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Selective conversion of reactive lithium compounds made possible

Until now, unwanted by-products have always been produced during the reactions - The catalyst opens up new applications

14-Aug-2020 Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new catalyst that can catalyse reactions to produce pharmaceuticals or chemicals used in agriculture. It creates carbon-carbon bonds between what are known as organolithium compounds without creating any unwanted by-products. The team ... more

Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry

14-Aug-2020 Jointly with cooperation partners, a researcher of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed “porous liquids”: Nanoparticles, that are able to separate gas molecules of different sizes from each other, float – finely distributed – in a solvent. This is because the particles have ... more

LANXESS remains robust: Guidance for 2020 confirmed

Consumer Protection benefits from strong demand for agrochemicals and disinfectants

14-Aug-2020 LANXESS is continuing to weather the crisis well and is confirming its forecast for the full year. The specialty chemicals company still anticipates EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 800 million and EUR 900 million for 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, LANXESS recorded a significant ... more

What Do Spiders Have in Common with Batteries?

Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers: Conducting protein-based material could be used in fuel cells, batteries or act as sensor

14-Aug-2020 Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us, and it would be hard to imagine a world without them. However, they do have their problems. It is for instance hard from a synthetic point of view to precisely control their molecular structure. This makes it harder to finely tune some of ... more

LANXESS to sell organic leather chemicals business to TFL

TFL will take over all operations of the organic leather chemicals business line from LANXESS with a total of around 460 employees

13-Aug-2020 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is selling its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment company Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. Both companies signed an agreement to this ... more

analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

First complementary laboratory fair

13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... more

A highly light-absorbent and tunable material

New approach to developing optoelectronic devices

13-Aug-2020 By layering different two-dimensional materials, physicists at the University of Basel have created a novel structure with the ability to absorb almost all light of a selected wavelength. The achievement relies on a double layer of molybdenum disulfide. The new structure’s particular proper ... more

Behind the veil of nothingness

International team of scientists controls custom quantum vacua much faster than light

13-Aug-2020 An international research team from Germany and France has created structures in which light fields interact with electrons so strongly that the quantum vacuum itself is significantly altered. Using extremely short bursts of light, they interrupted this coupling much faster than the timesca ... more

Start-ups in Germany are rarely based on radical innovations

Accelerating effect through crises

13-Aug-2020 The founding processes in the "alternative energies" and "information technologies" sectors are proceeding faster in Germany than in the USA. This is the result of an international research project of the IfM Bonn and the University of Utrecht, which evaluated a survey of founders in German ... more

"Simulation microscope" examines transistors of the future

"We have created one of the largest databases of transistor materials"

12-Aug-2020 Since the discovery of graphene, two-​dimensional materials have been the focus of materials research. Among other things, they could be used to build tiny, high-​performance transistors. Researchers at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne have now simulated and evaluated one hundred possible materi ... more

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analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

First complementary laboratory fair

13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... more

Atoms at the photo shoot

Scientists photographed, for the first time, individual atoms floating less than a thousandth of a millimeter above a light-conducting glass fiber

06-Aug-2020 The first photograph of a single trapped atom represented a milestone for quantum research. This breakthrough was made possible because the atom was captured in a vacuum using electric fields and held far from surfaces whose scattered light could blind the camera. Scientists at Humboldt Uni ... more

New depths in infrared nanospectroscopy

Subsurface chemical nanoidentification by nano-FTIR spectroscopy

31-Jul-2020 Researchers from the Nanooptics Group at CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastian) demonstrate that nanoscale infrared imaging - which is established as a surface-sensitive technique - can be employed for chemical nanoidentification of materials that are located up to 100 nm below the surface. The resul ... more

Microplastics transport metallic pollutants

Pursuing the Trojan horse: Scientists are developing methods for measuring metal in microplastics

27-Jul-2020 There are a relatively large number of studies on the accumulation and transport of persistent organic pollutants by microplastics, which has resulted in good data in this regard. Data, however, on the accumulation of metals that are toxic to the environment are very rare and sometimes scie ... more

