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New Material Breaks World Record Turning Heat into Electricity

15-Nov-2019 A new type of material generates electrical current very efficiently from temperature differences. This allows sensors and small processors to supply themselves with energy wirelessly. Thermoelectric materials can convert heat into electrical energy. This is due to the so-called Seebeck eff ... more

Volkswagen and BASF honour battery researcher

15-Nov-2019 This year’s international Science Award Electrochemistry was presented to Dr Kimberly See of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA). She was honoured at the Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialogue held in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. The award has been presen ... more

Merck Generates Profitable Growth in Q3 2019

15-Nov-2019 Merck generated strong organic sales growth and benefited from positive foreign exchange effects in the third quarter of 2019. EBITDA pre increased even more strongly than net sales in the three-month period from July to September. Following the closing of the Versum Materials (Versum) acqu ... more

Five-fold boost in formaldehyde yield

15-Nov-2019 Environmentally benign methods for the industrial production of chemicals are urgently needed. LMU researchers recently described such a procedure for the synthesis of formaldehyde, and have now improved it with the aid of machine learning. Formaldehyde is one of the most important feedstoc ... more

LANXESS to become climate neutral by 2040

Research focusing on climate neutral process and technology innovations

14-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has set itself an ambitious climate protection target. By 2040, the Group intends to become climate neutral and eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions from around 3.2 million metric tons of CO2e today. Already by 2030, LANXESS aims to cut its emissions by ... more

Quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale

Swiss start-up Qnami closes 2.6M CHF seed round

14-Nov-2019 Qnami announced the closing of a CHF 2.6M (USD 2.6M) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspe ... more

Light at the end of the nanotunnel for future catalysts

14-Nov-2019 Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly che ... 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

Carbon nanotubes show a love/hate relationship with water

14-Nov-2019 Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are valuable for a wide variety of applications. Made of graphene sheets rolled into tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, CNTs have an exceptional strength-to-mass ratio and excellent thermal and electrical properties. These features make them ideal for a ra ... more

LANXESS with stable development also in third quarter

Realignment of organometallics business

13-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS performed well again in the third quarter of 2019 – despite further deterioration of the economic environment. As expected, earnings in the third quarter were only slightly weaker than in the previous year. At EUR 267 million, EBITDA pre exceptionals was ... more

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Quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale

Swiss start-up Qnami closes 2.6M CHF seed round

14-Nov-2019 Qnami announced the closing of a CHF 2.6M (USD 2.6M) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspe ... more

Sensing magnetism in atomic resolution with just a scanning tunneling microscope

Researchers use single molecule on microscope tip as a sensor to detect magnetic moments with unprecedented spatial resolution

07-Nov-2019 Scientists from the University of Strasbourg, France, in close collaboration with colleagues from the research centers in San Sebastián, Spain, and Jülich, Germany, have achieved a breakthrough in detecting the magnetic moments of nanoscale structures. They succeeded in making the magnetic ... more

Monitoring the corrosion of bioresorbable magnesium

Better prediction of degradation rate of magnesium implants

28-Oct-2019 ETH researchers have recently been able to monitor the corrosion of bioresorbable magnesium alloys at the nanoscale over a time scale of a few seconds to many hours. This is an important step towards accurately predicting how fast implants are resorbed by the body to enable the development ... more

analytica 2020: The leading guide to the smart laboratory

The focus on digital transformation is being further expanded

28-Oct-2019 From March 31 to April 03, 2020, analytica will open its doors on the fairgrounds of Messe München. Even now there are already signs of an increase in the number of exhibitors. One focus of the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology with the accompa ... more

Sartorius continues on its dynamic growth track

21-Oct-2019 Sartorius performed dynamically in the third quarter as well, achieving double-digit growth rates in sales revenue, order intake and earnings in the first nine months. “Sartorius achieved significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenue and earnings for the first nine months of the ye ... more

Always on beat: ultrashort flashes of light under optical control

18-Oct-2019 Ultrashort laser pulses have enabled scientists and physicians to carry out high-precision material analyses and medical procedures. Physicists from the University of Bayreuth and the University of Göttingen have now discovered a new method for adjusting the extremely short time intervals b ... more

Mini-spectrometer: Smaller than a coin

09-Oct-2019 ETH researchers have developed a compact infrared spectrometer. It’s small enough to fit on a computer chip but can still open up interesting possibilities – in space and in everyday life. Nowadays, a mobile phone can do almost anything: take photos or video, send messages, determine its pr ... more

