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Covestro wins the German Chemistry Award 2017

Strong signal from the workforce

During a festive gala, Covestro was presented with the German Chemistry Award 2017 last night by the VAA, the Managerial Association of the Chemical Industry. Dr. Klaus Schäfer, member of the Board of Management at Covestro AG, accepted the award in his function as Labor Director from Raine ... more

Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filters

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for ... more

Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caus ... more

Innovative Extraction Technologies

Getting More From Biomass

Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

STA Pharmaceutical to open new transition metal catalysis center

The center will allow STA to introduce transition metal catalyst-screening technology to their existing small molecule process development and manufacturing platform. STA Pharmaceutical, a WuXi AppTec company, has announced plans to launch a new transition metal catalysis center at their in ... more

Electrode materials from the microwave oven

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-eff ... more

Excitation back and forth: X-ray Rabi oscillations between nuclei observed in coupled cavities

X-rays interact weakly with matter. This is their greatest strength for many applications, but also a fundamental weakness for others. In particular the fields of nonlinear optics and quantum optics, mainstays for both fundamental science and technological applications with light, require a ... more

Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient

To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2 . This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes ... more

Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal

Water-repellent surfaces and coatings could make ice removal a literal breeze by forcing ice to grow up rather than just skate by, says a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several Chinese institutions. The researchers discovered that ice grows differently on absorbent vs ... more

Stiff fibres spun from slime

Nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form polymer fibres that can be recycled in water

Nature is an excellent teacher – even for material scientists. Researchers, including scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, have now observed a remarkable mechanism by which polymer materials are formed. In order to capture prey, velvet worms shoot out a sticky ... more

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A detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks

A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from taking place. Comprehending and reducing turbulence will facilitate the development of fusio ... more

Eurofins acquires food testing laboratory Institut Nehring

Eurofins Scientific, the world leader in food testing services announces that it has acquired Institut Nehring GmbH, a food testing laboratory in the German market. Institut Nehring was established in 1905; today the company is well-known in the German market thanks to its long-history and ... more

How rough microparticles can cause big problems

New research from North Carolina State University, MIT and the University of Michigan finds that the surface texture of microparticles in a liquid suspension can cause internal friction that significantly alters the suspension's viscosity - effectively making the liquid thicker or thinner. ... more

Probing exotic ices

Water is everywhere. But it's not the same everywhere. When frozen under extreme pressures and temperatures, ice takes on a range of complex crystalline structures. Many of the properties and behaviors of these exotic ices remain mysterious, but a team of researchers recently provided new u ... more

Unexpected degree of order found in interior grain boundaries of polycrystalline materials

Scientists in the United States and China have announced a discovery that they believe could enable the engineering of alloyed materials that are stronger and more ductile and possess superior electrical, magnetic and physical properties. The researchers said they had found a surprising deg ... more

Seeing the next dimension of computer chips

A research collaboration between Osaka University and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology for the first time used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to create images of atomically flat side-surfaces of 3D silicon crystals. This work helps semiconductor manufacturers continue to in ... more

New test opens path for better 2-D catalysts

Rice University researchers have taken a deep look into atom-thick catalysts that produce hydrogen to see precisely where it's coming from. Their findings could accelerate the development of 2-D materials for energy applications, such as fuel cells. The Rice lab of materials scientist Jun L ... more

Messe München acquires lab-technology trade fair Lab Africa

Expansion of the analytica network

Messe München bolsters its portfolio with the future market of Africa. By taking over Lab Africa, it is acquiring the only laboratory and analytics trade fair in South Africa, which is part of the analytica trade fair network. The first Lab Africa under the banner of Messe München will take ... more

Studies of 'amorphous ice' reveal hidden order in glass

The waves at the bottom of old window panes are a reminder that solid glass behaves like a very slow-moving liquid. Now a new study challenges the notion that the atomic structure of glass is indistinguishable from that of a liquid ­- at least for a certain kind of glass called "amorphous i ... more

