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Duplicate or mirror? Laser light determines chirality of molecules

19-Mar-2019 Seven of the ten most frequent medications contain chiral agents. These are molecules that occur in right- or left-handed forms. During chemical synthesis both forms usually occur in equal parts and have to be separated afterward, because chirality determines the agent’s effect in the body. ... more

KNF’s new building nears completion

Millions invested in growth

19-Mar-2019 Numerous guests gathered in the district of Munzingen, Freiburg for the topping-out ceremony on March 15, 2019. Together with the construction companies and architects carrying out the project, the staff and management of KNF Neuberger GmbH celebrated the end of the second stage of construc ... more

LANXESS significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

19-Mar-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 percent. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. A low ... more

Metrohm and B&W Tek to take Raman spectroscopy to the next level

18-Mar-2019 The acquisition of B&W Tek LLC by Swiss Metrohm AG in July 2018 creates one of the largest solution providers for applied Raman spectroscopy. Two technology leaders in the field of Raman spectroscopy join forces, and customers all over the world will benefit: That is the key message that Me ... more

ALTANA Remains on the Growth Path in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

Sales increase by 3 percent to €2,307 million

18-Mar-2019 In the 2018 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals company ALTANA remained on the growth path in a difficult market environment. Sales rose by 3 percent to €2,307 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange-rate effects, sales increased by 4 percent. The 2018 fiscal year was characterized ... more

Ocean sink for man-made CO2 measured

18-Mar-2019 An international research project led by scientists from ETH Zurich has determined the amount of man-made CO2 emissions taken up by the ocean between 1994 and 2007. Not all of the CO2 generated during the combustion of fossil fuels remains in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming ... more

Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

18-Mar-2019 Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their su ... more

Cause of cathode degradation identified for nickel-rich materials

Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving better insight to design advanced batteries for electric vehicles

18-Mar-2019 A team of scientists including researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have identified the causes of degradation in a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, as well as possible remedies. Their findings ... more

Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

15-Mar-2019 One of the greatest global challenges is the efficient use of renewable sources in order to meet the increasing demand for energy and feedstock chemicals in the future. In this context, biomass is a promising alternative to existing fossil sources such as coal or oil. Cellulose plays a deci ... more

SABIC and hte announce deepened partnership

15-Mar-2019 On March 13, 2019, SABIC and hte extended plans for collaboration for five more years to increase efficiency through digitalization and high throughput technologies in catalysis research and development (R&D) in petrochemicals.  Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, ... more

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Metrohm and B&W Tek to take Raman spectroscopy to the next level

18-Mar-2019 The acquisition of B&W Tek LLC by Swiss Metrohm AG in July 2018 creates one of the largest solution providers for applied Raman spectroscopy. Two technology leaders in the field of Raman spectroscopy join forces, and customers all over the world will benefit: That is the key message that Me ... more

Dräger increases stake in Hamburg-based start-up bentekk to 100%

13-Mar-2019 The Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA increased its stake in bentekk GmbH to 75% in October 2018, and to 100% in February 2019. The purchase was linked to milestones already agreed upon during the first acquisition of a 51% stake in March 2017. The ›X-pid‹, developed by bentekk and produced and s ... more

Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

12-Mar-2019 There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infr ... more

Probing water's skin

11-Mar-2019 From the wind-whipped surface of the open ocean, to trillions of tiny water drops in clouds, the air-water interface--water's skin-- is the site for crucial natural processes, including ocean-atmosphere exchange and cloud acidification. The air-water interface has even been postulated as th ... more

New approach facilitates spectroscopy on individual molecules

At the limits of detectability

08-Mar-2019 While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. This will accelerate the identif ... more

Scientists develop printable water sensor

X-ray investigation reveals functioning of highly versatile copper-based compound

05-Mar-2019 A new, versatile plastic-composite sensor can detect tiny amounts of water. The 3d printable material, developed by a Spanish-Israeli team of scientists, is cheap, flexible and non-toxic and changes its colour from purple to blue in wet conditions. The researchers lead by Pilar Amo-Ochoa fr ... more

New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

In-depth insights into glass corrosion

Researchers observe the reaction of silicate glass with aqueous solutions in real time

04-Mar-2019 Silicate glass has many applications, including the use as a nuclear waste form to immobilize radioactive elements from spent fuel. However, it has one disadvantage - it corrodes when it comes into contact with aqueous solutions. Scientists at the University of Bonn were able to observe in ... more

KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

Examining silver nanoparticles in natural environments

28-Feb-2019 Thanks to their antibacterial properties, the particles are used in many products. Their effect on the environment is largely unexplored. This is mainly due to the lack of suitable analytical methods. Researchers from the Resolv Cluster of Excellence at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have develope ... more

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Duplicate or mirror? Laser light determines chirality of molecules

19-Mar-2019 Seven of the ten most frequent medications contain chiral agents. These are molecules that occur in right- or left-handed forms. During chemical synthesis both forms usually occur in equal parts and have to be separated afterward, because chirality determines the agent’s effect in the body. ... more

LANXESS significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

19-Mar-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 percent. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. A low ... more

ALTANA Remains on the Growth Path in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

Sales increase by 3 percent to €2,307 million

18-Mar-2019 In the 2018 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals company ALTANA remained on the growth path in a difficult market environment. Sales rose by 3 percent to €2,307 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange-rate effects, sales increased by 4 percent. The 2018 fiscal year was characterized ... more

Ocean sink for man-made CO2 measured

18-Mar-2019 An international research project led by scientists from ETH Zurich has determined the amount of man-made CO2 emissions taken up by the ocean between 1994 and 2007. Not all of the CO2 generated during the combustion of fossil fuels remains in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming ... more

Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

18-Mar-2019 Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their su ... more

Cause of cathode degradation identified for nickel-rich materials

Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving better insight to design advanced batteries for electric vehicles

18-Mar-2019 A team of scientists including researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have identified the causes of degradation in a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, as well as possible remedies. Their findings ... more

Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

15-Mar-2019 One of the greatest global challenges is the efficient use of renewable sources in order to meet the increasing demand for energy and feedstock chemicals in the future. In this context, biomass is a promising alternative to existing fossil sources such as coal or oil. Cellulose plays a deci ... more

SABIC and hte announce deepened partnership

15-Mar-2019 On March 13, 2019, SABIC and hte extended plans for collaboration for five more years to increase efficiency through digitalization and high throughput technologies in catalysis research and development (R&D) in petrochemicals.  Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, ... more

Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

LANXESS achieves strong result in 2018 and makes a solid start to the new fiscal year

Net income increased significantly to EUR 431 million

15-Mar-2019 LANXESS closed its fiscal year with a strong result. In 2018, EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 9.8 percent to EUR 1.016 billion. As forecast, earnings are at the upper end of the range of 5 to 10 percent above the previous year’s figure of EUR 925 million (without ARLANXEO). “Despite ri ... more

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Stora Enso invests in next-generation renewable, recyclable and biodegradable formed fiber solutions

14-Mar-2019 Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, rec ... more

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

08-Mar-2019 With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable -- but frustratingly untapped -- bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics. Researchers, like those at the University of Wisconsin-Ma ... more

High-speed 3D printer for high-performance plastics

05-Mar-2019 The additive manufacture of large-volume plastic components is a time-consuming undertaking. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have now developed Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM), a system and process that is eight times faster ... more

Rising Demand for Plastic Additives

01-Mar-2019 Most of the time, plastics would be useless without additives. Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties by modifying material characteristics. “Only additives make it possible to permanently use plastics in ever ne ... more

Causes for defects in 3D printing

Paving way for better results

26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

Fibers from old tires can improve fire resistance of concrete

21-Feb-2019 A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using materials recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The team used fibres extracted from the textile reinforcement commonly embedded into tyres to guarantee their performance. Ad ... more

Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

New metasurfaces can even split energy into more than one

20-Feb-2019 In our daily lives, we can find many examples of manipulation of reflected waves such as mirrors to see our reflections or reflective surfaces for sound that improve auditorium acoustics. When a wave impinges on a reflective surface with a certain angle of incidence and the energy is sent b ... more

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures

Effort to build bottom-up chiral polymers with unique functions

14-Feb-2019 As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality - or "handed-ness" -- and pass it on as they combine into larger structures. An international team that included Rice University materials scientist Edwin Thomas pried a new, fundamen ... more

Producing polymer structures faster – two processes in one machine

08-Feb-2019 Either fast or precise – both cannot be achieved in the production of the finest polymer structures with the laser. Or maybe they can? Combining stereolithography and multiphoton polymerization should make it possible: Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are deve ... more

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New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

Invention adds new dimension to fluorescent microscopy

20-Feb-2019 Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researcher ... more

