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Detecting fluorescence signals from nanoscale thin films

New possibilities in product labeling

01-Jul-2022 Researchers from INNOVENT e.V. and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH have developed a measurement technique that allows to detect nanoscale fluorescent thin films for the first time without using expensive laboratory equipment. The addressed fields of appli-cation of fluorescent thin films and ... more

Biodegradable plastic particles in finished compost

Fertilisers from composting plants contain large quantities of biodegradable plastics

01-Jul-2022 Composting plants process biowaste into finished compost, which ends up as fertiliser in the soils of fields. A study by the University of Bayreuth shows that finished compost from composting plants in Germany contains a large number of biodegradable plastic particles. Applicable legal and ... more

A mirror tracks a tiny particle

Self-interference method

01-Jul-2022 Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mi ... more

AkzoNobel announces Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new Chief Executive Officer

01-Jul-2022 AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end. Grego ... more

Making dark semiconductors shine

30-Jun-2022 An international research team led by scientists at the University of Oldenburg has succeeded in manipulating the energy-level structure in an ultra-thin sample in such a way that this semiconductor, which normally has a low luminescence yield, began to emit light. Whether or not a solid c ... more

A Sanitizer in the Galactic Centre Region

Interstellar Detection of Iso-Propanol in Sagittarius B2

30-Jun-2022 An international group of researchers led by Arnaud Belloche (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany) reports the first identification iso-propanol in interstellar space, a substance which is used as a sanitizer on Earth. Iso-propanol is the largest alcohol detected so far, demonstrating the increasing compl ... more

Atomic displacements in High-Entropy Alloys examined

High-entropy alloys are under discussion for very different applications

30-Jun-2022 High-entropy alloys of 3d metals have intriguing properties that are interesting for applications in the energy sector. An international team at BESSY II has now investigated the local order on an atomic scale in a so-called high-entropy Cantor alloy of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt and ... more

New biobatteries use bacterial interactions to generate power for weeks

'Plug-and-play' features allow batteries to be wired together for increased power

30-Jun-2022 Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a “plug-and-play” biobattery that lasts for weeks at a time and can be stacked to improve output voltage and current. As our tech needs grow and the Internet of Things increasingly connects our devices and sen ... more

95% nanoplastic removal with apples?!

30-Jun-2022 Microplastics are known to collect in ecosystems and nanoplastics occur from the breaking down of microplastics. Nanoplastics are plastic particles of sizes less than 100nm and when they are in water, they are dispersed in a colloidal form. Nanoplastics might be more prevalent than micropla ... more

KNAUER is partnering with ModuVision

29-Jun-2022 This year KNAUER is celebrating the 60th company anniversary and there is more reason for joy. The management is excited to announce that KNAUER has just taken an important step. They aquired a company based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. This hightech company is an expert in the field o ... more

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A mirror tracks a tiny particle

Self-interference method

01-Jul-2022 Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mi ... more

KNAUER is partnering with ModuVision

29-Jun-2022 This year KNAUER is celebrating the 60th company anniversary and there is more reason for joy. The management is excited to announce that KNAUER has just taken an important step. They aquired a company based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. This hightech company is an expert in the field o ... more

analytica 2022 wowed the laboratory industry

analytica extended: digital extension through July 8

27-Jun-2022 An excellent mood in five halls, delighted faces and many lively discussions at the exhibition booths: At analytica 2022, the international laboratory industry met again in person from June 21 to 24 in Munich. At the world’s leading trade fair, 891 exhibitors presented their innovations for ... more

Sniffing out your identity with breath biometrics

Researchers develop an olfactory sensor using your unique chemical composition to confirm who you are

24-Jun-2022 Biometric authentication like fingerprint and iris scans are a staple of any spy movie, and trying to circumvent those security measures is often a core plot point. But these days the technology is not limited to spies, as fingerprint verification and facial recognition are now common featu ... more

Plant stress transformed into rapid tests for dangerous chemicals

Inexpensive method detects synthetic cannabinoids, banned pesticides

23-Jun-2022 Scientists have modified proteins involved in plants’ natural response to stress, making them the basis of innovative tests for multiple chemicals, including banned pesticides and deadly, synthetic cannabinoids. During drought, plants produce ABA, a hormone that helps them hold on to water. ... more

Trajan to acquire leading chromatography consumables and tools business

Strengthens Trajan's product portfolio particularly in the critical area of the gas chromatography inlet and sample introduction

