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An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea is to use the electrical current produced by a solar panel to 'split' water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Clean hydrogen can then be st ... more

Feeling the force between sand grains

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have measured how forces move through 3D granular materials, determining how this important class of materials might pack and behave in processes throughout nature and industry. Granular materials such as sand, so ... more

New method developed for producing some metals

Using electricity rather than heat can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony — and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The ... more

Reverse osmosis membrane elements from LANXESS in Bitterfeld: Production capacity to double in 2017

40 million euros invested in the site in the past five years

“Our foray into the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane business five years ago has truly been a success story. We have almost reached the limit of our current capacity so we are going to double production capacity in the coming year,” said Jean-Marc Vesselle, head of the LANXESS Liquid Purificat ... more

Graphene under pressure

Small balloons made from one-atom-thick material graphene can withstand enormous pressures, much higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean, scientists at the University of Manchester report. This is due to graphene's incredible strength - 200 times stronger than steel. The graphe ... more

Silicon nanoparticles trained to juggle light

A team of physicists from ITMO University (Saint Petersburg) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has demonstrated the potential of silicon nanoparticles for effective non-linear light manipulation. Their work lays the foundation for the development of novel optical devices ... 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

New approach to determining how atoms are arranged in materials

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of ... more

Lehigh engineer discovers a high-speed nano-avalanche

Charles McLaren, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering at Lehigh University , arrived last fall for his semester of research at the University of Marburg in Germany with his language skills significantly lagging behind his scientific prowess. "It was my first trip to Germa ... more

'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich- ... more

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Feeling the force between sand grains

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have measured how forces move through 3D granular materials, determining how this important class of materials might pack and behave in processes throughout nature and industry. Granular materials such as sand, so ... more

New approach to determining how atoms are arranged in materials

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of ... more

Shining a light on damage within polymers

When it comes to even the most advanced materials, the adage "if it does not bend, it breaks" is often true. But before that final snap, most materials experience microscopic damage that could be fixed -- but only if you know it's there. In a study researchers introduce a new technique that ... more

Researchers Watch Catalysts at Work

Physicists at the University of Basel have succeeded in watching a silver catalyst at work for the first time with the aid of an atomic force microscope. The observations made during an Ullmann reaction have allowed the researchers to calculate the energy turnover and, potentially, to optim ... more

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals

One of the most critical issues the United States faces today is preventing terrorists from smuggling nuclear weapons into its ports. To this end, the U.S. Security and Accountability for Every Port Act mandates that all overseas cargo containers be scanned for possible nuclear materials or ... more

'Sniffer plasmons' could detect explosives

Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have found that the two-dimensional form of carbon, known as graphene, might be the ideal material for manufacturing plasmonic devices capable of detecting explosive materials, toxic chemicals, and other organic compounds ... more

Seeing the invisible

Visible light superlens made from nanobeads

Nanobeads are all around us- and are, some might argue, used too frequently in everything from sun-screen to white paint, but a new ground-breaking application is revealing hidden worlds. A paper provides proof of a new concept, using new solid 3D superlenses to break through the scale of t ... more

Scientists count microscopic particles without microscope

Scientists from Russia and Australia have put forward a simple new way of counting microscopic particles in optical materials by means of a laser. A light beam passing through such a material splits and forms a characteristic pattern consisting of numerous bright spots on a projection scree ... more

New X-Ray microscopy technique images nanoscale workings of rechargeable batteries

Method developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help researchers improve battery performance

There's a new tool in the push to engineer rechargeable batteries that last longer and charge more quickly. An X-ray microscopy technique recently developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has given scientists the ability to image nanoscale ... more

Mapping electromagnetic waveforms

Novel electron microscope can visualize electromagnetic fields oscillating at frequencies of billions of cycles per second

Temporally varying electromagnetic fields are the driving force behind the whole of electronics. Their polarities can change at mind-bogglingly fast rates, and it is difficult to capture them in action. However, a better understanding of the dynamics of field variation in electronic compone ... more

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An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea is to use the electrical current produced by a solar panel to 'split' water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Clean hydrogen can then be st ... more