First-hand expertise at the biggest ever analytica Vietnam

14-Feb-2019 analytica Vietnam 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City will be celebrating not just its tenth anniversary but also its biggest trade fair event yet. Approximately 130 exhibitors from 15 countries will be on show in the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from April 3 to 5, 2019. The exhibiti ... more

Beckman Coulter strenghtens laboratory automation business

Acquires of acoustic liquid handling company

01-Feb-2019 Beckman Coulter Life Sciences announced its acquisition of Labcyte, a privately held, acoustic liquid handling company based in San Jose, California. Labcyte is best known for its Echo® acoustic droplet ejection technology, which uses sound waves to transfer tiny amounts of liquid with une ... more

New strategies for handling water and wastewater in process

"Water & Chemistry" - First main topic at the 3rd European Chemistry Partnering

01-Feb-2019 On 26 February 2019 the 3rd European Chemistry Partnering (ECP) will take place in Frankfurt. For the first time at the ECP there will be interdisciplinary lectures, including "Water & Chemistry". The Isle Group, which specializes in the selection of innovative technologies and implementati ... more

Sartorius increases sales revenue and earnings in 2018 by double digits

Bioprocess Solutions and the Americas especially strong

29-Jan-2019 Sartorius continued on the growth track in 2018 in both divisions and across all geographies, and thus achieved its forecast raised considerably at mid-year. According to preliminary figures, Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 13.2% to 1,566.0 million euros (reported: 11.5%) ... more

Novel materials convert visible into infrared light

Penetrate of living tissue and other materials without damage by high-intensity light exposure

18-Jan-2019 Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard, have succeeded in developing a chemical process to convert visible light into infrared energy, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the damage caused by high-intens ... more

LAUDA acquires laboratory specialist

18-Dec-2018 LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG has announced the acquisition of GFL Gesellschaft für Labortechnik mbH. This is the third takeover in total for the company from Lauda-Königshofen. While the previous acquisitions primarily served to open up new business areas in the industrial environment, ... more

Sartorius Supervisory Board appoints two new Executive Board members

10-Dec-2018 The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG resolved to make changes in the Executive Board. Effective January 1, 2019, Dr. René Fáber as Head of the Bioprocess Solutions Division and Gerry Mackay as Head of the Lab Products & Services Division will be appointed new members of the company’s Execu ... more

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AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

04-Mar-2019 The Fraunhofer-Gründerpreis 2018, worth 5000 euros, was awarded to Visometry GmbH, a spinoff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD). The Visometry team convinced the jury consisting of members from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) wi ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index

23-Jan-2019 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has been included in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index (Global 100). This is Yokogawa’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices. Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Global 1 ... more

ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

27 companies were founded in 2018, more than any year previously

08-Jan-2019 In 2018, ETH Zurich achieved a new record high for the number of spin-offs founded: a total of 27 founding teams took the plunge into independence. While an average of 13 ETH spin-offs were founded per year from 2000 to 2010, the following decade has seen an average of 24 per year. For Detl ... more

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

10-Dec-2018 In the FOWINA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg have developed novel color sensors with a special microlens arrangement. The sensors can be realized directly on the chip and combine mu ... more

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

16-Oct-2018 Wyatt Technology announced that it has completed the acquisition of Superon GmbH, a manufacturer of Field Flow Fractionation (FFF) systems. Production, research and product development has been transferred to Wyatt’s Santa Barbara, CA headquarters which will enable the company to further en ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

Huber opens new subsidiary in China

10-Aug-2018 Huber continues its international expansion. In early August, the company opened a new sales office based in Guangzhou, China. The new subsidiary will serve end users and dealers in China under the name "Huber China". On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the opening ceremony of the new corporate b ... more

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

Evaluating risk of hydrogen embrittlement

New simulation of cold cracks in high-strength steels

04-May-2018 High-strength steels play a vital role in the construction of modern vehicles and machines. If these steels are welded during the production of components, mobile hydrogen atoms can cause problems within the material: the atoms accumulate slowly at highly stressed areas of a component, resu ... more

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KNF’s new building nears completion

Millions invested in growth

19-Mar-2019 Numerous guests gathered in the district of Munzingen, Freiburg for the topping-out ceremony on March 15, 2019. Together with the construction companies and architects carrying out the project, the staff and management of KNF Neuberger GmbH celebrated the end of the second stage of construc ... more

Research team uses artificial muscles to develop an air conditioner for the future

