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Printable, colorful camouflage with polymers

13-Feb-2018

In nature, colors can serve as a form of communication, but they can also hide animals and plants, camouflaging them from sight. Researchers now report that they have developed polymers that can better mimic nature's color-changing abilities than existing polymers. They say the materials could ...

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Eurofins acquires Food Analytica Group

Enters the Hungarian market for food and feed testing

18-Jan-2018

Eurofins Scientific, the global leader in food testing services, announces the acquisition of Food Analytica, a leading group of food testing laboratories in Hungary. As one of the most modern microbiology laboratories in Central and Eastern Europe, Food Analytica offers to more than 400 clients ...

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Eurofins expands its presence in India

17-Nov-2017

Eurofins Scientific announces that it has acquired Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd. (“Spectro”), an environment, analytical product testing and inspection company in India. The company has over 22 years of experience in quality testing and inspection-related services, and owns accreditations from the ...

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Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient

19-Oct-2017

To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2 . This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let theCO2 pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes the ...

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Eurofins acquires food testing laboratory Institut Nehring

16-Oct-2017

Eurofins Scientific, the world leader in food testing services announces that it has acquired Institut Nehring GmbH, a food testing laboratory in the German market. Institut Nehring was established in 1905; today the company is well-known in the German market thanks to its long-history and ...

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Molecules move faster near sticky surfaces

Molecules move faster as they get closer to adhesive surfaces, but this effect is not permanent

05-Sep-2017

Molecules move faster as they get closer to adhesive surfaces, but this effect is not permanent. Such is the puzzling conclusion of a study published in Physical Review Letters, carried out by Simone Napolitano and his colleagues in the Laboratory of Polymers and Soft Matter Dynamics at the ...

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Evonik expands fumed silica capacities in Antwerp

Investment sum in the upper double-digit million euro range

28-Jul-2017

Evonik is investing an amount in the upper double-digit million euro range in the expansion of its fumed silica capacities in Antwerp, Belgium. The production complex is scheduled to become operational in the summer of 2019. Typical applications of these specialty silica, which Evonik markets ...

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New routes for post-consumer recycled polystyrene

Total explores the circular economy

15-Jun-2017

Total has completed an industrial scale test run, following a series of pilot plant trials, demonstrating the feasibility of sustainable incorporation of about 20% of post-consumer recycled polystyrene within virgin polystyrene. The trial, which was carried out on an existing production asset, ...

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New technology generates power from polluted air

09-May-2017

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function. "We use a small device with two rooms separated ...

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LANXESS invests in its production site in Lillo/Antwerp

Efficiency investments of roughly EUR 25 million in plastics production chain in 2017

26-Apr-2017

LANXESS announced plans to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precursors for plastics in Antwerp. With an investment of roughly EUR 25 million in 2017, the specialty chemicals company will primarily implement measures to further enhance efficiency. “Our ...

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