New ‘super light source’ should allow fascinating insights into atoms

‘Gamma Factory’ will enable not only breakthroughs in spectroscopy but also novel ways of testing fundamental symmetries of nature

24-Jul-2020 The ‘Gamma Factory initiative’ – an international team of scientists – is currently exploring a novel research tool: They propose to develop a source of high-intensity gamma rays using the existing accelerator facilities at CERN. To do this, specialized ion beams will be circulated in the S ... more

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

20-Jul-2020 In 2018, Metrohm AG celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. Only two years later, in the middle of the current global pandemic, Metrohm makes a long-term commitment to its global customers and employees announcing a major extension of the premises of Metrohm International Headquarters in ... more

New NMR method enables monitoring of chemical reactions in metal containers

Analysis of heterogeneous samples in metal containers using zero- to ultralow-field NMR spectroscopy

20-Jul-2020 Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is employed in a wide range of applications. In chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is in standard use for the purposes of analysis, while in the medical field, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to see structures and metabolism in the b ... more

Waters Corporation Names Udit Batra President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell

17-Jul-2020 Waters Corporation announced that Udit Batra, Ph.D. has been named the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2020. He will also join Waters’ Board of Directors at that time. Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell who will remain in his current roles as Pr ... more

Sartorius raises forecast for the full year of 2020

Stronger growth and higher profitability expected for the Bioprocess Solutions Division and the entire Group

17-Jul-2020 Based on the strong performance of the Bioprocess Solutions Division in the first half of 2020 as well as on high demand also expected to continue for the rest of the current fiscal year, Sartorius raised its full-year sales and earnings guidance for this division and thus for the entire Gr ... more

Fluorine enables separation-free 'chiral chromatographic analysis'

New platform for rapid chiral analysis

07-Jul-2020 Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently developed a new platform for rapid chiral analysis, producing chromatogram-like output without the need for separation. The study was published in Cell Reports Physical Science. Molecule ... more

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Selective conversion of reactive lithium compounds made possible

Until now, unwanted by-products have always been produced during the reactions - The catalyst opens up new applications

14-Aug-2020 Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new catalyst that can catalyse reactions to produce pharmaceuticals or chemicals used in agriculture. It creates carbon-carbon bonds between what are known as organolithium compounds without creating any unwanted by-products. The team ... more

Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry

14-Aug-2020 Jointly with cooperation partners, a researcher of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed “porous liquids”: Nanoparticles, that are able to separate gas molecules of different sizes from each other, float – finely distributed – in a solvent. This is because the particles have ... more

LANXESS remains robust: Guidance for 2020 confirmed

Consumer Protection benefits from strong demand for agrochemicals and disinfectants

14-Aug-2020 LANXESS is continuing to weather the crisis well and is confirming its forecast for the full year. The specialty chemicals company still anticipates EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 800 million and EUR 900 million for 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, LANXESS recorded a significant ... more

What Do Spiders Have in Common with Batteries?

Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers: Conducting protein-based material could be used in fuel cells, batteries or act as sensor

14-Aug-2020 Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us, and it would be hard to imagine a world without them. However, they do have their problems. It is for instance hard from a synthetic point of view to precisely control their molecular structure. This makes it harder to finely tune some of ... more

LANXESS to sell organic leather chemicals business to TFL

TFL will take over all operations of the organic leather chemicals business line from LANXESS with a total of around 460 employees

13-Aug-2020 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is selling its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment company Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. Both companies signed an agreement to this ... more

A highly light-absorbent and tunable material

New approach to developing optoelectronic devices

13-Aug-2020 By layering different two-dimensional materials, physicists at the University of Basel have created a novel structure with the ability to absorb almost all light of a selected wavelength. The achievement relies on a double layer of molybdenum disulfide. The new structure’s particular proper ... more

Behind the veil of nothingness

International team of scientists controls custom quantum vacua much faster than light

13-Aug-2020 An international research team from Germany and France has created structures in which light fields interact with electrons so strongly that the quantum vacuum itself is significantly altered. Using extremely short bursts of light, they interrupted this coupling much faster than the timesca ... more

