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Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

Ig Noble Prizes awarded

The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

Scientists find twisting 3-D raceway for electrons in nanoscale crystal slices

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, ... more

Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission

Researchers put metal-oxides and organic magnets together; applications for electronics in sight

Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. They are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in elect ... more

Monsanto takeover a “major challenge” for Bayer

Lars Schweizer, Professor for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, calls the planned takeover of Monsanto by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer a major challenge. Apart from cultural differences and the strategic repositioning of Bayer which will become necessary as a resul ... more

Scientists pair up two stars from the world of chemistry

Hybrid material opens the door to new possibilities in graphene applications

Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional propertie ... more

Single electrons at top speed

Physicists control currents ten thousand times faster than high-speed electronics

At the University of Konstanz, the Chair for Ultrafast Phenomena and Photonics succeeded in controlling the movement of single electrons on attosecond timescales. One attosecond is the billionth part of a billionth second. The electric field of ultrashort light pulses in this process determ ... more

Color pigments from Krefeld-Uerdingen have been making the world a more colorful place for 90 years

World’s biggest iron oxide plant has manufactured more than 13 million metric tons of color pigments since 1926

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS produces iron oxide and chrome oxide pigments for numerous applications in the world’s largest production plant for inorganic color pigments in Krefeld-Uerdingen – and has been doing so for 90 years. Whether in the paint on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the ... more

Artificial intelligence helps in the discovery of new materials

With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals tha ... more

Acoustic resonator device paves the way for better communication

Yale researchers have developed a high-frequency version of a device known as an acoustic resonator that could advance the field of quantum computing and information processing. Hong Tang, Yale’s Llewellyn West Jones Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics, and his research team, ... more

Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

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Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens New Global Headquarters

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new global headquarters at 168 Third Avenue in Waltham, Mass. The company designed and constructed the new 286,000-square-foot facility in accordance with green building rating systems, making it eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy & E ... more

TA Instruments broadens its TGA portfolio with the acquisition of Rubotherm

TA Instruments announced the acquisition of Rubotherm GmbH of Bochum, Germany. Rubotherm develops and manufactures analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements that are used in both industrial and academic research laboratories in disciplines that include chem ... more

Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic "ink," forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. The automated ... more

Researchers successfully test device that analyzes components within a vacuum

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have successfully tested a new device that will lead to a better understanding of the interactions between ultrahot plasma contained within fusion facilities and the materials inside those facilit ... more

A more accurate sensor for lead paint

A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigme ... more

Seeing energized light-active molecules proves quick work for Argonne scientists

For people who enjoy amusement parks, one of the most thrilling sensations comes at the top of a roller coaster, in the split second between the end of the climb and the rush of the descent. Trying to take a picture at exactly the moment that the roller coaster reaches its zenith can be dif ... more

Water and light 'flow' inspire ultrasensitive optical microfiber coupler sensor

When a river narrows or two rivers run into each other and merge, the water flow's speed increases and it becomes much stronger. Water flow and light flow are similar in many ways, and this inspired a group of researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University ... more

All news on analytics

Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

Ig Noble Prizes awarded

The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

Scientists find twisting 3-D raceway for electrons in nanoscale crystal slices

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, ... more

Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission

Researchers put metal-oxides and organic magnets together; applications for electronics in sight

Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. They are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in elect ... more

Monsanto takeover a “major challenge” for Bayer

Lars Schweizer, Professor for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, calls the planned takeover of Monsanto by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer a major challenge. Apart from cultural differences and the strategic repositioning of Bayer which will become necessary as a resul ... more

Scientists pair up two stars from the world of chemistry

Hybrid material opens the door to new possibilities in graphene applications

Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional propertie ... more

Single electrons at top speed

Physicists control currents ten thousand times faster than high-speed electronics

At the University of Konstanz, the Chair for Ultrafast Phenomena and Photonics succeeded in controlling the movement of single electrons on attosecond timescales. One attosecond is the billionth part of a billionth second. The electric field of ultrashort light pulses in this process determ ... more

Color pigments from Krefeld-Uerdingen have been making the world a more colorful place for 90 years

World’s biggest iron oxide plant has manufactured more than 13 million metric tons of color pigments since 1926

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS produces iron oxide and chrome oxide pigments for numerous applications in the world’s largest production plant for inorganic color pigments in Krefeld-Uerdingen – and has been doing so for 90 years. Whether in the paint on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the ... more