Determining the activity of noble-metal-free catalyst particles

08-Oct-2019 Noble-metal-free nanoparticles could serve as catalysts for the production of hydrogen from water. Because they are so small, their properties are difficult to determine. Chemists have developed a new method with which they can characterise individual noble-metal-free nanoparticle catalysts ... more

Bruker Announces Acquisition of Magnettech's EPR Business

Bruker and Freiberg Instruments Establish Related EPR Supply Partnership

04-Oct-2019 Bruker announced the acquisition of the Magnettech EPR business from Freiberg Instruments GmbH, and the establishment of a related, long-term EPR supply partnership with Freiberg Instruments. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Magnettech's benchtop electron paramagneti ... more

Inspired by nature: Scientists have developed a nanopore-microchip

01-Oct-2019 Medical professionals and environment analysts would like to have microchips that measure substances directly on site. Scientists at TU Darmstadt have developed and patented a system based on nanopores with broad potential. Anyone wishing to use laboratory readings for diagnosing a disorder ... more

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New Material Breaks World Record Turning Heat into Electricity

15-Nov-2019 A new type of material generates electrical current very efficiently from temperature differences. This allows sensors and small processors to supply themselves with energy wirelessly. Thermoelectric materials can convert heat into electrical energy. This is due to the so-called Seebeck eff ... more

Volkswagen and BASF honour battery researcher

15-Nov-2019 This year’s international Science Award Electrochemistry was presented to Dr Kimberly See of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA). She was honoured at the Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialogue held in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. The award has been presen ... more

Merck Generates Profitable Growth in Q3 2019

15-Nov-2019 Merck generated strong organic sales growth and benefited from positive foreign exchange effects in the third quarter of 2019. EBITDA pre increased even more strongly than net sales in the three-month period from July to September. Following the closing of the Versum Materials (Versum) acqu ... more

Five-fold boost in formaldehyde yield

15-Nov-2019 Environmentally benign methods for the industrial production of chemicals are urgently needed. LMU researchers recently described such a procedure for the synthesis of formaldehyde, and have now improved it with the aid of machine learning. Formaldehyde is one of the most important feedstoc ... more

Light at the end of the nanotunnel for future catalysts

14-Nov-2019 Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly che ... more

Carbon nanotubes show a love/hate relationship with water

14-Nov-2019 Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are valuable for a wide variety of applications. Made of graphene sheets rolled into tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, CNTs have an exceptional strength-to-mass ratio and excellent thermal and electrical properties. These features make them ideal for a ra ... more

LANXESS with stable development also in third quarter

Realignment of organometallics business

13-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS performed well again in the third quarter of 2019 – despite further deterioration of the economic environment. As expected, earnings in the third quarter were only slightly weaker than in the previous year. At EUR 267 million, EBITDA pre exceptionals was ... more

A cheaper way to scale up atomic layer deposition

13-Nov-2019 Atomic layer deposition (ALD) involves stacking layers of atoms on top of each other like pancakes. The atoms come from a vaporized material called a precursor. ALD is a well-established technique for manufacturing microelectronics like semiconductors and magnetic heads for sound recording, ... more

New catalyst efficiently produces hydrogen from seawater

13-Nov-2019 Seawater is one of the most abundant resources on earth, offering promise both as a source of hydrogen - desirable as a source of clean energy - and of drinking water in arid climates. But even as water-splitting technologies capable of producing hydrogen from freshwater have become more ef ... more

'Messy' production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

13-Nov-2019 Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surpris ... more

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Covestro generates strong volume growth in a continuing challenging environment

New circular economy program launched

29-Oct-2019 In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to EUR 3.2 billion due to continued lower selling prices. At EUR 425 ... more

Remondis and Neste into partnership to develop chemical recycling of plastic waste

25-Oct-2019 Neste and REMONDIS have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity to process over 200 kilotons of waste plastic. Mechanica ... more

All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking

24-Oct-2019 A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original. The new process could transfo ... more

LANXESS planning AI-assisted formulation development for Urethane Systems

21-Oct-2019 LANXESS is broadening its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. The specialty chemicals company has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including f ... more

LyondellBasell Announces Construction of New Small-Scale Molecular Recycling Facility

17-Oct-2019 LyondellBasell announced that it is building a new small-scale pilot facility at its Ferrara, Italy site moving another step closer to converting post-consumer plastic waste into new plastics on a commercial scale. The company selected its Ferrara site for the pilot facility due to its long ... more

3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

16-Oct-2019 Individually manufactured and still suitable for mass production? Within the framework of the Fraunhofer "Go Beyond 4.0" project, this apparent contradiction is to be eliminated. In the field of illumination optics, the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Optics and ... more

Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected

14-Oct-2019 A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. "Right now, policy makers ... more

