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AkzoNobel successfully delivers on 2015 targets

AkzoNobel today reported fourth quarter and full-year results including the successful delivery on 2015 financial targets. Full-year operating income increased 59 percent to €1,573 million (excluding incidentals up 36 percent at €1,462 million), as a result of process optimization, lower co ... more

Glass cones shine new light on radially polarised beams

Physicists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new and inexpensive way to make radially polarised white light, which could help scientific advances in astronomy and microscopy. Dr Neal Radwell and Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have ... more

New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices. Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with applications as wide-ranging as display technology to medi ... more

Making sense of metallic glass

If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium, palladium, iron, titanium, copper, and ... more

Superconductivity: footballs with no resistance

Superconductors have long been confined to niche applications, due to the fact that the highest temperature at which even the best of these materials becomes resistance-free is minus 70 degrees Celsius. Nowadays they are mainly used in magnets for nuclear magnetic resonance tomographs, fusi ... more

Compass Minerals reports 2015 results

Compass Minerals reported lower full-year and quarterly earnings when compared to 2014 as a result of mild winter weather and a weak agricultural market. Despite the near-term headwinds, the company announced that its board of directors has approved a 5 percent increase in the quarterly div ... more

Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous material have remained elusive ... more

A deep look into a single molecule

A German research group has demonstrated the first implementation of a non-destructive state detection technique for molecular ions. Piet Schmidt and his colleagues from the QUEST-Institute at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) observed changes in the rotational state of a trap ... more

Is lignin the crude oil of the future?

We associate refineries with crude oil and a dense tangle of technical fittings. They may, however, change in the future - if crude oil is replaced by lignin, a product currently treated as industrial waste. The research route leading towards this goal is being paved by new photocatalysts, ... more

Metal oxide sandwiches: New option to manipulate properties of interfaces

Sandwich systems of thin film transition metal oxides display surprising properties at their interfaces. In case of the paradigmatic example of Lanthan-Aluminate ( LaAlO3) and Strontium-Titanate (SrTiO3) both materials are insulators and non-magnetic, while their interface has been observed ... more

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Glass cones shine new light on radially polarised beams

Physicists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new and inexpensive way to make radially polarised white light, which could help scientific advances in astronomy and microscopy. Dr Neal Radwell and Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have ... more

A deep look into a single molecule

A German research group has demonstrated the first implementation of a non-destructive state detection technique for molecular ions. Piet Schmidt and his colleagues from the QUEST-Institute at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) observed changes in the rotational state of a trap ... more

New material lights up when detecting explosives

Scientists have created a material which turns fluorescent if there are molecules from explosives in the vicinity. The discovery could improve e.g. airport security - and also it gives us an insight into a rather chaotic micro-world where molecules and atoms constantly are responding to the ... more

Scientists film exploding nanoparticles

Using a super X-ray microscope, an international research team has “filmed” the explosion of single nanoparticles. The team led by Tais Gorkhover from Technische Universität Berlin, currently working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. as a fellow of the Volkswagen Found ... more

Sartorius Grows by Double Digits

Sartorius grew very dynamically again in 2015 according to its preliminary figures and further increased its profitability. The company achieved or exceeded its financial targets raised during the reporting year. For the current fiscal year as well, management expects to record significant ... more

New each week: Customized industry information on chemistry, life sciences and analytics

With the new year getting under way, there is great news for all those who look for up-to-date news and information from the chemical, life sciences and analytics industries: the newsletters of CHEMIE.DE’s industry portals have been completely overhauled. As before, they feature current ind ... more

Chemical fingerprints confirm the saffron fraud

Saffron from Spain is one of the world's most superior varieties, but the majority of this product which is labelled and exported as such originates in other countries. Scientists from the Czech Republic and Spain confirmed this false labelling after analysing 44 commercial products. By usi ... more

Thermal cameras snoop beneath surfaces to reveal materials’ secrets

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are pioneering the use of infrared cameras to image additive manufacturing processes in hopes of better understanding how processing conditions affect the strength, residual stresses and microstructure of 3D-printed part ... more

Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion

An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear fusion--a process that powers the Sun and other stars, and has the potential to supply the world with limitless, clean energy. The team, led by scientists and engineers at the University of California, ... more

Metamaterials boost sensitivity of MRI machines

A group of researchers from Russia, Australia and the Netherlands have developed a technology that can reduce Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning times by more than 50%, meaning hospitals can drastically increase the number of scans without changing equipment. This extraordinary leap ... more

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AkzoNobel successfully delivers on 2015 targets

