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Evonik increased C4 capacities

Evonik Industries has strengthened its position in C4-based products and has successfully, and on time, put into operation new production plants in Antwerp (Belgium). Also in the Marl Chemical Park (Germany), the C4 capacities are being increased. For this, the company has invested a total ... more

Get ready for the last registration deadline for chemicals

15 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. These substances were prioritised from the Candidate List because they are used in high volumes and have widespread uses which may pose a threat to human health or the environment or can ... more

The most precise picture of the proton

After 15 years of measurement and another eight years of scrutinizing and calculation, the particle physics collaborations H1 and ZEUS have published the most precise results about the innermost structure and behaviour of the proton. The two experiments which took data at DESY´s particle ac ... more

New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature. There may be broad applications in microelectronics, sensors, energy devices, low emissivity coatings and even transparent ... more

Fuel and chemicals from steel plant exhaust gases

Carbon monoxide-rich exhaust gases from steel plants are only being reclaimed to a minor extent as power or heat. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new recycling process for this materially unused carbon resource: They successfully produced fuel and specialty chemicals from these exha ... more

BASF to sell stake in SolVin to Solvay

BASF is selling its 25% share in the joint venture SolVin to Solvay. The transaction will take place on July 1, 2015. Financial details were not disclosed. In addition, BASF has reached agreements with Solvay and Inovyn to continue to supply BASF’s site in Antwerp with basic chemicals. SolV ... more

DataPhysics Instruments announces Representative Office in the United States

DataPhysics Instruments GmbH has opened an office in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. “Our aim is to enhance the presence within the North-American region. Supporting the expert center in Germany, this new office will further augment DataPhysics pre- and after-sales service support. Conseque ... more

Emergence of a “devil’s staircase” in a spin-valve system

A Japanese-German team observes at BESSY II how spins form unusual magnetic structures in a complex cobalt oxide single crystal. Such a material offers new perspectives for spintronic applications. Complex magnetic structures are at the heart of promising new materials for devices in “spint ... more

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels

Carnegie Mellon University chemists have developed two novel methods to characterize 3-dimensional macroporous hydrogels -- materials that hold great promise for developing "smart" responsive materials that can be used for catalysts, chemical detectors, tissue engineering scaffolds and abso ... more

BASF to lift Force Majeure for EO-based products

BASF will lift Force Majeure declared on May 21 for ethylene oxide (EO)-based products produced in Europe in the portfolio of Home Care and Industrial & Institutional Cleaning, Formulation Technologies, AgChem Additives and certain EO-based products in the portfolio of Personal Care as of J ... more

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DataPhysics Instruments announces Representative Office in the United States

DataPhysics Instruments GmbH has opened an office in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. “Our aim is to enhance the presence within the North-American region. Supporting the expert center in Germany, this new office will further augment DataPhysics pre- and after-sales service support. Conseque ... more

X-rays and electrons join forces to map catalytic reactions in real-time

A new technique pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory reveals atomic-scale changes during catalytic reactions in real time and under real operating conditions. A team of scientists used a newly developed reaction chamber to combine x-ray absorption spec ... more

Towards graphene biosensors

For the first time, a team of scientists has succeeded in precisely measuring and controlling the thickness of an organic compound that has been bound to a graphene layer. This might enable graphene to be used as a sensitive detector for biological molecules in the future. Pure carbon occur ... more

A novel microscope for nanosystems

Nanomaterials play an essential role in many areas of daily life. There is thus a large interest to gain detailed knowledge about their optical and electronic properties. Conventional microscopes get beyond their limits when particle size falls to the range of a few ten nanometers where a s ... more

New Light in Terahertz Window

The terahertz range is one of the last sections of the electromagnetic spectrum – which extends from radio waves through optical applications right up to X-ray radiation – that is still rarely used in everyday life. The radiation is difficult to generate and until now this was only possible ... more

GERSTEL moves to new offices in Singapore

Growing demand for automated laboratory solutions has fuelled GERSTEL’s growth in Southeast Asia. More and more companies rely on GERSTEL technology for Research and Development or Product Quality Control purposes. To provide the best possible local support for the ever-growing number of cu ... more

Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer is the new Managing Director of Hellma Optik GmbH Jena

Since June, Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer (51) has been the new Managing Director of Hellma Optik GmbH in Jena. As a physicist with a PhD, Dr. Falkenstörfer was responsible for different managerial and executive functions at JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH where he was working in particular as the ... more