Polyamides from terpenes

New biobased class of polyamides

11-Oct-2019 The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed a sustainable alternative to petrochemically produced plastics using terpenes found in resin-rich wood. The natural substances are available from conifers such as pine, larch or spruce. In the productio ... more

BASF invests in Quantafuel to jointly drive chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste

08-Oct-2019 BASF SE is to invest €20 million into Quantafuel, a specialist for pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste and purification of pyrolysis oil, headquartered in Oslo, Norway. The investment will be facilitated via the subscription of new shares and via the grant of a convertible loan. Together, the ... more

Old materials in a new design

Researchers present useful ideas for 3D printing

08-Oct-2019 Plastic could soon be saying goodbye to its bad reputation. A working group headed by Professor Rolf Mülhaupt at the Freiburg Materialforschungszentrum (FMF) is currently developing “single-polymer composites” that can be produced from both fossil and renewable raw materials and later recyc ... more

All news on plastics

analytica 2020: The leading guide to the smart laboratory

The focus on digital transformation is being further expanded

28-Oct-2019 From March 31 to April 03, 2020, analytica will open its doors on the fairgrounds of Messe München. Even now there are already signs of an increase in the number of exhibitors. One focus of the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology with the accompa ... more

Sartorius continues on its dynamic growth track

21-Oct-2019 Sartorius performed dynamically in the third quarter as well, achieving double-digit growth rates in sales revenue, order intake and earnings in the first nine months. “Sartorius achieved significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenue and earnings for the first nine months of the ye ... more

Eppendorf significantly expands production site in Oldenburg

27-Sep-2019 The Eppendorf Group is boosting its production capacity at its site in Oldenburg in Holstein by building two new production halls. Operations at the two sites will begin in the second half of 2020, significantly increasing the overall capacity of Eppendorf Polymere GmbH, a wholly owned subs ... more

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

25-Sep-2019 At its meeting on 24 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a Member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective 1 April 2020. With this appoin ... more

Merck Acquires laboratory informatics company

07-Aug-2019 Merck has acquired BSSN Software, a Darmstadt, Germany-based laboratory informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving. Financial details were not disclosed. “BSSN Software and the capabilities that it bri ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Merck and Rigaku Form Partnership to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology

11-Jun-2019 Merck and Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallization of the analyte. ... more

Tecan successfully completes the acquisition of supplier of key parts

04-Jun-2019 The Tecan Group announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of a supplier of key parts. On March 22, 2019, Tecan announced the acquisition of a long-term supplier to vertically integrate the manufacturing of critical precision-machined parts. With two manufacturing sites, o ... more

Colliding lasers double the energy of proton beams

28-May-2019 Researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg present a new method which can double the energy of a proton beam produced by laser-based particle accelerators. The breakthrough could lead to more compact, cheaper equipment that could be useful f ... more

Lab Notebook learns to communicate with laboratory devices

labfolder acquires cubuslab and becomes Labforward

23-May-2019 labfolder GmbH, a electronic laboratory notebook (ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook) provider, and cubuslab GmbH, a provider of a manufacturer-independent platform for the digital integration of laboratory instruments, today announced their merger. The joint company will operate under the name L ... more

All news on lab technology

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership

Development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use

09-Oct-2019 ZEISS’ investment in Senorics marks the start of a technology collaboration with the sensorics startup based in Dresden, Germany. The partnership aims to further the joint development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use in quality assurance and in process monitoring, e.g. ... more

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

25-Sep-2019 At its meeting on 24 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a Member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective 1 April 2020. With this appoin ... more

The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

The Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

27-Jun-2019 The 2019 Körber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros, is to be awarded to the German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) ... more

ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

08-May-2019 The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2018/19 (ended 31 March 2019) and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 3.019 billion (1st six months of 2017/18: EUR 2.773 billion). 90 percent of this sum was generated by markets outside Germany. At EUR 443 mi ... more

AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

04-Mar-2019 The Fraunhofer-Gründerpreis 2018, worth 5000 euros, was awarded to Visometry GmbH, a spinoff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD). The Visometry team convinced the jury consisting of members from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) wi ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index

23-Jan-2019 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has been included in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index (Global 100). This is Yokogawa’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices. Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Global 1 ... more

ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

27 companies were founded in 2018, more than any year previously

08-Jan-2019 In 2018, ETH Zurich achieved a new record high for the number of spin-offs founded: a total of 27 founding teams took the plunge into independence. While an average of 13 ETH spin-offs were founded per year from 2000 to 2010, the following decade has seen an average of 24 per year. For Detl ... more

