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BASF to increase capacity for butanediol at its Geismar site

Global capacity to increase to 670,000 metric tons of butanediol per year

23-Jan-2015

BASF will increase its production capacities for the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) by 10% at its site in Geismar/Louisiana as of 2016. The company will then have a global capacity of BDO of 670,000 metric tons per year. Additionally, BASF looks into further measures to strengthen and ...

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New laser-patterning technique turns metals into supermaterials

Hierarchical nano- and microstructures transform sheets of platinum, titanium and brass into light absorbing, water repelling, self-cleaning superstars

22-Jan-2015

By zapping ordinary metals with femtosecond laser pulses researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have created extraordinary new surfaces that efficiently absorb light, repel water and clean themselves. The multifunctional materials could find use in durable, low maintenance solar ...

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Global Vinyl Acetate Monomer Market to Reach US$9.26 Billion by 2020

21-Jan-2015

Transparency Market Research announces the release of a report titled “Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) Market for Polyvinyl Acetate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - ...

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Self-destructive effects of magnetically-doped ferromagnetic topological insulators

Magnetic atoms that create exotic surface property also sow the seeds of its destruction

21-Jan-2015

The discovery of "topologically protected" electrical conductivity on the surface of some materials whose bulk interior acts as an insulator was among the most sensational advances in the last decade of condensed matter physics - with predictions of numerous unusual electronic states and new ...

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Monsanto Company Announces $365 Million Debt Offering

21-Jan-2015

Monsanto Company announced the pricing of a $365 million public debt offering of senior notes that mature in 2045 and bear interest at a rate of 4.30%. This offering is expected to be sold to professional institutional investors in Taiwan, with application to be made to list the notes on the Gre ...

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Shining a light on quantum dots measurement

20-Jan-2015

Due to their nanoscale dimensions and sensitivity to light, quantum dots are being used for a number of bioimaging applications including in vivo imaging of tumor cells, detection of biomolecules, and measurement of pH changes. When quantum dots are introduced in biological media, proteins ...

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Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing

20-Jan-2015

Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. The tiny microwave laser, or "maser," is a demonstration of the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons.The researchers ...

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Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells, Stanford study finds

20-Jan-2015

Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists. The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in Energy & Environmental Science."We've been ...

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Liquids and glasses relax, too. But not like you thought.

20-Jan-2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules published by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of what happens when you pour a liquid out of a cup. More important, it provides a theoretical foundation for a ...

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The Waters ionKey/MS Technology Named a Top Innovation for 2014

First Microfluidic Device for MicroScale Chromatography to Receive Analytical Scientist Magazine Innovation Award

19-Jan-2015

Waters Corporation announced that its ionKey/MS System™ was ranked among the top analytical instrument innovations of 2014 by The Analytical Scientist magazine.“ionKey/MS is changing how the world thinks about LC/MS. With ionKey/MS, we are enabling any scientist to undertake the most sensitive ...

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