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Mimicking bug eyes could brighten reflective signs and clothes

That bright, reflective coating used on road signs, bicycles and clothing are important safety measures at night. They help drivers get to their destinations while avoiding bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions. Now, inspired by the structure of insect eyes, scientists have dev ... more

'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee's contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the Univers ... more

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquires Aflex Hose Ltd

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired Aflex Hose Limited and its subsidiary Aflex Hose USA LLC (Aflex) through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £61.4 million. Aflex, based in Halifax, England and with a sales/assembly operation in Pennsylvania, USA, specializ ... more

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter physics, and uses light to probe the fundamental laws of quantu ... more

Name of four new elements announced

Seventh row in periodic table filled

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118. Following a 5-month period of public review, the names earlier ... more

Hydrogen in your pocket?

New plastic for carrying and storing hydrogen

A Waseda University research group has developed a polymer which can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas. Although research and development on technology allowing hydrogen to become a major energy source have been go ... more

Joint study to design nanoporous materials to carry small molecules

Prof. Ryotaro Matsuda, the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya University, and Prof. Susumu Kitagawa, the Department of Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University, won the contest "Air Liquide E ... more

Pine product offers fresh take on fine chemical synthesis

The goop from pine trees that contains compounds known as terpenes is used in the manufacture of food, cosmetics and drugs, but it might become even more valuable as a chemical reagent made through a process developed by scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of synthetic chemist Lászl ... more

Fabrication technique leads to broader sunlight absorption in plastic solar cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. The work has implications for developing solar cells with a wider absorption range and increased efficiency. As plastic solar cells now rival silicon-based sola ... more

ZEISS and EPFL begin long-term research collaboration

ZEISS will support innovative research projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, abbr. EPFL). The company will make one million euros available for new research projects in key technology fields such as biomedical research, ... more

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ZEISS and EPFL begin long-term research collaboration

ZEISS will support innovative research projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, abbr. EPFL). The company will make one million euros available for new research projects in key technology fields such as biomedical research, ... more

A new record at BESSY II: ten million ions in an ion trap cooled for the first time to 7.4 K

Magnetic ground states of dimeric nickel cations spectroscopically ascertained

Previously it was only possible to cool down about one thousand ions to 7.5 K using buffer gas. However, a thousand ions are not nearly enough for spectroscopic analyses. The ion trap with this new method provides a new opportunity to use cryogenic X-ray spectroscopy to study the magnetism ... more

How good is the measurement method?

Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

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

New method for analyzing crystal structure

Exotic materials called photonic crystals reveal their internal characteristics with new method

A new technique developed by MIT researchers reveals the inner details of photonic crystals, synthetic materials whose exotic optical properties are the subject of widespread research. Photonic crystals are generally made by drilling millions of closely spaced, minuscule holes in a slab of ... more

analytica 2018: Preparations for the upcoming exhibition are underway

Exhibitors can now register for analytica 2018. As the leading international trade fair for the analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology industry, analytica has been a gathering for decision-makers and users in the laboratory community for 50 years. The next edition of analytica ta ... more

New math tools for new materials

University of Utah mathematician Graeme Milton presents a new tool for understanding how energy waves move through complex materials, opening up possibilities to design materials that absorb or bend energy as desired. Scientists have long known that the pattern of atoms in a material affect ... more

First-ever Buyer-Seller Forum at analytica Vietnam

Having the right contacts and a good network are indispensible in the business world. To help exhibitors and visitors make business contacts that suit them to a tee, for the first time ever analytica 2017 will feature a platform for pre-arranged meetings at a Buyer-Seller Forum. The Buyer-S ... more

Molecular imaging hack makes cameras 'faster'

A new Rice University technique grabs images of chemical processes that happen faster than most laboratory cameras are able to capture them. The technique, super temporal resolution microscopy (STReM), allows researchers to view and gather useful information about fluorescing molecules at a ... more

WITec establishes new office in China

WITec GmbH has opened a new office in Beijing. The facility in the cultural, scientific and administrative capital of the fastest growing large economy in the world will enable WITec’s current market presence to be expanded while better serving its growing client base. The direct local repr ... more

Understanding properties of nanoparticles and quantum dots using Hansen Solubility Parameters

