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Glowing nanocrystals

BAM develops measurement methods for luminescent materials

03-Aug-2021 Tiny luminous particles are being used in more and more products today: from smartphones to OLED televisions to car headlights. Precise knowledge of the luminosity is crucial for industry. The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is developing reliable measurement meth ... more

High-precision frequency measurement

03-Aug-2021 Many scientific experiments require highly precise time measurements with the help of a clearly defined frequency. Now, a new approach allows the direct comparison of frequency measurements in the lab with the atomic clock in Bern, Switzerland. For many scientific experiments, today’s resea ... more

NTU Singapore scientists create ultra high performance flexible ultraviolet sensors for use in wearables

03-Aug-2021 To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive. While invisible to the hu ... 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

Water detected as a metal at BESSY II

02-Aug-2021 Under normal conditions, pure water is an almost perfect insulator. Water only develops metallic properties under extreme pressure, such as exists at most in the interior of large planets. Now, an international collaboration has used a completely different approach to produce metallic water ... more

Trapped photons make strontium titanate ferroelectric

02-Aug-2021 Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as strontium titanate (SrTiO₃) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s theory group. The photons that are randomly created and destructed in the vacuum of a cavity – as determined by the laws of quantum mechanics ... more

Haltermann Carless to become the world's largest Cyclopentane producer

Cyclopentane makes important contribution to energy efficiency

30-Jul-2021 With the completion of the new hydrogenation plant at the German site in Speyer, Haltermann Carless will become the largest Cyclopentane producer worldwide. New capacity volumes will be available to the market from Q1 2022. Haltermann Carless, a company of HCS Group and a leading supplier o ... 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

Fastest sensor for heat flow tested

Relevant for alternative fuels and hydrogen

30-Jul-2021 A team of researchers from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Landshut University of Applied Sciences has developed a new method to measure the heat flow in combustion engines faster than before. The technique could help reduce pollutant emissions in the future. It is also relevant fo ... more

The quantum refrigerator

Computer simulations show how quantum fields could be used to break low-temperature records

30-Jul-2021 At first glance, heat and cold don't have much to do with quantum physics. A single atom is neither hot nor cold. Temperature can only be defined for objects that consist of many particles. But at TU Wien, in collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin, Nanyang Technological University in S ... more

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High-precision frequency measurement

03-Aug-2021 Many scientific experiments require highly precise time measurements with the help of a clearly defined frequency. Now, a new approach allows the direct comparison of frequency measurements in the lab with the atomic clock in Bern, Switzerland. For many scientific experiments, today’s resea ... more

NTU Singapore scientists create ultra high performance flexible ultraviolet sensors for use in wearables

03-Aug-2021 To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive. While invisible to the hu ... more

A novel microscope pins down the miracle of molecular oxygen

Researchers track the first step of the reaction of one single dye pigment with oxygen at unprecedented resolution

26-Jul-2021 Why is it that the colours of a t-shirt fade over time in the sun? Why do you get a sunburn, and why do the leaves of a tree turn brown in the autumn? These questions all have one theme in common, the interplay between dye pigments and ambient oxygen. Every child learns about this chemical ... more

Sartorius continues on its fast growth trajectory

Significant double-digit increases in sales and earnings

22-Jul-2021 Sartorius has continued on its fast growth trajectory, closing the first half of 2021 with significant double-digit increases in both sales revenue and order intake. “In the first six months of the year, we have seen unabated high demand for innovative technologies used in the development a ... more

Electrons in quantum liquid gain energy from laser pulses

The findings open new doors for ultra-fast electron microscopy

14-Jul-2021 The absorption of energy from laser light by free electrons in a liquid has been demonstrated for the first time. Until now, this process was observed only in the gas phase. The findings, led by Graz University of Technology, open new doors for ultra-fast electron microscopy. The investigat ... more

Team tracks real-time molecular motions

Important new insights into a key process for the development of more efficient solar cells

09-Jul-2021 The efficiency of solar cells can be significantly increased with a certain physical effect. A research team has now observed in detail for the first time how molecular movements influence this effect. Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for ... more