22-Jun-2022 Global analytical science and device company Trajan Group Holdings Limited has announced the signing of a binding share purchase agreement and a real estate purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Chromatography Research Supplies, Inc. (CRS), a leading global manufacturer of high-quality anal ... more

New spectroscopic insights into hydrogen bonds

Surprising results

21-Jun-2022 Hydrogen bonds are of fundamental interest in materials science, physics and chemistry. An international team including scientists from the University of Bayreuth has now achieved surprising insights into the formation of hydrogen bonds using a novel method that enables the application of N ... more

High-speed imaging of microchips

Novel method enables fast X-ray scans of large objects with nanometre resolution

20-Jun-2022 A new method speeds up X-ray imaging of extended samples like microchips. The innovative technique makes it possible to study relatively large objects to nanometre fine details in a reasonable amount of time. That is not only interesting to science but also to industry, as the developer tea ... more

Scientists create luminescent gels with multitude of applications from counterfeiting to bio-sensing

15-Jun-2022 Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have taken inspiration from nature to create luminescent, self-healing gels with a suite of potential applications ranging from bank note counterfeiting to next-gen bio-sensing and imaging. Crucially, the scientists have been able to introduce guanosin ... more

‘E-nose’ sniffs out mixtures of volatile organic compounds

Accurately distinguish xylene isomer mixtures

13-Jun-2022 As paint thinner, ink and adhesives dry, they can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can negatively impact health. Typically, one of those VOCs is xylene, which exists as three isomers with the same elements but slightly different arrangements. Because the isomers are so simil ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Detecting fluorescence signals from nanoscale thin films

New possibilities in product labeling

01-Jul-2022 Researchers from INNOVENT e.V. and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH have developed a measurement technique that allows to detect nanoscale fluorescent thin films for the first time without using expensive laboratory equipment. The addressed fields of appli-cation of fluorescent thin films and ... more

AkzoNobel announces Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new Chief Executive Officer

01-Jul-2022 AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end. Grego ... more

Making dark semiconductors shine

30-Jun-2022 An international research team led by scientists at the University of Oldenburg has succeeded in manipulating the energy-level structure in an ultra-thin sample in such a way that this semiconductor, which normally has a low luminescence yield, began to emit light. Whether or not a solid c ... more

A Sanitizer in the Galactic Centre Region

Interstellar Detection of Iso-Propanol in Sagittarius B2

30-Jun-2022 An international group of researchers led by Arnaud Belloche (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany) reports the first identification iso-propanol in interstellar space, a substance which is used as a sanitizer on Earth. Iso-propanol is the largest alcohol detected so far, demonstrating the increasing compl ... more

Atomic displacements in High-Entropy Alloys examined

High-entropy alloys are under discussion for very different applications

30-Jun-2022 High-entropy alloys of 3d metals have intriguing properties that are interesting for applications in the energy sector. An international team at BESSY II has now investigated the local order on an atomic scale in a so-called high-entropy Cantor alloy of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt and ... more

New biobatteries use bacterial interactions to generate power for weeks

'Plug-and-play' features allow batteries to be wired together for increased power

30-Jun-2022 Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a “plug-and-play” biobattery that lasts for weeks at a time and can be stacked to improve output voltage and current. As our tech needs grow and the Internet of Things increasingly connects our devices and sen ... more

95% nanoplastic removal with apples?!

30-Jun-2022 Microplastics are known to collect in ecosystems and nanoplastics occur from the breaking down of microplastics. Nanoplastics are plastic particles of sizes less than 100nm and when they are in water, they are dispersed in a colloidal form. Nanoplastics might be more prevalent than micropla ... more

Change in the Management Board of ALTANA AG

At the beginning of next year, Dr. Christoph Schlünken will hand over his Management Board responsibilities to Dr. Tammo Boinowitz

29-Jun-2022 The specialty chemicals group ALTANA has announced a change in the composition of its Management Board. Dr. Christoph Schlünken will retire at the end of this year and hand over his board responsibilities to Dr. Tammo Boinowitz as of January 1, 2023. Dr. Boinowitz is President of ALTANA’s l ... more

Quantistry: Berlin-based software company launches platform for chemical simulations

29-Jun-2022 Quantistry announces the official launch of its platform „Quantistry Lab“, a digital chemistry lab for material development simulations. Focused markets are primarily battery development, semiconductors, lubricants, optical as well as specialty chemical industries. The cloud-based solution ... more

