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BASF to sell its global paper hydrous kaolin business

BASF to focus on kaolin for industrial applications


BASF has signed a contract to sell its global paper hydrous kaolin (PHK) business to Imerys, a leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, based in Paris, France. In September 2014, BASF announced its plan to evaluate strategic options for its PHK business. The divestiture is ...


LANXESS announces new mid-term goal

EUR 1.8 billion EBITDA pre exceptionals planned in 2018


LANXESS is announcing a new mid-term goal for its leading earnings indicator – EBITDA pre exceptionals – of EUR 1.8 billion in 2018. The specialty chemicals company is strategically well-positioned to continue on its established growth path and plans to achieve its previously established goal of ...


Chemists explain the molecular workings of promising fuel cell electrolyte


Researchers from New York University and the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart reveal how protons move in phosphoric acid in a Nature Chemistry study that sheds new light on the workings of a promising fuel cell electrolyte. Phosphoric acid fuel cells were the first modern fuel cell types to be ...


LANXESS expands capacities for Therban


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacities for Hydrogenated Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (HNBR) at its facilities in Leverkusen, Germany, and Orange, Texas, U.S., by 40 percent. This synthetic high-performance rubber is marketed under the brand name Therban. ...


Dow and BASF Receive Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for HPPO Technology


The Dow Chemical Company and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award at a ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. The two companies were honored for their jointly developed hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology that improves the ...


Doping graphene

New graphene-based electronics could take a page out of the silicon electronics book


An organic molecule that has been found to be effective in making silicon-based electronics may be viable for building electronics on sheets of carbon only a single molecule thick. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart report the advance in a paper appearing ...


Dow and BASF win IChemE Award for jointly developed HPPO Technology


The Dow Chemical Company and BASF announced that they have received the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Innovation and Excellence Award in Core Engineering for their jointly developed Hydrogen Peroxide to Propylene Oxide (HPPO) production technology. The annual award recognizes the project or ...


FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS strengthen partnership


A recent agreement between FIZ Karlsruhe and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) strengthens a partnership that began in 1983 with the foundation of STN InternationalSM, a online service for patent and research information. In the future, FIZ Karlsruhe will also now be a significant contributor to ...


Carl Zeiss and the University of California, San Francisco, agree on marketing rights for superresolution microscopy techniques


Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH has received a license from the University of California for the commercialization of “superresolution”, a microscopy technique offering extraordinarily high resolution. The technique called Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) was developed by scientists Mats ...


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NIST develops novel ion trap for sensing force and light


Miniature devices for trapping ions are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could usher in a new generation of applications because the device holds promise as ...


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