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University of Houston chemist recognized for solvothermal research

Shiv Halasyamani, professor of chemistry at the University of Houston, is the 2014 recipient of the Roy-Somiya Award from the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA). The international award, given every two years, honors the work of a scientist under the age of 45. I ... more

Films and No End: Ceresana Expects the Global Market for LDPE to Grow

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is one of the most commonly produced plastics and mainly used for packaging. According to a new study published by the market research institute Ceresana, low-density polyethylene worth almost US$33 billion was sold worldwide in 2013. Ceresana expects global ... more

Bayer operationally strong – strategic focus on Life Science businesses

The Bayer Group continued its successful business development. “The strong upward trend in the Life Science businesses – HealthCare and CropScience – persisted in the third quarter. We saw robust sales growth for our recently launched pharmaceutical products and in our CropScience business ... more

DSM polymerization plant to be built in Augusta (GA)

Royal DSM announced that its new polymerization plant will be built in Augusta, GA. The investment was accounted earlier this year and now a location has been confirmed. The plant, which will become part of DSM's Engineering Plastics business group, will manufacture high viscous Akulon® pol ... more

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. agree to form a joint venture for cathode active materials in Japan

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP., an industry leader in the development and manufacture of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, have agreed to form a joint venture for cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new ... more

Merck Researcher Pohl Inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research

Merck announced that its former liquid crystals researcher Ludwig Pohl (82) has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research. "Without the work of Ludwig Pohl and his colleagues, flat-screen televisions, tablet PCs and smartphones would have hardly been possible. And without liqui ... more

Figuring out how we get the nitrogen we need

Nitrogen is an essential component of all living systems, playing important roles in everything from proteins and nucleic acids to vitamins. It is the most abundant element in Earth's atmosphere and is literally all around us, but in its gaseous state, N2,, it is inert and useless to most o ... more

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, in a helium bubble. Experiments led by Humphrey Maris, professor of physics at Brown, suggest that the quantum state of an electron — the electron's wave ... more

BASF to increase production capacity for tertiary Butylamine plant

BASF will expand the production capacity of its existing world-scale production plant for tertiary Butylamine (tBA) at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The company plans to increase the existing production capacity by 60 percent, from 10,000 tons to 16,000 tons per year. The exp ... more

Clariant divests its Energy Storage Business to Johnson Matthey

Clariant has agreed to divest its Business Line Energy Storage to Johnson Matthey Plc. The total consideration of the sale amounts to USD 75 million at closing which is expected early 2015. The Energy Storage business of Clariant is the largest hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) prod ... more

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Watching the hidden life of materials

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a timeframe a trillion times faster t ... more

Help in the Search for the Needle in the Haystack

In the earth and environmental sciences, radioactive isotopes, atom variants that decay over time, play a major role in age determination. A radioactive isotope of the inert gas argon (39Ar), for example, is used to determine the age of water or ice. Such isotopes are extremely rare, howeve ... more

New light on the "Split Peak" in x-ray (RIXS) spectra of Alcohols

New study from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in the journal "Structural Dynamics" makes sense of mysterious spectra, paving way for RIXS spectroscopy probe dynamic electronic structure of complex liquids and materials For scientists probing the electronic structure of materials using a relativel ... more

A quick look at electron-boson coupling

Imagine being able to tune the properties of a solid material just by flashing pulses of light on it, for example turning an insulator into a superconductor. That is just one potential payoff down-the-road from the physical phenomenon of electrons and atoms interacting with ultrashort pulse ... more

FRITSCH: Production Facility II officially dedicated

The construction of the new two-storey production facility with an area of 4.900 square meters has been completed and was officially dedicated during a celebration together with the FRITSCH employees, as well as numerous guests from politics, trade and industry. During the dedication ceremo ... more

Cloud towers above the Amazon

"Please buckle up. We are flying through an area with strong turbulence.” Some passengers might be petrified by such an announcement, but the atmosphere and climate researchers from Germany, Brazil and Israel were delighted last month to hear these words. Within the framework of a large-sca ... more

Researchers Develop a New Type of X-ray Lens

Researchers have taken an important step towards developing a new X-ray lens made of diamond. A team of scientists from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden and Technische Universität Chemnitz as well as from DESY have successfully tested a new lens design. The group working with DESY Le ... more

Slow-motion movies of tiny nanostructures

Physicists from the University of Regensburg have developed a novel microscope that allows them to record slow-motion movies of tiny nanostructures with groundbreaking time resolution – faster even than a single oscillation cycle of light. With their new microscope they have directly imaged ... more

Sensor network tracks down illegal bomb-making

A network of different sensors is to detect illicit production of explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Traces on doorknobs, in sewage or in the air will be detected by the sensors and the data will be fused in a command center. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State ... more

Analyzing gold and steel – rapidly and precisely

Optical emission spectrometers are widely used in the steel industry but the instruments currently employed are relatively large and bulky. A novel sensor makes it possible to significantly reduce their size and, moreover, enables a more precise analysis in half the time previously required ... more