Start-ups in Germany are rarely based on radical innovations

Accelerating effect through crises

13-Aug-2020 The founding processes in the "alternative energies" and "information technologies" sectors are proceeding faster in Germany than in the USA. This is the result of an international research project of the IfM Bonn and the University of Utrecht, which evaluated a survey of founders in German ... more

"Simulation microscope" examines transistors of the future

"We have created one of the largest databases of transistor materials"

12-Aug-2020 Since the discovery of graphene, two-​dimensional materials have been the focus of materials research. Among other things, they could be used to build tiny, high-​performance transistors. Researchers at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne have now simulated and evaluated one hundred possible materi ... more

Painting with crystals

12-Aug-2020 Semiconductors made of organic materials, e.g. for light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and solar cells, could replace or supplement silicon-based electronics in the future. The efficiency of such devices depends crucially on the quality of thin layers of such organic semiconductors. These layers ... more

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Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry

14-Aug-2020 Jointly with cooperation partners, a researcher of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed “porous liquids”: Nanoparticles, that are able to separate gas molecules of different sizes from each other, float – finely distributed – in a solvent. This is because the particles have ... more

European plastics companies withstand Covid-19 in H1

Many expect better business performance in the second half-year

11-Aug-2020 To gain insight into the European plastics industry’s business performance and outlook, PIE – Plastics Information Europe conducted its half-year readers survey from 15 June to 17 July 2020. Across regions and plastics sectors, a surprising number of companies showed economic resilience to ... more

Microplastics transport metallic pollutants

Pursuing the Trojan horse: Scientists are developing methods for measuring metal in microplastics

27-Jul-2020 There are a relatively large number of studies on the accumulation and transport of persistent organic pollutants by microplastics, which has resulted in good data in this regard. Data, however, on the accumulation of metals that are toxic to the environment are very rare and sometimes scie ... more

Covid-19 impacts on the European plastics industry

Image of plastics appearing less negative

02-Jul-2020 Covid-19 is impacting the European plastics industry in various ways. More than three quarters of plastics companies reported lower sales this spring compared to April 2019, with around half facing a sales decrease of at least 20%. While the public backlash against plastics has been a worry ... more

Growing polymers with different lengths

How the dispersity of a plastic can be completely controlled by mixing two catalysts

25-Jun-2020 ETH researchers have developed a new method for producing polymers with different lengths. This paves the way for new classes of polymer materials to be used in previously inconceivable applications. It is hard to imagine everyday life without materials made of synthetic polymers. Clothes, ... more

BASF started piling of the first plants of its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong

Important milestone in the development of the company’s US$10 billion investment project

03-Jun-2020 On May 30, BASF kicked off the piling work of the first plants of its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China. This came as another important milestone in the development of the company’s US$10 billion investment project since its official commencement in November 2019. The fir ... more

Superworms digest plastic, with help from their bacterial sidekicks

Polystyrene waste to break down with enzymes or bacteria?

02-Jun-2020 Resembling giant mealworms, superworms (Zophobas atratus) are beetle larvae that are often sold in pet stores as feed for reptiles, fish and birds. In addition to their relatively large size (about 2 inches long), these worms have another superpower: They can degrade polystyrene plastic. No ... more

When every particle counts

Comprehensive guidelines for microplastic extraction from environmental samples developed

12-May-2020 Today, microplastics can be detected in almost every ecosystem in the world. Despite intensive research into this massive environmental problem, it is still a challenge to identify and quantify these synthetic particles made of various types of plastic in environmental samples. A team of re ... more

New preparation processes for super-plastics

Water replaces toxins: Green production of plastics using hydrothermal synthesis

22-Apr-2020 Although organic plastics are not harmful to the environment themselves, toxic substances are often used during their synthesis. TU Wien shows - there is another way. Many materials that we use every day are not sustainable. Some are harmful to plants or animals, others contain rare element ... more

BASF and Security Matters collaborate to accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastics

Create new value for plastics to tackle global challenge

21-Apr-2020 Security Matters, Ltd and BASF sign a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient future.  However, to move towards a ... more

