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

Investment of around USD 15 million

11-Jan-2016

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 to ...

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FIU scientists discover how arsenic builds up in plant seeds

24-Dec-2015

Researchers from FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Barry P. Rosen and Jian Chen, both from the Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, are part of an international team that has identified how arsenic gets into the seeds of plants such as rice. The discovery holds the promise of ...

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

09-Dec-2015

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 exists ...

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Microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

23-Nov-2015

Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. Fuel cells rely on costly platinum catalysts to enable the reactions that ...

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Bruker completes acquisition of Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd.

04-Nov-2015

Bruker Corporation announced the closing of its acquisition of Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd., a major provider of X-ray metrology and defect-detection equipment for semiconductor process control. The addition of Jordan Valley’s innovative in-line X-ray metrology to Bruker’s existing X-ray ...

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Bruker announces Rene Lenggenhager as BioSpin Group president

28-Oct-2015

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 ...

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New precise particle measurement improves subatomic tool for probing mysteries of universe

30-Sep-2015

Physicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, have achieved a new precise measurement of a key subatomic particle, opening the door to better understanding some of the deepest mysteries of our universe. The researchers calculated the new measurement for a critical characteristic of the top ...

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Researchers combine disciplines, computational programs to determine atomic structure

27-Aug-2015

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University combined two techniques to determine the structure of cyanostar, a new abiological molecule that captures unwanted negative ions in solutions. When Semin Lee, a chemist and Beckman Institute postdoctoral fellow at ...

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These microscopic fish are 3-D-printed to do more than swim

27-Aug-2015

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used a 3D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. These proof-of-concept ...

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Major innovation in molecular imaging delivers spatial and spectral info simultaneously

Berkeley Lab scientist invents technique to combine spectroscopy with super-resolution microscopy

19-Aug-2015

Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher has invented a new technology to image single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, thus leading to the first "true-color" ...

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