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Chemists reveal novel biocatalysts for bioactive alkaloid synthesis

Alkaloids are natural nitrogen-containing compounds produced by plants and microbes. These molecules, such as morphine and quinine, are important human medicines. Alkaloids are typically polycyclic in nature. While the polycyclic characteristics are important for their bioactivities, these ... more

Overcoming a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial

When John Crocker, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science was a graduate student, his advisor gathered together everyone in his lab to "throw down the gauntlet" on a new challenge in the field. Someo ... more

Stabilizing energy storage

Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power com ... more

Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery

Researchers have created a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) using waste silicon (Si) sawdust. It is energy-consuming and expensive to produce Si wafers with high purity (> 99.99%). On top of that, some 50% of Si is actually discarded as industrial waste in th ... more

New window into the nanoworld

For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz electron dynamics of a semiconductor surface on the atomic scale. The successful experiment indicates a bright future for the new and quickly growing sub-field called terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy (THz-STM), pio ... more

Resolutions of the Sartorius Supervisory Board

Rainer Lehmann appointed to the Executive Board

The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG approved the Executive Board’s recommendation to submit a proposal to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 6, 2017, to raise dividends to 0.46 euros per preference share and to 0.45 per ordinary share. Prior-year dividends, adjusted by the stock sp ... more

In Great Shape

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends. In a letter published in the journal Nature, ... 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

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040. Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the p ... more

Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech

Researchers measured the electronic structure of stacks of 2D 'wonder' materials

Dr Neil Wilson in the Department of Physics has developed a new technique to measure the electronic structures of stacks of two-dimensional materials -- flat, atomically thin, highly conductive, and extremely strong materials - for the first time. Multiple stacked layers of 2D materials -- ... more

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New window into the nanoworld

For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz electron dynamics of a semiconductor surface on the atomic scale. The successful experiment indicates a bright future for the new and quickly growing sub-field called terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy (THz-STM), pio ... more

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040. Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the p ... more

Molecular phenomenon discovered by advanced NMR facility

Cutting edge technology has shown a molecule self-assembling into different forms when passing between solution state to solid state, and back again - a curious phenomenon in science - says research by the University of Warwick. Professor Steven P. Brown from the Department of Physics, with ... more

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. ... more

System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants

A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad ... more

Good vibrations help reveal molecular details

Five years of hard work and a little "cosmic luck" led Rice University researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes. The method by the Rice lab of physicist Jason Hafner combines experimental and computational techniques and relies on the plasmonic p ... more

A new spin on electronics

Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, in ... more

Using a simple, scalable method, a material that can be used as a sensor is developed

Erlantz Lizundia, a researcher in the UPV/EHU's department of Physical Chemistry and expert in cellulose, started the research during a period of time he spent in Canada. The research group he was in specialised in the helix-shaped organisation of a product extracted from cellulose, cellulo ... more

Turning up the heat for perfect (nano)diamonds

Quantum mechanics, the physics that governs nature at the atomic and subatomic scale, contains a host of new physical phenomena to explore quantum states at the nanoscale. Though tricky, there are ways to exploit these inherently fragile and sensitive systems for quantum sensing. One nascen ... more

Manufacturers in the laboratory sector choose analytica

Large number of exhibitors registered more than a year before analytica

More than a year before the fair, this much is certain: analytica 2018 is very popular among exhibitors. Some 14 months before the next exhibition is set to begin, more than 230 companies have already registered to participate in the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analy ... more

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Chemists reveal novel biocatalysts for bioactive alkaloid synthesis

Alkaloids are natural nitrogen-containing compounds produced by plants and microbes. These molecules, such as morphine and quinine, are important human medicines. Alkaloids are typically polycyclic in nature. While the polycyclic characteristics are important for their bioactivities, these ... more

Overcoming a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial

When John Crocker, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science was a graduate student, his advisor gathered together everyone in his lab to "throw down the gauntlet" on a new challenge in the field. Someo ... more

Stabilizing energy storage

Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power com ... more

Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery

Researchers have created a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) using waste silicon (Si) sawdust. It is energy-consuming and expensive to produce Si wafers with high purity (> 99.99%). On top of that, some 50% of Si is actually discarded as industrial waste in th ... more