14-Mar-2019 It can be used to cool or heat the air in a room or to cool or heat liquids. And it looks like something that Q – the tech specialist and gadgeteer in the James Bond films – might have come up with. The prototype device, which has been developed by a research team led by Professors Stefan S ... more

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions receives award for digital services

12-Mar-2019 As part of a benchmarking study carried out by the University of St. Gallen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has been presented with the Successful Practice award for digital services. With the aim of identifying industry-leading solutions for data-based services the study examined the ap ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

Causes for defects in 3D printing

Paving way for better results

26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

'Butterfly-shaped' palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

25-Feb-2019 Miniaturization is the watchword of progress. Nanoscience - building structures on the scale of a few atoms - has long been at the forefront of chemistry for some time now. Recently, researchers at The University of Tokyo developed the new strategy to construct the subnanosized metal aggreg ... more

GraphON: Conductive coatings and materials breakthrough

22-Feb-2019 Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that's conductive, easy to apply and offers greater control over performance than graphene. GraphON can also be manufactured cheaper and easier, with more flexibility and less hazardous was ... more

Fibers from old tires can improve fire resistance of concrete

21-Feb-2019 A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using materials recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The team used fibres extracted from the textile reinforcement commonly embedded into tyres to guarantee their performance. Ad ... more

Large-scale window material developed for PM2.5 capture and light tuning

21-Feb-2019 Tuning the light intensity and reducing the concentration of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in commercial buildings are both crucial to keep indoor people comfortable and healthy. While, the intelligent smart windows fabricated on the flexible transparent electrodes can change its tran ... more

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    09-Dec-2016 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

    21-Oct-2016 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

    27-Nov-2015 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

    thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions receives award for digital services

    12-Mar-2019 As part of a benchmarking study carried out by the University of St. Gallen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has been presented with the Successful Practice award for digital services. With the aim of identifying industry-leading solutions for data-based services the study examined the ap ... more

    Rising Demand for Plastic Additives

    01-Mar-2019 Most of the time, plastics would be useless without additives. Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties by modifying material characteristics. “Only additives make it possible to permanently use plastics in ever ne ... more

    B2B platform for chemical products launched successfully

    25-Jan-2019 CheMondis, a new global online marketplace for chemical products, has been successfully launched. The startup founded by specialty chemicals company LANXESS is set up as a cross-manufacturer and cross-dealer B2B platform on which products can be bought and sold (www.chemondis.com). “Develop ... more

  • Research

    Revealing the secret of the vacuum for the first time

    20-Mar-2019 For most people, a vacuum is an empty space. Quantum physics, on the other hand, assumes that even in this lowest-energy state, particles and antiparticles still fluctuate. This is an assumption for which no clear evidence has been provided as yet. A new research group at the University of ... more

    Flexible electronics without sintering

    Conductive metal-polymer inks for inkjet printing

    20-Mar-2019 The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials presents hybrid inks for inkjet printing that contain metal nanoparticles coated with conductive polymers. The inks can be formulated in water and in other polar solvents and are suitable to print conductive structures on a range of substrates w ... more

    Duplicate or mirror? Laser light determines chirality of molecules

    19-Mar-2019 Seven of the ten most frequent medications contain chiral agents. These are molecules that occur in right- or left-handed forms. During chemical synthesis both forms usually occur in equal parts and have to be separated afterward, because chirality determines the agent’s effect in the body. ... more

  • Technology

    BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

    27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

    Causes for defects in 3D printing

    Paving way for better results

    26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

    'Butterfly-shaped' palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

    25-Feb-2019 Miniaturization is the watchword of progress. Nanoscience - building structures on the scale of a few atoms - has long been at the forefront of chemistry for some time now. Recently, researchers at The University of Tokyo developed the new strategy to construct the subnanosized metal aggreg ... more

  • Business

    Start Up Energy Transition Award 2019: Finalists nominated

    15 start-ups from 11 countries will present their business models for climate protection at the SET Tech Festival

    20-Mar-2019 15 start-ups from Europe, Australia, China, Thailand, Uganda and the USA have made it to the final of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award 2019. Whether it be autonomous electric trucks, organic solar cells or energy data management with blockchain technology: the finalists offer futu ... more

    KNF’s new building nears completion

    Millions invested in growth

    19-Mar-2019 Numerous guests gathered in the district of Munzingen, Freiburg for the topping-out ceremony on March 15, 2019. Together with the construction companies and architects carrying out the project, the staff and management of KNF Neuberger GmbH celebrated the end of the second stage of construc ... more

