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First bio-isobutene batch delivered to L'Oréal by Global Bioenergies

29-Nov-2017

Global Bioenergies announced delivery of a first batch of sustainable cosmetic ingredients to L'Oréal. It was produced as part of the ISOPROD project, supported by the French State's Investissements for the Future Program. Using proven technologies, Global Bioenergies condensed isobutene ...

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Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs

01-Nov-2017

Silicon has provided enormous benefits to the power electronics industry. But performance of silicon-based power electronics is nearing maximum capacity. Enter wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. Seen as significantly more energy-efficient, they have emerged as leading contenders in developing ...

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When a porous solid retains its properties in liquid form

12-Oct-2017

Known for their exceptional porosity that enables the trapping or transport of molecules, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) take the form of a powder, which makes them difficult to format. For the first time, an international team led by scientists from the Institut de recherche de Chimie Paris, ...

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Evonik opens site in France’s Cosmetic Valley

11-Oct-2017

At the end of September, Evonik celebrated the opening of the new site for its Evonik Advanced Botanicals subsidiary in Tours (France). Now part of the Personal Care Business Line, the new subsidiary was created in 2016 when Evonik acquired experts in biotechnological production of plant-based ...

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When enzymes rival platinum

05-Sep-2017

A fuel cell converts chemical energy into electrical energy via hydrogen combustion. Though it is considered to be a clean technology - because it does not emit greenhouse gases - fuel cells do use costly rare metal catalysts1, such as platinum, to oxidize hydrogen and reduce oxygen. In recent ...

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Bluestar Silicones becomes Elkem Silicones

30-Jun-2017

As part of Elkem’s growth strategy we are assuming responsibility for Bluestar Xinghuo Silicones and Yongdeng Silicon Materials and integrating them into the Elkem group. The two plants have previously been owned directly by our owners, China National Bluestar. This move further develops Elkem’s ...

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Deconstructing osmosis provides insight for medical and industrial use

22-May-2017

Osmosis, the fluid phenomenon responsible for countless slug deaths at the hands of mischievous children, is fundamentally important not only to much of biology, but also to engineering and industry. Most simply put, osmosis refers to the flow of fluid across a membrane driven by a (solute) ...

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Arkema announces the proposed divestment of its oxo alcohols business

27-Jan-2017

Arkema announces a project for the sale to INEOS of its 50% stake in Oxochimie, their oxo alcohols manufacturing joint venture, and the associated business. Arkema produces oxo alcohols on the Lavéra site (France) in a 50/50 manufacturing joint venture with INEOS. These products are used in part ...

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Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries

12-Jan-2017

Shrinking the investigation of objects down to the nanometer scale often reveals new properties of matter that have no equivalent for their bulk analysis. This phenomenon is motivating many current studies of nanomaterials which can reveal fascinating new phenomena. It inspired a group of ...

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Champagne owes its taste to the finely tuned quality of its bubbles

30-Dec-2016

Ever wondered how the fate of champagne bubbles from their birth to their death with a pop enhances our perception of aromas? These concerns, which are relevant to champagne producers, are the focus of a special issue of EPJ Special Topics, due to be published in early January 2017--celebrating ...

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