New window into the nanoworld

For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz electron dynamics of a semiconductor surface on the atomic scale. The successful experiment indicates a bright future for the new and quickly growing sub-field called terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy (THz-STM), pio ... more

In Great Shape

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends. In a letter published in the journal Nature, ... 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

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040. Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the p ... more

Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech

Researchers measured the electronic structure of stacks of 2D 'wonder' materials

Dr Neil Wilson in the Department of Physics has developed a new technique to measure the electronic structures of stacks of two-dimensional materials -- flat, atomically thin, highly conductive, and extremely strong materials - for the first time. Multiple stacked layers of 2D materials -- ... more

New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage

A new type of battery developed by scientists at Oregon State University shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage. It's the world's first battery to use only hydronium ions as the charge carrier. The new battery provides an additional option for researchers, particularly in ... more

All news on chemistry

Covestro achieves record year

Net income more than doubled

2016 was a record year for materials manufacturer Covestro. Driven by demand for innovative materials, the Group’s core volumes increased by 7.5%. With greater capacity utilization across its plants, adjusted EBITDA surged by 22.7% above the 2015 figure to EUR 2.0 billion. Net income more t ... more

Graphene foam gets big and tough

A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. Better yet, it can be made in just about any shape and size, they reported, demonstrati ... more

'Thubber,' a stretchable rubber that packs a thermal conductive punch

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The new material, nicknamed "thubber," is an electrically insulating composite that ex ... more

Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being compressed. The plant's hardiness comes from a combination of its hollow, tubular macrostructure and porous microstructure. These archi ... more

ALTANA Further Expands Additives Business by Acquiring PolyAd Services

The specialty chemicals company ALTANA has acquired the U.S. company PolyAd Services, a leading developer and manufacturer of additive solutions for the global plastics market. PolyAd Services will be integrated into the Plastics Additives business line of ALTANA Group’s largest division BY ... more

AkzoNobel cooperates with Itaconix

Agreement on development of bio-based polymers

AkzoNobel has signed a framework joint development agreement with specialty chemicals company Itaconix to explore opportunities for the production of bio-based polymers. With this agreement, AkzoNobel will pursue the development and commercialization of bio-based polymers. Itaconix will con ... more

New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries

Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These manmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, enhanced drug delivery and new contrast agents needed for radioimaging and diagnosis. Now, a ... more

I can see clearly now

'Smart glasses' that automatically focus on what wearer sees

A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo and doctoral student Nazmul Hasan has created "smart glasses" with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust the focus on what a person is seeing, whether it is far away or close up. Th ... more

New discovery: Nanometric imprinting on fiber

Researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Photonic Materials and Fibre Devices, which is run by Fabien Sorin, have come up with a simple and innovative technique for drawing or imprinting complex, nanometric patterns on hollow polymer fibers. The potential applications of this breakthrough are nu ... more

New metamaterial can switch from hard to soft - and back again

When a material is made, you typically cannot change whether that material is hard or soft. But a group of University of Michigan researchers have developed a new way to design a "metamaterial" that allows the material to switch between being hard and soft without damaging or altering the m ... more

All news on plastics

Resolutions of the Sartorius Supervisory Board

Rainer Lehmann appointed to the Executive Board

The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG approved the Executive Board’s recommendation to submit a proposal to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 6, 2017, to raise dividends to 0.46 euros per preference share and to 0.45 per ordinary share. Prior-year dividends, adjusted by the stock sp ... more

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040. Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the p ... more

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. ... more

Good vibrations help reveal molecular details

Five years of hard work and a little "cosmic luck" led Rice University researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes. The method by the Rice lab of physicist Jason Hafner combines experimental and computational techniques and relies on the plasmonic p ... more

Manufacturers in the laboratory sector choose analytica

Large number of exhibitors registered more than a year before analytica

More than a year before the fair, this much is certain: analytica 2018 is very popular among exhibitors. Some 14 months before the next exhibition is set to begin, more than 230 companies have already registered to participate in the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analy ... more

Sorting machine for atoms

Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. Imagine you are standing in a grocery store buying apple juice. ... more

