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Changing the color of light

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light.They won't be tinkering with what you ... more

Brown University begins study of early life chemical exposures

 Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Bra ... more

Synthetic coral could remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The researchers, from Anhui Jianzhu University in China, say their new material could provide inspiration fo ... more

Arkema expands Bostik adhesives production capacities in India

In line with its ambition to expand in high growth regions, Bostik, subsidiary of Arkema, extends its production capacities in Bangalore (India). This new hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) production units will enhance the global adhesives specialist ability to serve customers i ... more

QuantumSphere Completes State-of-the-Art Nanocatalyst Production Facility

QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI), a supplier of nanocatalyst technologies for industrial chemical processes,  announced the completion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the production of the company’s proprietary FeNIXTM nano iron catalyst product. FeNIX nanocatalysts were develop ... more

Cornelius named as best practice performer for UK companies

Speciality chemicals distributor and manufacturer, Cornelius Group, has been recognised as being outstanding, and an exemplar to other industries, after being involved in a cross-sector efficiency study to investigate best practices for improving operations performance.The Oil & Gas Industr ... more

BASF increases sales and earnings slightly in the second quarter

“In the second quarter of 2015, we improved our sales and earnings despite lower growth in some markets and continuing volatile raw material prices. In the first half of 2015, our earnings matched the level of the first half of the previous year – in line with our full-year outlook,” said D ... more

Cages offer new direction in sustainable catalyst design

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust ... more

Glucan Biorenewables Wins Sofinnova Partners Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award

Sofinnova Partners, a chemistry venture capital firm, has announced that Glucan Biorenewables is the winner of the Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award.  Following a public vote with almost 8,000 votes cast, the Top-5 companies were shortlisted.  These companies were then presented to a jury ... 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

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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

DataPhysics Instruments announces Representative Office in the United States

DataPhysics Instruments GmbH has opened an office in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. “Our aim is to enhance the presence within the North-American region. Supporting the expert center in Germany, this new office will further augment DataPhysics pre- and after-sales service support. Conseque ... more

X-rays and electrons join forces to map catalytic reactions in real-time

A new technique pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory reveals atomic-scale changes during catalytic reactions in real time and under real operating conditions. A team of scientists used a newly developed reaction chamber to combine x-ray absorption spec ... more

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Changing the color of light

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light.They won't be tinkering with what you ... more

Brown University begins study of early life chemical exposures

 Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Bra ... more

Synthetic coral could remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The researchers, from Anhui Jianzhu University in China, say their new material could provide inspiration fo ... more

Arkema expands Bostik adhesives production capacities in India

In line with its ambition to expand in high growth regions, Bostik, subsidiary of Arkema, extends its production capacities in Bangalore (India). This new hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) production units will enhance the global adhesives specialist ability to serve customers i ... more

QuantumSphere Completes State-of-the-Art Nanocatalyst Production Facility

QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI), a supplier of nanocatalyst technologies for industrial chemical processes,  announced the completion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the production of the company’s proprietary FeNIXTM nano iron catalyst product. FeNIX nanocatalysts were develop ... more

Cornelius named as best practice performer for UK companies

Speciality chemicals distributor and manufacturer, Cornelius Group, has been recognised as being outstanding, and an exemplar to other industries, after being involved in a cross-sector efficiency study to investigate best practices for improving operations performance.The Oil & Gas Industr ... more

BASF increases sales and earnings slightly in the second quarter

“In the second quarter of 2015, we improved our sales and earnings despite lower growth in some markets and continuing volatile raw material prices. In the first half of 2015, our earnings matched the level of the first half of the previous year – in line with our full-year outlook,” said D ... more

Cages offer new direction in sustainable catalyst design

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust ... more

Glucan Biorenewables Wins Sofinnova Partners Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award

Sofinnova Partners, a chemistry venture capital firm, has announced that Glucan Biorenewables is the winner of the Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award.  Following a public vote with almost 8,000 votes cast, the Top-5 companies were shortlisted.  These companies were then presented to a jury ... 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

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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

BASF starts trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing

BASF has begun trial operations at the mononitrobenzene plant within the integrated 400,000 metric ton methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) complex in Chongqing, China. Mononitrobenzene is a precursor for the production of MDI. This MDI site covers an area of more than 50 hectares, includi ... more

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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

Sartorius Starts Off Fiscal 2015 with a Strong First Quarter

Sartorius started off fiscal 2015 with substantial double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 13.1%, excluding currency effects; this reported figure surged 22.7%. Sales climbed 17.2% in constant currencies; the reported figure, 27.0%. Operating ... more

Pall Corporation Acquires BioSMB Technology from Tarpon Biosystems

Pall Corporation  announces the acquisition of the BioSMB technology platform from Tarpon Biosystems. These chromatographic systems enable single-use, multicolumn chromatography for process development and are well placed for multiproduct and single-use facilities. “We are pleased to add th ... 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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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

Lewa GmbH: New subsidiary in Russia

The official contract signing in Moscow at the end of April of this year marked the transition from a joint venture of Lewa GmbH, which had been in effect since October 2011, to a fully fledged subsidiary. The managing directors of Lewa, Stefan Glasmeyer and Martin Fiedler, were on-site, as ... more

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