Cool microscope technology revolutionises biochemistry

We may soon have detailed images of life’s complex machineries in atomic resolution. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of cryo-electron microscopy, which both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomo ... more

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Covestro wins the German Chemistry Award 2017

Strong signal from the workforce

During a festive gala, Covestro was presented with the German Chemistry Award 2017 last night by the VAA, the Managerial Association of the Chemical Industry. Dr. Klaus Schäfer, member of the Board of Management at Covestro AG, accepted the award in his function as Labor Director from Raine ... more

Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filters

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for ... more

Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caus ... more

Innovative Extraction Technologies

Getting More From Biomass

Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

STA Pharmaceutical to open new transition metal catalysis center

The center will allow STA to introduce transition metal catalyst-screening technology to their existing small molecule process development and manufacturing platform. STA Pharmaceutical, a WuXi AppTec company, has announced plans to launch a new transition metal catalysis center at their in ... more

Electrode materials from the microwave oven

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-eff ... more

Excitation back and forth: X-ray Rabi oscillations between nuclei observed in coupled cavities

X-rays interact weakly with matter. This is their greatest strength for many applications, but also a fundamental weakness for others. In particular the fields of nonlinear optics and quantum optics, mainstays for both fundamental science and technological applications with light, require a ... more

Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient

To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2 . This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes ... more

Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal

Water-repellent surfaces and coatings could make ice removal a literal breeze by forcing ice to grow up rather than just skate by, says a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several Chinese institutions. The researchers discovered that ice grows differently on absorbent vs ... more

Stiff fibres spun from slime

Nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form polymer fibres that can be recycled in water

Nature is an excellent teacher – even for material scientists. Researchers, including scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, have now observed a remarkable mechanism by which polymer materials are formed. In order to capture prey, velvet worms shoot out a sticky ... more

All news on chemistry

Bostik opens new adhesives production plant in India

Bostik, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial marke ... more

BASF concentrates European production of paper coating dispersions in Ludwigshafen and Hamina

Divestiture of BASF production site for paper coating dispersions in Pischelsdorf, Austria

BASF will concentrate the production of paper coating dispersions in Europe at two sites, the Ludwigshafen Verbund site and the Hamina site in Finland. The goal is to strengthen BASF’s ability to compete in the challenging market environment of paper coating dispersions in the long term. As ... more

Study pinpoints role of proteins that produce pearls

Pearls are among nature's most beautiful creations, and have been treasured for countless centuries. Beneath one's iridescent surface lies a tough and resilient structure made of intricately arranged tiles of calcium carbonate organized by a crew of proteins that guide its formation and rep ... more

Naked molecules dancing in liquid become visible

Visualizing polymers moving inside tiny graphene pockets

Moving, vibrating and leaping molecules make up our world. However, capturing their movement is not an easy task. IBS scientists at the Center for Soft and Living Matter, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), were able to see the movement of molecules stored inside a graphene pocket ... more

BASF partners with space agencies to develop global UV radiation mapping tool for plastics

New tool helps maximize service life of plastics products through precise application of plastic additives

BASF has partnered with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on a new tool to maximize the service life of plastic products by precisely matching plastic additives to the predicted intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. At the two agencies, scientists hav ... more

BASF to acquire Solvay’s global polyamide business

BASF and Solvay have signed an agreement related to the sale of Solvay’s integrated polyamide business to BASF. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis would be €1.6 billion. According to applicable laws, the intended transaction is subject to consultations with the relevant social ... more

3D-printing materials for wound care and decorative elements

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose application ... more

Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The ... more

Flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers

Experts at Queen’s University Belfast have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants. Currently, devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are fitted with rigid and metal based batteries, which can cause patient discomfort. Dr Geet ... more

'Rubber material' that could lead to scratch-proof paint for car

Led by Dr Elton Santos from the University's School of Mathematics and Physics, an international team of researchers have found superlubricity in a few layers of graphene - a concept where friction vanishes or very nearly vanishes. The experts also found that a few layers of hexagonal boron ... more

