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Ammonia by Phosphorus Catalysis

Ammonia synthesis through electroreduction of nitrogen on black phosphorus nanosheets

17-Jan-2019 More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber–Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Chinese scientists have now discovered that black phosphorus is an excellent catalyst for the electroreduction of ni ... more

Brenntag acquires lubrication business in the US

17-Jan-2019 Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors, Inc. that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors’ fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. The company servi ... more

LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

17-Jan-2019 LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the firs ... more

Nouryon opens new India HQ and research center

17-Jan-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters office and research center to support its operations in India. Located in Mumbai, the new location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables the company to better meet ... more

Merck Welcomes Ten New Startups to its Innovation Center

17-Jan-2019 Merck announced the ten startups that will be joining the seventh intake of its Accelerator program at the Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt. The teams come from nine different countries, making 2019 the most international intake in the Merck Accelerator’s history. They were chosen from ... more

Breakthrough in organic electronics

A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

Gaining control over soft-molecule synthesis

16-Jan-2019 By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. ... more

A novel method to monitor molecular aggregation

16-Jan-2019 Chiral molecules are defined as molecules that are non-superimposable on their mirror image, much like that of left and right human hand bone structure. There are many examples of chiral molecules in nature, including proteins and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The dynamic processes of these ... more

Making ammonia 'greener'

Smaller ammonia processing plants powered by alternative energy

15-Jan-2019 Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production. But while we've been producing ammonia at a large scale since the 1930s, it has been accomplished main ... more

ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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A novel method to monitor molecular aggregation

16-Jan-2019 Chiral molecules are defined as molecules that are non-superimposable on their mirror image, much like that of left and right human hand bone structure. There are many examples of chiral molecules in nature, including proteins and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The dynamic processes of these ... more

ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

Chirality in 'real-time'

Circular dichroism in the deep ultraviolet

11-Jan-2019 In nature, certain molecules with the same chemical composition, can exist in two different shapes that are mirrors images of each other, much like our hands. This property is known as "chirality" and molecules with different chirality are called enantiomers. Enantiomers can exhibit entirel ... more

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

Technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew

09-Jan-2019 High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed conti ... more

Pocket-size food scanner

General-use, cost-effective scanning technology that can be easily adapted

07-Jan-2019 According to a study by the environmental organization WWF Germany, ten million metric tons of food are thrown in the garbage every year in Germany despite still being edible. A mobile food scanner will allow consumers and supermarket operators in the future to test whether food items have ... more

Looking at molecules from two sides with table-top femtosecond soft-X-rays

03-Jan-2019 X-ray spectroscopy provides direct access into the nature of chemical bonds, from which the outcome of chemical reactions can be understood. For this, intense activities both at x-ray source development and implementation of new measurement methods is pursued by key research labs. Researche ... more

One of the world's fastest cameras films motion of electrons

Research team examines ultrafast conversion of light energy in a solid

24-Dec-2018 During the conversion of light into electricity, such as in solar cells, a large part of the input light energy is lost. This is due to the behaviour of electrons inside of materials. If light hits a material, it stimulates electrons energetically for a fraction of a second, before they pas ... more

Albemarle’s ribbon cutting ceremony

17-Dec-2018 Malvern Panalytical announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the successful installation of the Claisse® rFusion system for Albemarle Corporation was held on May 2, 2018 in Bayport, TX (USA). This event celebrates the achievement of a major project that will provide customers with e ... more

Novel Laser Technology for Microchip-Size Chemical Sensors

12-Dec-2018 "Frequency combs" are optimally suited for chemical sensors. A revolutionary technology developed at TU Wien (Vienna) now produces these laser frequencies in a much easier and more robust way. Most lasers have only one color.  All the photons it emits have exactly the same wavelength. Howev ... more

Sartorius Supervisory Board appoints two new Executive Board members

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

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Ammonia by Phosphorus Catalysis

Ammonia synthesis through electroreduction of nitrogen on black phosphorus nanosheets

17-Jan-2019 More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber–Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Chinese scientists have now discovered that black phosphorus is an excellent catalyst for the electroreduction of ni ... more

