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A periodic table of molecular knots

A repertoire as-yet-undiscovered molecular knots for future physico-chemical applications

06-Aug-2018

Consider a short piece of rope: could you guess which knots are more likely to form if you crumple and shake it? Synthetic chemists have long been working on a molecular version of this problem and, so far, have succeeded at synthesizing half a dozen different knots types using molecular ...

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LANXESS strengthens research and development for aqueous polyurethane dispersions

Strategic step to support green technologies and chemistry

13-Jul-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. As part of the existing Urethane Systems AD & TS center, the new lab will operate as a standalone facility dedicated to ...

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New low-cost, sustainable material for reducing air and water pollution

22-Mar-2018

A new class of low-cost and sustainable hybrid materials could possibly displace activated carbon as the preferred choice for reducing wastewater and air pollution. The material is synthesized inexpensively from solid wastes and a naturally abundant polymer -- and can cut down pollutants in air ...

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Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?

28-Feb-2018

From nanoscale silver to titanium dioxide for air purification, the use of nanomaterials of high commercial relevance proves to have clear benefits as it attracts investments, and raises concerns. 'Nano' sized materials (a nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre) could pose environmental and ...

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The superionic form of water

Scientists predicted the existence of a new form of water in 1999: That existence has just been confirmed

23-Feb-2018

An original state, both solid and liquid at the same time: this is the latest news on a substance -water- so familiar to everyone but which appears to hold always fresh surprises for scientists. Its name is "superionic water"; it doesn't exist on Earth but it could be abundant inside certain ...

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How water can split into two liquids below zero

Possibility of two coexisting liquid states in sub-zero water

27-Jan-2017

Did you know that water can still remain liquid below zero degrees Celsius? It is called supercooled water and is present in refrigerators. At even smaller temperatures, supercooled water could exist as a cocktail of two distinct liquids. Unfortunately, the presence of ice often prevents us from ...

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EFSA and BfR to work jointly on global food safety tools

09-Dec-2016

Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. Signed today, the framework ...

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Solvay Successfully Concludes LIFE+ GLEE Project

Sustainable Alternative Technology for the Manufacturing of Li-ion Battery Materials

29-Jul-2016

Solvay has announced the successful conclusion of the LIFE+ GLEE project, a highly focused sustainability program the aim of which was to replace organic solvents with water in the rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing process. Because cathode materials are usually ...

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Italmatch Chemicals aquires Compass Chemicals

08-Jun-2016

Italmatch Chemicals, a global specialty chemicals group, acquired 100% of Compass Chemical International, a North American independent chemical company active in the production and marketing of phosphonates and additives for water treatment and for the oil & gas market. Thanks to this ...

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Nanoparticles on nanosteps

02-Mar-2016

Platinum is one of the costly metals used as catalysts in new technologies employed for industrial chemical processes, renewable energy sources, pollution control and many other purposes. In particular, it is used for fuel cells, devices that turn chemical energy directly into electrical energy, ...

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