All news on plastics

Missing atoms in a forgotten crystal bring luminescence

A little-studied member of the perovskite family of materials could find use in a range of electronic devices, after researchers at KAUST discovered the secret of its strong photoluminescence. Perovskites are a wide group of materials that are known to have remarkable optical and electronic ... more

Messe München acquires lab-technology trade fair Lab Africa

Expansion of the analytica network

Messe München bolsters its portfolio with the future market of Africa. By taking over Lab Africa, it is acquiring the only laboratory and analytics trade fair in South Africa, which is part of the analytica trade fair network. The first Lab Africa under the banner of Messe München will take ... more

A new twist on asymmetric catalysis

In the same way a glove will only fit one hand, molecules have the symmetry that controls their behavior and interactions. In drug design, this means reversing the symmetry of a molecule can mean the difference between an effective treatment or a compound that has serious negative effects. ... more

ZEISS Invests €30 Million in Innovation Hub at KIT

Long-term prospects for KIT carve-outs

ZEISS plans to build a new shared innovation hub on the north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018; the €30 million hub will cover 12,000 square meters. With the ZEISS Innovation Hub, the global technology leader in optics a ... more

Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid

A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures. This finding could lead to soft ... more

World's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, usin ... more

New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid

Many seashells, minerals, and semiconductor nanomaterials are made up of smaller crystals, which are assembled together like the pieces of a puzzle. Now, researchers have measured the forces that cause the crystals to assemble, revealing an orchestra of competing factors that researchers mi ... more

Sartorius Campus expands: Official opening of the new manufacturing facility for laboratory instruments

The largest single investment of Sartorius Campus totaling around 42 million euros

With its new facility for the manufacture of laboratory instruments, Sartorius provides high-quality production conditions and an advanced, efficient work environment. The biopharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier officially opened its approximately 42-million-euro new building as ... more

A better way to create organic bioelectronics

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages. Researchers with the University of Housto ... more

labfolder expands to North America

Collaboration with the German Accelerator Life Sciences

labfolder and the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS), an initiative supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), today announced the initiation of an extensive collaboration supporting the company’s expansion into the North American markets. With tho ... more

All news on lab technology

New alliance between machine building and IT for Industrie 4.0

World market leaders combine strengths in ADAMOS

Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Germany’s first alliance of well-known ... more

Smart tomographic sensors control industrial processes of tomorrow

HZDR coordinates European Doctoral Training Network TOMOCON

Modern parallel computer architectures are capable of processing huge amounts of data at high speed. This allows for the increasing use of imaging techniques as sensors to control machines and process plants. In the new European collaborative project TOMOCON twelve research institutions and ... more

German Brand Award 2017 for Berghof

“Excellence in Brand Strategy, Management and Creation” – the Berghof Group is recognized for its successful branding with the German Brand Award 2017 The corporate group’s online presence was awarded first prize for “Brand Campaign – Web & Mobile” in Berlin on June 29, 2017. Katrin Wenke, ... more

LAUDA appoints Dr. Ralf Hermann as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment

Dr. Ralf Hermann started work as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment on June 1, 2017 at LAUDA. With his extensive experience and comprehensive specialized knowledge gained from many years in a managerial capacity at Eppendorf AG, as well as his PhD in biology, he will con ... more

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

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Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filters

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for ... more

Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caus ... more

Innovative Extraction Technologies

Getting More From Biomass

Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient

To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2 . This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes ... more

Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal

Water-repellent surfaces and coatings could make ice removal a literal breeze by forcing ice to grow up rather than just skate by, says a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several Chinese institutions. The researchers discovered that ice grows differently on absorbent vs ... more

Chemical industry will use waste gas from steel factories to make plastics

Europeans join forces on CO2

The use of carbon dioxide and other waste gases as a new source of raw materials is increasingly a topic of interest at the European level. A new consortium of 14 partners from seven countries, led by materials manufacturer Covestro, is now planning to investigate how flue gas from the stee ... more

Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers

One of the secrets to making tiny laser devices such as opthalmic surgery scalpels work even more efficiently is the use of tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots. In new research at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nanotech Team, the ~nanometer-sized dots are being doctored, or ... more

A detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks

A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from taking place. Comprehending and reducing turbulence will facilitate the development of fusio ... more

Understanding rare earth emulsions

Surface polarization in mixed media increases attraction among elements

Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren't that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super conductors, and computer hard drives. But while they aren't necessarily tricky to find, the ele ... more

Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. This is the view taken by Anders Nordelöf, a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. In a recent thes ... 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

    Innovative Extraction Technologies

    Getting More From Biomass

    Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

    STA Pharmaceutical to open new transition metal catalysis center

    The center will allow STA to introduce transition metal catalyst-screening technology to their existing small molecule process development and manufacturing platform. STA Pharmaceutical, a WuXi AppTec company, has announced plans to launch a new transition metal catalysis center at their in ... more

    Bostik opens new adhesives production plant in India

    Bostik, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial marke ... more

  • Research

    Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filters

    Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for ... more

    Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

    For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caus ... more

    Innovative Extraction Technologies

    Getting More From Biomass

    Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

  • Technology

    Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filters

    Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for ... more

    Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

    For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caus ... more

    Innovative Extraction Technologies

    Getting More From Biomass

    Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

  • Business

    Covestro wins the German Chemistry Award 2017

    Strong signal from the workforce

    During a festive gala, Covestro was presented with the German Chemistry Award 2017 last night by the VAA, the Managerial Association of the Chemical Industry. Dr. Klaus Schäfer, member of the Board of Management at Covestro AG, accepted the award in his function as Labor Director from Raine ... more

    Innovative Extraction Technologies

    Getting More From Biomass

    Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

    STA Pharmaceutical to open new transition metal catalysis center

    The center will allow STA to introduce transition metal catalyst-screening technology to their existing small molecule process development and manufacturing platform. STA Pharmaceutical, a WuXi AppTec company, has announced plans to launch a new transition metal catalysis center at their in ... more

  • People

    The Nobel Prize Winners 2017

    Internal clock, gravitational waves and cold analysis

    This year's Nobel Prizes were awarded to a total of nine scientists. The research areas that have been awarded and the prize winners at a glance: Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine The Nobel Committee at the Karolinska Institute has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to t ... more

    Cool microscope technology revolutionises biochemistry

    We may soon have detailed images of life’s complex machineries in atomic resolution. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of cryo-electron microscopy, which both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomo ... more

    Gravitational waves finally captured

    Nobel prizes in physics announced

    On 14 September 2015, the universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the very first time. The waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago, came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in th ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Innovative Extraction Technologies

    Getting More From Biomass

    Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso is undergoing a renewable materials transformation. Previously focused on pulp and paper, the company is developing new, innovative products and services based on wood and other non-food competing feedstock. The goal – to replace non-renewable materials an ... more

    STA Pharmaceutical to open new transition metal catalysis center

    The center will allow STA to introduce transition metal catalyst-screening technology to their existing small molecule process development and manufacturing platform. STA Pharmaceutical, a WuXi AppTec company, has announced plans to launch a new transition metal catalysis center at their in ... more

    Chemical industry will use waste gas from steel factories to make plastics

    Europeans join forces on CO2

    The use of carbon dioxide and other waste gases as a new source of raw materials is increasingly a topic of interest at the European level. A new consortium of 14 partners from seven countries, led by materials manufacturer Covestro, is now planning to investigate how flue gas from the stee ... more

  • Products

    Asahi Kasei launches R&D Center in Germany

    On October 1st, Asahi Kasei launched its new R&D Center in Dormagen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The main focus of the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center will be on strengthening the technical service network for the customers and to develop products for the European market. The Asahi Kasei Group is ... more