Artificial intelligence helps in the discovery of new materials

With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals tha ... more

Acoustic resonator device paves the way for better communication

Yale researchers have developed a high-frequency version of a device known as an acoustic resonator that could advance the field of quantum computing and information processing. Hong Tang, Yale’s Llewellyn West Jones Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics, and his research team, ... more

Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

All news on chemistry

New theory overcomes a longstanding polymer problem

Technique for calculating elasticity could aid design of new materials

All polymers have a distinctive degree of elasticity — how much they will stretch when a force is applied. However, for the past 100 years, polymer scientists have been stymied in their efforts to predict polymers’ elasticity, because the materials usually have structural flaws at the molec ... more

Immediate detection of damage in fiber composite materials

Research group develops detection method

In the ISAFAN research project, scientists at TH Köln are developing an improved method for detection and prediction of damage in fiber composites. A new technology, which is applied for a patent, could in the future precisely detect damage, such as fiber breaks, and cut down on expensive m ... more

High-Performance Material: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Engineering Plastics

Demand for engineering plastics with special physical and chemical characteristics has been increasing more strongly than the sales of common standard plastics such as polypropylene for several years already. Considering the rising demand for increasingly more efficient and lighter material ... more

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

Takeover of two production facilities in the Netherlands and the U.S. with 45 employees

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

Process helps cut the use of crude oil

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

Enzyme for plastics production from renewable raw materials

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

Further key milestone for materials manufacturer on the stock markets

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

Production of polyoxymethylene (POM) in Korea

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

All news on plastics

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

Small molecules lead to a big change in reaction outcomes

Yale scientists have found a way to rewire the behavior of an important group of small molecules involved in the synthesis of carbon-to-oxygen chemical bonds. The process allows small, synthetic molecules to exhibit the functional diversity of much larger enzymatic catalysts, and offers a p ... more

Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

A more accurate sensor for lead paint

A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigme ... more

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis

Scientists from the University of Southampton have reengineered the fundamental process of photosynthesis to power useful chemical reactions that could be used to produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Photosynthesis is the pivotal biological reaction on the planet, providing ... more

Gardner Denver Medical acquires ILS and Zinsser Analytic

Gardner Denver's Medical Group, a manufacturer of flow control solutions primarily for medical and laboratory sectors, announced the acquisition of Innovative Labor Systeme GmbH and Zinsser Analytic GmbH. “The talented team, technologies and know-how of ILS and ZA are highly complementary t ... more

Altmann Analytik takes over chromatography supply of SMI Labhut

British family-run company ends operations on 31/08/2016

Altmann Analytik GmbH & Co. KG, an internationally active dealer of chromatography supply, has been appointed to take over the chromatography portfolio of SMI Labhut Ltd on 1st of September 2016. The management of the British dealer retires and therefore closes the family-run company after ... more

A new way to display the 3-D structure of molecules

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. Their work could help to reveal new structural d ... more

Merck Lifts Forecast Following Good Second Quarter

Organic sales growth in all regions

Merck reported a significant increase in sales in the second quarter of 2016 in comparison with the year-earlier period. EBITDA pre exceptionals also rose sharply. Owing to good business performance in the second quarter, Merck lifted its forecast for sales and EBITDA pre exceptionals. "We ... more

Beating the heat a challenge at the nanoscale

Rice University scientists who analyze the properties of materials as small as a single molecule have encountered a challenge that appears at very low temperatures. In trying to measure the plasmonic properties of gold nanowires, the Rice lab of condensed matter physicist Douglas Natelson d ... more

All news on lab technology

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

MKS Instruments Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

Full Year 2014 revenue up 17% from 2013

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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Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission

Researchers put metal-oxides and organic magnets together; applications for electronics in sight

Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. They are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in elect ... more

Artificial intelligence helps in the discovery of new materials

With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals tha ... more

Acoustic resonator device paves the way for better communication

Yale researchers have developed a high-frequency version of a device known as an acoustic resonator that could advance the field of quantum computing and information processing. Hong Tang, Yale’s Llewellyn West Jones Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics, and his research team, ... more

Nanoscale tetrapods could provide early warning of a material’s failure

Scientists developing a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field

Light-emitting, four-armed nanocrystals could someday form the basis of an early warning system in structural materials by revealing microscopic cracks that portend failure, thanks to recent research by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (B ... more