The beginning of a new era in resolution

World record: Team of researchers has succeeded in achieving the world's highest electron microscope resolution to date

06-Jul-2021 Scientists at Cornell University (USA) have succeeded in building an electron microscope pixel array detector (EMPAD) with sophisticated 3D reconstruction algorithms that make it possible to multiply the resolution of a state-of-the-art electron microscope. The Leibniz-Institut für Kristall ... more

High-resolution microscope built from LEGO and bits of phone

Research shows constructing microscope improves children’s understanding - enlightening, educational and fun

06-Jul-2021 Microscopy is an essential tool in many fields of science and medicine. However, many groups have limited access to this technology due to its cost and fragility. Now, researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Münster have succeeded in building a high-resolution microscope using no ... 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

New high-speed method for spectroscopic measurements

23-Jun-2021 Researchers at Tampere University and their collaborators have shown how spectroscopic measurements can be made much faster. By correlating polarization to the colour of a pulsed laser, the team can track changes in the spectrum of the light by simple and extremely fast polarization measure ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Glowing nanocrystals

BAM develops measurement methods for luminescent materials

03-Aug-2021 Tiny luminous particles are being used in more and more products today: from smartphones to OLED televisions to car headlights. Precise knowledge of the luminosity is crucial for industry. The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is developing reliable measurement meth ... more

Water detected as a metal at BESSY II

02-Aug-2021 Under normal conditions, pure water is an almost perfect insulator. Water only develops metallic properties under extreme pressure, such as exists at most in the interior of large planets. Now, an international collaboration has used a completely different approach to produce metallic water ... more

Trapped photons make strontium titanate ferroelectric

02-Aug-2021 Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as strontium titanate (SrTiO₃) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s theory group. The photons that are randomly created and destructed in the vacuum of a cavity – as determined by the laws of quantum mechanics ... more

Haltermann Carless to become the world's largest Cyclopentane producer

Cyclopentane makes important contribution to energy efficiency

30-Jul-2021 With the completion of the new hydrogenation plant at the German site in Speyer, Haltermann Carless will become the largest Cyclopentane producer worldwide. New capacity volumes will be available to the market from Q1 2022. Haltermann Carless, a company of HCS Group and a leading supplier o ... more

Fastest sensor for heat flow tested

Relevant for alternative fuels and hydrogen

30-Jul-2021 A team of researchers from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Landshut University of Applied Sciences has developed a new method to measure the heat flow in combustion engines faster than before. The technique could help reduce pollutant emissions in the future. It is also relevant fo ... more

The quantum refrigerator

Computer simulations show how quantum fields could be used to break low-temperature records

30-Jul-2021 At first glance, heat and cold don't have much to do with quantum physics. A single atom is neither hot nor cold. Temperature can only be defined for objects that consist of many particles. But at TU Wien, in collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin, Nanyang Technological University in S ... more

How diphosphorus can be used for chemical reactions

Team from Göttingen and Frankfurt succeeds in stabilisation

29-Jul-2021 Chemical syntheses of new active ingredients or functional materials are based on the use of molecular building blocks. These must be simultaneously reactive but also stable enough to enable targeted incorporation into larger molecules. A research team from the University of Göttingen and t ... more

Infrared in the heel

A chromium complex as NIR-II emitter

29-Jul-2021 Substances that emit light in the near infrared (NIR) range are needed for a wide variety of applications, from fibre-optic telecommunications to imaging techniques for biomedicine. A Swiss research team has now for the first time developed a chromium complex that emits light in the coveted ... more

Lead-free perovskite solar cells

How fluorine additives improve quality

29-Jul-2021 Tin halide perovskites are currently considered the best alternative to lead-containing analogues, but are still significantly less efficient and stable compared to them. Now, a team led by Prof. Antonio Abate from HZB has analysed the chemical processes in the perovskite precursor solution ... more

WACKER Presents Innovation Award for Novel Manufacturing Process for Polymer Dispersions