AkzoNobel today reported fourth quarter and full-year results including the successful delivery on 2015 financial targets. Full-year operating income increased 59 percent to €1,573 million (excluding incidentals up 36 percent at €1,462 million), as a result of process optimization, lower co ... more

Glass cones shine new light on radially polarised beams

Physicists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new and inexpensive way to make radially polarised white light, which could help scientific advances in astronomy and microscopy. Dr Neal Radwell and Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have ... more

New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices. Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with applications as wide-ranging as display technology to medi ... more

Making sense of metallic glass

If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium, palladium, iron, titanium, copper, and ... more

Superconductivity: footballs with no resistance

Superconductors have long been confined to niche applications, due to the fact that the highest temperature at which even the best of these materials becomes resistance-free is minus 70 degrees Celsius. Nowadays they are mainly used in magnets for nuclear magnetic resonance tomographs, fusi ... more

Compass Minerals reports 2015 results

Compass Minerals reported lower full-year and quarterly earnings when compared to 2014 as a result of mild winter weather and a weak agricultural market. Despite the near-term headwinds, the company announced that its board of directors has approved a 5 percent increase in the quarterly div ... more

Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous material have remained elusive ... more

A deep look into a single molecule

A German research group has demonstrated the first implementation of a non-destructive state detection technique for molecular ions. Piet Schmidt and his colleagues from the QUEST-Institute at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) observed changes in the rotational state of a trap ... more

Is lignin the crude oil of the future?

We associate refineries with crude oil and a dense tangle of technical fittings. They may, however, change in the future - if crude oil is replaced by lignin, a product currently treated as industrial waste. The research route leading towards this goal is being paved by new photocatalysts, ... more

Metal oxide sandwiches: New option to manipulate properties of interfaces

Sandwich systems of thin film transition metal oxides display surprising properties at their interfaces. In case of the paradigmatic example of Lanthan-Aluminate ( LaAlO3) and Strontium-Titanate (SrTiO3) both materials are insulators and non-magnetic, while their interface has been observed ... more

All news on chemistry

LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 ... more

New ceramic firefighting foam becomes stronger when temperature increases

A team of chemists from ITMO University, in collaboration with research company SOPOT, has developed a novel type of firefighting foam based on inorganic silica nanoparticles. The new foam beats existing analogues in fire extinguishing capacity, thermal and mechanical stability and biocompa ... more

BASF to expand compounding capacities for engineering plastics

BASF is expanding the compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Europe. Presumably from 2017 it will be possible to additionally produce up to 70,000 metric tons per year of Ultramid® (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur® (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) at the Schwarzheide site, Germany. ... more

Covestro’s positive momentum continues

Following a successful third quarter, materials manufacturer Covestro sees confirmation of its confidence for the full fiscal year. The company, which was recently listed on the stock market, expects a substantial increase in profitability in 2015. Free operating cash flow is on track for a ... more

Semiconductor nanoparticles show high luminescence in a polymer matrix

Semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly being used as photoluminescent materials in bio-imaging, photonics, and optoelectronic applications. However, these QDs must have stable photoluminescence properties to be used in these applications. Photoluminescence s ... more

New polymer creates safer fuels

Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an explosion upon impact. Researchers at Caltech and JPL have discovered a polymeric fuel additive ... more

Smaller is better for nanotube analysis

In a great example of "less is more," Rice University scientists have developed a powerful method to analyze carbon nanotubes in solution. The researchers' variance spectroscopy technique zooms in on small regions in dilute nanotube solutions to take quick spectral snapshots. By analyzing t ... more

Ban on microbeads offers best chance to protect oceans and aquatic species

An outright ban on the common use of plastic "microbeads" from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis. These microbeads are one part of the microplastic pro ... more

WSU researchers create super-stretchable metallic conductors for flexible electronics

Washington State University researchers have discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking. The discovery could lead to dramatic improvements and addresses one of the biggest challenges in flexible electronics, an industry still in i ... more

Plastic in 99 percent of seabirds by 2050

Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut. The study, led by Dr Chris Wilcox with co-authors Dr Denise Hardesty and Dr Erik van Sebille ... more

All news on plastics

Sartorius Grows by Double Digits

Sartorius grew very dynamically again in 2015 according to its preliminary figures and further increased its profitability. The company achieved or exceeded its financial targets raised during the reporting year. For the current fiscal year as well, management expects to record significant ... more

New material for detecting photons captures more quantum information

Detecting individual particles of light just got a bit more precise - by 74 picoseconds to be exact - thanks to advances in materials by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and their colleagues in fabricating superconducting nanowires. Although 74 picoseconds m ... more