Climate protection: CO₂ turned into methanol

TU Wien has developed a chemical process that uses special catalysts to turn climate-damaging carbon dioxide into valuable methanol

29-Jun-2022 For reasons of climate protection, carbon dioxide must not be released into the atmosphere. Wherever the formation of carbon dioxide cannot be prevented, it should be captured and converted into other substances. The best possible solution is creating substances that have value and can be s ... more

All news on chemistry

Biodegradable plastic particles in finished compost

Fertilisers from composting plants contain large quantities of biodegradable plastics

01-Jul-2022 Composting plants process biowaste into finished compost, which ends up as fertiliser in the soils of fields. A study by the University of Bayreuth shows that finished compost from composting plants in Germany contains a large number of biodegradable plastic particles. Applicable legal and ... more

New PET-like plastic made directly from waste biomass

“We essentially just ‘cook’ wood or other non-edible plant material, such as agricultural wastes, in inexpensive chemicals to produce the plastic precursor in one step”

28-Jun-2022 It is becoming increasingly obvious that moving away from fossil fuels and avoiding the accumulation of plastics in the environment are key to addressing the challenge of climate change. In that vein, there are considerable efforts to develop degradable or recyclable polymers made from non- ... more

Plastic Made of Vanillin

Upcycling with light: Biomass-derived crosslinked polymers

14-Jun-2022 From inexpensive mass products to tailored high-tech materials, our modern world without plastics is unimaginable. The major downside to this is the use of fossil fuels and the growing quantities of waste. A new approach could be the production of high-grade plastics made from biomass that ... more

Photosynthesis-inspired process makes commodity chemicals

New strategy is less expensive, less energy intensive than current industrial processes

14-Jun-2022 Northwestern University chemists have taken inspiration from plants to revolutionize the way an important industrial chemical is made. In a first for the field, the Northwestern team used light and water to convert acetylene into ethylene, a widely used, highly valuable chemical that is a k ... more

Superworms capable of munching through plastic waste

The long-term goal is to engineer enzymes to degrade plastic waste

14-Jun-2022 Researchers at the University of Queensland have found a species of worm with an appetite for polystyrene could be the key to plastic recycling on a mass scale. Scientists discovered the common Zophobas morio ‘superworm’ can eat through polystyrene, thanks to a bacterial enzyme in their gut ... more

Covestro extends contract with CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann ahead of schedule until 2028

13-Jun-2022 Dr. Markus Steilemann will remain Chief Executive Officer of Covestro for a further five years. The Supervisory Board has extended his contract, which runs until May 2023, until May 31, 2028. Steilemann has been a member of the Covestro Board of Management since September 2015 and its Chief ... more

Catching microplastics with spider webs

The results provide first insights into the varying levels of microplastic contamination of urban air

08-Jun-2022 Flies, mosquitoes, dust and even microplastics – spider webs catch things flying through the air. Researchers at the University of Oldenburg have now for the first time examined the webs for the smallest plastic particles – on inner-city streets with varying levels of traffic. They found ma ... more

From the packet into your food: what harmful substances are in food packaging?

Database of previously undocumented chemicals

01-Jun-2022 Salad boxes to go, sealed-tray lasagna and apple juice in PET bottles: we encounter packaged food and drink everywhere. A new database shows which packaging contains harmful substances that can be transferred to its contents. It also includes findings from researchers at the University of B ... more

A unique catalyst paves the way for plastic upcycling

31-May-2022 A recently developed catalyst for breaking down plastics continues to advance plastic upcycling processes. In 2020, a team of researchers led by Ames Laboratory scientists developed the first processive inorganic catalyst to deconstruct polyolefin plastics into molecules that can be used to ... more

Newly discovered enzyme breaks down PET plastic in record time

Research finding could help make biological recycling more commercially viable

18-May-2022 Plastic bottles, punnets, wrap – such lightweight packaging made of PET plastic becomes a problem if it is not recycled. Scientists at Leipzig University have now discovered a highly efficient enzyme that degrades PET in record time. The enzyme PHL7, which the researchers found in a compost ... more

All news on plastics

analytica 2022 wowed the laboratory industry

analytica extended: digital extension through July 8

27-Jun-2022 An excellent mood in five halls, delighted faces and many lively discussions at the exhibition booths: At analytica 2022, the international laboratory industry met again in person from June 21 to 24 in Munich. At the world’s leading trade fair, 891 exhibitors presented their innovations for ... more