Brenntag acquires lubrication business in the US

17-Jan-2019 Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors, Inc. that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors’ fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. The company servi ... more

LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

17-Jan-2019 LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the firs ... more

Nouryon opens new India HQ and research center

17-Jan-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters office and research center to support its operations in India. Located in Mumbai, the new location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables the company to better meet ... more

Merck Welcomes Ten New Startups to its Innovation Center

17-Jan-2019 Merck announced the ten startups that will be joining the seventh intake of its Accelerator program at the Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt. The teams come from nine different countries, making 2019 the most international intake in the Merck Accelerator’s history. They were chosen from ... more

Breakthrough in organic electronics

A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

Gaining control over soft-molecule synthesis

16-Jan-2019 By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. ... more

A novel method to monitor molecular aggregation

16-Jan-2019 Chiral molecules are defined as molecules that are non-superimposable on their mirror image, much like that of left and right human hand bone structure. There are many examples of chiral molecules in nature, including proteins and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The dynamic processes of these ... more

Making ammonia 'greener'

Smaller ammonia processing plants powered by alternative energy

15-Jan-2019 Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production. But while we've been producing ammonia at a large scale since the 1930s, it has been accomplished main ... more

ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

All news on chemistry

LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

17-Jan-2019 LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the firs ... more

Breakthrough in organic electronics

A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic

How crystalline structure can affect the performance of MnO2 catalysts

10-Jan-2019 Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics. It should be no s ... more

Lacquering before polishing

Technical Coatings for Additive Manufacturing

05-Dec-2018 Additive Manufacturing (AM) has many advantages: custom manufacturing, flexible production and easy customization, for example. Yet many products have a high surface roughness and porosity. The post processing of the thus fabricated parts is time consuming and often a significant cost facto ... more

How to convert climate-changing carbon dioxide into plastics and other products

Scientists develop green chemistry based on a natural process

23-Nov-2018 Rutgers scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide - the main cause of global warming - into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products. The electrocatalysts are the first materials, aside from enzymes, that can turn carbon dioxide and water into carbon building b ... more

A transparent flexible material of silk and nanotubes

Nanotube interactions with silk fibroins - key to flexible, degradable electronics

02-Nov-2018 The silk fibers produced by Bombyx mori, the domestic silkworm, has been prized for millennia as a strong yet lightweight and luxurious material. Although synthetic polymers like nylon and polyester are less costly, they do not compare to silk's natural qualities and mechanical properties. ... more

New composite material that can cool itself down under extreme temperatures

29-Oct-2018 A cutting-edge material, inspired by nature, that can regulate its own temperature and could equally be used to treat burns and help space capsules withstand atmospheric forces is under development at the University of Nottingham. "A major challenge in material science is to work out how to ... more

KOLON BASF innoPOM starts commercial production of polyoxymethylene in Korea

29-Oct-2018 KOLON BASF innoPOM Inc., the 50:50 joint venture between KOLON PLASTICS and BASF established in 2016, started operations at its new polyoxymethylene (POM) production plant in Gimcheon, Korea. The new production with a capacity of 70,000 metric tons per year, combined with KOLON PLASTICS’ ex ... more

Key mysteries of spider silk unraveled

25-Oct-2018 Scientists at ASU are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin - weight for weight - at least five times as strong as steel. One of the fundamental mysteries of spider silk which has limited scientists' ability to produce artificia ... more

No assembly required

Self-assembling silicone-based polymers

24-Oct-2018 Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, RIKEN and Tohoku University have developed a silicone polymer chain that can self-assemble into a 3D periodic structure. They achieved this by using their recently reported self-assembling triptycene molecules to modify the ends of the polymer ch ... more

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LAUDA acquires laboratory specialist

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

Sartorius Supervisory Board appoints two new Executive Board members

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

KÖTTERMANN finds an investor

06-Dec-2018 The investor process of the KÖTTERMANN® Group, as specialist for laboratory equipment “Made in Germany”, has been successfully completed. The insolvency administrator Dr. Christian Willmer from the law firm WILLMERKÖSTER and the BLOCK® Group have agreed on the takeover. A corresponding purc ... more

analytica Vietnam records exhibitor rush

29-Oct-2018 About half a year before the start of analytica Vietnam, the trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics in Ho Chi Minh City is in greater demand than ever before. Now, by the end of Octo-ber, about 60 percent more exhibitors than in the same period of 2016 ... more