The world's tiniest temperature sensor is powered by radio waves

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a very tiny wireless temperature sensor that is powered in a very special way: from the radio waves that are part of the sensor's wireless network. This means that the sensor needs not even a single wire, nor a battery ... more

Hübner acquires Cobolt

The German HÜBNER Group and the Swedish Cobolt Group have signed an agreement that results in HÜBNER acquiring 100% control of Cobolt’s business. The transaction, which was completed on December 4th 2015, will result in a strengthened business, well-placed to service an increasing portion o ... more

Lifetime Business Achievement Medal of Honor

As part of the annual awards ceremony for the Lifetime Business Achievement Medal of Honor event, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Nils Shmid presented Gerhard Juchheim with the Lifetime Business Achievement Medal of Honor for 2015 from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Since 197 ... more

Analytik Jena Opens Swiss Branch Office at the Endress+Hauser Headquarters

Analytik Jena AG has established a branch office on the premises of Endress+Hauser at the Reinach site near Basel in Switzerland. “This step is part of our strategy to further expand our international sales structure and to establish our own organization and direct sales wherever tangible g ... more

Bruker announces Rene Lenggenhager as BioSpin Group president

Bruker announced the appointment of Dr. Rene Lenggenhager as President of the Bruker BioSpin Group, effective November 1st, 2015.  Rene has over 25 years of management experience in international high-tech companies and in the scientific instruments industry, where his responsibilities have ... more

12 Months of Better Results from Mettler Toledo

Mettler Toledo presents a special offer for 2016 - a limited-edition, full-color lab calendar. More than a way to track days and dates, this 12-month calendar will provide a series of enlightening topics devoted to ensuring weighing accuracy in all critical lab processes. Using calendar pag ... more

Sartorius grows

Sartorius closed the first nine months of 2015 with significant double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 19.9%, excluding currency effects, to 856.6 million euros; the reported figure surged 30.2%. Its sales revenue climbed 18.5% in constant cu ... more

Analytik Jena AG Expands Executive Management Board

At a meeting in September, the Supervisory Board of Analytik Jena AG made the decision to expand the Company’s Executive Board. In this way, the Company is responding to its growth and the ever-increasing challenges associated with its operational business. The management body of the Jena-b ... more

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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

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

MKS Instruments Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

MKS Instruments, Inc. reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results. Fourth Quarter Financial Results Sales were $203 million, an increase of 9% from $187 million in the third quarter of 2014, and similar to sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 which were $204 million. Fourth ... more

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

MKS Instruments Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results

MKS Instruments, Inc. reports third quarter 2014 financial results. Sales were $187 million, an increase of 1% from $185 million in the second quarter of 2014, and an increase of 12% from $166 million in the third quarter of 2013. Third quarter net income was $29.1 million, or $0.55 per dil ... 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

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Univation Technologies and The Linde Group to cooperate on advancing polyethylene plant and cracker integration

Univation Technologies and The Linde Group's Engineering Division have entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at providing performance and cost efficiencies for the production of polyethylene resins. The parties expect that this exclusive partnership will deliver measurable benefits to ... more

Material solutions – inside and on top

Functional coatings are an ideal way to endow products with new properties by using just a minimum of extra material. Fraunhofer ISC develops customized coatings based on inorganic materials and hybrid polymers suited for roll-to-roll processing. These coatings are non-flammable, environmen ... more

Simulation of fast, accurate DNA sequencing through graphene nanopore

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid, accurate gene sequencing by pulling a DNA molecule through a tiny, chemically activated hole in graphene--an ultrathin sheet of carbon atoms--and detecting changes in electrical ... more

Self-adaptive material heals itself, stays tough

The Rice material called SAC (for self-adaptive composite) consists of what amounts to sticky, micron-scale rubber balls that form a solid matrix. The researchers made SAC by mixing two polymers and a solvent that evaporates when heated, leaving a porous mass of gooey spheres. When cracked, ... more

A new way to print 3-D metals and alloys

While current methods rely on vast metal powder beds and expensive lasers or electron beams, Northwestern's new technique uses liquid inks and common furnaces, resulting in a cheaper, faster, and more uniform process. The Northwestern team also demonstrated that the new method works for an ... more

Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water

For years, scientists have been pursuing ways to imitate a leaf's photosynthetic power to make hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight. In a new twist, a team has come up with another kind of device that mimics two of a leaf's processes -- photosynthesis and transpiration -- to harness solar ... more