Feeling the force between sand grains

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have measured how forces move through 3D granular materials, determining how this important class of materials might pack and behave in processes throughout nature and industry. Granular materials such as sand, so ... more

New method developed for producing some metals

Using electricity rather than heat can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony — and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The ... more

Reverse osmosis membrane elements from LANXESS in Bitterfeld: Production capacity to double in 2017

40 million euros invested in the site in the past five years

“Our foray into the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane business five years ago has truly been a success story. We have almost reached the limit of our current capacity so we are going to double production capacity in the coming year,” said Jean-Marc Vesselle, head of the LANXESS Liquid Purificat ... more

Graphene under pressure

Small balloons made from one-atom-thick material graphene can withstand enormous pressures, much higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean, scientists at the University of Manchester report. This is due to graphene's incredible strength - 200 times stronger than steel. The graphe ... more

Silicon nanoparticles trained to juggle light

A team of physicists from ITMO University (Saint Petersburg) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has demonstrated the potential of silicon nanoparticles for effective non-linear light manipulation. Their work lays the foundation for the development of novel optical devices ... 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

New approach to determining how atoms are arranged in materials

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of ... more

Lehigh engineer discovers a high-speed nano-avalanche

Charles McLaren, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering at Lehigh University , arrived last fall for his semester of research at the University of Marburg in Germany with his language skills significantly lagging behind his scientific prowess. "It was my first trip to Germa ... more

'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich- ... more

All news on chemistry

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

Successful first year for Covestro

Volume growth and high cash inflows expected again in 2016

Covestro can look back at very successful development in its first year of independence. All financial targets were achieved in 2015. Compared with the prior-year period, adjusted EBITDA increased substantially, and the free operating cash flow reached a record level. The recently listed co ... more

All news on plastics

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

Water-resistant thanks to a biofilm

Mortar with an added bacterial film is highly resistant to water uptake

Moisture can destroy mortar over time – for example when cracks form as a result of frost. A team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found an unusual way to protect mortar from moisture: When the material is being mixed, they add a biofilm – a soft, moist substanc ... more

Company take-over of Slamed ING GmbH by Ratiolab GmbH

Company Ratiolab GmbH has taken over Slamed ING GmbH with effect on 05th July 2016. Ratiolab GmbH will continue the existing business activities without any change. In 1987 Slamed ING GmbH was founded in the city of Frankfurt, Germany by Mr. Eugen Gieldzik. After more than 30 years business ... more

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

Multifunctional lens could replace bulky, expensive machines

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Think hands -- right and left hands are mirror images but if you transplanted a right hand onto a left, you'd be in trouble. Certain molecules are chiral, including DNA an ... more

The FRITSCH Variable Speed Rotor Mill PULVERISETTE 14 premium line was granted two awards

The INDUSTRIEPREIS 2016 - Best of 2016 - and Best Products award of the EuroLab 2016

For the eleventh time the Huber publishing house for Neue Medien GmbH (New Media) selects outstanding companies from the industry for the INDUSTRIEPREIS (industry award) within the time period of the HANNOVER MESSE. And the winners for progressive products and solutions are chosen: the FRIT ... more

New approach to microlasers

Technique for “phase locking” arrays of tiny lasers could lead to terahertz security scanners.

Terahertz radiation — the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and visible light — has promising applications in security and medical diagnostics, but such devices will require the development of compact, low-power, high-quality terahertz lasers. Researchers at MIT and Sandi ... more

Laboratory breakthrough may lead to improved X-ray spectrometers

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute's Swiss Light Source in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed a new design for X-ray spectrometers that eschews a commonly utilized component to lowers overall production costs and increase the efficiency of x-ray flux, which may lead to faster acq ... 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

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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New method developed for producing some metals

Using electricity rather than heat can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony — and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The ... more

Reducing expensive noble metals for fuel cell reactions

Washington State University researchers have developed a novel nanomaterial that could improve the performance and lower the costs of fuel cells by using fewer precious metals like platinum or palladium. Led by Yuehe Lin, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the ... more

New theory could lead to new generation of energy friendly optoelectronics

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics, leading to less heat generation and power consumption in electronic devices which source, detect, a ... more