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

10-Dec-2018 In the FOWINA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg have developed novel color sensors with a special microlens arrangement. The sensors can be realized directly on the chip and combine mu ... more

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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

Evonik and Dow develop industrial-scale direct synthesis of propylene glycol from propylene and hydrogen peroxide

31-Oct-2019 Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN™, has been created over the la ... more

Evonik invests in Israeli software start-up offering a 3D printing decision-support system

28-Oct-2019 Evonik Venture Capital has invested in an Israeli software start-up that helps industrial companies adopt 3D printing. Castor Technologies has developed a software that assesses a part’s printability, the best printing material, cost and lead time. The technology helps manufacturers decide ... more

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

16-Oct-2019 Individually manufactured and still suitable for mass production? Within the framework of the Fraunhofer "Go Beyond 4.0" project, this apparent contradiction is to be eliminated. In the field of illumination optics, the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Optics and ... more

Technical University of Munich, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde to establish additive manufacturing cluster in Bavaria

3D printing is changing the way we manufacture

11-Oct-2019 The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are collaborating to create an additive manufacturing cluster. This cluster is a grouping of companies and organizations that will conduct research on and develop additive manufacturing technology from a single hub lo ... more

Evonik and start-up Cubicure cooperate in the field of 3D printing

Development of custom-made specialty chemical components for the next generation of materials

01-Oct-2019 Evonik and Cubicure, a spin-off company of Vienna University of Technology, have entered into a cooperative agreement to jointly develop innovative radiation-curing resin systems. The partnership with the start-up company is managed by Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of the specialty ... more

BASF to sell its ultrafiltration membrane business to DuPont

24-Sep-2019 BASF and DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont) announced that the companies have signed an agreement where BASF will sell its ultrafiltration membrane business to DuPont. The divesture includes the shares of inge GmbH, the business’ international sales force, its headquarters and production ... 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

Evonik’s new natural-gas power plant will end coal-fired power generation in Marl

Saving up to one million metric tons of CO2

02-Sep-2019 Evonik is to install a new advanced high-efficiency gas and steam turbine power plant at Marl Chemical Park. The specialty chemicals group is thus, after more than 80 years, ending hard-coal based power and steam generation in Marl, which will reduce its CO2 emissions by up to one million m ... more

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    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

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for n-Propanol and n-Propyl Acetate

    27-Nov-2015 Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow.   USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

  • Market

    Clariant recognized for risk management and sustainability achievements in procurement

    29-May-2019 Clariant received a World Procurement Award 2019 in the category “Supplier Risk Management”. This marks the second recognition for Clariant’s procurement practices in 2019, as the company won an EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership award in March for having the “Best Internal Stakeho ... more

    Sustainable solutions take center stage as Nouryon announces 2019 Imagine Chemistry winners

    28-May-2019 Surfactants derived from plants, eco-friendly membranes, and miniature sensors were among the eight winning ideas in the 2019 Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge, organized by Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals). More than 160 submissions from 30 countries were ... more

    Lifesavers in Demand: New Market Report on Flame Retardants

    08-May-2019 In the event of fire, additives can provide the decisive seconds for rescue. “Flame retardants delay the ignition of flammable materials such as plastics, textiles or wood,” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. “They slow down the spread of fire.” For the sixth time, Ceresana analyzed t ... more

  • Research

    New Material Breaks World Record Turning Heat into Electricity

    15-Nov-2019 A new type of material generates electrical current very efficiently from temperature differences. This allows sensors and small processors to supply themselves with energy wirelessly. Thermoelectric materials can convert heat into electrical energy. This is due to the so-called Seebeck eff ... more

    Volkswagen and BASF honour battery researcher

    15-Nov-2019 This year’s international Science Award Electrochemistry was presented to Dr Kimberly See of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA). She was honoured at the Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialogue held in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. The award has been presen ... more

    Five-fold boost in formaldehyde yield

    15-Nov-2019 Environmentally benign methods for the industrial production of chemicals are urgently needed. LMU researchers recently described such a procedure for the synthesis of formaldehyde, and have now improved it with the aid of machine learning. Formaldehyde is one of the most important feedstoc ... more

  • Technology

    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

    The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

    The Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

    27-Jun-2019 The 2019 Körber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros, is to be awarded to the German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) ... more

  • Business

    LANXESS to become climate neutral by 2040

    Research focusing on climate neutral process and technology innovations

    14-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has set itself an ambitious climate protection target. By 2040, the Group intends to become climate neutral and eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions from around 3.2 million metric tons of CO2e today. Already by 2030, LANXESS aims to cut its emissions by ... more

    Chemical industry affected by the economic downturn

    Sustainability in the business model as the recipe for the future?

