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Covestro achieves targets in continuing challenging market environment

21-Feb-2020 Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2.0% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately EUR 12.4 billion as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segment ... more

Machine learning could speed the arrival of ultra-fast-charging electric car

21-Feb-2020 Battery performance can make or break the electric vehicle experience, from driving range to charging time to the lifetime of the car. Now, artificial intelligence has made dreams like recharging an EV in the time it takes to stop at a gas station a more likely reality, and could help impro ... more

New 3D chirality discovered and synthetically assembled

21-Feb-2020 The origin of lives of human beings, animals and plants on earth is attributed to chirality because it is necessitated for the formation of biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. The studies on chirality have been becoming increasingly active and extensive due to ... more

WACKER Begins Efficiency Program to Increase Competitiveness and Profitability

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to go by the end of 2022

21-Feb-2020 Wacker Chemie AG announced its initial plans for its “Zukunft gestalten” (Shape the Future) efficiency program. WACKER expects to save €250 million a year by reducing material costs and in-house services and by creating a leaner company structure. The program’s central task is to realign WA ... more

Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

Imagine needing only ten minutes to fully-charge your electric car

20-Feb-2020 A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and demonstrated by UCL and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers. While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous ... more

New catalyst recycles greenhouse gases into fuel and hydrogen gas

20-Feb-2020 Scientists have taken a major step toward a circular carbon economy by developing a long-lasting, economical catalyst that recycles greenhouse gases into ingredients that can be used in fuel, hydrogen gas, and other chemicals. The results could be revolutionary in the effort to reverse glob ... more

Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability

20-Feb-2020 Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry. Th ... more

Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

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

DuPont Announces Leadership Changes

19-Feb-2020 DuPont announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Executive Chairman Edward D. Breen to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer. Lori D. Koch, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, is named Chief Financial Officer.  Both ... more

Scientists succeeds in producing dodecacene for the first time

World record in research on π-electron structures

19-Feb-2020 A team of international scientists led by of Francesca Moresco (Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden – cfaed at TU Dresden) and Diego Peña Gil (Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials – CiQUS at University of Santiago de Compostela) has achieved a breakthrou ... more

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Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

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

The origins of roughness

Origins of surface texture investigated

19-Feb-2020 Most natural and artificial surfaces are rough: metals and even glasses that appear smooth to the naked eye can look like jagged mountain ranges under the microscope. There is currently no uniform theory about the origin of this roughness despite it being observed on all scales, from the at ... more

Electrons in rapid motion

Researchers observe quantum interferences in real-time using a new extreme ultra-violet light spectroscopy technique

18-Feb-2020 A team headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Stienkemeier and Dr. Lukas Bruder from the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg has succeeded in observing in real-time ultrafast quantum interferences — in other words the oscillation patterns — of electrons which are found in the atomic shell ... more

Catalyst deposition on fragile chips

17-Feb-2020 Electrocatalysts can help to obtain chemicals from renewable raw materials or to use alternative energy sources. But testing new catalysts brings challenges. Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen have developed a new method of depositing catal ... more

New simulation-experiment combination allows deeper insights into ultrafast light-induced processes

14-Feb-2020 Researchers from Graz University of Technology and the University of Vienna are demonstrating for the first time how the energy flow between strongly interacting molecular states can be better described. Since the 1990s, femtochemistry has been researching ultrafast processes at the molecul ... more

Graphene mapping 50 times faster

13-Feb-2020 Graphene is always raising high expectations, as a strong, ultrathin, two-dimensional material that could also be the basis for new components in information technology. There is huge need for characterization of graphene devices. This can be done using Raman spectroscopy. Laser light is se ... more

The digital laboratory live and tangible

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

Using neutrons and X-rays to analyse the ageing of lithium batteries

11-Feb-2020 An international team has used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the dynamic processes that lead to capacity degradation at the electrodes in lithium batteries. Using a new mathematical method, it was possible to virtually unwind electrodes that had been wound into the form of a c ... more

Machine learning technique speeds up crystal structure determination

04-Feb-2020 Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a computer-based method that could make it less labor-intensive to determine the crystal structures of various materials and molecules, including alloys, proteins and pharmaceuticals. The method uses a machine learning a ... more