Devices based on quantum dots and smart nanoparticles are currently getting a lot of attention. For instance, the colours, contrast and brightness of displays based on quantum dots provide benefits for users of TVs and phones. In addition, such particles can create value when incorporated i ... more

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Mimicking bug eyes could brighten reflective signs and clothes

That bright, reflective coating used on road signs, bicycles and clothing are important safety measures at night. They help drivers get to their destinations while avoiding bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions. Now, inspired by the structure of insect eyes, scientists have dev ... more

'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee's contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the Univers ... more

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquires Aflex Hose Ltd

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired Aflex Hose Limited and its subsidiary Aflex Hose USA LLC (Aflex) through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £61.4 million. Aflex, based in Halifax, England and with a sales/assembly operation in Pennsylvania, USA, specializ ... more

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter physics, and uses light to probe the fundamental laws of quantu ... more

Name of four new elements announced

Seventh row in periodic table filled

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118. Following a 5-month period of public review, the names earlier ... more

Hydrogen in your pocket?

New plastic for carrying and storing hydrogen

A Waseda University research group has developed a polymer which can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas. Although research and development on technology allowing hydrogen to become a major energy source have been go ... more

Joint study to design nanoporous materials to carry small molecules

Prof. Ryotaro Matsuda, the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya University, and Prof. Susumu Kitagawa, the Department of Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University, won the contest "Air Liquide E ... more

Pine product offers fresh take on fine chemical synthesis

The goop from pine trees that contains compounds known as terpenes is used in the manufacture of food, cosmetics and drugs, but it might become even more valuable as a chemical reagent made through a process developed by scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of synthetic chemist Lászl ... more

Fabrication technique leads to broader sunlight absorption in plastic solar cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. The work has implications for developing solar cells with a wider absorption range and increased efficiency. As plastic solar cells now rival silicon-based sola ... more

ZEISS and EPFL begin long-term research collaboration

ZEISS will support innovative research projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, abbr. EPFL). The company will make one million euros available for new research projects in key technology fields such as biomedical research, ... more

All news on chemistry

Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand

Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. This feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds. Now scientists report a new development in this ... more

BASF increases capacity of its global plastic additives production network

Investments of more than €200 million planned for several sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific

Within the next five years, BASF plans to invest globally more than €200 million in its plastic additives business, approximately half of which in Asia, focusing on capacity expansions and operational excellence. Plastic additives improve product properties such as scratch resistance or lig ... more

Arkema increases its fluoropolymer capacities in China

Arkema announces a 25% Kynar ® PVDF capacity increase on its Changshu platform near Shanghai. This project will help meet the strong demand, in particular in new energies and water treatment applications. This investment will support the Group’s ambition in Technical Polymers, and is part o ... more

LANXESS increases focus on E&E industry

The use of thermoplastics in the electrical and electronics industry (E&E) will continue to grow strongly in the future thanks to megatrends such as Industry 4.0, LED lighting and the digital networking of building services engineering, household appliances and entertainment electronics. LA ... more

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

All news on plastics

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquires Aflex Hose Ltd

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired Aflex Hose Limited and its subsidiary Aflex Hose USA LLC (Aflex) through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £61.4 million. Aflex, based in Halifax, England and with a sales/assembly operation in Pennsylvania, USA, specializ ... more

analytica 2018: Preparations for the upcoming exhibition are underway

Exhibitors can now register for analytica 2018. As the leading international trade fair for the analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology industry, analytica has been a gathering for decision-makers and users in the laboratory community for 50 years. The next edition of analytica ta ... more

First-ever Buyer-Seller Forum at analytica Vietnam

Having the right contacts and a good network are indispensible in the business world. To help exhibitors and visitors make business contacts that suit them to a tee, for the first time ever analytica 2017 will feature a platform for pre-arranged meetings at a Buyer-Seller Forum. The Buyer-S ... more

Mettler Toledo opens new Competence Center in the Middle-East

Helping Middle-East labs and manufacturers enhance their processes and profitability

METTLER TOLEDO has launched its new Dubai Free Zone Competence Center. This new facility will offer advanced analytical support for all industries operating in the Middle East and North Africa. It will also provide hands-on equipment training for METTLER TOLEDO’s range of products, which ar ... more

