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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals completes acquisition of Polinox

25-Sep-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has completed its acquisition of Brazil's Polinox, producer of ketone peroxides, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of polymers. The purchase expands the company's footprint in South America, establishing it as one of the region's leading producers of curing ...

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LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

18-May-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is ...

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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018

Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting the ...

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Thermoelectric nanodevice based on Majorana fermions proposed

10-Apr-2018

In March 1938, the young Italian physicist Ettore Majorana disappeared mysteriously, leaving his country's scientific community shaken. The episode remains unexplained, despite Leonardo Scascia's attempt to unravel the enigma in his book The Disappearance of Majorana (1975). Majorana, whom Enrico ...

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Model predicts scenarios for energy generation using nuclear fusion

31-Jan-2018

Nuclear fusion, for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens in our Sun (as well as other stars), is one of the foremost technological promises for the decades ahead. Designed to reach parameters ...

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Norsk Hydro acquires Arconic's extrusion plants in Brazil

11-Dec-2017

Hydro Extruded Solutions AS has agreed with Arconic to acquire its two extrusion plants in Brazil. The agreement will strengthen Hydro's downstream position in Brazil and create a solid platform for further growth. "We believe in the integrated business model and Brazil is the country where ...

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WACKER expands silicones production in Brazil

06-Mar-2017

Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its silicone production at its Jandira site near São Paulo, Brazil. WACKER is currently building a multi-purpose facility to manufacture antifoam compounds and functional silicone fluids. The expansion is WACKER’s response to growing regional demand for specialty ...

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Evonik puts new silica plant into operation in Brazil

Investment volume in mid-double-digit million euro range

22-Jul-2016

Evonik Industries put its precipitated silica production plant in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil) into operation on July 20, 2016. This high-growth silica is used mainly for low rolling resistance tires. In addition, by building this new silica production plant, Evonik is also catering to the needs ...

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Experiment confirms fundamental symmetry in nature

24-Sep-2015

Scientists working with ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment), a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring, have made precise measurements of particle mass and electric charge that confirm the existence of a fundamental symmetry in nature. The investigators include Brazilian ...

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How mercury contamination affects reptiles in the Amazon basin

23-Sep-2015

Mercury contamination in water and on land is of worldwide concern due to its toxic effects on ecosystems and human health. Mercury toxicity is of particular concern to reptiles because they are currently experiencing population declines. Also, reptiles are ideal indicators of mercury ...

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