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Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?

An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. The study discovered that the same forces that produce a bubble in plasma in the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator pr ... more

WACKER Opens International Training Center for Silicone Applications in Japan

Wacker Chemie AG is strengthening its presence in Japan. It has opened a new WACKER ACADEMY training center in Tsukuba, near Tokyo. The center primarily offers seminars on silicone products for the automotive, electronics, sealant and personal-care sectors. At Tsukuba, WACKER manufactures s ... more

Transparent ceramics

Scientists synthesise first sample of transparent silicon nitride

Scientists have synthesised the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic at DESY. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientif ... 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

3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more

BASF leather chemicals business to become part of Stahl Group

BASF will hold a minority share in the Stahl Group

BASF and Stahl have signed an agreement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to combine BASF’s leather chemicals business with Stahl Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2017. Under the terms of ... more

Molecular 'treasure maps' to help discover new materials

Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how m ... more

Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age

Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanos ... more

Manipulating magnetic textures

While the ability to easily control the magnetic properties of small electronic systems is highly desirable for future small electronics and data storage, an effective solution has proven to be extremely elusive. But now, a group of researchers from universities in Chile and Brazil are repo ... more

Pulverizing electronic waste is green, clean - and cold

Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to re ... more

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Cows don´t cook

Food scientists develop new approach to define species-appropriate feeding of dairy cattle

“Organic” food might not always mean what you think it means. A team of TU Dresden food scientists headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Henle were now successful in developing a new method to distinguish organic from conventionally produced milk. Conventionally fed cows usually get concentrated feed ... more

Next-gen steel under the microscope

Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement that has led to catastrophic failures in major engineering and ... more

Optical fingerprint can reveal pollutants in the air

New method of detecting molecules with sensors based on ultra-thin nanomaterials

More efficient sensors are needed to be able to detect environmental pollution. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have proposed a new, sophisticated method of detecting molecules with sensors based on ultra-thin nanomaterials. The novel method could improve environmental sens ... more

Researchers develop groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the material, called zeolite nanosheets, by making ultra-select ... 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

Mapping the effects of crystal defects

New research offers insights into how crystal dislocations -- a common type of defect in materials -- can affect electrical and heat transport through crystals, at a microscopic, quantum mechanical level. Dislocations in crystals are places where the orderly three-dimensional structure of a ... more

Spin-resolved oscilloscope for charge and spin signals

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have developed a "spin-resolved oscilloscope." This device is a basic measuring instrument for plasmonics and spintronics, which are key technologies for future electronics applications. The coup ... more

Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites

Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, ... more

Detecting Mercury with Gold

Individual gold nanorods could be used to develop smaller, portable mercury sensors

Mercury is harmful even in small amounts. Detecting it currently requires expensive equipment. Researchers are working on a faster and cheaper alternative: a portable sensor that can perform a rapid analysis in the field. The key is finding something small and accurate enough to do the job. ... more

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Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?

An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. The study discovered that the same forces that produce a bubble in plasma in the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator pr ... more

WACKER Opens International Training Center for Silicone Applications in Japan

Wacker Chemie AG is strengthening its presence in Japan. It has opened a new WACKER ACADEMY training center in Tsukuba, near Tokyo. The center primarily offers seminars on silicone products for the automotive, electronics, sealant and personal-care sectors. At Tsukuba, WACKER manufactures s ... more

Transparent ceramics

Scientists synthesise first sample of transparent silicon nitride

Scientists have synthesised the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic at DESY. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientif ... 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

3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more

BASF leather chemicals business to become part of Stahl Group

BASF will hold a minority share in the Stahl Group

BASF and Stahl have signed an agreement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to combine BASF’s leather chemicals business with Stahl Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2017. Under the terms of ... more

Molecular 'treasure maps' to help discover new materials

Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how m ... more

Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age

Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanos ... more

Manipulating magnetic textures

While the ability to easily control the magnetic properties of small electronic systems is highly desirable for future small electronics and data storage, an effective solution has proven to be extremely elusive. But now, a group of researchers from universities in Chile and Brazil are repo ... more

Pulverizing electronic waste is green, clean - and cold

Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to re ... more

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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

3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more

BASF to invest in new plastic additives plant

As announced in November 2016, BASF is investing more than €200 million globally to increase its production network for plastic additives. An important step is an investment to build a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. This world-scale plant, with an annual ... more

Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites

Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, ... more

A perfect team for nanoelectronics

Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as alternative to graphene

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material ... more

Deciphering the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell

Beetles wear a body armor that should weigh them down -- think medieval knights and turtles. In fact, those hard shells protecting delicate wings are surprisingly light, allowing even flight. Better understanding the structure and properties of beetle exoskeletons could help scientists engi ... more

