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Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addit ... more

Nature has more than one way to grow a crystal

Scientists have long worked to understand how crystals grow into complex shapes. Crystals are important in materials from skeletons and shells to soils and semiconductor materials, but much is unknown about how they form. Now, an international group of researchers has shown how nature uses ... more

Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. ... more

DSM and CVC finalize partnership for Polymer Intermediates and Composite Resins

Royal DSM and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) announced that the partnership for DSM's activities in Polymer Intermediates (Caprolactam and Acrylonitrile) and Composite Resins through the formation of a new company, ChemicaInvest B.V., has been finalized. With all regulatory approvals now receiv ... more

How to look for a few good catalysts

Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of chemical reactions; wetting refers to how liquids spread across a surface. Now researchers at MIT and other institutions have found that these two processes, which had ... more

Merck Announces Application Period for Start-ups

Merck is calling for national and international start-ups to apply for funding of innovative ideas by August 14, 2015. The Accelerator program is aimed at young companies in the healthcare, life science, performance materials, and IT sectors. The program will run for three months, in which ... more

Evonik globalizes research & development for the cosmetic industry

Evonik is driving the internationalization of its research & development (R&D) for the cosmetic industry forward. “Evonik is one of the world's leading manufacturers of products and active ingredients for the cosmetic industry. The distinctly expanded global structure of Innovation Manageme ... more

DSM Dyneema names Motahari Pour to succedd de Reuver as President

DSM Dyneema announces that, after five years in the post Gerard de Reuver has elected to step down as President of DSM Dyneema on 1 August 2015. He will be succeeded by Golnar Motahari Pour, a German national with extensive global management experience.The transition will begin immediately, ... more

Flexicon opens Barcelona office

Flexicon (Europe) Ltd has opened a new office here to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support to customers throughout Spain, it was announced by Keith Bourton, Managing Director. "The Barcelona location, coupled with our new Spanish language website, will fue ... more

The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China

Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today's electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world's rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived, the occurrence spurred calls for developing mines outside ... more

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Detecting small metallic contaminants in food via magnetization

The detection of metallic contaminants in foods is important for our health and safety. However, existing inspection methods have limitations. For instance, the X-ray radiation method cannot detect contaminants with sizes smaller than 1 mm with current practical X-ray levels, and it cannot ... more

'Seeing' molecular interactions could give boost to organic electronics

Organic materials are increasingly being applied in cutting-edge technologies. Organic semiconductors, for example, are being used to develop paper-thin, plastic LED screens.Materials scientists need to understand the structures and physical properties of organic materials at the atomic lev ... more

Fossil fuel emissions will complicate radiocarbon dating, warns scientist

Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years old. Carbon released by burning fossil fuels is diluting radioactive carbon-14 and artificially raising the radiocarbon 'age' of the atmosphere, ... more

A most singular nano-imaging technique

Just as proteins are one of the basic building blocks of biology, nanoparticles can serve as the basic building blocks for next generation materials. In keeping with this parallel between biology and nanotechnology, a proven technique for determining the three dimensional structures of indi ... more

A graphene-based sensor that is tunable and highly sensitive

Many areas of fundamental research are interested in graphene owing to its exceptional characteristics. It is made of one layer of carbon atoms, which makes it light and sturdy, and it is an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. Despite its apparently limitless potential, however, few ... more

NETZSCH Acquires GABO

NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH announced its acquisition of GABO QUALIMETER Testanlagen GmbH. GABO QUALIMETER Testanlagen GmbH, located in Ahlden, Germany, is a globally leading manufacturer of high-force dynamic mechanical thermal analyzers (DMA/DMTA). Their instruments are the industry standard i ... more

Researchers Develop Ultrahigh-Resolution 3D Microscopy Technique for Electric Fields

Using a single molecule as a sensor, scientists in Jülich have successfully imaged electric potential fields with unrivalled precision. The ultrahigh-resolution images provide information on the distribution of charges in the electron shells of single molecules and even atoms. The 3D techni ... more

Nanopores for improved radar sensor technology

Nanostructures etched into the surface: TU Wien develops a new processing technology to improve the electrical properties of glass ceramic circuit boards. As you ease your foot off the accelerator, a radar sensor detects how far away you are from the other cars and intelligently adjusts you ... more