29-Jul-2021 WACKER has presented an in-house German-Chinese team with the 2021 Alexander Wacker Innovation Award for developing and launching a novel process for producing vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) polymer dispersions. The team – consisting of Henry Chen, Zhong Chen, Dr. Bernhard Eckl, Wilhelm Kaise ... more

All news on chemistry

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

Eco-friendly plastic from cellulose and water

Researchers create new kind of environmentally friendly bioplastic with hydroplastic polymers

26-Jul-2021 Plastics offer many benefits to society and are widely used in our daily life: they are lightweight, cheap and adaptable. However, the production, processing and disposal of plastics are simply not sustainable, and pose a major global threat to the environment and human health. Eco-friendly ... more

How Green Is Your Plastic?

Economical synthesis of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates from biobased materials

22-Jul-2021 Despite the best efforts of industry to work towards sustainability, most plastics (or polymers) are still made using non-renewable fossil fuels. However, researchers have now found an economical method for producing biobased acrylate resins. The study, published in the journal Angewandte C ... more

Turn plastic waste into edible food

Future Insight Prize 2021 of € 1 Million Awarded to Ting Lu and Stephen Techtmann

15-Jul-2021 Merck announced the winners of this year’s Future Insight Prize. The € 1 million prize in the category of “Food Generation” was awarded today during the Future Insight Days in Darmstadt, Germany, to Ting Lu, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, an ... more

Cycle for sustainable plastics

Carbon-containing gases from steel production as a source of raw materials: Covestro starts up mini-plant

14-Jul-2021 On the path to climate neutrality, the development of new raw material sources is of central importance. The Carbon2Chem project is investigating, among other things, where cross-sector networking between the steel and chemical industries is possible. The German government is funding the pr ... more

Solving the plastic shortage with a new chemical catalyst

New catalyst, which can make propylene from natural gas, is at least 10 times more efficient than current commercial catalysts

12-Jul-2021 In a year that has already battered manufacturing supply chains, yet another shortage is complicating manufacturers' and consumers' lives: plastics, and the food packaging, automotive components, clothing, medical and lab equipment and countless other items that rely on them. But a new chem ... more

Microbes in cow stomachs can break down plastic

Eco-friendly way to reduce litter?

07-Jul-2021 Plastic is notoriously hard to break down, but researchers in Austria have found that bacteria from a cow's rumen - one of the four compartments of its stomach - can digest certain types of the ubiquitous material, representing a sustainable way to reduce plastic litter. The scientists susp ... more

Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

More potentially hazardous chemicals are lurking in plastics than has been assumed

24-Jun-2021 ETH Zurich researchers examined chemicals in plastics worldwide. They found an unexpectedly high number of substances of potential concern intentionally used in everyday plastic products. A lack of transparency limits management of these chemicals. Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly ... more

Bacteria serves tasty solution to global plastic crisis

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution -- by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

14-Jun-2021 Researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study reveals. Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of va ... more

Polypropylene recycling from carpet waste

Now possible thanks to a new process

04-Jun-2021 A significant part of carpet waste consists of petroleum-based polypropylene. As a non-recyclable product, disposing of it has previously meant incineration or landfill. However, a new solvent is now making it possible to recover virgin-standard polypropylene from carpet waste — with no per ... more

All news on plastics

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

Sartorius continues on its fast growth trajectory

Significant double-digit increases in sales and earnings

22-Jul-2021 Sartorius has continued on its fast growth trajectory, closing the first half of 2021 with significant double-digit increases in both sales revenue and order intake. “In the first six months of the year, we have seen unabated high demand for innovative technologies used in the development a ... more

An AI Robot for Pipetting

Researchers from the University of Freiburg have received an EXIST grant for their goodBot startup

31-May-2021 Pipettes are important tools for scientists when transporting liquids in medical, pharmaceutical, biology, and chemistry laboratories. Using pipettes precisely is especially important when repeating experiments. The University of Freiburg researchers Julius Wiener, Tobias Zundel, and Oliver ... more

