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Univar to Acquire Magnablend

07-12-2012

Univar, a distributer of chemistry and related services, and Magnablend, a Texas-based provider of custom chemical manufacturing, blending, and packaging solutions, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for Univar to acquire the company. The acquisition is expected to close by the ...

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BASF celebrates grand opening of battery materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio

First BASF manufacturing facility dedicated to commercial-scale production of advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

14-11-2012

BASF celebrated the grand opening of its new cathode materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio. The materials manufactured at the Elyria plant will be used by BASF’s customers to produce advanced lithium-ion batteries that will propel current and next-generation hybrid and full electric ...

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Natcore Scientists Build World's First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

26-10-2012

Scientists at Natcore Technology Inc. have created the world's first black silicon solar cell using processes amenable to low-cost mass production. After recently treating a wafer to make it the "blackest" silicon solar cell surface ever recorded, Natcore's technicians used their scalable liquid ...

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Researchers double down on heat to break up cellulose, produce fuels and power

24-10-2012

Nicholas Creager recently pointed to the nuts and bolts of one of Iowa State University's latest biofuel machines. The 6-inch diameter, stainless steel pipe is the pressure vessel, which is essential for the system's operation, said Creager, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering and ...

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U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution designating 2011 the International Year of Chemistry

04-10-2011

By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution designating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC).Senate Resolution 283 “recognizes the achievements made in the field of chemistry and the contributions of those achievements to the well-being of humankind…and provides ...

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ACS Responds to President Barack Obama’s 2012 Budget

16-02-2011

The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced its appreciation for President Barack Obama’s continued support of federal investments for scientific research and the Society said it hopes that proposed budget levels for 2012 may be achievable. “ACS applauds President Obama’s leadership in ...

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Celanese Appoints Holmes Chief Marketing Officer

23-11-2010

Celanese Corporation announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Holmes to the position of Chief Marketing Officer, effective December 13. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Holmes to Celanese where he will co-lead Celanese’s Office of Strategic Growth and bring his deep experience to our ongoing efforts ...

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Sugar and slice make graphene real nice

Rice University lab finds table sugar, metallic sheets produce pristine graphene in one step

17-11-2010

Future computers may run a little sweeter, thanks to a refinement in the manufacture of graphene at Rice University. Rice researchers have learned to make pristine sheets of graphene, the one-atom-thick form of carbon, from plain table sugar and other carbon-based substances. They do so in a ...

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Scientists produce transparent, light-harvesting material

08-11-2010

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of ...

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Pitt researchers: Plant-based plastics not necessarily greener than oil-based relatives

Biopolymers are the more eco-friendly material, but farming and energy-intense chemical processing means they are dirtier to produce than petroleum-derived plastics, according to study in Environmental Science & Technology

28-10-2010

An analysis of plant and petroleum-derived plastics by University of Pittsburgh researchers suggests that biopolymers are not necessarily better for the environment than their petroleum-based relatives, according to a report in Environmental Science & Technology. The Pitt team found that while ...

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