Sartorius continues to grow by double digits

Growth dynamics of the Lab Products & Services Division impacted by softer European demand

24-Oct-2018 Sartorius continued on the growth track, with double-digit gains in sales revenue and earnings. “In the first nine months of 2018, Sartorius achieved excellent organic growth,” said Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, Chief Executive Officer. “This applies particularly to the Bioprocess Solutions Divisi ... more

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

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

Innovative sensing technique could improve greenhouse gas analysis

Innovative sensing technique could improve greenhouse gas analysis

12-Oct-2018 An international team of researchers has used an unconventional imaging technique known as ghost imaging to make spectroscopic measurements of a gas molecule. The new approach by scientists at Tampere University of Technology in Finland, the University of Eastern Finland and the University ... more

SOPAT GmbH and Malvern Panalytical announce a distribution agreement for US market

09-Oct-2018 SOPAT GmbH announced a distribution agreement with Malvern Panalytical. Malvern Panalytical is now the exclusive distributor for a complete range of SOPAT photo-optical image analysis instrumentation and software in the United States of America. “We are thrilled to be working together with ... more

A smartphone system to test for lead in water

Can detect levels below EPA standards

28-Sep-2018 The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water drew renewed attention to the health risks posed by the metal. Now researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer that can detect lead in tap wate ... more

Over 600 Partnering discussions at the first European Chemistry Partnering Summer Summit

Industry ratio of participants over 70 %

27-Sep-2018 The first ECP Summer Summit ended today with an international get-together at the headquarters of the consumer and industrial goods company Henkel. 250 participants from 16 nations came together to exchange ideas on innovation across many disciplines: Over 600 partnering discussions took pl ... more

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ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

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

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

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

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

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

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

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

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

Huber opens new subsidiary in China

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

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

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

Evaluating risk of hydrogen embrittlement

New simulation of cold cracks in high-strength steels

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

Real-time layer thickness measurement with terahertz

18-Apr-2018 Terahertz is a key technology for non-destructive material testing. Major advantages are examinations without physical contact and the analysis of complex systems with a low contrast range, in which established methods like ultrasonic usually fail. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HH ... more

Emerson completes acquisition of ProSys

19-Jan-2018 Emerson announced it has acquired ProSys Inc., a global supplier of software and services that increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining industries. By building intuitive processes for plant operators, these solutions make everything from eve ... more

Peratech raises $12.4 million in financing from Merck Ventures, Arie Capital and existing investors

25-Oct-2017 Peratech, a world leader in 3D force-sensing technologies, announced it has subscribed $12.4 million (£9.2 million) to the round of funding, led by Merck Ventures the venture capital wing of Merck, along with Arie Capital and existing investors. This investment sends a clear signal of confi ... more

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Breakthrough in organic electronics

A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

Gaining control over soft-molecule synthesis

16-Jan-2019 By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. ... more

Making ammonia 'greener'

Smaller ammonia processing plants powered by alternative energy

15-Jan-2019 Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production. But while we've been producing ammonia at a large scale since the 1930s, it has been accomplished main ... more

Adapting natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water

14-Jan-2019 A chemical reaction pathway central to plant biology have been adapted to form the backbone of a new process that converts water into hydrogen fuel using energy from the sun. In a recent study from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, scientists have combined t ... more

Chemical synthesis of nanotubes

Nanometer-sized tubes made from simple benzene molecules

14-Jan-2019 For the first time, researchers used benzene - a common hydrocarbon - to create a novel kind of molecular nanotube, which could lead to new nanocarbon-based semiconductor applications. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry have been hard at work in their recently renovated lab in the ... more

'Flipped' metal oxide cage can sort CO2 from CO

Spherical vanadium oxide clusters that can trap and hold carbon dioxide

10-Jan-2019 How do you separate carbon dioxide from carbon monoxide? One way, showcased by a new study from Kanazawa University, is to use a bowl of vanadium. More precisely, a hollow, spherical cluster of vanadate molecules can discriminate between CO and CO2, allowing potential uses in CO2 storage an ... more

