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Evonik opens new polyamide 12 powder plant in Marl

Facility to meet large demand in attractive markets for 3-D printing and metal coatings

16-Feb-2018

Evonik Industries has opened another production line for specialty polyamide 12 powders (PA 12) of its VESTOSINT® brand at its largest global production site in the Marl Chemical Park. The new facility primarily produces high-performance powders for the 3-D printing market, which is expanding ...

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Surface modification using accelerated electrons

Fast, gentle, precise, stable and durable

16-Feb-2018

Surfaces must satisfy a wide range of requirements: they need to be decorative, and even contribute substantially to hygiene. They also play a large role in biomedicine. There are numerous processes for functionalizing surfaces, depending on the application. Many are already well established and ...

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AkzoNobel and Evonik start membrane electrolysis operation

15-Feb-2018

The production of Neolyse Ibbenbüren GmbH, a joint venture of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Evonik Industries AG at the AkzoNobel site in Ibbenbüren (Germany), is off to a successful start. The plant with its state-of-the-art membrane technology has an annual capacity of 120,000 metric tons ...

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Scientists observe nanowires as they grow

X-ray experiments reveal exact details of self-catalysed growth for the first time

12-Feb-2018

At DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, scientists have followed the growth of tiny wires of gallium arsenide live. Their observations reveal exact details of the growth process responsible for the evolving shape and crystal structure of the crystalline nanowires. The findings also provide new ...

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Umicore announces record results

09-Feb-2018

Umicore set a record performance in 2017 on the back of strong growth in Energy & Surface Technologies. Revenues of €2.9billion (+9%) or €2.8billion (+16%) excluding discontinued operations Recurring EBITDA of €599million (+14%) or €587million (+18%) excluding discontinued ...

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LANXESS successfully completes acquisition of Solvay’s phosphorus additive business

09-Feb-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed the purchase of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay including its U.S. production site in Charleston, South Carolina. All relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction. LANXESS and ...

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WACKER ends 2017 with Substantial Sales and Earnings Growth

09-Feb-2018

Following a good fourth quarter, Wacker Chemie AG achieved its sales and earnings targets for full-year 2017. According to preliminary figures, the Munich-based chemical group’s reporting-year sales came in at €4.92 billion (2016: €4.63 billion), up some 6 percent versus 2016. The increase was ...

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A simple, easy-to-use method to break down pollutants in water

08-Feb-2018

Chemists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have found out how stubborn pollutants in water can be disintegrated easily and cost-effectively. To do so researchers only need a green LED light, a catalyst and vitamin C. In this way, they can produce special types of electrons that ...

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Liquid crystals form nano rings

Quantised self-assembly enables design of materials with novel properties

07-Feb-2018

At DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, scientists have investigated an intriguing form of self-assembly in liquid crystals: When the liquid crystals are filled into cylindrical nanopores and heated, their molecules form ordered rings as they cool – a condition that otherwise does not naturally occur ...

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Merck Celebrates its 350th Anniversary

Global celebration for employees in April

07-Feb-2018

Merck will celebrate its 350th anniversary this year with customers, partners and employees under the motto "Past. Present. Future.” In 1668, the pharmacist Friedrich Jacob Merck laid the cornerstone for what Merck is today – a vibrant, global science and technology company. “350 years, that’s an ...

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