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C’mon electrons, let’s do the twist!

Twisting electrons can tell right-handed and left-handed molecules apart.

21-Feb-2018

Identifying right-handed and left-handed molecules is a crucial step for many applications in chemistry and pharmaceutics. An international research team (CELIA-CNRS/INRS/Berlin Max Born Institute/SOLEIL) has now presented a new original and very sensitive method. The researchers use laser pulses ...

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Covestro continues its profitable growth path with a record year

Net income more than doubled to EUR 2.0 billion

21-Feb-2018

Covestro had an outstanding fiscal year 2017. Driven by a high demand for high-performance plastics and significantly higher margins, Covestro increased Group sales by 18.8% to EUR 14.1 billion over the past fiscal year. This was accompanied by an increase in EBITDA at Group level for the year as ...

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Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper

21-Feb-2018

Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are sufficient to convert a temperature difference ...

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Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future

21-Feb-2018

With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a ...

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Durable and Reliable: The Global Market for Adhesives and Sealants Based on Polyurethane

20-Feb-2018

Polyurethanes (PUR) are plastics resulting from a polyadditional reaction of polyisocyanates with polyols and are either hard and porous or soft and elastic depending on its production. Different kinds of PUR are needed for reactive, thermally activated, hot melt, dispersion, and solvent-borne ...

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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 to the ...

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Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atoms

20-Feb-2018

Researchers at the Center for Quantum Nanoscience within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have made a major breakthrough in controlling the quantum properties of single atoms. In an international collaboration with IBM Research in San Jose, USA, using advanced and novel techniques, QNS ...

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Contacting the molecular world through graphene nanoribbons

20-Feb-2018

A single molecule can behave as the smallest electronic component of an electronic system. With this premise in mind, researchers in the field of molecular electronics have endeavoured in the last years to develop new approaches that bring closer the long-awaited objective of using molecules as ...

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Computers outperform lab rats in detecting toxic chemicals

19-Feb-2018

UL, the science safety company, and Johns Hopkins University have embarked on joint research that has resulted in findings that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is superior in finding toxic substances to traditional animal testing. Beyond being more effective, UL's Cheminformatics REACHAcross™ ...

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Initial funding to kick off waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam

19-Feb-2018

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam hassigned a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe ...

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