Flat lens opens a broad world of color

Last summer, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a new, flat lens that could focus light with high efficiency within the visible spectrum. The lens used an ultrathin array of nanopillars to bend and focus light as it passed. ... more

Sartorius Grows by Double Digits

Number of employees grows by around 12% to more than 6,900

Sartorius grew dynamically in both divisions in fiscal 2016 according to its preliminary figures and achieved its financial targets raised at mid-year. "The year 2016 was highly successful for Sartorius, both operationally and strategically," commented CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg. "Our Biopro ... more

Waters Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Asia Pacific and Europe led strong global growth

Waters Corporation reported fourth quarter 2016 sales of $629 million, a 7% increase versus sales of $587 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Foreign currency translation reduced sales growth by 2% in the quarter. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (EPS) for the fourth quarter w ... more

WALDNER Laboreinrichtungen extends Management Board

Joerg Hoffmann has been appointed to the management board of WALDNER Laboreinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG just over 100 days ago. Together with Horst Schierholz he is responsible for the corporation and will provide new impetus regarding international sales. “We have to position ourselves in a ... more

All news on lab technology

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

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

Real-Time Composition Sensor Platform for the Natural Gas and Hydrocarbon Process Industry

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

All news on mc

Chemists reveal novel biocatalysts for bioactive alkaloid synthesis

Alkaloids are natural nitrogen-containing compounds produced by plants and microbes. These molecules, such as morphine and quinine, are important human medicines. Alkaloids are typically polycyclic in nature. While the polycyclic characteristics are important for their bioactivities, these ... more

Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery

Researchers have created a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) using waste silicon (Si) sawdust. It is energy-consuming and expensive to produce Si wafers with high purity (> 99.99%). On top of that, some 50% of Si is actually discarded as industrial waste in th ... more

Designing new materials from 'small' data

Finding new functional materials is always tricky. But searching for very specific properties among a relatively small family of known materials is even more difficult. But a team from Northwestern Engineering and Los Alamos National Laboratory found a workaround. The group developed a nove ... more

Big improvement to brain-computer interface

When people suffer spinal cord injuries and lose mobility in their limbs, it's a neural signal processing problem. The brain can still send clear electrical impulses and the limbs can still receive them, but the signal gets lost in the damaged spinal cord. The Center for Sensorimotor Neural ... more

Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries

USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries -- small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Sri Narayan and Derek Moy of the ... more

Developing a catalytic conveyor belt

Capitalizing on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and Penn State University's Department of Chemistry have developed a novel method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reaction ... more

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2

When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available. By adding a catalyst, a hydrogen separating membrane a ... more

System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants

A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad ... more

New economic water-splitting catalyst

UNIST scientists have developed an exiting new catalyst that can split water into hydrogen almost as good as platinum, but less costly and found frequently on Earth. As described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, this ruthenium-based material works almost as efficient as platinum and li ... more

Graphene from soybeans

A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world's strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised ... 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

    New AkzoNobel site strengthens leading powder coatings position in China

    AkzoNobel has officially opened its €11 million powder coatings facility in Chengdu, western China. The new site will help to meet growing demand in the region and supply customers with a full range of powder products for the automotive, construction, furniture and IT industries. The compan ... more

    Laboratory inauguration in Russia

    BYK celebrated – together with HOMA, a manufacturer of dispersions and emulsions based in Dzerzhinsk, Russia – the opening of an ultra-modern laboratory for BYK’s application technology in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. In a space of more than 125 m2, all the necessary conditions are now created ... more

    Mitsui Chemicals expands electrolyte solution production in Taiwan

    Formosa Mitsui Advanced Chemicals Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and Formosa Plastics Corporation, is to beef up the capacity of its lithium-ion, battery-use, electrolyte solution production facilities. Demand for lithium ion batteries has expanded in line with the gro ... more

  • Research

    Chemists reveal novel biocatalysts for bioactive alkaloid synthesis

    Alkaloids are natural nitrogen-containing compounds produced by plants and microbes. These molecules, such as morphine and quinine, are important human medicines. Alkaloids are typically polycyclic in nature. While the polycyclic characteristics are important for their bioactivities, these ... more