Scientists have created a ceramic, resistant to extreme temperatures

Physicists and technicians of the TSU and Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS are developing experimental samples of ceramics that are resistant to extreme temperatures. The scientists aim to invent a material that can withstand up to 3,000 degrees Celsius. The new pr ... more

Down to the wire

ONR researchers and new bacteria

Scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have genetically modified a common soil bacteria to create electrical wires that not only conduct electricity, but are thousands of times thinner than a human hair. As electronic devices increasingly touch all facets of people's liv ... more

New material could advance superconductivity

Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. A metallic state of hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials that have no resistance to the flow of electrons, which increases electri ... more

Researchers printed energy-producing photographs

Solar cells have been manufactured already for a long from inexpensive materials with different printing techniques. Especially organic solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are suitable for printing. -We wanted to take the idea of printed solar cells even further, and see if their mat ... more

Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall

Smaller and faster has been the trend for electronic devices since the inception of the computer chip, but flat transistors have gotten about as small as physically possible. For researchers pushing for even faster speeds and higher performance, the only way to go is up. University of Illin ... more

New catalyst for hydrogen production

With the aid of platinum catalysts, it is possible to efficiently produce hydrogen. However, this metal is rare and expensive. Researchers have discovered an alternative that is just as good, but less costly. The mineral pentlandite is a potential new catalyst for hydrogen production. As de ... 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

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  • Price Development

    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

    KRAHN CHEMIE distributes silanes from SiSiB Silicones in Europe

    KRAHN CHEMIE and Nanjing SiSiB Silicones Co. Ltd. have concluded into a sales and distribution agreement for organofunctional silanes in Europe. Silanes because of their chemical structure allow bonding with both inorganic and organic molecules. Silanes are used as adhesion promoters, coupl ... 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

    Investment for a new Global Innovation Center at DyStar Nanjing Site

    DyStar is setting up a new Global Innovation Center at its production site of DyStar Nanjing Colours Co., Ltd. It will incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories for Research & Development, Process Technology Development and up-scale labs for synthesis and finish of dyes and chemicals for it ... more

  • Research

    An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

    How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea is to use the electrical current produced by a solar panel to 'split' water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Clean hydrogen can then be st ... more

    Feeling the force between sand grains

    For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have measured how forces move through 3D granular materials, determining how this important class of materials might pack and behave in processes throughout nature and industry. Granular materials such as sand, so ... more

    New method developed for producing some metals

    Using electricity rather than heat can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony — and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The ... more

  • Technology

    An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

    How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea is to use the electrical current produced by a solar panel to 'split' water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Clean hydrogen can then be st ... more

    New method developed for producing some metals

    Using electricity rather than heat can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony — and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well. The ... more

    Silicon nanoparticles trained to juggle light

    A team of physicists from ITMO University (Saint Petersburg) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has demonstrated the potential of silicon nanoparticles for effective non-linear light manipulation. Their work lays the foundation for the development of novel optical devices ... more

  • Business

    Reverse osmosis membrane elements from LANXESS in Bitterfeld: Production capacity to double in 2017

    40 million euros invested in the site in the past five years

    “Our foray into the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane business five years ago has truly been a success story. We have almost reached the limit of our current capacity so we are going to double production capacity in the coming year,” said Jean-Marc Vesselle, head of the LANXESS Liquid Purificat ... 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

    ALTANA’s ACTEGA Division Invests Around €10 Million in its Research Site in Grevenbroich

    Space for research and development is doubled

    ACTEGA Rhenania GmbH is erecting a new laboratory building in Grevenbroich. The company, which belongs to the specialty chemicals Group ALTANA, is investing around €10 million in the new building. Encompassing a space of 5,700 square meters, the new laboratory building of ACTEGA Rhenania wi ... more

  • People

    CEO of TER Chemicals Distribution Group leaves the company

    Oliver Zimmermann, CEO of TER Chemicals Distribution Group, leaves the company by mutual consent and resigns from all of his executive managerial posts as of August 5, 2016. Andreas Früh from Pawlik Consultants supports the Managing Directors Christian Westphal and Thomas Sprock ad interim ... more