Applied Photophysics board appoints Tim Flanagan as CEO

04-Feb-2020 Applied Photophysics Limited has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tim Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Additionally, Marc Neglia has been appointed President of Applied Photophysics Inc. to lead operations in ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Machine learning could speed the arrival of ultra-fast-charging electric car

21-Feb-2020 Battery performance can make or break the electric vehicle experience, from driving range to charging time to the lifetime of the car. Now, artificial intelligence has made dreams like recharging an EV in the time it takes to stop at a gas station a more likely reality, and could help impro ... more

New 3D chirality discovered and synthetically assembled

21-Feb-2020 The origin of lives of human beings, animals and plants on earth is attributed to chirality because it is necessitated for the formation of biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. The studies on chirality have been becoming increasingly active and extensive due to ... more

WACKER Begins Efficiency Program to Increase Competitiveness and Profitability

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to go by the end of 2022

21-Feb-2020 Wacker Chemie AG announced its initial plans for its “Zukunft gestalten” (Shape the Future) efficiency program. WACKER expects to save €250 million a year by reducing material costs and in-house services and by creating a leaner company structure. The program’s central task is to realign WA ... more

Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

Imagine needing only ten minutes to fully-charge your electric car

20-Feb-2020 A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and demonstrated by UCL and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers. While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous ... more

New catalyst recycles greenhouse gases into fuel and hydrogen gas

20-Feb-2020 Scientists have taken a major step toward a circular carbon economy by developing a long-lasting, economical catalyst that recycles greenhouse gases into ingredients that can be used in fuel, hydrogen gas, and other chemicals. The results could be revolutionary in the effort to reverse glob ... more

Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability

20-Feb-2020 Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry. Th ... more

DuPont Announces Leadership Changes

19-Feb-2020 DuPont announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Executive Chairman Edward D. Breen to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer. Lori D. Koch, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, is named Chief Financial Officer.  Both ... more

Scientists succeeds in producing dodecacene for the first time

World record in research on π-electron structures

19-Feb-2020 A team of international scientists led by of Francesca Moresco (Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden – cfaed at TU Dresden) and Diego Peña Gil (Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials – CiQUS at University of Santiago de Compostela) has achieved a breakthrou ... more

New green technology generates electricity 'out of thin air'

Power generation from ambient humidity using protein nanowires

19-Feb-2020 Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of med ... more

New biochemical compound can break down environmental pollutants

Helpful Oxygen Carriers

19-Feb-2020 Enzymes with flavin cofactor play an important part in plants, fungi, bacteria and animals: as oxygenases they incorporate oxygen into organic compounds. For instance this allows people to excrete foreign substances more effectively. Until now scientists were agreed that such flavin-depende ... more

All news on chemistry

Covestro achieves targets in continuing challenging market environment

21-Feb-2020 Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2.0% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately EUR 12.4 billion as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segment ... more

Further growth for bioplastics

06-Feb-2020 Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases. „Bioplastics can be used in a growing number of application areas,“ explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of market re ... more

A real alternative to crude oil

The synthesis of bio-based high-performance polyamide from biogenic residues

29-Jan-2020 A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based mate ... more

Mixing the unmixable

Novel approach for efficiently fusing different polymers

24-Jan-2020 Cross-linked polymers are structures where large molecular chains are linked together, allowing exceptional mechanical properties and chemical resistance to the final product. However, their modification is not easy. Now, scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology develop a method that all ... more

BASF expands production capacity for antioxidant in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy

16-Jan-2020 BASF plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox® 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox® 1520L is a key product in BASF’s antioxidant portfolio. With this expansion, BASF responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its ... more

An 18-carat gold nugget made of plastic

14-Jan-2020 ETH researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-​carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements. Lovers of gold watches and heavy jewellery will be thrilled. The objects of their desire may someday become much lighter, but without losing any of their gli ... more

Scientists convert plastics into useful chemicals using sunlight

16-Dec-2019 Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight. In lab experiments, the research team mixed plastics with their catalyst in a solvent, which allows the solution to harne ... more

Stora Enso invests in pilot plant for bio-based plastic packaging material

12-Dec-2019 Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility for enabling the production of bio-based plastics as barrier in transparent packaging. The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into the renewable building block required to make PEF, a bio-based plastic, mainly targetin ... more

Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

06-Dec-2019 A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ... more

Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

06-Dec-2019 Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ... more

All news on plastics

Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

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

The digital laboratory live and tangible

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

Sartorius is set to grow further

Sartorius achieves significant increases in sales revenue and earnings again in 2019

29-Jan-2020 Sartorius has continued on its profitable growth track in fiscal 2019. The Group grew by double digits in sales revenue, order intake and earnings, recording gains in both divisions and across all regions. According to preliminary figures, Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by ... more

Waters to Acquire Andrew Alliance

15-Jan-2020 Waters Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Andrew Alliance, an innovator in specialty laboratory automation technology, including software and robotics. Andrew Alliance’s cloud-native software platform and modern interface dramatically improves t ... more

Eppendorf with new CEO dual leadership

Former CEO, Thomas Bachmann, left the company

10-Dec-2019 The Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG has appointed Eva von Pelt, currently Chief Commercial Officer, and Dr. Peter Fruhstorfer, currently Head of Business Area Sample Handling, as Co-Chief Executive Officers of Eppendorf AG. Both will succeed Thomas Bachmann, the former President & CEO of ... more

analytica 2020: The leading guide to the smart laboratory

The focus on digital transformation is being further expanded

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

Sartorius continues on its dynamic growth track

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

Eppendorf significantly expands production site in Oldenburg

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

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

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

Merck Acquires laboratory informatics company

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

All news on laborausstattung / laborbedarf

Integrate Micro Chips for electronic Skin

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

Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row for ZEISS

Revenue increases by 11 percent to 6.4 billion euros

13-Dec-2019 The ZEISS Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11 percent, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects ... more

Huber again invests in the future

10-Dec-2019 At the beginning of December, Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG marks the official start of construction for another expansion of its headquarters in Offenburg-Elgersweier with a ground-breaking ceremony. Having recently completed the new administration building, the family business is now i ... more

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

€ 1.3 million seed financing

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

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

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

ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership

Development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use

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

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

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

The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

The Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

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

ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

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

AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

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

All news on mc

ViscoTec Asia Grows and Expands its Facility

More office space, larger labs and meeting rooms in Singapore

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

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

€ 1.3 million seed financing

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

Glass from a 3D printer

27-Nov-2019 ETH researchers used a 3D printing process to produce complex and highly porous glass objects. The basis for this is a special resin that can be cured with UV light. Producing glass objects using 3D printing is not easy. Only a few groups of researchers around the world have attempted to pr ... more

ACHEMA 2021 with a new look and new focus themes

25-Nov-2019 More modern, more interactive and always at the pulse of the process industry: that will be the hallmark of ACHEMA 2021. With three new focus topics, a new website and new event formats, the world forum for the process industry is entering its next round. Exhibitor registration is open.. A ... more

BASF Acquires 3D Printing Service Provider

19-Nov-2019 To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in ... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

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

3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

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

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

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

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

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

  • Market

    Further growth for bioplastics

    06-Feb-2020 Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases. „Bioplastics can be used in a growing number of application areas,“ explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of market re ... more

    Clariant recognized for risk management and sustainability achievements in procurement

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

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

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

  • Research

    Machine learning could speed the arrival of ultra-fast-charging electric car

    21-Feb-2020 Battery performance can make or break the electric vehicle experience, from driving range to charging time to the lifetime of the car. Now, artificial intelligence has made dreams like recharging an EV in the time it takes to stop at a gas station a more likely reality, and could help impro ... more

    New 3D chirality discovered and synthetically assembled

    21-Feb-2020 The origin of lives of human beings, animals and plants on earth is attributed to chirality because it is necessitated for the formation of biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. The studies on chirality have been becoming increasingly active and extensive due to ... more

    Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

    Imagine needing only ten minutes to fully-charge your electric car

    20-Feb-2020 A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and demonstrated by UCL and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers. While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous ... more

  • Technology

    Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

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

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

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

    Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

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

  • Business

    WACKER Begins Efficiency Program to Increase Competitiveness and Profitability

    More than 1,000 jobs are expected to go by the end of 2022

    21-Feb-2020 Wacker Chemie AG announced its initial plans for its “Zukunft gestalten” (Shape the Future) efficiency program. WACKER expects to save €250 million a year by reducing material costs and in-house services and by creating a leaner company structure. The program’s central task is to realign WA ... more

