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Process could make key biodegradable polymer stronger and longer-lasting

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products from disposable cups to medical implants to drug delivery systems. A team of Brown University researchers has shown that by treating PLA at various temperatures and pressures, they can induce a n ... more

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area ... more

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

The old rules don't necessarily apply when building electronic components out of two-dimensional materials, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson analyzed hybrids that put 2-D materials like graphene and boron nitride side by side t ... more

Researchers 'watch' crystal structure change in real time

Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time. While exposing a sample of silicon to intense pressure--due to the impact of a nearly 12,000 mph plastic projectile--they documented the ... more

Spiders spin unique phononic material

New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore. A paper looks at the microscopic structure of spider silk and re ... more

Water-resistant thanks to a biofilm

Moisture can destroy mortar over time – for example when cracks form as a result of frost. A team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found an unusual way to protect mortar from moisture: When the material is being mixed, they add a biofilm – a soft, moist substanc ... more

Investment for a new Global Innovation Center at DyStar Nanjing Site

DyStar is setting up a new Global Innovation Center at its production site of DyStar Nanjing Colours Co., Ltd. It will incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories for Research & Development, Process Technology Development and up-scale labs for synthesis and finish of dyes and chemicals for it ... more

Strong second quarter for Covestro

In the period from April to June 2016, the materials manufacturer Covestro continued its successful development from the first quarter of the year. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 8.8% to EUR 542 million year-on-year, mainly driven by higher core volumes in the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates ... more

New lightweight shape-shifting alloy shows potential for a variety of applications

A team of researchers at Tohoku University has discovered that the Mg-Sc alloy shows shape memory properties. This finding raises the potential for development and application of lightweight SMAs across a number of industries, including the aerospace industry. Shape memory alloys (SMAs) sho ... more

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the in ... more

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Mapping electromagnetic waveforms

Temporally varying electromagnetic fields are the driving force behind the whole of electronics. Their polarities can change at mind-bogglingly fast rates, and it is difficult to capture them in action. However, a better understanding of the dynamics of field variation in electronic compone ... more

Grant to study aluminum alloy microstructures form in real time

A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable researchers at the University of Pittsburgh to utilize a one-of-a-kind transmission electron microscope developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to examine in real time how microstructures form in metals and alloys as they ... more

New insights about our Earth’s lower mantle

Using DESY's bright X-ray light source PETRA III, a team of scientists has discovered unexpected facts about the most abundant mineral on Earth. The mineral bridgmanite makes up roughly one third of Earth’s entire volume and is the major component of Earth’s lower mantle. Thus, its physical ... more

New superconducting coil improves MRI performance

A multidisciplinary research team led by University of Houston scientist Jarek Wosik has developed a high-temperature superconducting coil that allows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce higher resolution images or acquire images in a shorter time than when using convention ... more

A glimpse inside the atom

Using electron microscopes, it is possible to image individual atoms. Scientists at TU Wien have calculated how it is possible to look inside the atom to image individual electron orbitals. An electron microscope can't just snap a photo like a mobile phone camera can. The ability of an ele ... more

KRÜSS opens own subsidiaries in China

Since July 1, 2016, KRÜSS GmbH has its own representation in the People’s Republic of China. With first branches in Shanghai and Beijing, the instrument manufacturer for interfacial chemistry has launched its own subsidiaries at these two economically important locations. The company based ... more

A signal boost for molecular microscopy

Carbon nanotubes can be produced with a variety of shapes and properties and are therefore of much interest for widespread applications in fields as diverse as electronics, photonics, nanomechanics, and quantum optics. Hence it is important to have a tool at hand that allows to determine th ... more

Online marketing expertise for launching a company successfully

There was more than one reason to celebrate for the Oculyze team, one of the winners of the competition "Science4Life Venture Cup 2016", on the evening of July 11. At the headquarters of the venerable Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt, the awards were presented for the best business plans in ... more

New technique provides detailed views of metals’ crystal structure

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a new combination of methods that can provide detailed information about the microstructure of polycrystalline metals. Such materials — composed of a random matrix of multiple small crystals rather than one single large crystal — are widely us ... more

Company take-over of Slamed ING GmbH by Ratiolab GmbH

Company Ratiolab GmbH has taken over Slamed ING GmbH with effect on 05th July 2016. Ratiolab GmbH will continue the existing business activities without any change. In 1987 Slamed ING GmbH was founded in the city of Frankfurt, Germany by Mr. Eugen Gieldzik. After more than 30 years business ... more

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New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area ... more

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

The old rules don't necessarily apply when building electronic components out of two-dimensional materials, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson analyzed hybrids that put 2-D materials like graphene and boron nitride side by side t ... more