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

Technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew

09-Jan-2019 High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed conti ... more

Carrying and releasing nanoscale cargo with 'nanowrappers'

Nanocubes for biomedicine, catalysis and beyond

08-Jan-2019 This holiday season, scientists at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)--a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory--have wrapped a box of a different kind. Using a one-step chemical synthesis method, they engineered hollow metalli ... more

Powder could help cut CO2 emissions

20-Dec-2018 Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that can capture CO2 from factories and power plants. The powder, created in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is re ... more

Developing new materials for the fusion reactor

Success in developing vanadium alloys strong at high temperatures

11-Dec-2018 In the future fusion reactor, plasma is confined by using the magnetic field inside the doughnut-shaped vacuum vessel. The blanket is in a location where it almost touches the plasma, and as if to enfold the plasma the blanket is placed on the inner surface of the vacuum chamber. The blanke ... more

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    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    09-Dec-2016 When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of E ... more

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

    21-Oct-2016 The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

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

    27-Nov-2015 Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow.   USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

  • Market

    Brenntag acquires lubrication business in the US

    17-Jan-2019 Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors, Inc. that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors’ fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. The company servi ... more

    Nouryon opens new India HQ and research center

    17-Jan-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters office and research center to support its operations in India. Located in Mumbai, the new location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables the company to better meet ... more

    Colorful world: Ceresana analyzes the pigment market

    26-Nov-2018 The market research company Ceresana analyzed the entire pigment market already for the fifth time: 10 million tonnes were sold worldwide in 2017. The majority was utilized by the industry in Asia-Pacific. Due to above-average growth rates, demand in this region will presumably rise to almo ... more

  • Research

    Ammonia by Phosphorus Catalysis

    Ammonia synthesis through electroreduction of nitrogen on black phosphorus nanosheets

    17-Jan-2019 More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber–Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Chinese scientists have now discovered that black phosphorus is an excellent catalyst for the electroreduction of ni ... more

    Breakthrough in organic electronics

    A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

    16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

    Gaining control over soft-molecule synthesis

    16-Jan-2019 By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. ... more

  • Technology

    Breakthrough in organic electronics

    A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics

    16-Jan-2019 The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorganic semiconductors, such as silicon. Crucial to their function is a process called doping, which involves weaving impurities into the semiconductor to enhance its electrical conductivity. It is this that allows various components i ... more

    Gaining control over soft-molecule synthesis

    16-Jan-2019 By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. ... more

    A novel method to monitor molecular aggregation

    16-Jan-2019 Chiral molecules are defined as molecules that are non-superimposable on their mirror image, much like that of left and right human hand bone structure. There are many examples of chiral molecules in nature, including proteins and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The dynamic processes of these ... more

  • Business

    Brenntag acquires lubrication business in the US

    17-Jan-2019 Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors, Inc. that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors’ fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. The company servi ... more

    LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

    LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

    17-Jan-2019 LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the firs ... more

    Nouryon opens new India HQ and research center

    17-Jan-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters office and research center to support its operations in India. Located in Mumbai, the new location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables the company to better meet ... more

  • People

    Synthesis methods honoured

    18-Dec-2018 This year’s Ruzicka Prize has been awarded to Christof Sparr, Assistant Professor at the University of Basel. The 38-year-old ETH alumnus was honoured for his outstanding achievements in the development of new synthesis methods. Christof Sparr was born in 1980 in Appenzell. He studied chemi ... more

    Sartorius Supervisory Board appoints two new Executive Board members

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

    Change in Leadership at Oxea

    Dr. Oliver Borgmeier to Lead Oxea as New COO

    06-Dec-2018 The Board of the global chemical company Oxea has appointed Dr. Oliver Borgmeier (50) as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will manage Oxea’s business operations from January 1, 2019 as acting CEO. Dr. Borgmeier has been with the company for more than 13 years, most recently as Executive Vi ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

    LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

    17-Jan-2019 LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the firs ... more

    Oxea Lifts Force Majeure in Oberhausen, Germany

    07-Jan-2019 The  chemical company Oxea has lifted its declaration of force majeure for products from Oberhausen, Germany. The production units there are running at normal capacity again. The declaration of force majeure had become necessary because of an incident beyond Oxea's control at an important r ... more

    BASF to expand capacity for methane sulfonic acid

    21-Dec-2018 BASF intends to expand the production capacity for methane sulfonic acid (MSA) at its Ludwigshafen site by around 65 percent and increase the global capacity to 50,000 metric tons per year. With the investment the company further strengthens its position as the leading global producer of MS ... more

  • Products

    Lacquering before polishing

    Technical Coatings for Additive Manufacturing

    05-Dec-2018 Additive Manufacturing (AM) has many advantages: custom manufacturing, flexible production and easy customization, for example. Yet many products have a high surface roughness and porosity. The post processing of the thus fabricated parts is time consuming and often a significant cost facto ... more

    LABVOLUTION AWARD to honor outstanding advances in lab technology

    29-Aug-2018 There is no shortage of new initiatives, ideas and projects aimed at making laboratories run more smoothly. Keeping lab samples cool in storage while saving as much energy as possible, finding the best cleaning solution for maintaining the cleanliness of laboratory glassware, devising more ... more

    Neste aiming to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

    20-Jul-2018 Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030. ... more

  • Finances

    Brenntag acquires lubrication business in the US

    17-Jan-2019 Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors, Inc. that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors’ fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. The company servi ... more

    Spectro Scientific acquired by AMETEK

    30-Nov-2018 Spectro Scientific has been purchased by AMETEK, Inc. Spectro has annual sales of approximately $50 million and was acquired for approximately $190 million. Spectro was a privately held company and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. It joins AMETEK as part of its Electronic Inst ... more

    Almirall builds the largest self-consumption photovoltaic plant in Catalonia

    Generating 1,200 MWh per year, avoiding more than 479 tons of CO2

    29-Nov-2018 Almirall, S.A has completed the construction of an innovative 800 kWp photovoltaic plant, located in its pharmaceutical plant in Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona), which aims to save 12% of the electrical energy consumption from the site. This initiative is part of the company's policy to ... more

  • Career

    Agilent and University of Duisburg-Essen Announce Collaboration Agreement

    New Teaching and Research Center for Separation

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

    Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

    The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

    06-Apr-2018 As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, anal ... more

    Merck Named One of the Global Top Employers in 2018

    Top Employers Institute honors leading employers worldwide

    20-Feb-2018 Merck announced it has been named one of only 13 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The independent research shows Merck stands out as an exceptional employer with regard to talent development, performance management, and career and succession planning. In addition t ... more

  • Cooperation

    LANXESS plans cooperation with Standard Lithium for lithium recovery in the United States

    Development of battery grade lithium from the brine at El Dorado site

    12-Nov-2018 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Canadian company Standard Lithium Ltd. are planning to collaborate on the commercial production of battery grade lithium from the brine at El Dorado, Arkansas, USA. Both parties are currently considering setting up a joint venture. LANXESS operates th ... more

    Borealis announces collaboration with start-up Qpinch to scale up revolutionary heat recovery technology

    30-Oct-2018 Borealis announces its collaboration with Qpinch, a start-up that has developed a revolutionary technology to recover industrial waste heat, using an innovative chemical process. The start-up attracted intense industry attention after winning the 2015 “Emerging Technology” award in the annu ... more

    BASF and SINOPEC sign Memorandum of Understanding to expand cooperation in China

    Partners intend to explore new business opportunities in battery materials

    29-Oct-2018 BASF and SINOPEC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Beijing to further strengthen their partnership in upstream and downstream chemical production in China. The partners intend to build an additional steam cracker and to further expand their existing 50:50 joint venture, BAS ... more

  • Laws

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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

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

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    23-Jun-2017 Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

  • Politics

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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

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

    AkzoNobel joins partnership to explore opportunities for green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' in Sweden

    22-Mar-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is partnering with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra and packaging materials company ... more

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