New facility will test how long nuclear reactor components last

McMaster University nuclear safety expert John Luxat's aim is to create a legacy of advanced nuclear research capability in a regional research facility in Hamilton, Ont., called the Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS). It's taken six years of planning and $24.5 million from the Cana ... more

High-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

Cast iron can be modified through the manufacturing process to optimize its mechanical and physical properties, such as strength and durability. But the manufacturing process is as much art as science, producing good results yet not capturing cast iron's full potential. Controversy still ex ... more

Why Antarctic penguins do not freeze

Antarctic penguins are masters in adapting to their environment. One of the most impressive examples of this ability has to date puzzled scientists: penguins dive through freezing cold water and yet they are able to move about on land afterwards in extremely low temperatures of around -40 ° ... more

Photonic 'sintering' may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic "sintering," which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple ... more

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  • Price Development

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

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

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for 1,3-Butylene Glycol

    Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective July 1, 2015, or as contracts allow.   Asia,North America, Latin America North America Europe, Middle East, Africa Product USD/mt USD/lb EUR/mt 1,3-Butylene Glycol (1,3-BG Industrial Qualit ... more

    LANXESS: Price increase for several synthetic elastomers

    The High Performance Elastomers business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS raises its prices for several synthetic rubbers in Europe, Middle East and Africa effective June 1, 2015 as follows: The price adjustments per metric ton for its EPDM grades is EUR 100. The price adjustm ... more

  • Market

    Waters Opens Subsidiaries in Malaysia

    Waters Corporation announced the opening of a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to more effectively supply all Waters products and services to customers directly. “Due to the dynamic development of the analytical instrument business in Malaysia, Waters is delighted to extend our support ... more

    BASF expands scope of innovation

    BASF is substantially expanding the scope of its research and development (R&D) capabilities in Asia Pacific, with a series of initiatives to bring innovation closer to customers in the region. Overall, BASF aims to locate around a quarter of its global R&D activities in Asia Pacific. The s ... more

    Technavio: Use of nanotechnology in textile production

    The latest report by Technavio pinpoints the growth of the smart and interactive textile market, which are fabrics embedded with electronic components. These fabrics have a wide range of applications such as health monitoring, heat management, and communication. “There is an increasing dema ... more

  • Research

    Glass cones shine new light on radially polarised beams

    Physicists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new and inexpensive way to make radially polarised white light, which could help scientific advances in astronomy and microscopy. Dr Neal Radwell and Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have ... more

    New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

    An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices. Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with applications as wide-ranging as display technology to medi ... more

    Making sense of metallic glass

    If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium, palladium, iron, titanium, copper, and ... more

  • Technology

    Glass cones shine new light on radially polarised beams

    Physicists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new and inexpensive way to make radially polarised white light, which could help scientific advances in astronomy and microscopy. Dr Neal Radwell and Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have ... more

    New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

    An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices. Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with applications as wide-ranging as display technology to medi ... more

    Making sense of metallic glass

    If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium, palladium, iron, titanium, copper, and ... more

  • Business

    AkzoNobel successfully delivers on 2015 targets

    AkzoNobel today reported fourth quarter and full-year results including the successful delivery on 2015 financial targets. Full-year operating income increased 59 percent to €1,573 million (excluding incidentals up 36 percent at €1,462 million), as a result of process optimization, lower co ... more

    New each week: Customized industry information on chemistry, life sciences and analytics

    With the new year getting under way, there is great news for all those who look for up-to-date news and information from the chemical, life sciences and analytics industries: the newsletters of CHEMIE.DE’s industry portals have been completely overhauled. As before, they feature current ind ... more

    KRAHN CHEMIE and OXEA to expand their cooperation in France

    As of February 1, 2016, KRAHN CHEMIE will take over the distribution of OXEA specialty esters in France. For this purpose, it’s establishing a local sales team that will operate from the French branch of the sister company ALBIS PLASTIC during the initial phase. KRAHN CHEMIE plans on furthe ... more

  • People

    Scientific Director of IPP awarded Emmy Noether Prize

    The Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics has been awarded by the European Physical Society (EPS) to Professor Sibylle Günter, Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics at Garching and Greifswald. As one of the world’s leading female scientists in the field of t ... more

    Markus Antonietti receives Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize

    Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Markus Antonietti, director at the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, was awarded the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize. The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation under the aegis of the French Academy of Sciences have announced ... more