Researchers 'watch' crystal structure change in real time

Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time. While exposing a sample of silicon to intense pressure--due to the impact of a nearly 12,000 mph plastic projectile--they documented the ... more

Spiders spin unique phononic material

New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore. A paper looks at the microscopic structure of spider silk and re ... more

Water-resistant thanks to a biofilm

Moisture can destroy mortar over time – for example when cracks form as a result of frost. A team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found an unusual way to protect mortar from moisture: When the material is being mixed, they add a biofilm – a soft, moist substanc ... more

Investment for a new Global Innovation Center at DyStar Nanjing Site

DyStar is setting up a new Global Innovation Center at its production site of DyStar Nanjing Colours Co., Ltd. It will incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories for Research & Development, Process Technology Development and up-scale labs for synthesis and finish of dyes and chemicals for it ... more

Strong second quarter for Covestro

In the period from April to June 2016, the materials manufacturer Covestro continued its successful development from the first quarter of the year. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 8.8% to EUR 542 million year-on-year, mainly driven by higher core volumes in the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates ... more

New lightweight shape-shifting alloy shows potential for a variety of applications

A team of researchers at Tohoku University has discovered that the Mg-Sc alloy shows shape memory properties. This finding raises the potential for development and application of lightweight SMAs across a number of industries, including the aerospace industry. Shape memory alloys (SMAs) sho ... more

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the in ... more

The chemical industry needs better framework conditions for solid growth

Business is not going smoothly in Germany’s third largest industry. Production in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry stagnated in the 1st half 2016. Sales fell clearly, as compared with the previous year: With another drop in producer prices, sales of this industry declined by 3.5 percent ... more

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Process could make key biodegradable polymer stronger and longer-lasting

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products from disposable cups to medical implants to drug delivery systems. A team of Brown University researchers has shown that by treating PLA at various temperatures and pressures, they can induce a n ... more

ExxonMobil to expand specialty elastomers capacity at Newport, Wales plant

ExxonMobil announced today plans to expand its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. The company said the project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will result in a 25-percent increase in its global capacity to manufacture Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), high-perf ... more

ALTANA Expands its Additive Business

Specialty chemicals group ALTANA has acquired the Dutch enterprise Addcomp Holland BV, a developer and manufacturer of unique polymer additive solutions. Addcomp will be integrated into the Plastic Additives business line of ALTANA’s largest division BYK Additives & Instruments. “In acquiri ... more

Covestro launches industrial production of plastics using carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide instead of crude oil – Covestro is now, for the first time, using CO2 to produce plastics on an industrial scale. On Friday, the company opened a production plant for an innovative foam component made with 20 percent CO2 at its Dormagen site near Cologne, Germany. The new pro ... more

From the scent of roses to nylon and plastics

Beguiling scents, sober facts: scents emanating from plants are almost always monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, the essential oils of plants are natural hydrocarbon compounds. For instant, geraniol is the tempting fragrant alcohol of roses. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for M ... more

Covestro included in the STOXX index

Some three months after its admission to the MDAX index, Covestro will join another major index family – the STOXX Europe 600 and the associated sector indices. Inclusion in the STOXX Europe 600 index, which comprises 600 companies from 18 countries across Europe means that Covestro is now ... more

Kolon Plastics and BASF to set up joint venture

Kolon Plastics and BASF signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea to manufacture polyoxymethylene (POM), an engineering plastic used in industrial, transportation, construction and consumer markets. The 50:50 joint venture named “Kolon BASF innoPOM, Inc.” will have an annual ... more

Successful first year for Covestro

Covestro can look back at very successful development in its first year of independence. All financial targets were achieved in 2015. Compared with the prior-year period, adjusted EBITDA increased substantially, and the free operating cash flow reached a record level. The recently listed co ... more

Fraunhofer LBF investigates recycling of halogen-free flame retardant

Zero plastics to landfill increases the need to mechanical recycling of plastics. This also applies to flame retardant plastics which are increasingly formulated with halogen-free flame retardants. According to EU regulations, plastic waste recycling is to increase in quality, and recycling ... more

LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 ... more

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Water-resistant thanks to a biofilm

Moisture can destroy mortar over time – for example when cracks form as a result of frost. A team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found an unusual way to protect mortar from moisture: When the material is being mixed, they add a biofilm – a soft, moist substanc ... more

Company take-over of Slamed ING GmbH by Ratiolab GmbH

Company Ratiolab GmbH has taken over Slamed ING GmbH with effect on 05th July 2016. Ratiolab GmbH will continue the existing business activities without any change. In 1987 Slamed ING GmbH was founded in the city of Frankfurt, Germany by Mr. Eugen Gieldzik. After more than 30 years business ... more

