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BASF signs agreement to acquire automotive refinish coatings assets of Guangdong Yinfan Chemistry

21-Apr-2016

BASF has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Guangdong Yinfan Chemistry Co., Ltd. in China. With this acquisition, BASF will establish a stronger coatings production footprint by gaining access to a state-of-the-art automotive refinish coatings plant in China. It will also enable BASF to ...

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Start of construction of a new specialty silicones production facility in China

The new facility is being constructed at the Multi-User-Site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park

23-Mar-2016

Evonik has started the construction of a production facility for organically modified specialty silicones in Shanghai (China). The project is part of a global investment initiative. A first expanded production plant became operational in Essen in late 2014. The new facility is being constructed ...

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Scientists realize quantum simulation of the Unruh effect

15-Mar-2016

Quantum mechanics and relativity theory are two pillars of modern physics. With their amalgamation, many novel phenomena have been identified. For example, the Unruh effect is one of the most significant outcomes of the quantum field theory. This effect serves as an important tool to investigate ...

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What makes penguin feathers ice-proof

26-Feb-2016

Humboldt penguins live in places that dip below freezing in the winter, and despite getting wet, their feathers stay sleek and free of ice. Scientists have now figured out what could make that possible. They report that the key is in the microstructure of penguins' feathers. Based on their ...

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Shrinking 3-D technology for comfortable smart phone viewing

25-Feb-2016

Imagine watching a 3D movie on your smart phone and suddenly getting a headache or even feeling nauseous. Such viewer discomfort is one of the biggest obstacles preventing widespread application of 3D display technology - especially for portable devices whose slim design poses an extra ...

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Scientists provide new guideline for synthesis of fullerene electron acceptors

29-Jan-2016

Organic/polymer solar cells represent the most important direction for green energy in the future. Fullerene electron acceptors have been widely used in organic/polymer solar cells as well as perovskite solar cells. A recent study reveals that the photovoltaic performance can be influenced by ...

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Glass-based UV absorbers act as ‘Biological Shields’

22-Jan-2016

If you’ve ever experienced a bad sunburn, you know the damage that ultraviolet (UV) light can cause to living cells (like your skin). Out in space, where the level of radiation from the sun can be even higher, it can damage sensitive electronics aboard in-flight spacecraft. The dangers of UV ...

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Chemours Breaks Ground for World’s First Full-Scale Production of HFO-1336mzz

30-Nov-2015

The Chemours Company announced that, along with its partner Changshu 3F Zhonghao, it has broken ground on the world’s first full-scale production facility for HFO-1336mzz in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China. This site, expected to begin production mid-year 2017, will provide increased capacity ...

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WACKER Builds a new Pilot Reactor for Dispersions

20-Nov-2015

Wacker Chemie AG is building a new pilot reactor for testing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its site in Nanjing. This will help WACKER to strengthen its local research and development capabilities in Greater China. Thus, WACKER is increasing its local expertise in product ...

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Imitating synapses of the human brain could lead to smarter electronics

13-Nov-2015

Making a computer that learns and remembers like a human brain is a daunting challenge. The complex organ has 86 billion neurons and trillions of connections - or synapses - that can grow stronger or weaker over time. But now scientists report the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic ...

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