    Underestimated chemical diversity

    There are an ever-​greater number of industrial chemicals on the world market

    17-Feb-2020 An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world – well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates. For about a third of these substances, there i ... more

    ViscoTec Asia Grows and Expands its Facility

    More office space, larger labs and meeting rooms in Singapore

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

  • People

    DuPont Announces Leadership Changes

    19-Feb-2020 DuPont announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Executive Chairman Edward D. Breen to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer. Lori D. Koch, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, is named Chief Financial Officer.  Both ... more

    Michael Zobel to head LANXESS subsidiary Saltigo

    Torsten Derr to leave LANXESS in mid 2020

    11-Feb-2020 Personnel change at specialty chemicals company LANXESS: Michael Zobel (50), currently head of the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit, will take over the management of LANXESS subsidiary Saltigo from Torsten Derr (50) on June 1, 2020. Saltigo is one of the leading suppliers in t ... more

    Dr. Torsten Derr to become new Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE

    11-Feb-2020 The Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE today appointed Dr. Torsten Derr as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE for the duration of five years effective July 1, 2020. With this appointment, Dr. Derr is succeeding Dr. Jürgen Köhler, who resigned from his mandate as Chief Executive Office ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF invests in capacity expansion for methane sulfonic acid

    22-Jan-2020 As already announced at the end of 2018, BASF will proceed with expanding global capacities for methane sulfonic acid (MSA) to 50,000 metric tons per year. This involves a higher double-digit million euro investment in constructing a new methane sulfonic acid plant at the Ludwigshafen site. ... more

    BASF expands production capacity for antioxidant in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy

    16-Jan-2020 BASF plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox® 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox® 1520L is a key product in BASF’s antioxidant portfolio. With this expansion, BASF responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its ... more

    Evonik strengthens its focus on adhesive and sealant solutions

    New multi-purpose silicone production facility in Geesthacht, Germany

    14-Jan-2020 Following its double-digit million euro investment and after less than 18 months of construction, Evonik officially opened its new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany. A celebratory inauguration ceremony was held at the site on 10th January. Located in Nort ... more

  • Products

    Making More Plastics Recyclable

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

    On-site detection of hazardous substances

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

    NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants

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

  • Finances

    Covestro achieves targets in continuing challenging market environment

    21-Feb-2020 Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2.0% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately EUR 12.4 billion as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segment ... more

    Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

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

    Sartorius is set to grow further

    Sartorius achieves significant increases in sales revenue and earnings again in 2019

    29-Jan-2020 Sartorius has continued on its profitable growth track in fiscal 2019. The Group grew by double digits in sales revenue, order intake and earnings, recording gains in both divisions and across all regions. According to preliminary figures, Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by ... more

  • Career

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

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

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

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

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

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

  • Cooperation

    JenaBatteries and BASF cooperate in the development of innovative power storage technology

    Batteries for stationary storage of electricity from renewable energy sources

    10-Feb-2020 JenaBatteries GmbH and BASF are cooperating in the production of an electrolyte for a battery technology that is particularly suitable for stationary storage of electricity from renewable energy sources and for stabilizing conventional transmission grids. JenaBatteries, which has developed ... more

    ALPLA joins cross-industry consortium for chemical recycling

    Innovative technology enables circularity for difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste

    02-Jan-2020 ALPLA Group joins a new consortium for chemical recycling of PET. The consortium intends to speed up the commercialisation of enhanced recycling technology, BP Infinia, which turns opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste into recycled feedstocks.Leading companies operating across ... more

    Sartorius and the German Research Center for Artificial intelligence launch joint research laboratory

    Sartorius-AI-Lab (SAIL) is conducting research into the use of artificial intelligence in Sartorius platform solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry

    02-Jan-2020 Sartorius and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have established the Sartorius-AI-Lab (SAIL) research laboratory. On the campus of the DFKI in Kaiserslautern, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sartorius product and platform solutions is being experimenta ... more

  • Laws

    ECHA starts work on persistent organic pollutants

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

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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

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

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