All news on plastics

analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

First complementary laboratory fair

13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... more

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

20-Jul-2020 In 2018, Metrohm AG celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. Only two years later, in the middle of the current global pandemic, Metrohm makes a long-term commitment to its global customers and employees announcing a major extension of the premises of Metrohm International Headquarters in ... more

Sartorius raises forecast for the full year of 2020

Stronger growth and higher profitability expected for the Bioprocess Solutions Division and the entire Group

17-Jul-2020 Based on the strong performance of the Bioprocess Solutions Division in the first half of 2020 as well as on high demand also expected to continue for the rest of the current fiscal year, Sartorius raised its full-year sales and earnings guidance for this division and thus for the entire Gr ... more

analytica 2020: Great exhibitor resonance for the autumnal fair

Trade fair to implement the government’s protection and hygiene concept

30-Jun-2020 After the postponement to the fall, there are now increasing signs for a success of analytica in October. The number of exhibitors has currently almost reached the level of the previous event. Most recently, the Bavarian State Government has cleared the way for analytica: From September 01 ... more

Eppendorf acquires centrifuge business of Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.

20-Mar-2020 Eppendorf AG and Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., have reached an agreement that Eppendorf will acquire Koki’s centrifuge business, including the premium himac brand. A corresponding agreement was signed by both companies in Tokyo. The acquisition marks a targeted step by Hamburg-based Eppendorf AG ... more

FRITSCH Change of Generations

20-Mar-2020 After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bit farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, economic growth and success. In 1920 the medium-sized family business was fund in Idar-Oberstein as a technical preciou ... more

analytica 2020 is postponed

New date in the fall of 2020

09-Mar-2020 Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Europe and on the basis of the recommendations of the Bavarian State Government as well as of the responsible health authorities, Messe München feels compelled to postpone analytica 2020. This measure is taken in consultation wit ... more

Simplifying Progress: Sartorius sharpens its brand focus

25-Feb-2020 New brand promise, new logo, new colors – Sartorius looks different now. The company has revised its brand look. At the focus of this relaunch is Sartorius’ new brand promise that it summarizes in its new claim: Simplifying Progress. With its products and technologies, the company aims to s ... more

Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

19-Feb-2020 Sartorius confirmed its preliminary figures upon publication of its 2019 Annual Report. Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 14.8% (reported: +16.7%) to 1,827.0 million euros. Growth was almost entirely organic as the acquisition of the cell culture media specialist Biological ... more

The digital laboratory live and tangible

12-Feb-2020 Visitors to analytica 2020 can experience the laboratory of the future in a special show that is unique in the whole world: 18 partners from science and industry have joined forces to demonstrate device networking, collaborative robotics and user interaction, using the example of eight work ... more

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Keep safe and cool in the pool

Novel chip sensor quickly and continuously does all the work of a chemistry laboratory

03-Aug-2020 A new microchip that enables continuous monitoring of pH and chlorine levels in swimming pools will vastly improve water safety and hygiene for more than 2.7 million Australians as new research shows it can deliver consistent and accurate pool chemistry for reliable pool management. Develop ... more

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

20-Jul-2020 In 2018, Metrohm AG celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. Only two years later, in the middle of the current global pandemic, Metrohm makes a long-term commitment to its global customers and employees announcing a major extension of the premises of Metrohm International Headquarters in ... more

Printed electronics to monitor industrial production processes

Startup from Merck Innovation Lab in Israel Markets First Predictive Maintenance Sensors

25-Jun-2020 Merck announced the first commercial product from Feelit, based in Haifa, Israel. Feelit is an Industry 4.0 startup that was part of the Merck PMatX innovation lab for next-generation electronics in Israel. RetroFeel™, the company’s first product, combines a wireless edge device and a print ... more

Novel virtual trade fair for the process industry

A new way to network and stay informed defies postponed or cancelled trade fairs: The "virtual process show" from 8 to 11 September 2020