    Overcoming a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial

    When John Crocker, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science was a graduate student, his advisor gathered together everyone in his lab to "throw down the gauntlet" on a new challenge in the field. Someo ... more

    Stabilizing energy storage

    Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power com ... more

  • Technology

    Chemists reveal novel biocatalysts for bioactive alkaloid synthesis

    Alkaloids are natural nitrogen-containing compounds produced by plants and microbes. These molecules, such as morphine and quinine, are important human medicines. Alkaloids are typically polycyclic in nature. While the polycyclic characteristics are important for their bioactivities, these ... more

    Overcoming a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial

    When John Crocker, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science was a graduate student, his advisor gathered together everyone in his lab to "throw down the gauntlet" on a new challenge in the field. Someo ... more

    Stabilizing energy storage

    Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power com ... more

  • Business

    Resolutions of the Sartorius Supervisory Board

    Rainer Lehmann appointed to the Executive Board

    The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG approved the Executive Board’s recommendation to submit a proposal to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 6, 2017, to raise dividends to 0.46 euros per preference share and to 0.45 per ordinary share. Prior-year dividends, adjusted by the stock sp ... 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

    ALTANA Acquires Landa Metallography Technology

    The Landa Group and ALTANA AG announced that ALTANA has acquired Landa's Metallography technology. First unveiled by Landa at the Drupa printing exhibition in June, 2016, this novel technology for producing metallized graphics is a sustainable alternative to foil-transfer processes, enablin ... more

  • People

    Resolutions of the Sartorius Supervisory Board

    Rainer Lehmann appointed to the Executive Board

    The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG approved the Executive Board’s recommendation to submit a proposal to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 6, 2017, to raise dividends to 0.46 euros per preference share and to 0.45 per ordinary share. Prior-year dividends, adjusted by the stock sp ... more

    WALDNER Laboreinrichtungen extends Management Board

    Joerg Hoffmann has been appointed to the management board of WALDNER Laboreinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG just over 100 days ago. Together with Horst Schierholz he is responsible for the corporation and will provide new impetus regarding international sales. “We have to position ourselves in a ... more

    Merck Moves Executives Between Businesses and Group Functions

    Friedhelm Felten to head the Pigments business

    Merck announced new appointments to several executive positions. These appointments involve transfers between the businesses and Group functions. As of April 1, Michael Heckmeier (49), currently Head of the Pigments & Functional Materials business unit, will become Head of the Display Mater ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Archroma extends tetrasulfonated optical brightening agents capacity in Europe

    Additional capacity expected to come on stream by mid-May 2017

    Archroma announced that it will invest in a new production facility for tetrasulfonated optical brightening agents (OBAs) at its existing production site in Prat del Llobregat, Spain. The significant investment focuses on extending production capacities primarily to serve demand in Europe a ... more

    Oxea declares force majeure on Butyl Acetate in Europe

    The international chemical company Oxea declares force majeure on Butyl Acetate in Europe until further notice. Due to unforeseen technical issues at its production plant in Marl, Germany, Oxea is presently unable to maintain the manufacture and supply of Butyl Acetate. Oxea is already work ... more

    Technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction

    The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed by chemistry researchers at Oregon State University. The technique uses soap-like chemicals known as surfactants to extract uranium from a ... more

  • Products

    Innovation Award for Organic Photovoltaics

    The award honors designers and manufacturers of innovative products in the construction industry

    Merck announced that OPV modules, jointly developed with BELECTRIC OPV GmbH, received the Innovation Award Architecture + Building at the BAU 2017. The BAU is the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. It has proven itself as an efficient international contact a ... more

    CHEMIE.DE’s Cutting Edge Company Directory

    The most direct and fast way to find meaningful data about companies in chemistry, life sciences and analytics

    More than 5 million users now count on the vast body of information available on the CHEMIE.DE science and industry internet portals. The extensive company directory, in particular, offers a fast and convenient way of finding information on more than 15,000 companies in chemistry, life scie ... more

    Merck Strengthens Display Materials R&D

    Inauguration of Display Materials R&D Laboratory in Shanghai

    Merck inaugurated its Display Materials Research and Development (R&D) Lab in Shanghai, China. Merck invested about € 5 million to expand and upgrade its local R&D capacity in display materials and strengthen its commitment to the display industry in China. The investment is in line with Me ... more