    2016 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards granted

    Six international research talents to receive up to €1.65 million each

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has singled out six international junior researchers between 29 and 44 years of age for one of Germany’s most valuable research awards: the winners will each be granted up to €1.65 million. With the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, young researchers receive ri ... more

    Celanese appoints Verghese Thomas Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced it has appointed Dr. Verghese Thomas as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. The appointment of Thomas, currently the company’s Global Technology & Innovation Director of the Celanese engineered materials ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Reverse osmosis membrane elements from LANXESS in Bitterfeld: Production capacity to double in 2017

    40 million euros invested in the site in the past five years

    “Our foray into the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane business five years ago has truly been a success story. We have almost reached the limit of our current capacity so we are going to double production capacity in the coming year,” said Jean-Marc Vesselle, head of the LANXESS Liquid Purificat ... more

    BASF opens first plant in Sri Lanka to meet local demand for construction chemicals

    BASF’s first production plant in Sri Lanka will produce standard and custom-made performance-based construction chemicals under the Master Builders Solutions® brand. These include concrete admixtures product ranges such as MasterGlenium®, MasterPolyheed®, MasterRheobuild® and MasterPozzolit ... more

    Merck Invests € 15 million in Liquid Crystal Window Technology

    Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017

    Merck announced that it will be establishing a production unit for liquid crystal window modules. The volume of the investment is around € 15 million; the location will be decided in the coming weeks. The manufacture of the switchable glass modules is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017. ... more

  • Products

    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

    A shampoo bottle that empties completely - every last drop

    It's one of life's little annoyances: that last bit of shampoo that won't quite pour out of the bottle. Or the last bit of hand soap, or dish soap, or laundry detergent. Now researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to create the perfect texture inside plastic bottles to let ... more

    The FRITSCH Variable Speed Rotor Mill PULVERISETTE 14 premium line was granted two awards

    The INDUSTRIEPREIS 2016 - Best of 2016 - and Best Products award of the EuroLab 2016

    For the eleventh time the Huber publishing house for Neue Medien GmbH (New Media) selects outstanding companies from the industry for the INDUSTRIEPREIS (industry award) within the time period of the HANNOVER MESSE. And the winners for progressive products and solutions are chosen: the FRIT ... more

  • Finances

    Praxair, Inc. Confirms Preliminary Talks about a Potential Merger with Linde AG

    Praxair, Inc. confirmed that it is currently in preliminary discussions with Linde AG regarding a potential merger. These discussions are ongoing and there can be no assurance that they will result in a transaction, or on what terms any transaction may occur. Praxair does not intend to comm ... more

    Unilever to acquire Blueair

    Unilever announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Blueair, the world’s leading supplier of innovative mobile indoor air purification technologies and solutions. Launched in 1996 in Stockholm, Blueair had a turnover of US$106m in 2015 and is a leading player in the premium catego ... more

    ALTANA Achieves Operating Sales Increase

    Growth forecast for the full-year 2016 confirmed

    The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA achieved operating sales growth of 1 percent in the first half of 2016. Due to exchange-rate effects and portfolio adjustment, nominal sales were down by 1 percent to €1,064 million, almost reaching the high level of the previous year (€1,070 million). E ... 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

    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

    BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. enter negotiations to collaborate in cathode active materials

    BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. have announced that they will enter exclusive negotiations to collaborate in cathode active materials (CAM) and its respective precursors in North America. The proposed collaboration would focus on the manufacture of a broad range of CAM and its respective precurso ... more

  • Laws

    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

    The first two applications for Union authorisation of biocidal products have recently been submitted to ECHA

    The first two applications for Union authorisation are for biocidal product families containing the active substance iodine. The products are used as disinfectants for veterinary hygiene purposes (biocidal product type 3). The ability for companies to apply for Union authorisation for their ... more

  • Politics

    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

    Mega pollution on mega sites

    At the 13th Int. HCH & Pesticides Forum, new shocking cases of Mega-sites in Slovakia and Romania, at the eastern borders of the European Community showed the extent and the unacceptable threats to the health of the population. However, such mega-sites are also still present today in the EU ... more

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