Fundamental observation of spin-controlled electrical conduction in metals

Modern magnetic memories, such as hard drives installed in almost every computer, can store a very large amount of information thanks to very tiny, nanoscale magnetic sensors used for memory readout. The operation of these magnetic sensors, called the spin-valves, is based on the effect of ... more

New technique enables magnetic patterns to be mapped in 3D

An international collaboration has succeeded in using synchrotron light to detect and record the complex 3D magnetisation in wound magnetic layers. This technique could be important in the development of devices that are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, such as in medical diagnostics fo ... more

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Nature has more than one way to grow a crystal

Scientists have long worked to understand how crystals grow into complex shapes. Crystals are important in materials from skeletons and shells to soils and semiconductor materials, but much is unknown about how they form. Now, an international group of researchers has shown how nature uses ... more

Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. ... more

DSM and CVC finalize partnership for Polymer Intermediates and Composite Resins

Royal DSM and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) announced that the partnership for DSM's activities in Polymer Intermediates (Caprolactam and Acrylonitrile) and Composite Resins through the formation of a new company, ChemicaInvest B.V., has been finalized. With all regulatory approvals now receiv ... more

How to look for a few good catalysts

Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of chemical reactions; wetting refers to how liquids spread across a surface. Now researchers at MIT and other institutions have found that these two processes, which had ... more

Merck Announces Application Period for Start-ups

Merck is calling for national and international start-ups to apply for funding of innovative ideas by August 14, 2015. The Accelerator program is aimed at young companies in the healthcare, life science, performance materials, and IT sectors. The program will run for three months, in which ... more

Evonik globalizes research & development for the cosmetic industry

Evonik is driving the internationalization of its research & development (R&D) for the cosmetic industry forward. “Evonik is one of the world's leading manufacturers of products and active ingredients for the cosmetic industry. The distinctly expanded global structure of Innovation Manageme ... more

DSM Dyneema names Motahari Pour to succedd de Reuver as President

DSM Dyneema announces that, after five years in the post Gerard de Reuver has elected to step down as President of DSM Dyneema on 1 August 2015. He will be succeeded by Golnar Motahari Pour, a German national with extensive global management experience.The transition will begin immediately, ... more

Flexicon opens Barcelona office

Flexicon (Europe) Ltd has opened a new office here to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support to customers throughout Spain, it was announced by Keith Bourton, Managing Director. "The Barcelona location, coupled with our new Spanish language website, will fue ... more

The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China

Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today's electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world's rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived, the occurrence spurred calls for developing mines outside ... more

New chemistry makes strong bonds weak

Researchers at Princeton have developed a new chemical reaction that breaks the strongest bond in a molecule instead of the weakest, completely reversing the norm for reactions in which bonds are evenly split to form reactive intermediates.Published in the Journal of the American Chemical S ... more

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Solvay starts up new fluoroelastomers plant in Changshu, China

Solvay has begun production at its new fluoroelastomers (FKM) plant in Changshu, China, as part of its ongoing strategic site expansion, to meet booming demand for its specialty polymers from Asia’s fast-growing automotive industry and multiple other high-end markets.As Solvay Specialty Pol ... more

Huntsman Acquires Polyurethane Elastomer Manufacturer Tecnoelastomeri

Huntsman Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy.  2014 sales revenue for Tecnoelastomeri was approxi ... more

Frederic Jacquin is appointed CEO of Bluestar Silicones

Frédéric Jacquin, 48, a Master’s graduate of CELSA and also holding an MBA from ESSEC has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bluestar Silicones. After spending much of his career in the Rhodia Group with different responsibilities in the areas of marketing and communication he ... more

Natural rubber from dandelions

Dandelions are modest plants that are an excellent alternative source for a raw material of high demand: natural rubber, the fundamental ingredient in rubber products. Fraunhofer researchers have established the basis for the large-scale production of high quality rubber with Russian dandel ... more

Mexichem’s VESTOLIT Subsidiary to Increase Specialty PVC Capacity in German Plant