Eppendorf increases 2021 revenue to €1.1 billion

Positive trends in all market regions and product groups

11-May-2022 During fiscal year 2021, the globally positioned Eppendorf Group saw its consolidated revenue climb to €1.1 billion (prior year: €967.2 million), amounting to an increase of 13.8% (prior year: 20.3%). Operating profit also rose significantly in 2021, reaching €272 million (prior year: €217. ... more

Eppendorf builds new site in Wismar for high-tech polymers used in laboratories

Production to start by the end of the year

25-Apr-2022 The globally active Eppendorf Group is building a new plant for high-quality laboratory consumables made of functional high-tech polymers. To this end, the Hamburg-based life science company is acquiring a former production site at the location of MV Werften Fertigmodule Property GmbH in Wi ... more

Sartorius records dynamic start to the new fiscal year

Global political and economic uncertainties substantially increased

22-Apr-2022 Sartorius recorded a dynamic start to fiscal 2022, with sales revenue and earnings posting strong double-digit growth rates in the first quarter compared with the prior-year period. Based on its performance in the first three months, Sartorius confirms its outlook for fiscal 2022. “Sartoriu ... more

Hahnemühle appoints new international leadership team

Three appointments complete important steps in Hahnemühle’s Go-to-Market strategy

01-Mar-2022 Hahnemühle is delighted to announce the appointments of Nancy Janes to the position of Hahnemühle UK & Ireland Managing Director and General Manager, Sven Heeren to the position of General Manager DACH & The Netherlands and Simon Waller to the position General Manager Hahnemühle USA. All ap ... more

analytica 2022—Your path to Laboratory 4.0

Special show brings the digital transformation in the lab to life

24-Feb-2022 Smart solutions for the digital transformation of the laboratory are the main topic of analytica, the leading trade fair for analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology, which will open its doors from June 21 to 24, 2022 on the Messe München exhibition grounds. Electronic lab journals ... more

analytica 2022: Shaping the laboratory of the future together

Supporting program focuses on the practical transfer of knowledge

01-Feb-2022 From June 21-24, 2022, the international laboratory sector will once again meet in person at analytica, its biggest industry platform, in Munich. The world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology will focus in particular on the ongoing digitalization of la ... more

Eppendorf AG completes conversion to European public limited company

Group headquarter remains in Hamburg, Germany

21-Oct-2021 The internationally active life science company Eppendorf, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, has completed its conversion to the European legal form Societas Europaea (SE) as of October 19, 2021. The company will operate as Eppendorf SE with immediate effect. "We are convinced that we have ... more

Automated chemical synthesis: reliable production and rapid knowledge gain

KIT Invests About Four Million Euros in Facility for Automated Synthesis

09-Aug-2021 One of the most modern infrastructures for automated process control in chemistry is being built by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with BASF: The facility will initially produce new substances in parallel for applications in fields ranging from biology to materials sci ... more

LAUDA expands headquarters with office space

Visible sign of growth

30-Jul-2021 With a symbolic laying of the foundation stone, LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG celebrated the official start of construction for an extension to an existing office building. When the office building with production hall was erected and completed in 2008, an extension had already been pla ... more

All news on laboratory equipment / laboratory supplies

A mirror tracks a tiny particle

Self-interference method

01-Jul-2022 Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mi ... more

A successful first half year for ZEISS

Positive trend continues despite challenging conditions

19-May-2022 The positive trend continues at the ZEISS Group, which had a positive end to the first six months of fiscal year 2021/22 (ended 31 March 2022) that was significantly higher than the very good result seen in the previous year: revenue increased by 20% to 4.1 billion euros (prior year: 3.4 bi ... more

Pfeiffer Vacuum Opens New Leak Detection and Vacuum Technology Facility in Indianapolis, Indiana

17-May-2022 Pfeiffer Vacuum opened up a new 40,000 square foot facility on May 13th. This state-of-the-art facility is located at 4037 Guion Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana. The new facility serves North American customers in all technological questions around leak detection and high-vacuum technology, foc ... more

Reusable UV sensor films

TU Dresden spin-off project PRUUVE launched

16-May-2022 With the EXIST research transfer PRUUVE (Phosphorescent Response Under UV Excitation) three physicists of the TU Dresden want to bring reusable UV sensor foils and labels to market maturity. With this idea, the team is currently also nominated for the Saxon Founders Award 2022 (futureSAX). ... more