Eppendorf achieves record revenue and best result in the company’s history in 2020

Revenue rises by 20.3% to €967.2 million in 2020

06-May-2021 In fiscal year 2020, Eppendorf AG succeeded in posting record revenue of €967 million (prior year: €804 million) – a significant year-on-year increase of 20.3% (prior year: 10.2%). EBIT likewise saw a sharp rise of €73.5 million to €217.7 million (prior year: €144.2 million), representing a ... more

New dimension for efficient laboratory work

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward ramps up Series B financing to >€8.5 million in second closing

06-May-2021 With the successful completion of a second closing, Labforward adds >€3m to the Series B from January, bringing the total funds raised to >€8.5m. The majority of the new investment comes from the Fielmann Family Office, majority owner of the leading German family business of the same name t ... more

LabVantage Solutions Names Digital Transformation Veteran Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer

29-Mar-2021 LabVantage Solutions, Inc. announced the appointment of Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hagstroem brings LabVantage almost 30 years of experience as a pioneer and expert in digital transformation, helping global enterprises harness data and analytics to reimagine their busi ... more

Lab supplies out of the 3D printer

LAUDA invests in Better Basics start-up

18-Mar-2021 LAUDA will cooperate with Better Basics Laborbedarf GmbH (BBL). The Dresden-based company, founded in 2019, develops, manufactures and sells smart basic equipment for laboratories that simplifies the organization of laboratory workstations and supports laboratory employees in their daily wo ... more

Sartorius closes 2020 with strong growth

Group management raises sales target for 2025 to about 5 billion euros

29-Jan-2021 Sartorius recorded high growth according to preliminary figures in 2020 due to strong organic development, several acquisitions and the additional momentum from business related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Group closed the year with significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenu ... more

Leverage the huge potential that lies dormant in the vast amounts of lab data generated daily

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

12-Jan-2021 Labforward has closed a new financing round. The laboratory equipment manufacturers Tecan and 2mag as well as existing investor Peppermint Venture Partners are investing more than € 5 million in the laboratory software company with headquarters in Berlin. Laboratories face the challenge of ... more

LABVOLUTION moves from May to September

While preparations for LABVOLUTION 2021 are already well advanced, the trade show for the smart laboratory plays it safe

25-Nov-2020 In September, the current situation will be less critical - this is the opinion of the vast majority of LABVOLUTION exhibitors. Although there would have been an elaborate security concept for the original date in May, the organizers of Deutsche Messe AG are now postponing the trade show fo ... more

All news on laboratory equipment / laboratory supplies

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

11-Jun-2021 In recent years, UWT GmbH has built up many new customer relationships in a wide variety of countries and regions, opened up new sales channels and gained valuable, competent employees for the company. In order to meet the associated growing challenges with a stable, future-oriented organiz ... more

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

Miniature material analysis sensors on the way to mass production

Senorics raises more than 8 million Euro

31-May-2021 The Dresden high tech company Senorics has closed an 8 million € pre-series A  financing round. The money allows for the necessary investments to scale the innovative material analysis sensor technology for the industrial market. The circle of investors was joined by FIDURA Private Equity a ... more

ZEISS Reports Successful Start to Fiscal Year

ZEISS Group successfully navigates pandemic thanks to broad portfolio and global structure

21-May-2021 The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2020/21 (ended 31 March 2021). It saw its revenue rise by 6 percent (adjusted for currency fluctuations, by 9 percent) to 3.406 billion euros (previous year: 3.213 billion euros). Around 90% of this sum was generate ... more

Energy-saving gas turbines from the 3D printer

Neutrons "see" internal stress in components from additive manufacturing

27-Apr-2021 3D printing has opened up a completely new range of possibilities. One example is the production of novel turbine buckets. However, the 3D printing process often induces internal stress in the components which can in the worst case lead to cracks. Now a research team has succeeded in using ... more

Hunting out hidden hydrogen: novel holey nanosheets for detecting hydrogen gas leaks

