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AkzoNobel collaborates with INEOS Nitriles

Agreement to expand chelates production

23-Apr-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and INEOS Nitriles have signed a long-term co-operation agreement that will allow AkzoNobel to expand its production of biodegradable chelates, used in detergents and other industries, utilizing one of INEOS Nitriles' chemical products. The move will strengthen ...

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Creating a 2-D platinum magnet

10-Apr-2018

University of Groningen physicists have induced magnetism in platinum with an electric field created by a paramagnetic ionic liquid. As only the surface of the platinum is affected, this creates a switchable 2D ferromagnet. Platinum is used a lot in jewellery and electronics. Although this ...

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AkzoNobel to sell specialty chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC

Agreement successfully concludes dual-track process

27-Mar-2018

AkzoNobel announces the sale of 100% of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion. This transaction creates two focused and high performing businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in ...

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AkzoNobel joins partnership to explore opportunities for green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' in Sweden

22-Mar-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is partnering with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra and packaging materials company ...

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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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