22-Jun-2020 From 8 to 11 September 2020, LUMITOS, a leading provider of B2B specialist portals and online marketing solutions, will be hosting the "virtual process show", a new digital meeting place for the process industry. In the halls of the virtual process show, an expected more than 100 exhibitors ... more

A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

UMass Amherst team introduces high-performing 'green' electronic sensor

15-May-2020 Writing in the journal NanoResearch, a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports that they have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geob ... more

Merck Invests in Artificial Intelligence Chip Startup SynSense in China

Neuromorphic computing considered as key enabler of next-generation artificial intelligence

07-May-2020 Merck announced its investment in SynSense (formerly known as aiCTX), a neuromorphic computing startup based in China and Switzerland. The startup’s AI (artificial intelligence) processors and sensors provide an unprecedented combination of ultra-low power consumption and low latency for a ... more

Using artificial intelligence to optimise manufacturing processes

High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital invest in IT start-up

30-Apr-2020 High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) together with Bayern Kapital has invested a seven-figure sum in Munich-based IT start-up Erium as part of a seed financing round. SAR Elektronic GmbH is also on board as a co-investor. Erium’s software solution HALerium is used to model and optimise highly comp ... more

Gigahertz-Optik is now part of Berghof Group

24-Mar-2020 Despite indications of an impending economic crisis, all signs still point to growth for Berghof in 2020. It didn’t take the company long to add yet another addition to its group, and the integration process is in full swing. As of January 1st, 2020, the Berghof group of companies headquart ... more

Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

Ultra-fast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects

06-Mar-2020 Automatic image recognition is widely used today: There are computer programs that can reliably diagnose skin cancer, navigate self-driving cars, or control robots. Up to now, all this has been based on the evaluation of image data as delivered by normal cameras - and that is time-consuming ... more

Integrate Micro Chips for electronic Skin

24-Jan-2020 Researchers from Dresden and Osaka present the first fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits which opens the path towards the development of electronic skin. Human skin is a fascinating and multifunctional organ with unique properties originating ... more

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Air Products and thyssenkrupp Sign Exclusive Strategic Cooperation Agreement

World-Scale Electrolysis Plants to Generate Green Hydrogen

07-Jul-2020 Air Products and thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers announced the signing of a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The two companies will collaborate exclusively in key regions, using their complementary technology, engineering and project execution strengths to develop projects supply ... more

Novel virtual trade fair for the process industry

A new way to network and stay informed defies postponed or cancelled trade fairs: The "virtual process show" from 8 to 11 September 2020

22-Jun-2020 From 8 to 11 September 2020, LUMITOS, a leading provider of B2B specialist portals and online marketing solutions, will be hosting the "virtual process show", a new digital meeting place for the process industry. In the halls of the virtual process show, an expected more than 100 exhibitors ... more

Electric pulses precisely shape 3D-printed metal parts

Metal 3D printing with electrochemical machining combined

02-Jun-2020 Professor Dirk Bähre and his research team at Saarland University have developed a non-contact method of transforming metal parts fabricated by a 3D printer into high-precision technical components for specialist applications. The novel method enables them to process parts made from strong, ... more

Clean without scrubbing and using chemicals

Scientists develop self-cleaning aluminium surface

28-May-2020 A project team of Technische Universität Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS structured an aluminium plate with a laser process in such a way that water droplets no longer adhere and dirt particles can be removed from the surface - completely without ch ... more

Smart machine maintenance

Avoid unpleasant surprises: New AI system also detects unknown faults

27-May-2020 A new maintenance system is helping to make sensors smart. A research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University is combining artificial intelligence with sensors that gather status data on industrial machinery. The system is able to detect damage, wear and error states, a ... more

Using artificial intelligence to optimise manufacturing processes

High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital invest in IT start-up

30-Apr-2020 High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) together with Bayern Kapital has invested a seven-figure sum in Munich-based IT start-up Erium as part of a seed financing round. SAR Elektronic GmbH is also on board as a co-investor. Erium’s software solution HALerium is used to model and optimise highly comp ... more