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University of Houston chemist recognized for solvothermal research

Shiv Halasyamani, professor of chemistry at the University of Houston, is the 2014 recipient of the Roy-Somiya Award from the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA). The international award, given every two years, honors the work of a scientist under the age of 45. I ... more

Bayer operationally strong – strategic focus on Life Science businesses

The Bayer Group continued its successful business development. “The strong upward trend in the Life Science businesses – HealthCare and CropScience – persisted in the third quarter. We saw robust sales growth for our recently launched pharmaceutical products and in our CropScience business ... more

DSM polymerization plant to be built in Augusta (GA)

Royal DSM announced that its new polymerization plant will be built in Augusta, GA. The investment was accounted earlier this year and now a location has been confirmed. The plant, which will become part of DSM's Engineering Plastics business group, will manufacture high viscous Akulon® pol ... more

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. agree to form a joint venture for cathode active materials in Japan

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP., an industry leader in the development and manufacture of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, have agreed to form a joint venture for cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new ... more

Merck Researcher Pohl Inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research

Merck announced that its former liquid crystals researcher Ludwig Pohl (82) has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research. "Without the work of Ludwig Pohl and his colleagues, flat-screen televisions, tablet PCs and smartphones would have hardly been possible. And without liqui ... more

Figuring out how we get the nitrogen we need

Nitrogen is an essential component of all living systems, playing important roles in everything from proteins and nucleic acids to vitamins. It is the most abundant element in Earth's atmosphere and is literally all around us, but in its gaseous state, N2,, it is inert and useless to most o ... more

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, in a helium bubble. Experiments led by Humphrey Maris, professor of physics at Brown, suggest that the quantum state of an electron — the electron's wave ... more

BASF to increase production capacity for tertiary Butylamine plant

BASF will expand the production capacity of its existing world-scale production plant for tertiary Butylamine (tBA) at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The company plans to increase the existing production capacity by 60 percent, from 10,000 tons to 16,000 tons per year. The exp ... more

Clariant divests its Energy Storage Business to Johnson Matthey

Clariant has agreed to divest its Business Line Energy Storage to Johnson Matthey Plc. The total consideration of the sale amounts to USD 75 million at closing which is expected early 2015. The Energy Storage business of Clariant is the largest hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) prod ... more

Marvin L. Cohen to Receive the Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

The 2014 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honor, will be presented to Marvin L. Cohen, University Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley (UC–Berkeley) and senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab ... more

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Films and No End: Ceresana Expects the Global Market for LDPE to Grow

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is one of the most commonly produced plastics and mainly used for packaging. According to a new study published by the market research institute Ceresana, low-density polyethylene worth almost US$33 billion was sold worldwide in 2013. Ceresana expects global ... more

Divestiture of the Former DuPont European PVB Film Business

Kuraray Co., Ltd.  reached an agreement to sell the European PVB film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, including the production facility in Uentrop and the R&D center in Mechelen (the “Transaction”) for enterprise value of circa EUR 1 ... more

Röchling Puts New Factory in Kunshan/China into Operation

Plastics specialist Röchling has begun production in its new plant in Kunshan/China. The site in the Kunshan Industrial Park was ceremonially opened in the presence of government representatives, customers, and representatives of the Röchling Group. “China is a significant market for Röchli ... more

Less and less petroleum required for plastics production

Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide as a new raw material for making plastics is delivering further successes. In laboratory tests, the company has succeeded in significantly further reducing the need for petroleum at precursor level through the incorporation of CO2. Plasti ... more

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

LMU researchers have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use. A team of researchers led by ProfessorHeinz Langhalsof ... more

LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 me ... more

Where scientists from abroad want to conduct research

The universities in the major conurbations Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers according to the Humboldt Rankings released today. The ranking list shows how many researchers have come to Germany on a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in the last five y ... more

Important Petrochemical: Ceresana Analyzes Entire Chinese Propylene Value Chain

With its market study "Propylene Value Chain China", Ceresana is setting new standards. For the very first time this novelty product provides complete transparency regarding current and future development of the entire propylene value chain. Attention is also given to various downstream pro ... more

Mexichem acquires VESTOLIT

On August 5th, 2014, Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VESTOLIT GmbH from Strategic Value Partners LLC acting on behalf of its managed funds and accounts. The acquisition of VESTOLIT - one of the leading producers of PVC-Specialties in Europe - is supporti ... more

Ceresana's Third Study on the Global Growth Market PVC

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the key products of the chemical industry and, in addition to polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Worldwide, about 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana ... more

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FRITSCH: Production Facility II officially dedicated

The construction of the new two-storey production facility with an area of 4.900 square meters has been completed and was officially dedicated during a celebration together with the FRITSCH employees, as well as numerous guests from politics, trade and industry. During the dedication ceremo ... more

analytica China 2014: Closed with overall success

On September 26 analytica China 2014 closed with record-breaking visitor numbers: 18,775 business professionals (2012: 16,940) from 62 countries attended the seventh edition of Chinas Leading Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the Shanghai New I ... more

Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

A new ISO 9001:2008 for Altmann Analytik by TÜV Süd

Altmann Analytik has received anew certification according to quality management norm ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Süd. Also Dinkelberg analytics, a business domain acquired early in 2014 receives the certification for the first time. Founded in 1984, the specialist retailer for lab equipment Altma ... more

Bochem Increasingly Using New Media

Bochem Instrumente GmbH presents sections of its overall product spectrum in various new videos. The recently finished productions provide a compact overview of the product groups of lab jacks, electrical lifts, containers as well as stands and clamps. They can be found on the company’s web ... 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

Poly-Pico wins 'Most Interesting Technology' award

Poly-Pico Technologies was voted the ‘Most Interesting Technology’ by delegates attending the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) 2014 event, which took place at FESTO, Northampton, UK. On receiving the award for ‘Most Interesting Technology’, Dr. Gabriel Leen, Co-Founder of ... more

Merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG Completed

The merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG became effective upon entry into the commercial register of Analytik Jena AG (commercial register of the Registry Court of Jena, HRB 200027). As a result, CyBio AG is dissolved as an independent company. In the future, the Life Science business u ... more

LABVOLUTION – the new lab technology show in Hannover

Deutsche Messe is launching LABVOLUTION, a new trade fair to be staged every two years as amajor platform for the world of lab technology and equipment. LABVOLUTIONmakes its debut from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, where it will take place every ... more

SP Industries Acquires Bel-Art Products

SP Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Bel-Art Products). Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Bel-Art is a global provider of laboratory solutions serving the scientific, industrial, and healthcare end markets. Through this acquisition, SP, adds to its portfolio over 3,50 ... more

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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

Anton Paar GmbH acquires CSM Instruments

On November 15, 2013, the purchase contract between Anton Paar GmbH and CSM Instruments SA was signed. CSM Instruments SA will continue under the name "CSM Instruments SA | A company of Anton Paar" at the present location in Peseux (Switzerland). The purchase of CSM Instruments represents a ... more

IChemE welcomes UK fracking go-ahead

IChemE is backing a UK government decision to lift an embargo on hydraulic fracturing – better known as fracking – after creating new regulations that it says will reduce the chance of causing earthquakes. The technique, which involves injecting thousands of tons of water into gas-bearing r ... more

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Acquires HGV Vosseler

With the acquisition of HGV Vosseler GmbH & Co. KG in Öhringen, Germany, Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology (IMT) is strengthening its presence in the market for process control and inspection in car making. With HGV Vosseler, we have acquired the best technology available on the market. The p ... more

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Getting the salt out

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that's much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now resear ... more

Solar Cell Contacts From Tubes

Together with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed innovative new materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This ‘dispensing’ technolo ... more

Bilfinger: Bodner steps down from Supervisory Board

Herbert Bodner, Chief Executive Officer at Bilfinger SE, informed the Supervisory Board that he is no longer available to serve as Chairman of the Supervisory Board as had originally been planned. At the same time, he has resigned his currently inactive mandate in the company's Supervisory ... more

Positive result for POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014

POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014 can be summed up positively after three days of productive exhibition activity and knowledge transfer. With altogether 929 exhibitors from 30 countries and some 15,000 trade visitors, it is the world’s largest and most important event for new trends in processin ... more

Flexible electronics off the roll – more than just luminous film

A significant growth is predicted for the market of flexible devices. The topic “Wearables”, namely intelligent, wearable systems with several useful and funny features is currently one of the major discussion topics. To enjoy more comfort, exceptional designs and higher functionality manuf ... more

Flexicon to Double U.S. Headquarters

Flexicon Corporation has broken ground for an expansion that will double the size of its US headquarters, it was announced by President/CEO David Gill. "We built the current 91,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) facility in 2001 on an over-sized site owned by Flexicon that had acres of additional prime r ... more

ABB to divest Full Service business to Nordic Capital

ABB announced it has signed an agreement to divest the ABB Full Service business for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval. The ABB Full Service business provides fully outsourced industrial maintenance services. A ... more

TÜV SÜD acquires US business RCI Consultants Inc.

TÜV SÜD announces the strategic acquisition of RCI Consultants Inc., located in Houston, Texas, thus expanding its suite of services for the oil and gas industries. RCI Consultants specialise in consultancy services, assisting their clients in development, construction, and installation of ... more

GEA Optimizes Group Structure

Within the scope of its “Fit for 2020” initiative, the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft resolved to introduce a new group structure. As part of the strategic realignment of the company, this initiative provides an optimized organizational setup with reduced structural complex ... more

M+W Group sells its Automation Business

M+W Group has sold its automation business to ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc., a Canadian automation specialist. M+W Group’s management decided to sell its automation business as part of a general move towards focusing on its core competencies — engineering and construction. In 2013, a ... more

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