    LANXESS significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

    19-Mar-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 percent. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. A low ... more

  • People

    Manon Bloemer new VNCI director

    13-Mar-2019 Manon Bloemer will start as director of the Koninklijke Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie (Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry) on 1 May 2019. She succeeds Colette Alma who, after 15 years of dedication to the VNCI, says goodbye and hands over the baton.Manon Bl ... more

    Steven Holland will leave Brenntag AG

    07-Mar-2019 Steven Holland (61), Chief Executive Officer of Brenntag AG, the global market leader in chemical distribution, informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board that he has decided he will retire after nine years as CEO when his current contract ends in February 2020 and he will not be availa ... more

    Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

    22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LANXESS significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

    19-Mar-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 percent. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. A low ... more

    Stora Enso invests in next-generation renewable, recyclable and biodegradable formed fiber solutions

    14-Mar-2019 Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, rec ... more

    LANXESS announces capacity expansion for corrosion inhibitor products

    28-Feb-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed a debottlenecking project resulting in a 15 percent increase in global production capacity of its Additin RC 4000 series of corrosion inhibition additives. The additional capacities are a result of process synergies identified a ... more

  • Products

    Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

    18-Mar-2019 Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their su ... more

    Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

    12-Mar-2019 There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infr ... more

    Fluid-inspired material self-heals before your eyes

    Coating for metals rapidly heals over scratches and scrapes to prevent corrosion

    31-Jan-2019 It's hard to believe that a tiny crack could take down a gigantic metal structure. But sometimes bridges collapse, pipelines rupture and fuselages detach from airplanes due to hard-to-detect corrosion in tiny cracks, scratches and dents. A Northwestern University team has developed a new co ... more

  • Finances

    WACKER Expects 2019 Sales Growth

    20-Mar-2019 As already announced, Wacker Chemie AG lifted its sales slightly in 2018, but fell short of its own EBITDA forecast. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales grew to €4.98 billion, up 1 percent year over year (2017: €4.92 billion). This s ... more

    ALTANA Remains on the Growth Path in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

    Sales increase by 3 percent to €2,307 million

    18-Mar-2019 In the 2018 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals company ALTANA remained on the growth path in a difficult market environment. Sales rose by 3 percent to €2,307 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange-rate effects, sales increased by 4 percent. The 2018 fiscal year was characterized ... more

    Merck Achieves 2018 Targets and Is Set for Profitable Growth

    07-Mar-2019 Merck posted a successful finish to a challenging 2018. Net sales increased over the previous year, whereas EBITDA pre declined sharply owing to strong foreign exchange effects. Organically, this key earnings indicator was only slightly lower than in 2017. Merck wants to keep the dividend s ... more

  • Career

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

    07-Feb-2019 Merck announced it has been named one of only 14 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The annual Global Top Employer certification recognizes companies that have shown excellence in people practices and structures worldwide. Merck has been awarded this certification fo ... more

    Agilent and University of Duisburg-Essen Announce Collaboration Agreement

    New Teaching and Research Center for Separation

    28-May-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. and the University of Duisburg-Essen has formed a collaboration agreement that brings together Agilent's leading analytical technologies with the University's outstanding researchers. As part of the collaboration, Agilent will support the university with a broad ra ... more

  • Cooperation

    SABIC and hte announce deepened partnership

    15-Mar-2019 On March 13, 2019, SABIC and hte extended plans for collaboration for five more years to increase efficiency through digitalization and high throughput technologies in catalysis research and development (R&D) in petrochemicals.  Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, ... more

    W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

    Shell joins as equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam

    06-Mar-2019 A consortium of world-leading companies comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam – has announced that Shell will join as a partner in Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Shell w ... more

    Solid state batteries for tomorrow's electric cars

    Strategic partnership between Empa and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

    26-Feb-2019 As part of a strategic international cooperation program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Empa in Dübendorf (CH) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg (D) launched a three-year joint research project at the beginning of January to create the basis for a produc-ti ... more

  • Laws

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... more

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry from now on 'Royal'

    26-Jun-2018 During the anniversary celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry in The Hague, the VNCI was awarded the predicate 'Royal ('Koninklijk)'. VNCI chairman Bernard Wientjes and director Colette Alma received the designation from the King's Commis ... more

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