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Optimized Binding Cavity

Directed evolution of a designer enzyme with an unnatural catalytic amino acid

05-Feb-2019

The impressively high conversion rates of natural enzymes partly result from increasing the catalytic activity of a selected few amino acid side chains through precise positioning within the protein binding cavity. Scientists have now demonstrated that such fine-tuning is also possible for ...

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Uncommon mineral discovered in Rembrandt painting

Maestro's Techniques

01-Feb-2019

Rembrandt van Rijn’s paintings are renowned for their masterful representations of light and shadow and a characteristic plasticity generated by a technique called impasto. Now, scientists have analyzed impasto layers in some of Rembrandt’s paintings, and the study, which is published in the ...

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LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

LyondellBasell, Proctor & Gamble and Veolia to lead global alliance

17-Jan-2019

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste(AEPW). The AEPW is the first-ever ...

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Nouryon opens new India HQ and research center

17-Jan-2019

Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters office and research center to support its operations in India. Located in Mumbai, the new location brings together research and sales as well as business support functions, and enables the company to better meet ...

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Imagine Chemistry 2019 launched

Nouryon partners with Unilever, investment companies and startup networks to accelerate innovation in chemistry

09-Jan-2019

Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related ...

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AkzoNobel to work with world’s coolest innovators and paint the future

14-Nov-2018

What if paint could clean the air; withstand extreme heat; reduce drag and fuel consumption; cope with conditions on Mars. AkzoNobel products already do this – now the plan is to go even further. That’s why the company is ready to stir things up by seeking out the newest, coolest, smartest and ...

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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon

10-Oct-2018

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is today being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader. “Launching our new company is a ...

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Black Bear raises 11 million Euro to solve the global waste tire problem and slash CO2

The Dutch company aims to scale up its unique “Tire to Carbon Black” technology

07-Sep-2018

Every year, 1.5 billion tires reach the end of their life. The vast majority get dumped or incinerated, releasing massive amounts of CO2 and destroying highly valuable resources. To solve this waste tire problem, Black Bear has developed a unique carbonization process to transform used tires into ...

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LANXESS plans to sell remaining 50 percent stake in joint venture ARLANXEO

Joint venture valued at EUR 3.0 billion

09-Aug-2018

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS plans to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in ARLANXEO to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco. The two companies, that founded ARLANXEO in 2016 as a 50:50 joint venture for synthetic rubber, signed a respective agreement. The transaction is still subject to ...

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AkzoNobel teams up with Renmatix to develop biomass-derived additives for paint and construction

25-Jul-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Renmatix will jointly develop biomass-based performance additives that improve the properties of architectural paints and construction materials. Renmatix is one of the winners of the 2017 Imagine Chemistry challenge, a program through which AkzoNobel Specialty ...

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