Vestolit, a 100% subsidiary of Mexichem acquired in 2014, announced that it will build a new production line with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons of Paste (Emulsion) PVC. The line will combine the established leading polymerization technology with a newly developed, energy efficien ... more

Bayer MaterialScience: Further milestone in the manufacture of plastics from CO2

Bayer MaterialScience has taken another major step toward using CO2 for plastic production from 2016. A production line is currently under construction for this purpose at the Dormagen site in Germany. A chemical reactor weighing some 25 metric tons has now been put in place at the heart of ... more

High-Performance and Product Differentiation Critical for Success in the Elastomers Market

The global elastomers market is all set to usher in an era of innovation with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) increasingly demanding high-performance materials. Owing to the profusion of choice, customers are likely to base their purchase decisions on performance metrics such as dur ... more

General James F. Amos Appointed Chairman of LORD Corporation Board of Directors

LORD Corporation announced that Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.) has been appointed chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors.General Amos recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and joined LORD Corporation's Board of Directors in December 2014.  Amos was s ... more

DSM and Ascend form global strategic alliance for supply of polyamide 66 compounds

Royal DSM and Ascend Performance Materials Inc. announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the supply of compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66). Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon® PA66 ... more

Sartomer Europe increases prices of monomers and oligomers

Effective June 1st 2015, or as existing contracts allow, Sartomer Europe will increase prices of its monomers and oligomers sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This increase, ranging from 4 to 8% depending on the product families, is a consequence of the recent rise of the feedstocks, c ... more

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Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addit ... more

Honeywell To Acquire Elster

Honeywell announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc, a  provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and softwar ... more

INDUSTRIEPREIS 2015: Fritsch convinced

For the tenth 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 are chosen: the FRITSCH Jaw Crusher PULVERISETTE 1 premium lin ... more

New Q&More Online Portal: A Knowledge Network for Laboratory Professionals

The English version of the q&more online portal is now available online. The q&more portal was developed in a unique cooperation between succidia AG and CHEMIE.DE Information Service GmbH, and is supported by METTLER TOLEDO. It is aimed specifically at decision-makers, and uses attractive c ... more

Waters Corporation Announces Christopher J. O'Connell as Chief Executive Officer

Waters Corporation announced that Christopher J. O'Connell has been appointed as its new President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of its Board of Directors, effective in September 2015. Chris joins Waters® from Medtronic plc.Over his 21 years at Medtronic, Chris O'Connell held a ... more

David Newble joins TTP Labtech as new managing director

TTP Labtech announced the appointment of David Newble as its new managing director. Dr. Jas Sangera, founder, managing director and key driver for the company for the last 14 years, will continue his role as the company’s chairman.David Newble has a proven track record of growing life scien ... more

IDEX Corporation Acquires Alfa Valvole

IDEX Corporation announced the acquisition of Alfa Valvole, s.r.l. Located in Casorezzo, Italy, Alfa has revenues of approximately €30 million and will operate within the IDEX Fluid & Metering Technologies segment. Alfa was acquired for approximately €102 million and is expected to be accre ... more

Nanotechnology leads to stronger cleanroom standards

The disciplines are converging: first it was mechanics and electronics that grew closer together – now it is the turn of semiconductor-electronic and optics components and sub-assemblies. Optoelectronic hybrids are putting even greater demands on cleanroom technology. The first order of bus ... more

Danaher To Acquire Pall Corporation

Danaher Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pall Corporation pursuant to which Danaher will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pall for $127.20 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, including assume ... more

New manager at JULABO UK

Since April 2015, Gary Etherington has assumed the management of the JULABO subsidiary in the UK. Gary Etherington has significant experience within the laboratory market in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He started his career as application support specialist. In the course of his career he ... more

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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

Huber represented in the USA now

Huber Kältemaschinenbau continues its international expansion. From this date, the expert for high precision thermoregulation headquartered in Offenburg, Germany will be represented in the USA by a new branch establishment. Under the name of "Huber USA Inc.", the new US affiliate will direc ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

Frost & Sullivan: Political Acceptance of Shale Gas as a Fuel Will Affect the Sensors Market for the Industry

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking. With governments still being undecided on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted, ... more

