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Recycling old batteries into solar cells

Proposal could divert a dangerous waste stream while producing low-cost photovoltaics

21-08-2014

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. The system is described in a paper in the journal ...

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Eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles' could revolutionize nano manufacturing

UMass Amherst team invents a way to create versatile, water-soluble nano-modules

21-08-2014

A team of materials chemists, polymer scientists, device physicists and others at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report a breakthrough technique for controlling molecular assembly of nanoparticles over multiple length scales that should allow faster, cheaper, more ecologically friendly ...

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LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

18-08-2014

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric ...

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Evonik invests in methionine production

14-08-2014

Evonik Industries has begun construction of a new plant to produce Mepron® in Mobile (Alabama, USA). Mepron® is a special Evonik formulation of the amino acid methionine that is used in dairy cow nutrition. A special coating protects the amino acid from undesired degradation in the rumen. The new ...

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LSB Industries Inc. Awards $5.3 Million Order to Rockwell Automation

06-08-2014

LSB Industries Inc. has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation will serve as main automation contractor, providing a $3.5 million PlantPAx process automation system with electrical, controls, and instrumentation services and a $1.8 million Ethernet motor ...

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Solazyme and AkzoNobel Expand Partnership in Surface Chemistry

05-08-2014

Solazyme, Inc. and AkzoNobel have expanded their previously announced joint development agreement. The expansion provides for funded product development, as well as key terms for a multi-year supply agreement targeting annual supply of up to 10,000 MT of renewable Tailored™ algal oils pending ...

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Arkema: Start-up of a new methyl acrylate plant in Texas

04-08-2014

Arkema announces the start-up of its new plant for the production of methyl acrylate, an acrylic acid derivative used in the manufacture of polymers for water treatment, elastomers and engineering polymers. This investment, on its Clear Lake site in Texas, represents the last phase of a $110 M ...

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Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

01-08-2014

Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved ...

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The birth of topological spintronics

31-07-2014

The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic will be described in the journal Nature on July 24, 2014. The research, led by Penn State University and Cornell University physicists, studies "spin torque" in devices that ...

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A noble gas cage

New material traps gases from nuclear fuel better and uses less energy than currently available options

29-07-2014

When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases, and research appearing in Nature Materials shows how: ...

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