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LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

18-May-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is ...

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A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

18-May-2018

A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new "green" approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. "This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated from ...

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Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

18-May-2018

Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers also ...

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Controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

18-May-2018

A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices. "Graphene is the best ...

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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018

Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting the ...

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Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

17-May-2018

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ...

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No motor, no battery, no problem

17-May-2018

Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors, servos, or power supply. Instead, these first-of-their-kind devices paddle through water as the material they are constructed from deforms with temperature changes. The work blurs the ...

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LANXESS: Matthias L. Wolfgruber voted in as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board

17-May-2018

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (64) is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG. At its constituent meeting, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company elected the doctor of chemistry and former CEO of Altana AG as the successor to Dr. Rolf Stomberg (78), who resigned ...

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Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'

17-May-2018

A study led in part by physicists at the Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter could provide new insight into the composition of the universe immediately after the Big Bang -- as well as improve calculations used to predict the life span of stars and describe the ...

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Even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment

17-May-2018

Research at Oregon State University has shed new light how an increasingly common consumer product component - silver nanoparticles - can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater. The findings suggest conventional toxicity testing methods for silver concentrations at treatment ...

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