Applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor possible
Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more
Merging key resources at one location to create a center of excellence
BASF recently inaugurated its new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Application center for Plastic Additives in Kaisten, Switzerland. The new facility, located in the existing BASF production site, includes a state of the art compounding extruder, stretch film and tape lines as well as ... more
Cellulose is one of the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. Yet, despite decades of extensive research, the bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects is still plagued with problems that restrict its practical applications: deri ... more
There's a good chance you've touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It's often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene products like diapers.
As useful as polyolefins are in society, they continue to multiply as trash in the environment. Scienti ... more
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., owned 65 percent by Mitsui Chemicals and 35 percent by Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., announced that the Group will establish Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Europe B.V. in the Netherlands, together with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The new company will ... more
Fossil fuels have long been the precursor to plastic, but new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and European collaborators could help send that era up in smoke - carbon dioxide, to be exact.
Produced almost entirely from burning fossil fuels, carbon dioxide concentrations in ... more
Gerresheimer, the leading manufacturer of specialist packaging for drugs, is further expanding its strong presence on the South American market. The new Gerresheimer Anápolis plant has commenced production in the Brazilian state of Goiás in order to secure and support the continued strong g ... more
Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners.
By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more
An international research team led by scientists at Beihang University in China and The University of Texas at Dallas has developed high-strength, super-tough sheets of carbon that can be inexpensively fabricated at low temperatures.
The team made the sheets by chemically stitching together ... more
Group sales and EBITDA up significantly in the first quarter
With a successful start to 2018, materials manufacturer Covestro continues its strong growth. Thanks to ongoing robust demand and higher prices, sales rose by 5.4% to EUR 3.8 billion in the first quarter. The main sales drivers were the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates segments. Core volume ... more