CHEMIE.DE’s 15th anniversary: from a university project to a specialist for industry internet portals and online marketing

CHEMIE.DE celebrates its 15th anniversary, having grown into Europe's leading provider of scientific online portals since the year 2000. The Berlin-based company’s broad spectrum of services is unique: on its five science-related online portals for industry professionals - www.chemie.de, ww ... more

Filming the film: Scientists observe photographic exposure live at the nanoscale

Photoinduced chemical reactions are responsible for many fundamental processes and technologies, from energy conversion in nature to micro fabrication by photo-lithography. One process that is known from everyday's life and can be observed by the naked eye, is the exposure of photographic f ... more

New composite material as CO2 sensor

A new material changes its conductivity depending on the concentration of CO2 in the environment. The researchers who developed it have utilized the material to produce a miniature, simply constructed sensor. Material scientists at ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Int ... more

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Evonik increased C4 capacities

Evonik Industries has strengthened its position in C4-based products and has successfully, and on time, put into operation new production plants in Antwerp (Belgium). Also in the Marl Chemical Park (Germany), the C4 capacities are being increased. For this, the company has invested a total ... more

Get ready for the last registration deadline for chemicals

15 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. These substances were prioritised from the Candidate List because they are used in high volumes and have widespread uses which may pose a threat to human health or the environment or can ... more

The most precise picture of the proton

After 15 years of measurement and another eight years of scrutinizing and calculation, the particle physics collaborations H1 and ZEUS have published the most precise results about the innermost structure and behaviour of the proton. The two experiments which took data at DESY´s particle ac ... more

New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature. There may be broad applications in microelectronics, sensors, energy devices, low emissivity coatings and even transparent ... more

Fuel and chemicals from steel plant exhaust gases

Carbon monoxide-rich exhaust gases from steel plants are only being reclaimed to a minor extent as power or heat. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new recycling process for this materially unused carbon resource: They successfully produced fuel and specialty chemicals from these exha ... more

BASF to sell stake in SolVin to Solvay

BASF is selling its 25% share in the joint venture SolVin to Solvay. The transaction will take place on July 1, 2015. Financial details were not disclosed. In addition, BASF has reached agreements with Solvay and Inovyn to continue to supply BASF’s site in Antwerp with basic chemicals. SolV ... more

Emergence of a “devil’s staircase” in a spin-valve system

A Japanese-German team observes at BESSY II how spins form unusual magnetic structures in a complex cobalt oxide single crystal. Such a material offers new perspectives for spintronic applications. Complex magnetic structures are at the heart of promising new materials for devices in “spint ... more

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels

Carnegie Mellon University chemists have developed two novel methods to characterize 3-dimensional macroporous hydrogels -- materials that hold great promise for developing "smart" responsive materials that can be used for catalysts, chemical detectors, tissue engineering scaffolds and abso ... more

BASF to lift Force Majeure for EO-based products

BASF will lift Force Majeure declared on May 21 for ethylene oxide (EO)-based products produced in Europe in the portfolio of Home Care and Industrial & Institutional Cleaning, Formulation Technologies, AgChem Additives and certain EO-based products in the portfolio of Personal Care as of J ... more

Aromatic couple makes new chemical bonds

Esters have been identified to act as a new and clean coupling partner for the carbon-carbon bond forming cross-coupling reaction to make useful compounds for pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and organic materials. In a new collaborative study published online in Nature Communications, synthe ... more

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Huntsman Acquires Polyurethane Elastomer Manufacturer Tecnoelastomeri

Huntsman Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy.  2014 sales revenue for Tecnoelastomeri was approxi ... more

Frederic Jacquin is appointed CEO of Bluestar Silicones

Frédéric Jacquin, 48, a Master’s graduate of CELSA and also holding an MBA from ESSEC has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bluestar Silicones. After spending much of his career in the Rhodia Group with different responsibilities in the areas of marketing and communication he ... more

Natural rubber from dandelions

Dandelions are modest plants that are an excellent alternative source for a raw material of high demand: natural rubber, the fundamental ingredient in rubber products. Fraunhofer researchers have established the basis for the large-scale production of high quality rubber with Russian dandel ... more

Mexichem’s VESTOLIT Subsidiary to Increase Specialty PVC Capacity in German Plant

Vestolit, a 100% subsidiary of Mexichem acquired in 2014, announced that it will build a new production line with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons of Paste (Emulsion) PVC. The line will combine the established leading polymerization technology with a newly developed, energy efficien ... more