Eppendorf acquires Calibration Technology

Hamburg-based Eppendorf AG acquired Calibration Technology Ltd, headquartered in the National Technology Park Limerick, Ireland, on November 1. The company will continue to be managed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Eppendorf AG by its current Managing Director, Brian Kelly. The acquisition ... more

Changes in the Management Board of Eppendorf AG

A partial rearranging of the responsibilities in the Management Board of Eppendorf AG will be taking effect in a move designed to further drive the successful implementation of the company's strategy. This includes the creation of a new Board position which will include Sales, Marketing and ... more

Sartorius Continues to Grow by Strong Double Digits

Earnings increased by around one-fourth

Sartorius closed the first nine months of 2016 with significant double-growth rates for sales revenue and earnings. "Both divisions are continuing to grow faster than their respective markets," stated Group CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, giving a positive summary of the Group's nine-month perfo ... more

analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo 2016 in the starting blocks

Ninth edition expected to bring together more than 8,500 trade professionals

analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo, leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics is scheduled from October 20 to 22 at the HITEX Exhibition Center, Hyderabad. The trade fairs will bring together manufacturers, suppliers, business experts and ... more

labfolder signs agreement with Max Planck Society

Contract provides up to 11,000 Max Planck scientists access to use labfolder for digital laboratory data management

labfolder GmbH and the Max Planck Society announced a licensing agreement to provide up to 11,000 Max Planck scientists with labfolder's laboratory data management digital platform. This is the first time that a tool for digital laboratory data management is being provided across an entire ... more

Phenomenex to be Acquired by Danaher Corporation

Phenomenex Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Danaher Corporation. Phenomenex will operate as a standalone operating company, retaining the Phenomenex brand, its personnel and site locations. "Phenomenex is a widely recognizable brand that we are proud to ... more

All news on lab technology

New Head of the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Business Group

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger hands over the baton

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger, Member of the Executive Board and since 1999 Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group (SMT), is retiring on 31 December 2016. Dr. Hermann Gerlinger has been a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG since 2006. He will continue to act i ... more

SensoTech establishes Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai

Strengthening the presence in China

Under the name SensoTech (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. the German industrial company SensoTech announces the opening of the Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai. SensoTech’s business focuses on the development, manufacturing and sales of analytical instrumentation technology for liquid concentration and d ... more

Thermo-Optical Measuring method (TOM) could save several million tons of CO2 in coal-fired plants

Coal-fired plants as alternative energy source to nuclear power are essential for ensuring the energy supply. But due to the high CO2 emission their combustion process requires optimization. In various projects the Center of Device Development CeDeD of Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Rese ... more

Process analysis in real time

With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated m ... more

Radar with 360° vision

Nowadays it is impossible to imagine industry without robots. Safety laser scanners mostly safeguard dangerous areas and protect people from collisions. But optical sensors have their limitations, for instance when plastic surfaces, dust or smoke obstruct their line of sight. Fraunhofer res ... more

Markus Juchheim is now the sole Managing Director at JULABO GmbH

The company founder and shareholder Gerhard Juchheim has handed over the complete executive leadership responsibilities of JULABO GmbH to his son Markus after almost 50 years as its Managing Director. This is not a new responsibility for Markus Juchheim, who has led the company along with h ... more

MKS Instruments Reports Q2 2015 Financial Results

Sales were $218 million, an increase of 2% from $214 million in the first quarter of 2015, and an increase of 18% from $185 million in the second quarter of 2014. Second quarter net income was $33.2 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to net income of $33.8 million, or $0.63 per d ... more

MKS Instruments Reports Q1 2015 Financial Results

MKS Instruments, Inc. reports first quarter 2015 financial results. Sales were $214 million, an increase of 5% from $203 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, and an increase of 4% from $206 million in the first quarter of 2014. First quarter net income was $33.8 million, or $0.63 per dilu ... more

IDEX Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Novotema

IDEX Corporation announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Novotema, SpA, a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of specialty sealing solutions for use in the building products, gas control, transportation, industrial and water markets. T ... more

MKS Acquires Precisive, LLC

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

MKS Instruments announces the acquisition of Precisive, LLC, for $13 million in an all-cash transaction that closed yesterday. Precisive is an developer of optical analyzers based on Tunable Filter Spectroscopy (TFS) which provide real-time gas analysis in the natural gas and hydrocarbon pr ... more

All news on mc

Mimicking bug eyes could brighten reflective signs and clothes

That bright, reflective coating used on road signs, bicycles and clothing are important safety measures at night. They help drivers get to their destinations while avoiding bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions. Now, inspired by the structure of insect eyes, scientists have dev ... more

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter physics, and uses light to probe the fundamental laws of quantu ... more

Hydrogen in your pocket?