Covestro achieves record year

Net income more than doubled

2016 was a record year for materials manufacturer Covestro. Driven by demand for innovative materials, the Group’s core volumes increased by 7.5%. With greater capacity utilization across its plants, adjusted EBITDA surged by 22.7% above the 2015 figure to EUR 2.0 billion. Net income more t ... more

Graphene foam gets big and tough

A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. Better yet, it can be made in just about any shape and size, they reported, demonstrati ... more

'Thubber,' a stretchable rubber that packs a thermal conductive punch

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The new material, nicknamed "thubber," is an electrically insulating composite that ex ... more

Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being compressed. The plant's hardiness comes from a combination of its hollow, tubular macrostructure and porous microstructure. These archi ... more

All news on plastics

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

Resolutions of the Sartorius Supervisory Board

Rainer Lehmann appointed to the Executive Board

The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG approved the Executive Board’s recommendation to submit a proposal to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 6, 2017, to raise dividends to 0.46 euros per preference share and to 0.45 per ordinary share. Prior-year dividends, adjusted by the stock sp ... more

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040. Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the p ... more

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. ... more

Good vibrations help reveal molecular details

Five years of hard work and a little "cosmic luck" led Rice University researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes. The method by the Rice lab of physicist Jason Hafner combines experimental and computational techniques and relies on the plasmonic p ... more

Manufacturers in the laboratory sector choose analytica

Large number of exhibitors registered more than a year before analytica

More than a year before the fair, this much is certain: analytica 2018 is very popular among exhibitors. Some 14 months before the next exhibition is set to begin, more than 230 companies have already registered to participate in the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analy ... more

All news on lab technology

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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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

3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more

Manipulating magnetic textures

While the ability to easily control the magnetic properties of small electronic systems is highly desirable for future small electronics and data storage, an effective solution has proven to be extremely elusive. But now, a group of researchers from universities in Chile and Brazil are repo ... more

Pulverizing electronic waste is green, clean - and cold

Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to re ... more

Nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys

The project received support from the Regional Science Foundation and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in the competition for oriented interdisciplinary research in 2016. The results of the research were published in the journals Physics of the Solid State, Vacuum and Journal of Su ... more

How fullerite becomes harder than diamond

Physicists have simulated the structure of a new material based on fullerite and single crystal diamond to show how this material can obtain ultrahigh hardness. This discovery allows the estimations the potential conditions for obtaining ultrahard materials. Fullerite generally is a molecul ... more

Electrons used to control ultrashort laser pulses

We may soon get better insight into the microcosm and the world of electrons. Researchers at Lund University and Louisiana State University have developed a tool that makes it possible to control extreme UV light - light with much shorter wavelengths than visible light. The new method uses ... more

ACHEMA 2018: Preparations moving into high gear

There is still over a year to go before ACHEMA 2018 opens, nevertheless preparations are moving into high gear: more than 2,400 companies have already ordered a stand; by the time the halls open on 11 June 2018 the organisers expect the exhibitor figure to top the 3,800 mark, all set to pre ... more

Nanocages for gold particles: What is happening inside?

In living organisms, free metal ions are stored and transported through proteins assembled into highly ordered structures such as protein cages via a reaction called biomineralization. This sophisticated biological strategy has attracted the attention of biotechnologists who speculate that ... more

The repulsion trick

A self-solving puzzle for organic molecules

Jülich researchers have succeeded in controlling the growth of organic molecules using a special trick. Molecules that repel each other play a key role in this process: due to their opposing forces, they always keep a certain distance from their neighbours. Therefore, they mix easily with a ... 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

    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

    New AkzoNobel site strengthens leading powder coatings position in China

    AkzoNobel has officially opened its €11 million powder coatings facility in Chengdu, western China. The new site will help to meet growing demand in the region and supply customers with a full range of powder products for the automotive, construction, furniture and IT industries. The compan ... more

  • Research

    Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?

    An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. The study discovered that the same forces that produce a bubble in plasma in the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator pr ... more

    Transparent ceramics

    Scientists synthesise first sample of transparent silicon nitride

    Scientists have synthesised the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic at DESY. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientif ... 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

  • Technology

    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

    3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

    Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more

    Molecular 'treasure maps' to help discover new materials

    Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how m ... more

  • Business

    WACKER Opens International Training Center for Silicone Applications in Japan

    Wacker Chemie AG is strengthening its presence in Japan. It has opened a new WACKER ACADEMY training center in Tsukuba, near Tokyo. The center primarily offers seminars on silicone products for the automotive, electronics, sealant and personal-care sectors. At Tsukuba, WACKER manufactures s ... more

    BASF leather chemicals business to become part of Stahl Group

    BASF will hold a minority share in the Stahl Group

    BASF and Stahl have signed an agreement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to combine BASF’s leather chemicals business with Stahl Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2017. Under the terms of ... more