Scientists develop hydrogen sensors with holey zinc oxide "nanosheets" to prevent accidents from hydrogen gas leaks

15-Dec-2020 In recent years, hydrogen (H2) has emerged as the best option for clean energy in our pursuit of an alternative fuel for mitigating environmental problems such as global warming. Hailed as "batteries of the future," H2 fuel cells are touted as the fuel for the future generation. While this ... more

BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

14-Dec-2020 ZEISS and BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY (BOSELLO) announce that the Italian supplier of solutions for industrial X-ray systems, is now fully part of the ZEISS Group and will operate under the name Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl. In 2018, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in BOSELLO to strengthen ... more

New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

Light-activated sensor delivers precision results at room temperature: For medical applications and hydrogen economy

07-Dec-2020 Inspired by the surface of butterfly wings, researchers have developed a light-activated hydrogen sensor that produces ultra-precise results at room temperature. The technology can detect hydrogen leaks well before they pose safety risks and can measure tiny amounts of the gas on people's b ... more

Digitalization of Production: Merck and Siemens Collaborate

Merck invests € 10 million in modular technical infrastructure

27-Nov-2020 Merck announced a collaborative partnership with Siemens for the digitalization of production. This partnership is to result in the development of a process control system for the modular production of innovative materials and products for the electronics, pharmaceutical and life science in ... more

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

All news on mc

Successful exit: Schunk Group takes stake in Pulsar Photonics

Laser micromachining with ultrashort pulse lasers

28-Jun-2021 The exit is a perfect match for High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), bringing together an international tech company with over a 100-year history and a start-up that will benefit from each other’s strengths. "For Schunk, the ultrashort-pulse laser technology represents a technological expansion t ... more

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

11-Jun-2021 In recent years, UWT GmbH has built up many new customer relationships in a wide variety of countries and regions, opened up new sales channels and gained valuable, competent employees for the company. In order to meet the associated growing challenges with a stable, future-oriented organiz ... more

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

"Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects

Learning evolutionary tricks from sharks and butterflies: Fraunhofer IWS Dresden spins off lasertech company

20-May-2021 A researcher team from industry and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”. The company aims to bring lotus effects and other functional microstructures from nature to technical surfaces such as air wings and ... more

Finalists of the ACHEMA Start-up Award selected

14-Apr-2021 Ten start-ups have made it to the finals of the ACHEMA Start-Up Award. The range of technologies is as broad as the topical range of the process industry and covers sustainability analysis, Point of Care tests, electrosynthesis and antibody isolation as well as transport systems for oligonu ... more

Glass injection molding

Researchers succeed in producing rapid, cost-effective and environmentally friendly material

13-Apr-2021 Glass is ubiquitous, from high-tech products in the fields of optics, telecommunications, chemistry and medicine to everyday objects such as bottles and windows. However, shaping glass is mainly based on processes such as melting, grinding or etching. These processes are decades old, techno ... more

Merger of Heidelberg Instruments and Multiphoton Optics

06-Apr-2021 Multiphoton Optics GmbH has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH. The pooling of development capabilities and technologies for producing microstructures further underscores the global importance of research, development and production of direct-writin ... more

LAUDA founds its own company for innovations outside its core business

Support and supervision of young companies

06-Apr-2021 LAUDA DR.LAUDA R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG is encouraging innovation within the LAUDA Group. new.degree GmbH, a new, wholly owned LAUDA subsidiary, was founded at the beginning of the year to deal with temperature control-related innovation activities outside the present core business. The new ... more

BASF, SABIC and Linde join forces to realize the world’s first electrically heated steam cracker furnace

CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 90% in future large-scale applications

25-Mar-2021 BASF, SABIC and Linde have signed a joint agreement to develop and demonstrate solutions for electrically heated steam cracker furnaces. The partners have already jointly worked on concepts to use renewable electricity instead of the fossil fuel gas typically used for the heating process. W ... more

'Opposite action' could improve industrial gas separation

A design concept changes how materials separate gaseous mixtures

22-Mar-2021 A more energy-efficient method improves how an industrial gas is purified by reversing the traditional process. The concept was developed and successfully tested by scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan and colleagues.Acetylene is ... 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

    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

    When will graphene-based applications be available on the mass market?