New plastic for carrying and storing hydrogen

A Waseda University research group has developed a polymer which can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas. Although research and development on technology allowing hydrogen to become a major energy source have been go ... more

How good is the measurement method?

Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

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

Single-molecule graphene switches bring minute electronic devices a step closer

Researchers have discovered how to control molecules attached to graphene, paving the way for tiny biological sensors and devices to hold information. Graphene is a material made of a single sheet of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement. Because of its unique electrical conductivity, gra ... more

New compounds pack more punch

LMU chemists led by Professor Thomas M. Klapötke have synthesized two novel compounds which are markedly more efficient than those currently used in civil engineering. “These high-performance energetic substances are based on the parent molecule bispyrazolylmethane, but belong to a group of ... more

Perovskite could lead the next generation of data storage

EPFL scientists have developed a new perovskite material with unique properties that can be used to build next-generation hard drives. As we generate more and more data, we need storage systems, e.g. hard drives, with higher density and efficiency. But this also requires materials whose mag ... more

For platinum catalysts, tiny squeeze gives big boost in performance

A nanosize squeeze can significantly boost the performance of platinum catalysts that help generate energy in fuel cells, according to a new study by Stanford scientists. The team bonded a platinum catalyst to a thin material that expands and contracts as electrons move in and out, and foun ... more

Of Catalysts and Coke

Peering inside catalyst used in biofuel processing to investigate why it clogs

Catalysts known as zeolites are vital to fuel production and other processes. Coke deposits in zeolites are a costly problem in petroleum refinement and in petrochemical production. "Understanding coke molecules in zeolites will provide broad benefits across the refinery and renewable energ ... more

For wearable electronic devices plastic holes are golden

In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you're exploring something else entirely. That's the case with recent findings from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, ... more

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    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

    The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for n-Propanol and n-Propyl Acetate

    Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow.   USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

    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

  • Market

    Mettler Toledo opens new Competence Center in the Middle-East

    Helping Middle-East labs and manufacturers enhance their processes and profitability

    METTLER TOLEDO has launched its new Dubai Free Zone Competence Center. This new facility will offer advanced analytical support for all industries operating in the Middle East and North Africa. It will also provide hands-on equipment training for METTLER TOLEDO’s range of products, which ar ... more

    Eppendorf acquires Calibration Technology

    Hamburg-based Eppendorf AG acquired Calibration Technology Ltd, headquartered in the National Technology Park Limerick, Ireland, on November 1. The company will continue to be managed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Eppendorf AG by its current Managing Director, Brian Kelly. The acquisition ... more

    AkzoNobel expands in China to meet growing demand for specialty chemicals

    AkzoNobel has inaugurated two new specialty chemicals plants at its multi-site in Ningbo, China, that together represent a combined investment of €80 million. The company has also announced that a further €90 million is to be invested in building a new specialty chemicals plant in Tianjin. ... more

  • Research

    Mimicking bug eyes could brighten reflective signs and clothes

    That bright, reflective coating used on road signs, bicycles and clothing are important safety measures at night. They help drivers get to their destinations while avoiding bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions. Now, inspired by the structure of insect eyes, scientists have dev ... more

    'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

    The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee's contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the Univers ... more

    Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

    A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter physics, and uses light to probe the fundamental laws of quantu ... more

  • Technology

    Mimicking bug eyes could brighten reflective signs and clothes

    That bright, reflective coating used on road signs, bicycles and clothing are important safety measures at night. They help drivers get to their destinations while avoiding bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions. Now, inspired by the structure of insect eyes, scientists have dev ... more

    Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

    A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter physics, and uses light to probe the fundamental laws of quantu ... more

    Hydrogen in your pocket?