Dresden-based industrial tech startup Packwise closes Series A funding round

Packwise drives expansion and expands market leadership

29-Apr-2022 With its Industrial-IoT solution, Dresden-based Packwise creates transparency in the supply chain of companies in the chemical, food as well as pharmaceutical industry. Founded in 2017, the startup has already received numerous awards and is currently working with 45 industrial customers. N ... more

Olympus Makes it EVIDENT

Scientific Solutions business splits from global medtech comp

13-Apr-2022 Olympus Corporation announced the completion of the separation of its Scientific Solutions business to a wholly-owned subsidiary, Evident Corporation. Following the divestiture of its Imaging business, this move further signifies the company’s long-term strategy to cement its position as a ... more

Highly sensitive quantum magnetometers on their way to industry

Quantum magnetometers for industrial use in nanoelectronics, chemical analysis and materials testing

13-Apr-2022 Fraunhofer IAF develops quantum magnetometers based on diamond. They are able to detect magnetic fields with a spatial resolution of a few nanometers down to single electron and nuclear spins. Due to the physical material properties, diamond quantum magnetometers operate at room temperature ... more

Dr. Ralf Hermann appointed new Managing Director at LAUDA

12-Apr-2022 LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG is reinforcing the management of the successful family-owned company as of April 01, 2022. The previous general manager and authorized signatory, Dr. Ralf Hermann will manage the world market leader in temperature control equipment and systems together with ... more

Inline-capable spectroscopic 100% inspection for industrial quality assurance and process control

Fraunhofer IAF presents QCL-based measurement system

12-Apr-2022 Ensuring quality without losing time: Companies from the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry in particular depend on meeting the highest quality requirements while at the same time optimizing production processes. For such applications, Fraunhofer IAF has developed an integrable meas ... more

Microcavities as a sensor platform

New concept for a high-precision quantum sensor

08-Apr-2022 Sensors are a pillar of the Internet of Things, providing the data to control all sorts of objects. Here, precision is essential, and this is where quantum technologies could make a difference. Researchers in Innsbruck and Zurich are now demonstrating how nanoparticles in tiny optical reson ... more

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Pfeiffer Vacuum Opens New Leak Detection and Vacuum Technology Facility in Indianapolis, Indiana

17-May-2022 Pfeiffer Vacuum opened up a new 40,000 square foot facility on May 13th. This state-of-the-art facility is located at 4037 Guion Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana. The new facility serves North American customers in all technological questions around leak detection and high-vacuum technology, foc ... more

Reference-factory.H2 – electrolyzer and fuel cell production of the future

Hybrid production system accelerates transfer to industry

03-May-2022 Hydrogen is a key element in the energy transition. To ensure that hydrogen can become generally established as an energy source, it must be produced at market prices, in sufficient quantities and in a climate-neutral manner, and used with a high CO2 reduction rate. This requires affordable ... more

Clean production processes in the chemical industry

TU Delft and TNO prepare industry for scale-up phase of clean factory

13-Apr-2022 Oil and gas shortages are not only pushing up the prices of gas and petrol, but also plastics, medicines and cosmetics. To make our society less dependent on fossil fuels and combat climate change, the chemical industry needs to change radically. In recent years, TU Delft and TNO have laid ... more

Processing renewable raw materials instead of crude oil in refineries

BioMates runs validation-scale production

06-Apr-2022 In the EU-funded project BioMates, the overall production process is now established and running on a validation scale. After producing 1000 kilograms of bio-oil in a test facility for the first time last year, this was another important step for achieving the project’s goal to establish a ... more

Producing petroleum substitutes from waste products

New pilot plant

15-Mar-2022 The use of renewable raw materials is more urgent than ever. With its new pilot plant, the Technical University of Dresden is researching how innovative recyclable materials can be sustainably produced from residual products from the agriculture, and forestry industry or grasses. The TU Dre ... more

Why some bubbles move faster

Why do large gas bubbles in viscoelastic liquids rise so much faster than expected?

