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Catalyst redefines rate limitations in ammonia production

01-Apr-2015

Studies by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a catalyst that is so effective at promoting dissociation of the nitrogen bond in ammonia production reactions that it is no longer the step limiting the rate of the reaction.Ammonia (NH3) is crucial for the industrial ...

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BASF and Toda Kogyo Corp. close agreement for joint venture

25-Feb-2015

BASF andToda Kogyo Corp. formally established “BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC” with the closing of their joint venture agreement announced in October 2014. The new company will provide cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in Japan.BASF TODA Battery Materials was established ...

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A rapid extension of nanographene sheets from readily available hydrocarbons

Precisely controlled synthesis of structurally uniform carbon sheets could advance nanographene materials science

19-Feb-2015

Commercially available hydrocarbons were used as templates to synthesize uniform nanographene sheets using a series of sheet extending agents and a new transition metal catalyst, which were developed by Kyohei Ozaki, Katsuaki Kawasumi, Mari Shibata, Hideto Ito, and Professor Kenichiro Itami at ...

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Switching superconductivity by light

16-Feb-2015

A research team led by Prof. Hiroshi M. Yamamoto of the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences has developed a novel superconducting transistor which can be switched reversibly between ON and OFF by light-irradiation. This achievement is a milestone for future ...

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Fine-tuned supramolecular polymerization

09-Feb-2015

In nature, supramolecular complexes - chain-like structures that are composed of many small units linked mainly by weak non-covalent bonds - are assembled and disassembled in a precisely controlled way. Now, in work published in Science, researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter ...

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A repulsive material

06-Jan-2015

Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan, along with colleagues from the National Institute of Material Science and the University of Tokyo, have developed a new hydrogel whose properties are dominated by electrostatic repulsion, rather than attractive ...

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BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. agree to form a joint venture for cathode active materials in Japan

31-Oct-2014

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP., an industry leader in the development and manufacture of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, have agreed to form a joint venture for cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new ...

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Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration

12-Sep-2014

A research team headed by Prof. Patrick Han and Prof. Taro Hitosugi at the Advanced Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with periodic zigzag-edge regions. This method, which ...

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Evonik to expand its specialty silica capacities in Japan

Investment volume in the single-digit million Euro range

08-Sep-2014

Evonik Industries has announced an expansion of its specialty silica capacities in Ako, Japan through a holding in DSL Japan Co. Ltd. (DSL). Evonik holds 51 percent of shares in DSL, a joint venture with the Japanese Shionogi & Co. Ltd. The expansion, with an investment volume in the single-digit ...

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Breaking benzene

29-Aug-2014

Aromatic compounds are found widely in natural resources such as petroleum and biomass, and breaking the carbon-carbon bonds in these compounds plays an important role in the production of fuels and valuable chemicals from natural resources. However, aromatic carbon-carbon bonds are very stable ...

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