Ceramic coatings for high-tech applications: New spraying method optimized

Powder Aerosol Deposition dense ceramic films can be applied to very different types of materials

24-Apr-2020 For a long time, the production of ceramic coatings has only been possible by means of sintering techniques conducted at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. However, a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition (PAD), enables their production at normal room temperatures. It is therefore ... more

Now things are getting big - innovative membrane reactor on its way to being an industrial scale

Consortium of 24 partners: Innovative plant combines several previously separate production steps

23-Apr-2020 Evonik is continuing to strengthen its position as one of the leading companies in the field of C4 chemistry. MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles), the largest EU-funded project coordinated by Evonik to date, was recently launched The aim is to develop ... more

ViscoTec Asia Grows and Expands its Facility

More office space, larger labs and meeting rooms in Singapore

14-Feb-2020 Great joy and expectations at the same time characterize the mood of the ViscoTec Asia team these days. The move to the new office is done. In the new office there is an increased office space with 1700 sqft. An about 50% larger lab for testing and training and a much larger meeting room gi ... more

PANDA starts AI-based root cause analysis and identification in industrial production

€ 1.3 million seed financing

10-Dec-2019 PANDA detects the error in the production process with the help of Artificial Intelligence and solves the biggest problems in industrial production. With the Plug & Play product DRIFT, PANDA offers an all-in-one system for minimizing plant downtimes and performance deficits in the productio ... more

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  • Price Development

    ICIS global Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunges to November 2003 level

    11-May-2020 The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunged in April as the impact of the falling oil price and coronavirus-driven demand destruction slammed the sector. The global index stands at a level last seen in November 2003 and is just below that in January 2009. Each of the regional components of ... more

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    09-Dec-2016 When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of E ... more

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

    21-Oct-2016 The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

  • Market

    M&A in chemicals and life sciences slowed down by global lockdowns

    Race for COVID-19 vaccine

    13-Jul-2020 In the first half of this year, the transaction volume of mergers and acquisitions in the chemical and life sciences industries has decreased dramatically. The volume of deals announced in the first six months is only $84 billion. Compared to the previous year (389 billion dollars), this is ... more

    ICIS global Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunges to November 2003 level

    11-May-2020 The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunged in April as the impact of the falling oil price and coronavirus-driven demand destruction slammed the sector. The global index stands at a level last seen in November 2003 and is just below that in January 2009. Each of the regional components of ... more

    Persevering evergreen: Study about the global market for low-density polyethylene

    26-Feb-2020 Polyethylene is one of the top-selling standard plastic, its consumption continues to increase despite all environmental discussions. It is classified into different grades according to its density and the branching of its polymer chains: LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. This study constitutes Ceresa ... more

  • Research

    Selective conversion of reactive lithium compounds made possible

    Until now, unwanted by-products have always been produced during the reactions - The catalyst opens up new applications

    14-Aug-2020 Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new catalyst that can catalyse reactions to produce pharmaceuticals or chemicals used in agriculture. It creates carbon-carbon bonds between what are known as organolithium compounds without creating any unwanted by-products. The team ... more

    Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

    New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry

    14-Aug-2020 Jointly with cooperation partners, a researcher of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed “porous liquids”: Nanoparticles, that are able to separate gas molecules of different sizes from each other, float – finely distributed – in a solvent. This is because the particles have ... more

    What Do Spiders Have in Common with Batteries?

    Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers: Conducting protein-based material could be used in fuel cells, batteries or act as sensor

    14-Aug-2020 Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us, and it would be hard to imagine a world without them. However, they do have their problems. It is for instance hard from a synthetic point of view to precisely control their molecular structure. This makes it harder to finely tune some of ... more

  • Technology

    Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

    23-Jan-2020 ETH scientists have further developed QLED technology for screens. They have produced light sources that for the first time emit high-​intensity light in only one direction. This reduces scattering losses, which makes the technology extremely energy efficient. QLED screens have been on the ... more

    Researchers develop new 3D printing for the direct production of nanostructures

    14-Nov-2019 A team from Graz University of Technology succeeded in using the FEBID method to produce complex 3D-printed nano-components for the first time without additional support structures. In the nanometer range, complex, free-standing 3D architectures are very difficult to produce in a single ste ... more

    Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

    11-Sep-2019 Linde developed a novel process to recover high value products from natural gas successfully combining technologies of BASF and Linde. The process simultaneously recovers valuable helium, liquid hydrocarbons, and purified CO2 in addition to conditioning natural gas for pipeline transportati ... more

  • Business

    LANXESS to sell organic leather chemicals business to TFL

    TFL will take over all operations of the organic leather chemicals business line from LANXESS with a total of around 460 employees

    13-Aug-2020 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is selling its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment company Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. Both companies signed an agreement to this ... more

    analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

    First complementary laboratory fair

    13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... more

    Start-ups in Germany are rarely based on radical innovations

    Accelerating effect through crises

    13-Aug-2020 The founding processes in the "alternative energies" and "information technologies" sectors are proceeding faster in Germany than in the USA. This is the result of an international research project of the IfM Bonn and the University of Utrecht, which evaluated a survey of founders in German ... more

  • People

    Changes in the Management Board of Brenntag AG

    Markus Klähn and Karsten Beckmann will leave the company

    17-Jul-2020 Steven Terwindt, currently Chief Operating Officer Brenntag North America, has been appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer Brenntag North America and Member of the Management Board of Brenntag AG. He will be responsible for the regions North America and Latin America as of August ... more

    Waters Corporation Names Udit Batra President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell

    17-Jul-2020 Waters Corporation announced that Udit Batra, Ph.D. has been named the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2020. He will also join Waters’ Board of Directors at that time. Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell who will remain in his current roles as Pr ... more

    Changes in Merck Executive Board

    Belén Garijo appointed Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO

    16-Jul-2020 The Board of Partners of E. Merck KG appointed Belén Garijo as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO of Merck KGaA. She will maintain her current Executive Board responsibilities. “The appointment of Belén Garijo as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO recognize ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Nouryon to build state-of-the-art hydroperoxide facility in Ningbo, China

    Annual capacity for 35,000 tons of TBHP/TBA

    13-Jul-2020 Nouryon will start development of a world-class manufacturing facility at its current site in Ningbo, China to produce two key intermediates for its organic peroxides business: tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA). Organic peroxides are essential ingredients in the p ... more

    BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

    Construction started in Harjavalta, Finland and secured building permit for plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

    16-Jun-2020 Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the ... more

    WITec Begins Expansion of its Headquarters Facility

    Increased capacity required to meet growing demand for Raman imaging microscopes

    12-Jun-2020 WITec GmbH is expanding its headquarters building in Ulm. The new addition will offer more space for production and quality assurance, laboratories for development and customer demonstrations or sample measurements, larger conference rooms and greater logistical capability. When complete, t ... more

  • Products

    Printed electronics to monitor industrial production processes

    Startup from Merck Innovation Lab in Israel Markets First Predictive Maintenance Sensors

    25-Jun-2020 Merck announced the first commercial product from Feelit, based in Haifa, Israel. Feelit is an Industry 4.0 startup that was part of the Merck PMatX innovation lab for next-generation electronics in Israel. RetroFeel™, the company’s first product, combines a wireless edge device and a print ... more

    Evonik wants to make green hydrogen more affordable

    Polymer chemistry is the key to efficient electrolysis

    19-Jun-2020 Green hydrogen is a beacon of hope in the energy transition, both as a carbon-free fuel for industry and transportation, and as a key raw material for the chemical industry. Green hydrogen is produced from water by electrolysis using electricity generated from renewable resources. It is sti ... more

    Making More Plastics Recyclable

    04-Sep-2019 To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project aims at making this dream come true. Whether multi-layered food packaging ... more

  • Finances

    LANXESS remains robust: Guidance for 2020 confirmed

    Consumer Protection benefits from strong demand for agrochemicals and disinfectants

    14-Aug-2020 LANXESS is continuing to weather the crisis well and is confirming its forecast for the full year. The specialty chemicals company still anticipates EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 800 million and EUR 900 million for 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, LANXESS recorded a significant ... more