Bayer MaterialScience: Further milestone in the manufacture of plastics from CO2

Bayer MaterialScience has taken another major step toward using CO2 for plastic production from 2016. A production line is currently under construction for this purpose at the Dormagen site in Germany. A chemical reactor weighing some 25 metric tons has now been put in place at the heart of ... more

High-Performance and Product Differentiation Critical for Success in the Elastomers Market

The global elastomers market is all set to usher in an era of innovation with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) increasingly demanding high-performance materials. Owing to the profusion of choice, customers are likely to base their purchase decisions on performance metrics such as dur ... more

General James F. Amos Appointed Chairman of LORD Corporation Board of Directors

LORD Corporation announced that Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.) has been appointed chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors.General Amos recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and joined LORD Corporation's Board of Directors in December 2014.  Amos was s ... more

DSM and Ascend form global strategic alliance for supply of polyamide 66 compounds

Royal DSM and Ascend Performance Materials Inc. announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the supply of compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66). Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon® PA66 ... more

Sartomer Europe increases prices of monomers and oligomers

Effective June 1st 2015, or as existing contracts allow, Sartomer Europe will increase prices of its monomers and oligomers sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This increase, ranging from 4 to 8% depending on the product families, is a consequence of the recent rise of the feedstocks, c ... more

BASF starts trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing

BASF has begun trial operations at the mononitrobenzene plant within the integrated 400,000 metric ton methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) complex in Chongqing, China. Mononitrobenzene is a precursor for the production of MDI. This MDI site covers an area of more than 50 hectares, includi ... more

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Waters Corporation Announces Christopher J. O'Connell as Chief Executive Officer

Waters Corporation announced that Christopher J. O'Connell has been appointed as its new President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of its Board of Directors, effective in September 2015. Chris joins Waters® from Medtronic plc.Over his 21 years at Medtronic, Chris O'Connell held a ... more

David Newble joins TTP Labtech as new managing director

TTP Labtech announced the appointment of David Newble as its new managing director. Dr. Jas Sangera, founder, managing director and key driver for the company for the last 14 years, will continue his role as the company’s chairman.David Newble has a proven track record of growing life scien ... more

IDEX Corporation Acquires Alfa Valvole

IDEX Corporation announced the acquisition of Alfa Valvole, s.r.l. Located in Casorezzo, Italy, Alfa has revenues of approximately €30 million and will operate within the IDEX Fluid & Metering Technologies segment. Alfa was acquired for approximately €102 million and is expected to be accre ... more

Nanotechnology leads to stronger cleanroom standards

The disciplines are converging: first it was mechanics and electronics that grew closer together – now it is the turn of semiconductor-electronic and optics components and sub-assemblies. Optoelectronic hybrids are putting even greater demands on cleanroom technology. The first order of bus ... more

Danaher To Acquire Pall Corporation

Danaher Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pall Corporation pursuant to which Danaher will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pall for $127.20 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, including assume ... more

New manager at JULABO UK

Since April 2015, Gary Etherington has assumed the management of the JULABO subsidiary in the UK. Gary Etherington has significant experience within the laboratory market in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He started his career as application support specialist. In the course of his career he ... more

Sartorius Starts Off Fiscal 2015 with a Strong First Quarter

Sartorius started off fiscal 2015 with substantial double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 13.1%, excluding currency effects; this reported figure surged 22.7%. Sales climbed 17.2% in constant currencies; the reported figure, 27.0%. Operating ... more

Pall Corporation Acquires BioSMB Technology from Tarpon Biosystems

Pall Corporation  announces the acquisition of the BioSMB technology platform from Tarpon Biosystems. These chromatographic systems enable single-use, multicolumn chromatography for process development and are well placed for multiproduct and single-use facilities. “We are pleased to add th ... more

Mettler-Toledo's TDL Analyzers Receive Award from Frost & Sullivan for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership

Based on its recent analysis of the process tunable diode laser (TDL) analyzers market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mettler-Toledo AG with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership. Mettler-Toledo's TDL series, the GPro 500, has an original desi ... more

Foundation of LAUDA Scientific GmbH as an independent company for measuring instruments

From March 1, 2015 the full subsidiary LAUDA Scientific will take over the development, sales and customer service for LAUDA measuring instruments. For the Managing Director Dr. Gunther Wobser this new foundation constitutes consistent development: “With this important step we would like to ... more

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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

