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Frost & Sullivan: Political Acceptance of Shale Gas as a Fuel Will Affect the Sensors Market for the Industry

Commercial viability of shale gas exploration and energy policies to influence opportunities for sensor manufacturers

28-08-2014

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking. With governments still being undecided on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted, and ...

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On the edge of graphene

19-08-2014

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to that of the central material. Local scanning electrical techniques were used to examine the local nanoscale electronic properties of epitaxial graphene, in ...

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BASF invests €1 million in UK-based technology provider SmartKem

15-08-2014

BASF Venture Capital has invested €1million in the technology company SmartKem, based in St. Asaph, Wales. The total investment of the financing round was €3 million. Further investors with equal terms were Octopus Investments and Entrepreneurs Fund. SmartKem is a leader in research and ...

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China and Russia to Lead Global Polypropylene Capacity Additions by 2018, says GlobalData

Global polypropylene capacity to increase from 65 million tons per year (mmty) in 2013 to 86 mmty by 2018

30-07-2014

Global polypropylene capacity increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2003, reaching 65 million tons per year (mmty) in 2013, and is expected to continue rising to 86 mmty by 2018, at a slightly higher CAGR of 5.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.The ...

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Global polyethylene demand to rise by approximately 3.7% annually between 2013 and 2018

‘Capacity additions will be most prevalent in the US, given its advantaged cost competitive position,’ says analyst

18-07-2014

Global polyethylene demand is forecast to rise by approximately 3.7% per annum between 2013 and 2018, at a slightly higher level than its growth during the 2003 to 2013 period, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.The company’s latest report "Global Polyethylene Industry ...

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Poly-Pico wins 'Most Interesting Technology' award

18-07-2014

Poly-Pico Technologies was voted the ‘Most Interesting Technology’ by delegates attending the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) 2014 event, which took place at FESTO, Northampton, UK.On receiving the award for ‘Most Interesting Technology’, Dr. Gabriel Leen, Co-Founder of ...

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Getting a charge out of water droplets

Water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity

16-07-2014

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be ...

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Nature of solids and liquids explored through new pitch drop experiment

04-07-2014

Physicists at Queen Mary University of London have set up a new pitch drop experiment for students to explore the difference between solid and liquids. Known as the 'world's longest experiment', the set up at the University of Queensland was famous for taking ten years for a drop of pitch – a ...

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Tofu ingredient could revolutionize solar panel manufacture

01-07-2014

The chemical used to make tofu and bath salts could also replace a highly toxic and expensive substance used to make solar cells, a University study published in the journal Nature has revealed. Cadmium chloride is currently a key ingredient in solar cell technology used in millions of solar ...

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Ineos and Solvay sign definitive joint venture agreement

30-06-2014

INEOS and Solvay have announced the signing of a definitive Joint Venture agreement covering their European chlorvinyls activities. The Joint Venture - to be known as INOVYNTM - was given clearance by the European Commission in May 2014.Formation of the Joint Venture is subject to implementation ...

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