    27-Jan-2021 What happened to the promised applications of graphene and related materials? Thanks to initiatives like the European Union’s Graphene Flagship and heavy investments by leading industries, graphene manufacturing is mature enough to produce prototypes and some real-life niche applications. N ... more

    What do EU citizens think about nanomaterials?

    Survey shows that citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials and increased awareness of the risks and benefits of products containing nanomaterials

    17-Nov-2020 A study, commissioned by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), measured and analysed how citizens in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France and Poland perceive nanomaterials and their potential risks to our health and the environment. It found that despite manufactured nanomaterials bein ... more

  • Research

    Glowing nanocrystals

    BAM develops measurement methods for luminescent materials

    03-Aug-2021 Tiny luminous particles are being used in more and more products today: from smartphones to OLED televisions to car headlights. Precise knowledge of the luminosity is crucial for industry. The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is developing reliable measurement meth ... more

    High-precision frequency measurement

    03-Aug-2021 Many scientific experiments require highly precise time measurements with the help of a clearly defined frequency. Now, a new approach allows the direct comparison of frequency measurements in the lab with the atomic clock in Bern, Switzerland. For many scientific experiments, today’s resea ... more

    NTU Singapore scientists create ultra high performance flexible ultraviolet sensors for use in wearables

    03-Aug-2021 To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive. While invisible to the hu ... more

  • Technology

    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

    A sharper look at the interior of semiconductors

    A research team is developing a high-resolution imaging technique that can be used to determine internal structures in materials and their chemical composition in a non-destructive manner and with nanometre precision

    19-Feb-2021 Images provide information – what we can observe with our own eyes enables us to understand. Constantly expanding the field of perception into dimensions that are initially hidden from the naked eye, drives science forward. Today, increasingly powerful microscopes let us see into the cells ... more

  • Business

    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

    WACKER Presents Innovation Award for Novel Manufacturing Process for Polymer Dispersions

    29-Jul-2021 WACKER has presented an in-house German-Chinese team with the 2021 Alexander Wacker Innovation Award for developing and launching a novel process for producing vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) polymer dispersions. The team – consisting of Henry Chen, Zhong Chen, Dr. Bernhard Eckl, Wilhelm Kaise ... more

    Brenntag strengthens its Specialties business in Asia Pacific by closing two acquisitions

    Closing of two acquisitions

    29-Jul-2021 Brenntag made further important steps in strengthening its business in China with the closing of two acquisitions within its Specialties division. On July 23, the acquisition of the first tranche (67%) of food ingredients specialist Zhongbai Xingye has been closed. The closing of the second ... more

  • People

    Andreas Förster takes over as Executive Director of DECHEMA

    The DECHEMA Office will be reorganized with two new divisional heads

    05-Jul-2021 Dr. Andreas Förster, previously Deputy Executive Director, will take over as Executive Director of DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V. (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) on July 1. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Kurt Wagemann, who had held this positi ... more

    New batteries for more climate protection

    The Körber European Science Prize 2021 awarded to chemist Clare Grey

    23-Jun-2021 The Körber European Science Prize 2021, endowed with one million euros, goes to Clare Grey. The British chemist pioneered the optimisation of batteries using NMR spectroscopy. Grey pioneered the optimisation of batteries with the help of NMR spectroscopy. This method allows non-invasive ins ... more

    Surfactants with regional vegetable oils for sustainable household and personal care products

    Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2020 goes to Edgar Endlein

    23-Jun-2021 Dr. Edgar Endlein, Managing Director Research & Development, Werner & Mertz GmbH, Mainz, will receive the Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2020 on July 7, 2021. The prize of the foundation of the same name, which is part of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), is endowed wi ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Haltermann Carless to become the world's largest Cyclopentane producer

