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Initial funding to kick off waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam

19-Feb-2018

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam hassigned a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe ...

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Combining spintronics and nanophotonics in 2-D material

29-Jan-2018

Spintronics in materials of just a few atoms thick is an emerging field in which the 'spin' of electrons is used to process data, rather than the charge. Unfortunately, the spin only lasts for a very short time, making it (as yet) difficult to exploit in electronics. Researchers from the Kavli ...

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Quantum race accelerates development of silicon quantum chip

29-Jan-2018

The worldwide race to create more, better and reliable quantum processors is progressing fast, as a team of TU Delft scientists led by Professor Vandersypen has realised yet again. In a neck-and-neck race with their competitors, they showed that quantum information of an electron spin can be ...

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AkzoNobel announces 2018 Imagine Chemistry challenges

10-Jan-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has announced the challenges for its latest Imagine Chemistry program, which has fast become a key element of the company's collaborative innovation approach. First launched to great success in 2017, Imagine Chemistry is an opportunity for startup and scale-up firms ...

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AkzoNobel and Gasunie looking to convert water into green hydrogen using sustainable electricity

10-Jan-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Gasunie New Energy have joined forces to investigate the possible large scale conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen via the electrolysis of water. Intended for Delfzijl in the Netherlands, the installation would use a 20 megawatt water ...

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AkzoNobel appoints CFO for Specialty Chemicals

03-Jan-2018

AkzoNobel has appointed Renier Vreeas Chief Financial Officer of its Specialty Chemicals business, effective March 1, 2018. Vree has spent the last eight years at Arcadis N.V., where he is currently CFO and Member of the Executive Board. He also acted as the interim CEO for six months in ...

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Deventer Open Innovation Center available to chemical start-ups in 2018

22-Dec-2017

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has signed an agreement which will see its Deventer site in the Netherlands transformed into a chemistry and technology innovation hub. Set to be positioned as a key European center for the most demanding chemistry and technology (chemtech), the Deventer Open ...

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Micro-spectrometer opens door to a wealth of new smartphone functions

21-Dec-2017

Use your smartphone to check how clean the air is, whether food is fresh or a lump is malignant. This has all come a step closer thanks to a new spectrometer that is so small it can be incorporated easily and cheaply in a mobile phone. The little sensor developed at TU Eindhoven is just as ...

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AkzoNobel to expand high-purity salt production in the Netherlands

20-Dec-2017

The ongoing study is due to be completed in the first half of 2018, with the aim of completing the project within three years. It represents the latest in a series of expansions designed to meet increasing European demand for high-purity vacuum salt. “In additon to strong demand for ...

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Promising biobased alternatives to polar aprotic solvents

07-Dec-2017

A report from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research commissioned by RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) has revealed a number of promising biobased alternatives to the controversial polar aprotic solvents NMP, DMAc and DMF. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research ...

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