  • Finances

    Covestro achieves record year

    Net income more than doubled

    2016 was a record year for materials manufacturer Covestro. Driven by demand for innovative materials, the Group’s core volumes increased by 7.5%. With greater capacity utilization across its plants, adjusted EBITDA surged by 22.7% above the 2015 figure to EUR 2.0 billion. Net income more t ... more

    Archroma extends tetrasulfonated optical brightening agents capacity in Europe

    Additional capacity expected to come on stream by mid-May 2017

    Archroma announced that it will invest in a new production facility for tetrasulfonated optical brightening agents (OBAs) at its existing production site in Prat del Llobregat, Spain. The significant investment focuses on extending production capacities primarily to serve demand in Europe a ... more

    KMG announces acquisition of Sealweld

    KMG a provider of specialty chemicals, announced it has agreed to acquire on February 1 privately-owned Sealweld, a company in the industrial lubricants market, for US$17.4 million (C$22.6 million) in cash, including estimated net working capital of approximately US$4.5 million (C$5.8 milli ... more

  • Career

    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

    New site agreement for BASF SE

    No forced-redundancy commitment extended

    Company and employee representatives at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen signed a new site agreement. The agreement, titled “Meeting the challenges of constant change together,” applies to the approximately 36,000 employees of BASF SE at the site. It will run for five years (from January 1, 2016 unt ... more

    BASF wants more women in executive positions

    BASF sets global goals for diversity in leadership team

    BASF has set itself global goals for the promotion of diversity in its management team. By 2021, the company aims to raise the overall proportion of women in positions with disciplinary leadership responsibilities from today’s 19% to 22%–24% globally, a share that reflects the percentage of ... more

  • Cooperation

    AkzoNobel cooperates with Itaconix

    Agreement on development of bio-based polymers

    AkzoNobel has signed a framework joint development agreement with specialty chemicals company Itaconix to explore opportunities for the production of bio-based polymers. With this agreement, AkzoNobel will pursue the development and commercialization of bio-based polymers. Itaconix will con ... more

    Merck Drives Business Opportunities in the U.S.

    Merck is actively seeking more partnerships and collaborations

    Merck announced two collaborations in the metropolitan area of San Francisco, California (USA). The company is now cooperating with Palantir Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, California, and with the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB), Stanford, California. In addition, Merck s ... more

    Merck and CLEARink Displays sign development agreement

    Aim to commercialize video-capable, color-reflective displays

    Merck announced that it has signed a comprehensive materials development agreement with CLEARink Displays, Inc., aiming to bring CLEARink’s innovative and patented reflective display technology to market by the end of 2017. Merck is a world leader in developing materials and formulations fo ... more

  • Laws

    ITC confirms Umicore infringes BASF and Argonne National Laboratory patents

    Exclusion order bans importation of Umicore’s infringing cathode material into United States

    The full International Trade Commission (ITC) has made a final determination that Umicore has infringed on BASF and Argonne National Laboratory’s patents. The order bans in particular the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials, confirms that lithium-i ... more

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

    The causes of accidents can be diverse, whether it is an explosion in a chemical plant or a fire on a dangerous goods freighter. Prevention starts in the laboratory where chemicals are tested for their hazardous properties. Safety experts, haulage contractors or traders must be able to rely ... more

    3M prevails in patent infringement action against China-Based Qingdao Summit Industrial

    The District Court of Frankfurt, Germany, has ordered a preliminary injunction against China-based Qingdao Summit Industrial Co., Ltd. ("Summit") for infringement of the German portion of 3M's European patent EP 0,954,381 B2. This patent relates to 3M’s PPS™ technology that enables the effi ... more

  • Politics

    EFSA and BfR to work jointly on global food safety tools

    Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. Signed today, the framework ag ... more

    Citizens and experts to get more information on nanomaterials

    Better access to relevant and understandable information about nanomaterials both for European citizens and experts. That is the main goal of an agreement signed between ECHA and the Commission on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials. The signing of the delegation agreement mark ... more

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

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