Berghof GmbH: Changes to Central Management

As of 1 August 2014 Stefan Stemmer is the new CEO of  Berghof GmbH, taking over in the post from Nikolaus Rombach, who was previously in charge of the holding company and the five subsidiaries (Berghof Auftragsanalytik + Umweltengineering, Berghof Automation, Berghof Fluoroplastic Technolog ... more

GEMÜ: 50 years of experience in valve design

The company Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG - GEMÜ for short - based in Ingelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded by Fritz Müller in his parents' garage, the manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems can now look back on a ... more

Expansion of Oil, Gas and Energy Industries Powers Automation and Control Solutions Market in CIS Countries

Upcoming brownfield and greenfield projects in the oil and gas and power generation industries will sustain the demand for automation and control solutions (ACS) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Among the countries in the region (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, ... more

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission ... more

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

Since 1995 SensoTech is certified by the international quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001. “Our commitment to quality is an essential part of our corporate philosophy. The re-certification confirms our continuous customer orientation and the related focus of our business processes ... more

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

The start of calendar year 2014 will see some changes to the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG headed by President and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke. The enlargement of the Executive Board and the reallocation of responsibilities are aimed at driving forward the consistent positioning of ZEISS as ... more

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Queen's researchers develop technology to reduce cost of purifying natural gas

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge method of reducing the carbon dioxide content of natural gas, a process of major economic and environmental importance in the oil and gas industry.A team of researchers in the Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratorie ... more

Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

The United States now produces about as much crude oil as Saudi Arabia does, and enough natural gas to export in large quantities. That's thanks to hydraulic fracturing, a mining practice that involves a rock-cracking pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals.Ongoing research by Stanford ... more

Verder Liquids Division expands with acquisition of Ponndorf Gerätetechnik GmbH

Verder International BV has acquired Ponndorf Gerätetechnik GmbH. Ponndorf has been producing pumps since 1953; the current director Till Völker, third generation Ponndorf family, will remain active in the company.  “We are pleased to welcome Ponndorf in the Verder Group of companies. With ... more

Watson-Marlow acquires MasoSine Manufacturing and Pump Distributorship

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) has acquired the MasoSine® sinusoidal pump manufacturing and distribution business from PRIMIX Corporation in Japan, through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, for £2.8 million. This important acquisition will further strengthen the ... more

L.B. Bohle rejuvenates management team

L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH has taken advantage of the 2014 business year to prepare itself for the future with investments of several millions. The newly built Technology Center at the Ennigerloh headquarters was inaugurated in March 2015. "Together with customers, partners and s ... more

Close of ACHEMA 2015: Great atmosphere, good results

ACHEMA 2015 ended in Frankfurt. More than 166,000 participants used the five day event to see the offerings of 3,813 exhibitors for the chemical, pharma and food industry. “We are very happy that not only the figures add up, but obviously the quality of the event has been  perceived as very ... more

ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers and McPhy Energy seal a strategic commercial alliance in the area of hydrogen generation

ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers and McPhy Energy, a developer of hydrogen-based solutions for industry and energy markets, have signed a strategic commercial agreement in the area of hydrogen generation. McPhy Energy will become ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ exclusive supplier ... more

These are the overall winners of the ACHEMA Start-Up Award

Volterion, 4GENE and Ionera are the three talented winners of the first ACHEMA Start-Up Award. The awards were presented during the Opening Session of ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The concepts of the three winning start-up teams convinced the experts on the jury from both a technological and an eco ... more

“Global summit of innovations“: ACHEMA opens in Frankfurt

With 3,813 exhibitors and about 133,000 m² exhibition space ACHEMA has opened in Frankfurt. For the first time, the majority – 53,9 % of the exhibitors – come from abroad. The biggest groups behind Germany come from China and Italy. Until Friday, the organizers expect about 167,000 particip ... more

Emerson names Andreas Fuchs as General Manager, Germany

Emerson Process Management announced the appointment of Andreas Fuchs as General Manager, Germany. Andreas joined Emerson in 2004 and was instrumental in the global launch of the DeltaV SIS modern process safety system. Over the past six years, as Director of Strategic Services, he has esta ... more

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