    Dirk Van Meirvenne changes from Bayer to Lanxess

    Effective May 1, 2016, Dirk Van Meirvenne (52) will take charge of the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit at specialty chemicals company LANXESS. His predecessor Hubert Fink was appointed to the Board of Management of LANXESS AG on October 1, 2015 and has since been acting head ... more

  • Manufacturing

    More silicon fluids from Burghausen

    The Munich-based WACKER Group has expanded its production capacity for functional silicone fluids at its Burghausen site. With the new expansion stage, which came on stream in early January, WACKER is meeting the rising global demand for specialty fluids and silicone emulsions in the coatin ... more

    AkzoNobel and Evonik break ground for production joint venture in Germany

    AkzoNobel and Evonik Industries have broken ground at the site of their production joint venture for chlorine and potassium hydroxide solution at Ibbenbüren in Germany. AkzoNobel will use the new plant to produce chlorine and hydrogen, which are essential ingredients for the chemical indust ... more

    LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 ... more

  • Products

    License agreement for analytical chemistry tech signed by ORNL and SCIEX

    The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SCIEX of Framingham, Mass., have signed a licensing agreement for technologies that speed up, simplify and expand the use of analytic chemistry equipment. SCIEX is a manufacturer of mass spectrometers used to identify and characte ... more

    New technique offers strong, flawless 3-D printed ceramics

    Researchers have developed a way to create ceramics using 3D printing that results in a strong material with little tendency to crack that can be fabricated into complex, curved and porous shapes. Ceramic materials offer many appealing qualities, including high-temperature stability, enviro ... more

    The world's tiniest temperature sensor is powered by radio waves

    Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a very tiny wireless temperature sensor that is powered in a very special way: from the radio waves that are part of the sensor's wireless network. This means that the sensor needs not even a single wire, nor a battery ... more

  • Finances

    AkzoNobel successfully delivers on 2015 targets

    AkzoNobel today reported fourth quarter and full-year results including the successful delivery on 2015 financial targets. Full-year operating income increased 59 percent to €1,573 million (excluding incidentals up 36 percent at €1,462 million), as a result of process optimization, lower co ... more

    Compass Minerals reports 2015 results

    Compass Minerals reported lower full-year and quarterly earnings when compared to 2014 as a result of mild winter weather and a weak agricultural market. Despite the near-term headwinds, the company announced that its board of directors has approved a 5 percent increase in the quarterly div ... more

    Sartorius Grows by Double Digits

    Sartorius grew very dynamically again in 2015 according to its preliminary figures and further increased its profitability. The company achieved or exceeded its financial targets raised during the reporting year. For the current fiscal year as well, management expects to record significant ... more

  • Career

    New site agreement for BASF SE

    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 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

    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

    KRAHN CHEMIE and OXEA to expand their cooperation in France

    As of February 1, 2016, KRAHN CHEMIE will take over the distribution of OXEA specialty esters in France. For this purpose, it’s establishing a local sales team that will operate from the French branch of the sister company ALBIS PLASTIC during the initial phase. KRAHN CHEMIE plans on furthe ... more

    Univation Technologies and The Linde Group to cooperate on advancing polyethylene plant and cracker integration

    Univation Technologies and The Linde Group's Engineering Division have entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at providing performance and cost efficiencies for the production of polyethylene resins. The parties expect that this exclusive partnership will deliver measurable benefits to ... more

    Imec extends collaboration with Total on next generation silicon solar cells

    Nanoelectronics research centre imec and energy company Total, announced that they have extended their collaboration to significantly increase the energy output of PV panels. Imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) on next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells is a multi-partner R ... more

  • Laws

    Upcoming ECHA notification deadlines

    By 14 October 2015, companies need to notify ECHA for dialuminium chloride pentahydroxide in product type 2, i.e. disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals as one successful declaration of interest was received. It is now time for any interested c ... more

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

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

    The risk potential of hormonally active substances is to be comprehensively characterised

    On the occasion of the EU Conference "Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts" held in Brussels on 1 June 2015, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) presented an extended proposal for the identification of endocrine disruptors. This identification is ... more

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    Mega pollution on mega sites

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

    Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Germany

    In order to take an important step towards limiting global warming to less than 2 °C compared to pre-industrial times, countries are expected to achieve a new international agreement on the climate at the UN climate conference in Paris at the end of the year. According to climate science, t ... more

    Disposal of effluents from neutralised Syrian chemical weapons completed

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) welcomes the completion of disposal of effluents resulting from neutralisation operations aboard the US vessel Cape Ray.  These operations governed the destruction at sea of almost 600 metric tonnes of sulphur mustard and methy ... more

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