    AkzoNobel rejects second unsolicited proposal from PPG

    Proposal fails to recognise value of AkzoNobel

    AkzoNobel announces it has rejected a second unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal of 20 March from PPG Industries Inc. for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel. The proposal not only fails to reflect the current and future value of AkzoN ... more

  • People

    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

    Nobel Prize winner of 1994 George Andrew Olah dies at 89

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate George Olah died on March 8th at the age of 89 years. He had a major influence on the field of hydrocarbon chemistry. He made oil refinig more effective and opened the way of cleaner gasoline. He also contributed to modern drug discovery. “Distinguished Pro ... more

    Evonik: Changes in the Executive Board

    Christian Kullmann to succeed Klaus Engel in May

    Klaus Engel (60), Chairman of Evonik's Executive Board, is to hand over to his designated successor Christian Kullmann (47). Engel will be leaving the company at the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 23, 2017. Mr. Kullmann will then take over as chairman. The Supervisory Board ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Oxea builds second propanol unit at Bay City, Texas

    Oxea has started the construction of a new world-scale propanol unit at its production site at Bay City, Texas, USA. The new unit “Propanol 2” is scheduled to come on stream in 2018. Once commissioned, it will add a capacity of 100,000 mt/year of propanol and 40,000 mt/year of propionaldehy ... more

    Covestro continues MDI production in Tarragona

    Closure of production facility suspended

    Materials manufacturer Covestro has resolved to continue manufacturing the rigid foam precursor MDI in Tarragona (Spain). The plant closure that had originally been planned for the end of 2017 has been suspended for the time being. The main reason for this decision was the significant incre ... more

    LANXESS invests EUR 100 million, primarily in its German sites

    Large share of investment is dedicated to North Rhine-Westphalia

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around EUR 40 million each will be invested ... more

  • Products

    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

    CHEMIE.DE’s Cutting Edge Company Directory

    The most direct and fast way to find meaningful data about companies in chemistry, life sciences and analytics

    More than 5 million users now count on the vast body of information available on the CHEMIE.DE science and industry internet portals. The extensive company directory, in particular, offers a fast and convenient way of finding information on more than 15,000 companies in chemistry, life scie ... more

  • Finances

    AkzoNobel rejects second unsolicited proposal from PPG

    Proposal fails to recognise value of AkzoNobel

    AkzoNobel announces it has rejected a second unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal of 20 March from PPG Industries Inc. for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel. The proposal not only fails to reflect the current and future value of AkzoN ... more

    ALTANA Achieves Sales Increase and Leap in Earnings

    EBITDA reaches €453 million

    The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA concluded the 2016 fiscal year with an increase in sales and a leap in earnings. Sales rose by 1 percent to €2,075 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 2 percent compared to the previous year. Earnings before interes ... more

    LANXESS: A very successful 2016 and a strong start to 2017

    Preparations for planned Chemtura acquisition progressing well

    In fiscal 2016, specialty chemicals company LANXESS successfully advanced its transformation, underscoring this with strong performance data. EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 12.4 percent to EUR 995 million, compared with EUR 885 million a year earlier. The main drivers of this positive ... more

  • Career

    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

    New site agreement for BASF SE

    No forced-redundancy commitment extended

    Company and employee representatives at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen signed a new site agreement. The agreement, titled “Meeting the challenges of constant change together,” applies to the approximately 36,000 employees of BASF SE at the site. It will run for five years (from January 1, 2016 unt ... more

    BASF wants more women in executive positions

    BASF sets global goals for diversity in leadership team

    BASF has set itself global goals for the promotion of diversity in its management team. By 2021, the company aims to raise the overall proportion of women in positions with disciplinary leadership responsibilities from today’s 19% to 22%–24% globally, a share that reflects the percentage of ... more

  • Cooperation

    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

    In Flow State

    Ever wonder why you have to shake your bottle of ketchup or mustard before pouring? Or why, to get out of quicksand, you must move slowly? Or why you can run on the surface of a suspension of cornstarch in water, but you’d sink if you tried to walk on it? The common feature of all these con ... 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

  • Laws

    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

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

    The causes of accidents can be diverse, whether it is an explosion in a chemical plant or a fire on a dangerous goods freighter. Prevention starts in the laboratory where chemicals are tested for their hazardous properties. Safety experts, haulage contractors or traders must be able to rely ... more

    3M prevails in patent infringement action against China-Based Qingdao Summit Industrial

    The District Court of Frankfurt, Germany, has ordered a preliminary injunction against China-based Qingdao Summit Industrial Co., Ltd. ("Summit") for infringement of the German portion of 3M's European patent EP 0,954,381 B2. This patent relates to 3M’s PPS™ technology that enables the effi ... more

  • Politics

    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

    Citizens and experts to get more information on nanomaterials

    Better access to relevant and understandable information about nanomaterials both for European citizens and experts. That is the main goal of an agreement signed between ECHA and the Commission on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials. The signing of the delegation agreement mark ... more

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

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