Huber represented in the USA now

Huber Kältemaschinenbau continues its international expansion. From this date, the expert for high precision thermoregulation headquartered in Offenburg, Germany will be represented in the USA by a new branch establishment. Under the name of "Huber USA Inc.", the new US affiliate will direc ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

Frost & Sullivan: Political Acceptance of Shale Gas as a Fuel Will Affect the Sensors Market for the Industry

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking. With governments still being undecided on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted, ... more

Berghof GmbH: Changes to Central Management

As of 1 August 2014 Stefan Stemmer is the new CEO of  Berghof GmbH, taking over in the post from Nikolaus Rombach, who was previously in charge of the holding company and the five subsidiaries (Berghof Auftragsanalytik + Umweltengineering, Berghof Automation, Berghof Fluoroplastic Technolog ... more

GEMÜ: 50 years of experience in valve design

The company Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG - GEMÜ for short - based in Ingelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded by Fritz Müller in his parents' garage, the manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems can now look back on a ... more

Expansion of Oil, Gas and Energy Industries Powers Automation and Control Solutions Market in CIS Countries

Upcoming brownfield and greenfield projects in the oil and gas and power generation industries will sustain the demand for automation and control solutions (ACS) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Among the countries in the region (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, ... more

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission ... more

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

Since 1995 SensoTech is certified by the international quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001. “Our commitment to quality is an essential part of our corporate philosophy. The re-certification confirms our continuous customer orientation and the related focus of our business processes ... more

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

The start of calendar year 2014 will see some changes to the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG headed by President and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke. The enlargement of the Executive Board and the reallocation of responsibilities are aimed at driving forward the consistent positioning of ZEISS as ... more

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L.B. Bohle rejuvenates management team

L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH has taken advantage of the 2014 business year to prepare itself for the future with investments of several millions. The newly built Technology Center at the Ennigerloh headquarters was inaugurated in March 2015. "Together with customers, partners and s ... more

Close of ACHEMA 2015: Great atmosphere, good results

ACHEMA 2015 ended in Frankfurt. More than 166,000 participants used the five day event to see the offerings of 3,813 exhibitors for the chemical, pharma and food industry. “We are very happy that not only the figures add up, but obviously the quality of the event has been  perceived as very ... more

ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers and McPhy Energy seal a strategic commercial alliance in the area of hydrogen generation

ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers and McPhy Energy, a developer of hydrogen-based solutions for industry and energy markets, have signed a strategic commercial agreement in the area of hydrogen generation. McPhy Energy will become ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ exclusive supplier ... more

These are the overall winners of the ACHEMA Start-Up Award

Volterion, 4GENE and Ionera are the three talented winners of the first ACHEMA Start-Up Award. The awards were presented during the Opening Session of ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The concepts of the three winning start-up teams convinced the experts on the jury from both a technological and an eco ... more

“Global summit of innovations“: ACHEMA opens in Frankfurt

With 3,813 exhibitors and about 133,000 m² exhibition space ACHEMA has opened in Frankfurt. For the first time, the majority – 53,9 % of the exhibitors – come from abroad. The biggest groups behind Germany come from China and Italy. Until Friday, the organizers expect about 167,000 particip ... more

Emerson names Andreas Fuchs as General Manager, Germany

Emerson Process Management announced the appointment of Andreas Fuchs as General Manager, Germany. Andreas joined Emerson in 2004 and was instrumental in the global launch of the DeltaV SIS modern process safety system. Over the past six years, as Director of Strategic Services, he has esta ... more

Lewa GmbH: New subsidiary in Russia

The official contract signing in Moscow at the end of April of this year marked the transition from a joint venture of Lewa GmbH, which had been in effect since October 2011, to a fully fledged subsidiary. The managing directors of Lewa, Stefan Glasmeyer and Martin Fiedler, were on-site, as ... more

Rockwell Automation Names New President for EMEA Region

Thomas Donato is appointed president of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.Donato was most recently Rockwell Automation’s regional vice president in Canada. He also served as regional sales director of Rockwell Automation’s Northern and Eastern European regio ... more

First production of liquid hydrocarbons from biological feedstock using the Isobutene process

Global Bioenergies announces having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar to those extracted from oil. This mix of fuels can be compared to light oil, and thus be considered as «renewable oil».Gaseous isobutene is one of the main bui ... more

Spray drying the precision particle under the virtual magnifying glass

Spray drying is a common manufacturing process, used in the production of ceramic granulate for technical components or dental prostheses as well as dissolvable medicinal substances, food additives and in the processing of milk into powder. Using computer simulation methodology developed by ... more

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