    Evonik is getting through the crisis well

    Sales decline 14 percent on weaker demand, adjusted EBITDA falls 19 percent

    07-Aug-2020 Against the backdrop of the worldwide recession triggered by the Corona pandemic, Evonik is getting through the crisis well. Nevertheless, sales and earnings in the second quarter decreased compared to the previous year due to significantly weaker demand in some markets. Company sales fell ... more

    Merck Remains on Course in a Challenging Environment

    Healthcare and Performance Materials more strongly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic than Life Science

    06-Aug-2020 Merck registered the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in all business sectors in the second quarter. Healthcare and Performance Materials were affected most strongly. In comparison with the year-earlier quarter, Group sales increased by 3.7% to € 4.1 billion. EBITDA pre, the Group’s most im ... more

  • Career

    New site agreement for BASF: No forced redundancies

    Average annual investment of at least €1.5 billion until 2025

    07-May-2020 The company management and employee representatives at BASF SE signed a new site agreement. Entitled “Living the new BASF together!”, the agreement applies to the approximately 34,000 employees of BASF SE at the Ludwigshafen site. It will run for five and a half years (from June 1, 2020 unt ... more

    BASF wants to promote more women in leadership positions

    24-Feb-2020 By 2030, BASF wants to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions to 30 percent worldwide. At the end of 2019, the proportion of female managers was 23.0 percent (2018: 21.7 percent). In 2015, BASF had set itself the target of increasing the proportion of women in leadership r ... more

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

    26-Apr-2019 The Eppendorf Group is creating around 250 new jobs worldwide this year. A large proportion of the new jobs will be created in Hamburg at the headquarters of the globally active life sciences company and is an important component of Eppendorf's growth strategy. "Eppendorf is growing strongl ... more

  • Cooperation

    chembid enters into partnership with COATINO from Evonik

    With this cooperation, chembid and Evonik want to simplify the processes from the production to the sale of coating products for their customers

    20-Jul-2020 chembid and the Coating Additives Business Line of Evonik announce their cooperation. The platforms have set themselves the goal of making processes and decisions for chemical companies more efficient and driving forward the digitization in the chemical industry. The basis for this are inte ... more

    Air Products and thyssenkrupp Sign Exclusive Strategic Cooperation Agreement

    World-Scale Electrolysis Plants to Generate Green Hydrogen

    07-Jul-2020 Air Products and thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers announced the signing of a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The two companies will collaborate exclusively in key regions, using their complementary technology, engineering and project execution strengths to develop projects supply ... more

    Development of sustainable marine fuels

    EU research project IDEALFUEL has started

    29-Jun-2020 In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium aims to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. The use of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) contributes to global warming due to the fossil origin of these fuels and, moreover, ge ... more

  • Laws

    22 hazardous chemicals added to EU regulation on imports and exports

    27-Jul-2020 Exporters of the substances now have to notify their designated national authority before exporting them. In most cases, consent from the importing country is also needed. In addition, exports from the EU of a series of mercury-containing articles, such as fluorescent lamps, have also been ... more

    Restriction and authorisation found to drive replacement of harmful chemicals

    Replacing harmful chemicals with safer alternatives and greener technologies is strongly driven by regulation

    13-Jul-2020 While restrictions and authorisation directly encourage European industry to substitute harmful chemicals, ECHA’s support for substitution has also played a role. ECHA’s two published reports uncover both the direct and indirect effects of REACH in driving substitution. Based on a survey of ... more

    Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out

    The additions include three substances that are toxic to reproduction and one endocrine disruptor

    26-Jun-2020 The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances that may have serious effects on people or the environment. The endocrine-disrupting substance is used in consumer products, such as cosmetics. The three others are used in industrial processes to prod ... more

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry from now on 'Royal'

    26-Jun-2018 During the anniversary celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry in The Hague, the VNCI was awarded the predicate 'Royal ('Koninklijk)'. VNCI chairman Bernard Wientjes and director Colette Alma received the designation from the King's Commis ... more

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