07-Mar-2022 An open question with great relevance for industrial production processes. Researchers at TU Graz and TU Darmstadt have now found an explanation. It is a puzzle long known among experts and very relevant in many industrial production processes: a jump discontinuity in the rise velocity of g ... more

When Fuel Sloshes Dangerously

Coffee sloshing over the rim of a cup: annoying, but bearable. Sloshing fuel in rockets or tankers: more dangerous

03-Mar-2022 Kerstin Avila from the University of Bremen conducts research on this topic and on turbulence - with success, as two outstanding publications now show. Sloshing coffee is known to many people as an annoying everyday problem that one can and must live with. In engineering, however, such dyna ... more

Artificial intelligence listens to the sound of healthy machines

Detecting defects at an early stage

02-Mar-2022 Sounds provide important information about how well a machine is running. ETH researchers have now developed a new machine learning method that automatically detects whether a machine is "healthy" or requires maintenance. Whether railway wheels or generators in a power plant, whether pumps ... more

Change of date: POWTECH to be held from 27 to 29 September 2022

Parallel with FACHPACK

31-Jan-2022 The pandemic continues to disrupt the international events calendar for mechanical process engineering and analytics in 2022. Following in-depth consultation with the honorary sponsors, the Exhibition Advisory Board and many registered exhibitors, NürnbergMesse as organizer has now decided ... more

Start-up works to transform the hydrogen economy

Ionomr Completes Series A Funding Agreement of US$15 million

26-Jan-2022 Ionomr Innovations Inc. has closed a $15 million US Series A funding round with lead investors Shell Ventures and Finindus, joined by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), NGIF Cleantech Ventures and Pallasite Ventures. "This strategic investment demonstrates the industry's confidence in Ionom ... 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

    What will solid-state batteries be like in the future?

    Solid-state batteries have a lot of potential, but will have to prove their commercial viability in the next five years

    18-May-2022 Fraunhofer ISI has developed a roadmap for solid-state batteries covering a wide range of aspects from the individual materials, components and cells through to their utilization. It critically evaluates existing research as well as the latest findings and compares the development potential ... more

    The EU Green Deal is a game changer for the process industry, but only very few companies know the rules of the game.

    BearingPoint - Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas Industry Sentiment Barometer on the EU Green Deal

    06-Aug-2021 Many companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries see more opportunities than risks for their own future competitiveness in the European Union's Green Deal. However, only one third of the companies are even aware of the exact objectives of the Green Deal and quite a few ... more

    Companies in the plastics industry are cautiously optimistic about the future

    The exploding prices of raw materials and the shortage of materials due to the chaos in logistics are of great concern.

    03-Aug-2021 The plastics industry has recovered from the consequences of the pandemic faster than originally hoped. Companies expect this positive trend to continue. But the mood in the industry is clouded, because: Exploding raw material prices, dramatic material shortages as well as supply bottleneck ... more

  • Research

    Detecting fluorescence signals from nanoscale thin films

    New possibilities in product labeling

    01-Jul-2022 Researchers from INNOVENT e.V. and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH have developed a measurement technique that allows to detect nanoscale fluorescent thin films for the first time without using expensive laboratory equipment. The addressed fields of appli-cation of fluorescent thin films and ... more

    Biodegradable plastic particles in finished compost

    Fertilisers from composting plants contain large quantities of biodegradable plastics

    01-Jul-2022 Composting plants process biowaste into finished compost, which ends up as fertiliser in the soils of fields. A study by the University of Bayreuth shows that finished compost from composting plants in Germany contains a large number of biodegradable plastic particles. Applicable legal and ... more

    A mirror tracks a tiny particle

    Self-interference method

    01-Jul-2022 Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mi ... more

  • Technology

    How glass learns to illuminate itself and create heat

    Among other things, this can be used to produce electrically conductive and self-heating glass microreactors for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries

    31-Mar-2022 Glass objects which glow in the dark, glass containers that heat up and cool down, or glass control knobs and switches that eliminate viruses and bacteria by themselves – all this seems to completely contradict our everyday experience of what glass can do. And yet, it is now within reach. T ... more

    World's first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing adopted by OECD

    Success for long-standing collaboration between BASF and Givaudan to develop and validate alternative methods

    30-Jun-2021 The world’s first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing has been approved by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The testing strategy consists of three so-called alternative methods. They can be used to predict whether a substance causes allergic ... more

    Evonik and InnovationLab bring new battery technology to the market

    Printed solid-state batteries impress with their long cycle life

    23-Mar-2021 Evonik presents at the virtual exhibition LOPEC a new material technology for printable batteries. Together with the company InnovationLab, the specialty chemicals group proves the integration of TAeTTOOz® technology in printed electronics to open up new applications. TAeTTOOz® was develop ... more