Using nature's own solvents for the preparation of pure lignin

Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed solvents using which 50% of the lignin from wood can be extracted in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during p ... more

Scientists unravel how natural gas is converted into methanol at room temperature

Twenty years after the technique was developed, scientists at KU Leuven and Stanford University have unravelled the mechanism behind the direct conversion process of natural gas into methanol at room temperature. This discovery will have major consequences for the future use of methanol in ... more

Complex materials can self-organize into circuits, may form basis for multifunction chips

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today’s silicon-based chips. The study, featured on the cover of Advanced Electronic Materials, s ... more

Engineers stop soap bubbles from swirling

The spinning rainbow surface of a soap bubble is more than mesmerizing - it's a lesson in fluid mechanics. Better understanding of these hypnotic flows could bring improvements in many areas, from longer lasting beer foam to life-saving lung treatments. The whirling on the surface of bubble ... more

Researchers find way of developing composites that self-heal at very low temperatures

Scientists have developed a method of allowing materials, commonly used in aircraft and satellites, to self-heal cracks at temperatures well below freezing. The paper, published in Royal Society Open Science, is the first to show that self-healing materials can be manipulated to operate at ... more

Expanding when it shouldn't

New material with exceptional negative compressibility

Our intuition tells us that a sample of material compressed uniformly from all sides should reduce its dimensions. Only a few materials subjected to hydrostatic compression exhibit the opposite behaviour, expanding slightly in one or two directions. At the Institute of Physical Chemistry of ... more

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    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

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for 1,3-Butylene Glycol

    Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective July 1, 2015, or as contracts allow.   Asia,North America, Latin America North America Europe, Middle East, Africa Product USD/mt USD/lb EUR/mt 1,3-Butylene Glycol (1,3-BG Industrial Qualit ... more

    LANXESS: Price increase for several synthetic elastomers

    The High Performance Elastomers business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS raises its prices for several synthetic rubbers in Europe, Middle East and Africa effective June 1, 2015 as follows: The price adjustments per metric ton for its EPDM grades is EUR 100. The price adjustm ... more

  • Market

    Arkema increases its specialty polyamides global capacities

    To support its customers’ growth around the world, in particular in the sports, consumer electronics and automotive markets, Arkema continues to expand its specialty polyamides production capacities in China and the United States. In China, at its Zhangjiagang site (Suzhou Province) special ... more

    Graphitene appoints Azelis exclusive distributor in Italy

    Azelis announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Graphitene International Limited, effective 1st of September 2016. Under the agreement, Azelis will promote the Graphitene™ range in the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE), chemicals and rubber & ... more

    Stahl opens Stahl Campus® knowledge center in China

    Stahl opened Asia’s first Stahl Campus® in Guangzhou. This third Stahl Campus® enables Stahl to strengthen its knowledge and expertise in the world’s largest leather-producing country. The new knowledge center builds on the great success of Stahl Campus® in The Netherlands and Mexico. Karin ... more

  • Research

    Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

    Ig Noble Prizes awarded

    The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

    Scientists find twisting 3-D raceway for electrons in nanoscale crystal slices

    Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, ... more

    Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission

    Researchers put metal-oxides and organic magnets together; applications for electronics in sight

    Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. They are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in elect ... more

  • Technology

    Scientists find twisting 3-D raceway for electrons in nanoscale crystal slices

    Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, ... more

    Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission

    Researchers put metal-oxides and organic magnets together; applications for electronics in sight

    Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. They are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in elect ... more

    Scientists pair up two stars from the world of chemistry

    Hybrid material opens the door to new possibilities in graphene applications

    Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional propertie ... more

  • Business

    Monsanto takeover a “major challenge” for Bayer

    Lars Schweizer, Professor for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, calls the planned takeover of Monsanto by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer a major challenge. Apart from cultural differences and the strategic repositioning of Bayer which will become necessary as a resul ... more

    Color pigments from Krefeld-Uerdingen have been making the world a more colorful place for 90 years

    World’s biggest iron oxide plant has manufactured more than 13 million metric tons of color pigments since 1926

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS produces iron oxide and chrome oxide pigments for numerous applications in the world’s largest production plant for inorganic color pigments in Krefeld-Uerdingen – and has been doing so for 90 years. Whether in the paint on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the ... more

    Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

  • People

    Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

    Ig Noble Prizes awarded

    The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

    Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

    A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

    Axalta appoints Samuel L. Smolik to board of directors

    Axalta Coating Systems announced that Mr. Samuel L. Smolik has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Smolik is Senior Vice President – Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell Industries. “Sam’s broad management experience and his extensive operations expertise will make strong contr ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF intends to acquire Henkel’s professional Western European Building Material Business

    BASF and Henkel have signed an agreement under which BASF intends to acquire Henkel’s professional Western European flooring, tiling and waterproofing business in order to strengthen its portfolio in Construction Chemicals. The transaction includes Henkel’s flooring business sold under the ... more

    BASF realigns caprolactam production in Europe

    Four production plants in Ludwigshafen to be fully or partially closed

    BASF is realigning its caprolactam production in Europe and will gradually reduce capacity by 100,000 metric tons to 400,000 metric tons over the next 18 months. In Ludwigshafen, parts of the caprolactam production as well as plants producing the precursors anolone and oleum will be closed. ... more

    Evonik reduces production capacity for superabsorbents

    Evonik recently reduced production capacity for superabsorbents by 40,000 metric tons to 530,000 meric tons per year. The production lines concerned are those at the Garyville and Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) sites, two of Evonik’s five superabsorbents production sites worldwide. "With ... more

  • Products

    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

    Novel Mesoscale Segmented Flow Reactor

    In an ideal flow crystallizer, nucleation and growth occur at the same location and rate for a given set of parameters. Particles are well suspended with good mixing throughout the reactor, while plug flow is achieved. However until recently traditional flow crystallizers have been either d ... more

    Doubling battery power of consumer electronics

    New lithium metal batteries could make smartphones, drones, and electric cars last twice as long.

    An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion batteries that power many of today’s consumer electronics. Founded in 2012 by MIT alumnus and former postdoc Qichao Hu ’07, SolidEnergy Systems ha ... more

  • Finances

    Monsanto takeover a “major challenge” for Bayer

    Lars Schweizer, Professor for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, calls the planned takeover of Monsanto by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer a major challenge. Apart from cultural differences and the strategic repositioning of Bayer which will become necessary as a resul ... more

    Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

    SI Group announces agreement to purchase Baytown, Texas Facility

    SI Group, a developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions, announced today an agreement to acquire TPC Group’s Baytown, Texas manufacturing facility. The agreement includes an on-site terminal and manufacturing assets for nonene, tetramer, and other p ... more

  • Career

    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

    Gender inequality in scientific professions

    Global survey results

    Recent global survey reveals that female scientists are more likely to be dissatisfied with salary/benefits, job availability, gender barriers, and how they feel valued as scientists than their male colleagues (within a 5% range). The Science Advisory Board’s “Global Science 2015” survey so ... more

  • Cooperation

    Graphitene appoints Azelis exclusive distributor in Italy

    Azelis announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Graphitene International Limited, effective 1st of September 2016. Under the agreement, Azelis will promote the Graphitene™ range in the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE), chemicals and rubber & ... more

    DSM and NHU inaugurate joint venture to produce high performance PPS compounds

    Royal DSM and specialty chemicals producer Zhejiang NHU Special Materials Co., Ltd. (NHU), have officially inaugurated their joint venture company for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds, DSM NHU Engineering Plastics (Zhejiang) Co Ltd., on August 22nd. The JV, which was announced May 2015 ... more

    R&D for Next-Generation Solid State Batteries

    Partnership between Fraunhofer and Hydro-Québec

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and Hydro-Québec are teaming up to conduct research and development into next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air battery materials to be used in transportation electrification. The partnership will focus on inorganic solid electrolytes, ... more

  • Laws

    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

    Measurement of the dynamic mechanical properties of viscous materials

    DIN standard for the determination of the tip radius and the probing force of stylus instruments developed

    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

    Upcoming ECHA notification deadlines

    By 14 October 2015, companies need to notify ECHA for dialuminium chloride pentahydroxide in product type 2, i.e. disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals as one successful declaration of interest was received. It is now time for any interested c ... more

  • Politics

    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

    Pro-nuclear countries making slower progress on climate targets

    A strong national commitment to nuclear energy goes hand in hand with weak performance on climate change targets, researchers at the University of Sussex and the Vienna School of International Studies have found. A new study of European countries shows that the most progress towards reducin ... more

    Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential

    Government subsidies should be used to encourage investment in energy storage systems if renewable power is to be fully integrated into the sector, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Variable output renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar pane ... more

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