    Driving 320km on 6-minute, ultra-rapid recharge

    Toshiba Develops Next-Generation Lithium-ion Battery with New Anode Material

    Toshiba Corporation announced the development of its next-generation SCiBTM, which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high-energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications, and will give a compact electri ... more

    'Rubber material' that could lead to scratch-proof paint for car

    Led by Dr Elton Santos from the University's School of Mathematics and Physics, an international team of researchers have found superlubricity in a few layers of graphene - a concept where friction vanishes or very nearly vanishes. The experts also found that a few layers of hexagonal boron ... more

  • Finances

    Eurofins acquires food testing laboratory Institut Nehring

    Eurofins Scientific, the world leader in food testing services announces that it has acquired Institut Nehring GmbH, a food testing laboratory in the German market. Institut Nehring was established in 1905; today the company is well-known in the German market thanks to its long-history and ... more

    Bostik opens new adhesives production plant in India

    Bostik, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial marke ... more

    INEOS completes the acquisition of the entire Oil & Gas Business from DONG Energy A/S

    INEOS has completed the purchase of the DONG Oil & Gas Business from DONG Energy A/S. The completion of the deal positions INEOS as a top ten company in the North Sea and the biggest privately owned exploration and production business operating in the energy basin. The business brings with ... more

  • Career

    To be or not to be an academic: the question for all postdocs

    Becoming a full time academic at a research university is not an easy road.

    Becoming a full time academic at a research university is a dream for many young scientists, but it's not an easy road. For the past eight years, Dr Liz Elvidge has been helping postdoctoral researchers achieve this goal − but also advising them about a variety of different career paths and ... more

    BASF saves €60 million globally from employee ideas

    €4.4 million paid out in bonuses to employees

    Valuable ideas: by implementing improvement proposals from employees, BASF was able to save nearly €60 million globally last year. A computer program for labeling samples, a concept for efficient distillation of a solvent, and a new approach to the energy-saving melting of waxes – these and ... more

    Platform for startups through IQ-CHem contest

    Petrochemical industry looks for ideas

    World leading companies in the field of gas processing, petrochemicals and chemicals join efforts to promote the innovative development of the industry. Chemical engineering startups can apply until March 1, 2017 for the IQ-CHem contest supported by SIBUR, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, ... more

  • Cooperation

    Chemical industry will use waste gas from steel factories to make plastics

    Europeans join forces on CO2

    The use of carbon dioxide and other waste gases as a new source of raw materials is increasingly a topic of interest at the European level. A new consortium of 14 partners from seven countries, led by materials manufacturer Covestro, is now planning to investigate how flue gas from the stee ... more

    LANXESS Urethane Systems will enhance research on next generation materials

    Collaboration with University of Massachusetts Amherst

    The Urethane Systems business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS decided to join the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, in order to enhance its scientific research on next generation materials. CUMIRP acts as a c ... more

    Successful online marketing right from the start

    As a Silver Sponsor of the Science4Life business plan competition, LUMITOS shares its expertise with entrepreneurs

    LUMITOS, operator of market-leading B2B portals and newsletters in chemistry, life science, lab equipment, pharma, analytics and food & beverage, will again sponsor this year’s business plan competition “Science4Life Venture Cup”. Participating entrepreneurs will receive not only the opport ... more

  • Laws

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

    BASF and Argonne reach resolution with Umicore

    BASF and Argonne National Laboratory reached a business resolution of their pending patent disputes with Umicore. Umicore is now licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode material for lithium ion batteries in the United States un ... more

    Court finds Willowood infringed Syngenta Azoxystrobin patents

    Damages will be assessed at trial later this year

    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has issued an order finding that agrochemical manufacturer Willowood, LLC and Willowood USA, LLC (collectively, “Willowood”) infringed two valid U.S. patents owned by Syngenta relating to the fungicide azoxystrobin (U.S. Pate ... more

  • Politics

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

    MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

    The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PF ... more

    Americans use more clean energy in 2016

    Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat. Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate ... more

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