  • Business

    analytica 2022 wowed the laboratory industry

    analytica extended: digital extension through July 8

    27-Jun-2022 An excellent mood in five halls, delighted faces and many lively discussions at the exhibition booths: At analytica 2022, the international laboratory industry met again in person from June 21 to 24 in Munich. At the world’s leading trade fair, 891 exhibitors presented their innovations for ... more

    Trajan to acquire leading chromatography consumables and tools business

    Strengthens Trajan's product portfolio particularly in the critical area of the gas chromatography inlet and sample introduction

    22-Jun-2022 Global analytical science and device company Trajan Group Holdings Limited has announced the signing of a binding share purchase agreement and a real estate purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Chromatography Research Supplies, Inc. (CRS), a leading global manufacturer of high-quality anal ... more

    Early investors can forecast future of startup companies

    Success comes in many forms

    14-Jun-2022 For a movie, it could be box office numbers or critical acclaim. In academia, maybe it’s publishing research or helping students land dream jobs after graduation. New research from the University of Washington shows there are also multiple ways for startup companies to be successful. Early ... more

  • People

    AkzoNobel announces Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new Chief Executive Officer

    01-Jul-2022 AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end. Grego ... more

    Change in the Management Board of ALTANA AG

    At the beginning of next year, Dr. Christoph Schlünken will hand over his Management Board responsibilities to Dr. Tammo Boinowitz

    29-Jun-2022 The specialty chemicals group ALTANA has announced a change in the composition of its Management Board. Dr. Christoph Schlünken will retire at the end of this year and hand over his board responsibilities to Dr. Tammo Boinowitz as of January 1, 2023. Dr. Boinowitz is President of ALTANA’s l ... more

    Liquid metal batteries to store renewable energy at a large scale

    “Extreme electrochemist” Donald Sadoway wins European Inventor Award 2022

    23-Jun-2022 The European Patent Office honoured Canadian-American scientist Donald Sadoway with the European Inventor Award 2022 in the "Non-EPO countries" category. The MIT chemistry professor has developed batteries made of liquid metal that can be used to store renewable energy at scale, increasing ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF to build commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

    Annual processing capacity of 15,000 tons of EV batteries and production scrap

    22-Jun-2022 BASF will build a commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany. This investment strengthens BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide. The site is an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities give ... more

    BASF expands production capacity in China for cathode active materials

    Multi-ton scale manufacturing for manganese-rich products

    16-Jun-2022 BASF Shanshan Battery Materials Co., Ltd. (BSBM), a BASF majority-owned company in China (BASF 51%; Shanshan 49%), is expanding its battery materials capacity in Changsha, Hunan Province, and Shuizuishan, Ningxia Province, to meet the fast-growing local and global demands of the electric ve ... more

    BASF strengthens market position for optical brighteners

    Significant increase in production capacity at Monthey, Switzerland site, now successfully completed

    10-Jun-2022 BASF has completed a double-digit million euro investment to increase production capacity for Tinopal® CBS optical brighteners at its Monthey site. Following phase one of the stepwise capacity increase in 2021, the recent completion of the investment program has now brought significantly in ... more

  • Products

    Quantistry: Berlin-based software company launches platform for chemical simulations

    29-Jun-2022 Quantistry announces the official launch of its platform „Quantistry Lab“, a digital chemistry lab for material development simulations. Focused markets are primarily battery development, semiconductors, lubricants, optical as well as specialty chemical industries. The cloud-based solution ... more

    International consortium to advance decarbonisation of the aviation sector

    CARE-O-SENE research project will develop advanced catalysts for sustainable aviation fuels

    27-May-2022 The company Sasol and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will lead a consortium to develop and optimise next-generation catalysts that will play a key role in decarbonising the aviation sector through sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). At a ceremony at Sasol’s global headquarters in Johannesburg ... more

    Start-up develops software for companies to easily record carbon footprint for products

    19-May-2022 To be able to design products more sustainably in the future, companies need to know the corresponding carbon footprint. However, it is not easy to balance it. Software currently being developed by the start-up greenable, a spin-off of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, aims to reme ... more

  • Finances

    Textile recycling rethought: Innovative chemical process enables upcycling of old clothing

    TechVision Fonds I and High-Tech Gründerfonds invest in textile recycling startup EEDEN

    29-Jun-2022 TechVision Fonds I, together with High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and a business angel, are the first investors to invest in EEDEN. The startup from Moenchengladbach, Germany has developed an innovative process for the sustainable and environmentally friendly recycling of clothing and other t ... more

