challenge. Designed to solve real-life chemistry challenges, ... more

    BASF selects HPE to build supercomputer for global chemical research

    BASF SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new superc ... more

  • Laws

    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

    ITC confirms Umicore infringes BASF and Argonne National Laboratory patents

    Exclusion order bans importation of Umicore’s infringing cathode material into United States

    The full International Trade Commission (ITC) has made a final determination that Umicore has infringed on BASF and Argonne National Laboratory’s patents. The order bans in particular the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials, confirms that lithium-i ... more

  • Politics

    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

    As interest grows, Yale Carbon Charge leads the way in studying carbon pricing

    From the halls of academia to the corridors of power, there is a growing list of universities, corporations, and government officials seeking out Yale’s expertise in creating and monitoring programs to mitigate climate change. Earlier this month, officials from the Yale Carbon Charge partic ... more

    EFSA and BfR to work jointly on global food safety tools

    Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. Signed today, the framework ag ... more

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