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Think hands -- right and left hands are mirror images but if you transplanted a right hand onto a left, you'd be in trouble. Certain molecules are chiral, including DNA an ... more

The FRITSCH Variable Speed Rotor Mill PULVERISETTE 14 premium line was granted two awards

For the eleventh time the Huber publishing house for Neue Medien GmbH (New Media) selects outstanding companies from the industry for the INDUSTRIEPREIS (industry award) within the time period of the HANNOVER MESSE. And the winners for progressive products and solutions are chosen: the FRIT ... more

New approach to microlasers

Terahertz radiation — the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and visible light — has promising applications in security and medical diagnostics, but such devices will require the development of compact, low-power, high-quality terahertz lasers. Researchers at MIT and Sandi ... more

Laboratory breakthrough may lead to improved X-ray spectrometers

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute's Swiss Light Source in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed a new design for X-ray spectrometers that eschews a commonly utilized component to lowers overall production costs and increase the efficiency of x-ray flux, which may lead to faster acq ... more

Measurement of the dynamic mechanical properties of viscous materials

In microsystems metallic components are increasingly being replaced by those from low-cost polymers. For the thickness measurement of polymers, there is now the DIN standard 32567 available, which describes both, optical and tactile surface measuring methods for the precise measurement of t ... more

Beating the limits of the light microscope, one photon at a time

The world's most advanced light microscopes allow us to see single molecules, proteins, viruses and other very small biological structures. But even the best microscopes have their limits. Colorado State University scientists are pushing the limits of a technique called super-resolution mic ... more

Engineers discover a new gatekeeper for light

Imagine a device that is selectively transparent to various wavelengths of light at one moment, and opaque to them the next, following a minute adjustment. Such a gatekeeper would enable powerful and unique capabilities in a wide range of electronic, optical and other applications, includin ... more

analytica 2016: Record number of exhibitors thanks to 6.5 percent increase

During the past four days (May 10 to 13), a total of 1,244 exhibitors from 40 countries presented their product innovations including a number of world premieres to some 35,000 visitors at analytica. There was a considerable increase it the share of exhibitors and visitors from abroad. As a ... more

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SensoTech establishes Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai

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

MKS Acquires Precisive, LLC

MKS Instruments announces the acquisition of Precisive, LLC, for $13 million in an all-cash transaction that closed yesterday. Precisive is an developer of optical analyzers based on Tunable Filter Spectroscopy (TFS) which provide real-time gas analysis in the natural gas and hydrocarbon pr ... more

MKS Instruments Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

MKS Instruments, Inc. reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results. Fourth Quarter Financial Results Sales were $203 million, an increase of 9% from $187 million in the third quarter of 2014, and similar to sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 which were $204 million. Fourth ... more

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Process could make key biodegradable polymer stronger and longer-lasting

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products from disposable cups to medical implants to drug delivery systems. A team of Brown University researchers has shown that by treating PLA at various temperatures and pressures, they can induce a n ... more

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area ... more

Spiders spin unique phononic material

New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore. A paper looks at the microscopic structure of spider silk and re ... more

Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity. While studying purple bronze, a molybdenum oxide, researchers discovered an unconventional char ... more

Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene

A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State. In this case, doping refers to introducing nitrogen atoms into the carbon structure of graphene. This ... more

Tiny transformers: Chemists create microscopic and malleable building blocks

Taking a page from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", a team of scientists has created malleable and microscopic self-assembling particles that can serve as the next generation of building blocks in the creation of synthetic materials. "Our work turns the tiniest of particles from infle ... more

Consortium scales up production of bio-aromatics from waste

Turning waste, that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry is the challenge being undertaken by a consortium of 12 companies over the next 18 months.  Biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewa ... more

New dissolvable metal support enables 3-D printing of complex metallic structures

Researchers have fabricated dissolvable carbon steel structures using 3D printing technology that can provide temporary support for components of larger stainless steel structures made by additive manufacturing. The first-of-its-kind soluble metal support is subsequently removed via electro ... more

Electricity generated with water, salt and a 3-atoms-thick membrane

Proponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add to their existing array of solar, wind, and hydropower: osmotic power. Or more specifically, energy generated by a natural phenomenon occurring when fresh water comes into contact with seawater through a membrane. Researchers at ... more

Engineered 'sand' may help cool electronic devices

Baratunde Cola would like to put sand into your computer. Not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer to inexpensively provide improved cooling for increasingly power-hungry electronic devices. The silicon dioxide doesn't do the cooling i ... more

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