    New plastic for carrying and storing hydrogen

    A Waseda University research group has developed a polymer which can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas. Although research and development on technology allowing hydrogen to become a major energy source have been go ... more

  • Business

    Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquires Aflex Hose Ltd

    Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired Aflex Hose Limited and its subsidiary Aflex Hose USA LLC (Aflex) through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £61.4 million. Aflex, based in Halifax, England and with a sales/assembly operation in Pennsylvania, USA, specializ ... more

    Praxair approaching Linde to resume merger discussion

    Praxair, Inc. confirmed that the company has approached Linde AG about resuming discussions regarding a potential merger. There can be no assurance that this will result in a transaction, or on what terms any transaction may occur. Praxair does not intend to comment further at this time. more

    Number of Participations in Startups Stagnating

    In almost 40 percent of the companies, the willingness to take risks is low or virtually nonexistent

    The biggest challenge currently facing German industry managers is the need to differentiate themselves. Nevertheless, the number of networks with innovative startup companies did not increase compared to 2015. In 2016, as in the previous year, eleven percent of industrial companies investe ... more

  • People

    Volkswagen and BASF present “Science Award Electrochemistry”

    Award honors outstanding research results in the area of energy storage and conversion

    The BASF and Volkswagen international “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” goes to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University, California. The jury of representatives from BASF, Volkswagen and from academia selected him for his outstanding research results in the area of energy storage and ... more

    New Head of the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Business Group

    Dr. Hermann Gerlinger hands over the baton

    Dr. Hermann Gerlinger, Member of the Executive Board and since 1999 Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group (SMT), is retiring on 31 December 2016. Dr. Hermann Gerlinger has been a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG since 2006. He will continue to act i ... more

    Australian and German Researchers awarded Young Scientist 2016 for Dispersion Analysis & Materials Testing

    For the first time two awardees

    One session of this year‘s International Workshop Dispersion Analysis and Materials Testing in Berlin was again dedicated to the Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2016. LUM GmbH traditionally awards this prize for outstanding scientific results in particle and dispersion analysis and materials te ... more

  • Manufacturing

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

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

    BASF invests in new fungicide formulation plant in Spain

    BASF opened a new, fifth, fungicide production line in the agrochemicals formulation plant at its site in Tarragona, Spain. The expansion involved a €21 million investment and it will increase the onsite fungicide production by up to 25%, compared to its current yield thanks to the new line ... more

    BASF plans a stepwise capacity increase of its North American MDI production

    BASF has started engineering for a stepwise capacity increase of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at the company’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana. Capacity will be increased incrementally from 300,000 metric tons per year to around 600,000 metric tons per ... more

  • Products

    CHEMIE.DE’s Cutting Edge Company Directory

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

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

    Merck Strengthens Display Materials R&D

    Inauguration of Display Materials R&D Laboratory in Shanghai

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

    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

  • Finances

    Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquires Aflex Hose Ltd

    Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired Aflex Hose Limited and its subsidiary Aflex Hose USA LLC (Aflex) through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £61.4 million. Aflex, based in Halifax, England and with a sales/assembly operation in Pennsylvania, USA, specializ ... more

    Praxair approaching Linde to resume merger discussion

    Praxair, Inc. confirmed that the company has approached Linde AG about resuming discussions regarding a potential merger. There can be no assurance that this will result in a transaction, or on what terms any transaction may occur. Praxair does not intend to comment further at this time. more

    BASF invests in new fungicide formulation plant in Spain

    BASF opened a new, fifth, fungicide production line in the agrochemicals formulation plant at its site in Tarragona, Spain. The expansion involved a €21 million investment and it will increase the onsite fungicide production by up to 25%, compared to its current yield thanks to the new line ... 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

    Joint study to design nanoporous materials to carry small molecules

    Prof. Ryotaro Matsuda, the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya University, and Prof. Susumu Kitagawa, the Department of Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University, won the contest "Air Liquide E ... more

    ZEISS and EPFL begin long-term research collaboration

    ZEISS will support innovative research projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, abbr. EPFL). The company will make one million euros available for new research projects in key technology fields such as biomedical research, ... more

    Merck and Idemitsu Sign Collaboration Agreement in the OLED Material Business

    Merck announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd that allows each party to use the other party’s OLED material-related patents in certain areas. Each company has a long history of developing OLED materials and owns a variety of patents related ... more

  • Laws

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

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

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

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

    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

  • 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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