    Cyclopentane makes important contribution to energy efficiency

    30-Jul-2021 With the completion of the new hydrogenation plant at the German site in Speyer, Haltermann Carless will become the largest Cyclopentane producer worldwide. New capacity volumes will be available to the market from Q1 2022. Haltermann Carless, a company of HCS Group and a leading supplier o ... more

    BASF to build new battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

    Use of innovative technology for extracting lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and production scrap

    01-Jul-2021 BASF will build a battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, at the site of its cathode active materials (CAM) plant. The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to deliver superior returns of lithium ... more

    BASF expands global PGM refining capacity, further driving circular economy business

    17-May-2021 BASF announced the expansion of its Seneca, South Carolina, USA, Platinum Group Metals (PGM) refining facility. The company will invest double-digit millions in capital improvements to increase refining capacity to recycle precious metals from spent catalysts such as automotive catalytic co ... more

  • Products

    Many researchers are familiar with the problem: Before there are any new findings, there is an unknown measuring device

    "SweepMe!" simplifies the use of measuring devices

    28-Apr-2021 In order to control it, different libraries, protocols and command sets need to be followed. If you ever have to combine several devices from different manufacturers, you virtually have to take an additional course in computer science. This is because, in each case, a separate software is r ... 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

    Outdoor pants made of old tires

    Polyamides based on chemically recycled tires form the basis for robust outdoor pants

    23-Mar-2021 Recycled pants based on old tires: The new product line of the outdoor apparel company VAUDE which will be available in stores from March 2022, does not only stands out due to its timeless design, robust material and simple reparability – the pants are also sustainable, as chemically recycl ... more

  • Finances

    Sartorius continues on its fast growth trajectory

    Significant double-digit increases in sales and earnings

    22-Jul-2021 Sartorius has continued on its fast growth trajectory, closing the first half of 2021 with significant double-digit increases in both sales revenue and order intake. “In the first six months of the year, we have seen unabated high demand for innovative technologies used in the development a ... more

    CO2-neutral synthetic fuels and products for everyone

    INERATEC receives EU funding of 2.5 million euros for its alternative technology to fossil fuels and chemicals

    16-Jul-2021 With the support of Steinbeis 2i GmbH, INERATEC has submitted a successful application for the EIC Accelerator program. The goal of the funded project IMPOWER2X is to scale, multiply and implement our Power-to-X technology to make it available faster and at lower cost. Because CO2-neutral e ... more

    Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

    Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

    10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

  • Career

    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

    BASF plans realignment of Global Business Services unit

    Headcount in Global Business Services will decline by up to 2,000 worldwide by end of 2022

    23-Sep-2020 BASF’s Global Business Services unit is being further developed. The division was established as of January 1, 2020, as part of the implementation of BASF’s corporate strategy. As of that date, around 8,400 employees worldwide transferred to Global Business Services and since then have been ... more

    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

  • Cooperation

    BASF and Porsche partner to develop high-performing lithium-ion battery for electric vehicles

    BASF to recycle production waste from cell manufacturing at Cellforce Group to close the loop

    22-Jul-2021 BASF has been selected by Cellforce Group, a joint venture between Porsche and Customcells, as the exclusive cell development partner for its next generation lithium-ion battery. As part of the collaboration, BASF will provide high-energy HEDTM NCM cathode active materials to contribute to ... more

    New factory for high-performance battery cells

    Porsche and CUSTOMCELLS found joint venture: The chemistry of the new high-performance cells relies on silicon as the anode material

    22-Jun-2021 The latest step in the electric offensive: Porsche is investing a high double-digit million amount in the new company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner CUSTOMCELLS® announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at the Weissach Development Centre. ... more

    BASF and RWE plan to cooperate on new technologies for climate protection

    Letter of intent focuses on climate-neutral chemical industry and CO2-free hydrogen

    25-May-2021 Dr. Martin Brudermüller (BASF) and Dr. Markus Krebber (RWE), accompanied by Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (IG BCE) Michael Vassiliadis presented a project idea that shows how industrial production can become sustainable and future-proof. The project envisions ... 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

    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

    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

    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

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