    Over €400 million: New High-Tech Gründerfonds seed fund exceeds expectations

    Early-stage financing to support young companies active in the areas of digital tech, industrial tech, life sciences and chemicals

    16-Jun-2022 High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is launching its fourth fund and has already secured a total of over €400 million in commitments at first closing. More than €130 million of this amount will be provided by private investors, who are investing in HTGF’s fourth fund alongside the German Federal ... more

    Arieca Announces $6.5M Series A Funding Round

    Company will use the investment to accelerate product development and scale up manufacturing of its Liquid Metal-based thermal interface materials

    23-May-2022 Arieca Inc., the leader in liquid-metal based thermal interface materials (TIMs) for high performance computing and high power semiconductor devices, announced a $6.5 million Series A funding round co-lead by Nissan Chemical Corporation and 412 Venture Fund, with participation from ROHM Co. ... more

  • Career

    AkzoNobel recognized as a European Top Employer

    24-Jan-2022 AkzoNobel has been rated as a European Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute following the latest benchmark review. The company has been recognized in a total of eight countries, with five repeat certifications (Brazil, China, the Netherlands, the UK and the US) and three new titles ( ... more

    High-Tech Business KNAUER Awarded for its Family Friendliness

    03-Nov-2021 The Berlin-based company makes sure its employees are well looked after, providing support for employees and their families, especially throughout the difficult times of the pandemic. KNAUER was officially recognized as the family friendliest company in Berlin that has more than 100 employe ... more

    Brenntag will implement global transformation program

    Reduction of about 1,300 jobs globally intended over the next two years

    28-Oct-2020 The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Brenntag AG decided about the scope of Project Brenntag, the company’s comprehensive transformation program, that is expected to deliver a sustainable annual contribution of additional operating EBITDA of 220 million EUR in total, which will ... more

  • Cooperation

    KNAUER is partnering with ModuVision

    29-Jun-2022 This year KNAUER is celebrating the 60th company anniversary and there is more reason for joy. The management is excited to announce that KNAUER has just taken an important step. They aquired a company based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. This hightech company is an expert in the field o ... more

    Siemens Energy and Air Liquide form a joint venture for the European production of large scale renewable hydrogen electrolyzers

    27-Jun-2022 Siemens Energy and Air Liquide announce the creation of a joint venture dedicated to the series production of industrial scale renewable hydrogen electrolyzers in Europe. With two of the global leading companies in their field combining their expertise, this Franco-German partnership will e ... more

    TotalEnergies and Adani Join Forces to Create a World-Class Green Hydrogen Company

    16-Jun-2022 TotalEnergies has entered into an agreement with Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) to acquire a 25% interest in Adani New Industries Limited (ANIL). ANIL will be the exclusive platform of AEL and TotalEnergies for the production and commercialization of green hydrogen in India. ANIL will targ ... more

  • Laws

    Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

    ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

    08-Feb-2021 At the request of the European Commission, ECHA has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead projectiles for hunting and outdoor sports shooting as well as lead used in fishing sinkers and lures.The Agency concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified. ... more

    Roadmap to address substances of very high concern complete

    Systematic screening of registered substances has been key in identifying new chemicals of concern

    05-Feb-2021 ECHA has today published a brochure summarising the achievements of the SVHC 2020 Roadmap, following its completion. The goal of the SVHC Roadmap was to identify all relevant, currently known substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and include them on the Candidate List by 2020. SVHCs are c ... more

    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

  • Politics

    Chemical pollution threatens biodiversity

    Scientists say more environmental pollutants should be considered in species protection

    20-Jun-2022 Environmental chemical pollution threatens biodiversity. However, the complexity of this pollution remains insufficiently recognised by decision-makers - this is what international researchers led by Gabriel Sigmund from the University of Vienna and Ksenia Groh from the Swiss Federal Instit ... more

    Dumping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: the past decade beats many records

    Highs for all climate killers and all sectors

    11-Nov-2021 The pledge to cut methane, by almost 100 countries at the start of the world climate conference in Glasgow, indicates that in the fight against global heating, greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide are now coming into focus. But what is the weight of the individual climate killers, how ... more

    What the Biden-Harris administration means for chemistry

    The new administration has inherited a global pandemic and worsening climate change, among other science-related issues

    10-Feb-2021 The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris marks a new era for science policy in the U.S. and beyond. The new administration has inherited a global pandemic and worsening climate change, among other science-related issues. A cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly ... more

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