    07-Nov-2019 The economic downturn is dampening the mood in the German chemical industry. According to the current CHEMonitor poll by CAMELOT Management Consultants and the trade newspager CHEManager, the satisfaction of chemical managers with Germany as an economic site has reached a new low. The trend ... more

    Evonik invests in Israeli software start-up offering a 3D printing decision-support system

    28-Oct-2019 Evonik Venture Capital has invested in an Israeli software start-up that helps industrial companies adopt 3D printing. Castor Technologies has developed a software that assesses a part’s printability, the best printing material, cost and lead time. The technology helps manufacturers decide ... more

  • People

    Volkswagen and BASF honour battery researcher

    15-Nov-2019 This year’s international Science Award Electrochemistry was presented to Dr Kimberly See of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA). She was honoured at the Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialogue held in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. The award has been presen ... more

    Prestigious prize for superconductivity researcher Mikhail Eremets

    04-Nov-2019 The American Physical Society (APS) awards Mikhail Eremets the 2020 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials. As recently announced, the researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry receives the honor for his "For pioneering studies of hydrides, a new family of high Tc materials, ... more

    Curious Mind Researcher Award Granted

    31-Oct-2019 Merck and the German business journal manager magazin presented the Curious Mind Researcher Award in Berlin. Ulrike Kramm (40), a materials scientist, received the prize worth € 7,500 in the category “Mobility and Energy”. Computer scientist Xiaoying Zhuang (36) was also awarded € 7,500 for ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

    25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

    Technical University of Munich, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde to establish additive manufacturing cluster in Bavaria

    3D printing is changing the way we manufacture

    11-Oct-2019 The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are collaborating to create an additive manufacturing cluster. This cluster is a grouping of companies and organizations that will conduct research on and develop additive manufacturing technology from a single hub lo ... more

    WACKER Launches Production of Pyrogenic Silica in the US

    04-Oct-2019 The Munich-based WACKER Group officially brought a plant for manufacturing pyrogenic silica on stream at its US site in Charleston, Tennessee. The facility has an annual production capacity of 13,000 metric tons. WACKER will use this output both for sales purposes and for its own silicone p ... more

  • Products

    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

    On-site detection of hazardous substances

    05-Jun-2019 Together with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a hand-held scanner for hazardous substances within the EU project CHEQUERS. The sensor detects explosive, toxic and other dangerous substances in real time and will help emergency personnel with on-site detecti ... more

    NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants

    31-May-2019 More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won’t heat the atmosphere as much as today’s refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST study identified the 22 “ ... more

  • Finances

    Merck Generates Profitable Growth in Q3 2019

    15-Nov-2019 Merck generated strong organic sales growth and benefited from positive foreign exchange effects in the third quarter of 2019. EBITDA pre increased even more strongly than net sales in the three-month period from July to September. Following the closing of the Versum Materials (Versum) acqu ... more

    Quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale

    Swiss start-up Qnami closes 2.6M CHF seed round

    14-Nov-2019 Qnami announced the closing of a CHF 2.6M (USD 2.6M) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspe ... more

    LANXESS with stable development also in third quarter

    Realignment of organometallics business

    13-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS performed well again in the third quarter of 2019 – despite further deterioration of the economic environment. As expected, earnings in the third quarter were only slightly weaker than in the previous year. At EUR 267 million, EBITDA pre exceptionals was ... more

  • Career

    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

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

    07-Feb-2019 Merck announced it has been named one of only 14 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The annual Global Top Employer certification recognizes companies that have shown excellence in people practices and structures worldwide. Merck has been awarded this certification fo ... more

  • Cooperation

    BASF and NGK to partner on developing the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries

    08-Nov-2019 BASF New Business GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, and Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK INSULATORS, LTD. are expanding their cooperation. In addition to the sales partnership agreement for NAS® batteries announced in June 2019, they have now entered int ... more

    Evonik and Dow develop industrial-scale direct synthesis of propylene glycol from propylene and hydrogen peroxide

    31-Oct-2019 Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN™, has been created over the la ... more

    Remondis and Neste into partnership to develop chemical recycling of plastic waste

    25-Oct-2019 Neste and REMONDIS have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity to process over 200 kilotons of waste plastic. Mechanica ... more

  • Laws

    ECHA starts work on persistent organic pollutants

    16-Jul-2019 ECHA starts working on scientific, technical and administrative tasks to identify and regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These substances remain in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk to the environment and human health. Due to their intrinsic ... more

    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

  • 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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