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When ions rattle their cage

How the investigation of ion oscillations can lead to better batteries

07-Apr-2020 Electrolytes play a key role in many areas: They are crucial for the storage of energy in our body as well as in batteries. In order to release energy, ions - charged atoms - must move in a liquid such as water. Until now the precise mechanism by which they move through the atoms and molecu ... more

Battery 2030+: Inventing the Sustainable Batteries of the Future

07-Apr-2020 The European large-scale research initiative BATTERY 2030+ presents the long-term research roadmap that outlines the actions needed to invent the sustainable batteries of the future. The transformation to a climate-neutral society requires fundamental changes in the way we generate and use ... more

How the chemical industry can meet the climate goals

07-Apr-2020 ETH researchers analysed various possibilities for reducing the net CO2 emissions of the chemical industry to zero. Their conclusion? The chemical industry can in fact have a carbon-​neutral future. Switzerland’s Federal Council has decided that the country should become carbon-​neutral by ... more

Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

06-Apr-2020 Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisitio ... more

Harnessing the rain for hydrovoltaics

06-Apr-2020 Drops of water falling on or sliding over surfaces may leave behind traces of electrical charge, causing the drops to charge themselves. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz have now begun a detailed investigation into this phenomenon that accompanies ... more

An all-organic proton battery energized for sustainable energy storage

Charged in a matter of seconds

06-Apr-2020 Sustainable energy storage is in great demand. Researchers at Uppsala University have therefore developed an all-organic proton battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds. The battery can be charged and discharged over 500 times without any significant loss of capacity. The research ... more

Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses

The ultra-fast change of light helicity is particularly interesting to observe processes in magnetic materials

03-Apr-2020 At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation can be switched faster - up to a million times faster than before. They used an elliptical double-undulator deve ... more

Researchers Discover New Crystalline Calcium Phosphate

The mineral could be used in implantology, drug development or water treatment

03-Apr-2020 A new type of crystalline calcium phosphate has been discovered and analysed in the laboratories of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). Calcium orthophosphates, a group of biominerals, are a vital part of the human body and can be found in solid structures such as bones or teeth. Calcium ort ... more

How to remove dirt easily

When and how self-cleaning of superhydrophobic surfaces works

03-Apr-2020 Dirt is not always dirt. Some dirt, such as dust, adheres only slightly to surfaces. But there is also dirt, such as dried paint, which sticks strongly. How can the adhesive properties of a surface be adjusted so that different types of dirt do not stick to it? This knowledge is essential t ... more

The winners of the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020”

02-Apr-2020 At nova-Institute’s first online conferences on PtX and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU), 50 speakers presented and discussed the future of aviation fuels and carbon dioxide as feedstock! In the face of the current crisis, nova-Institute decided to defy the circumstances and found a new ... more

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Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses

The ultra-fast change of light helicity is particularly interesting to observe processes in magnetic materials

03-Apr-2020 At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation can be switched faster - up to a million times faster than before. They used an elliptical double-undulator deve ... more

A pigment from ancient Egypt to modern microscopy

Research team produces new nanosheets for near infrared imaging

25-Mar-2020 Egyptian blue is one of the oldest manmade colour pigments. It adorns, for instance, the crown of the world famous bust of Nefertiti. But the pigment can do even more. An international research team led by Dr Sebastian Kruss from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Gött ... more

Researchers observe ultrafast processes of single molecules in liquid helium for the first time

How a molecule moves in the protective environment of a quantum fluid

24-Mar-2020 Markus Koch, head of the research group Femtosecond Dynamics at the Institute of Experimental Physics at TU Graz, and his team develop new methods for time-resolved femtosecond laser spectroscopy to investigate ultrafast processes in molecular systems. In 2018 the group demonstrated for the ... more

Unraveling the optical parameters: New method to optimize plasmon enhanced spectroscopy

23-Mar-2020 For exploring the nanoscale far beyond the optical resolution limit, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) is widely recognized as an essential yet still emergent technique. Using this marker-free spectroscopic method scientists gain insights into the structural and chemical composition of ... more

FRITSCH Change of Generations

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

Perturbation-free studies of single molecules

New applications in the fields of quantum science, spectroscopy and chemistry

16-Mar-2020 Researchers of the University of Basel have developed a new method with which individual isolated molecules can be studied precisely – without destroying the molecule or even influencing its quantum state. This highly sensitive technique for probing molecules is widely applicable and paves ... more

Sensitive detection of molecules

Short pulses of strong laser light make the concentration of molecules visible

13-Mar-2020 To observe molecules, one has to use sensitive tools. Such measurements would be important for determining the concentration of minute particles in blood samples or during neuronal information transfer in the brain. A team of Max Planck scientists has taken a decisive step in this direction ... more

analytica 2020 is postponed

New date in the fall of 2020

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

'Tickling' an atom to investigate the behavior of materials

09-Mar-2020 Scientists and engineers working at the frontier of nanotechnology face huge challenges. When the position of a single atom in a material may change the fundamental properties of that material, scientists need something in their toolbox to measure how that atom will behave. A research team ... more

Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

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

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

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

When ions rattle their cage

How the investigation of ion oscillations can lead to better batteries

07-Apr-2020 Electrolytes play a key role in many areas: They are crucial for the storage of energy in our body as well as in batteries. In order to release energy, ions - charged atoms - must move in a liquid such as water. Until now the precise mechanism by which they move through the atoms and molecu ... more

How the chemical industry can meet the climate goals

07-Apr-2020 ETH researchers analysed various possibilities for reducing the net CO2 emissions of the chemical industry to zero. Their conclusion? The chemical industry can in fact have a carbon-​neutral future. Switzerland’s Federal Council has decided that the country should become carbon-​neutral by ... more

An all-organic proton battery energized for sustainable energy storage

Charged in a matter of seconds

06-Apr-2020 Sustainable energy storage is in great demand. Researchers at Uppsala University have therefore developed an all-organic proton battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds. The battery can be charged and discharged over 500 times without any significant loss of capacity. The research ... more

Researchers Discover New Crystalline Calcium Phosphate

The mineral could be used in implantology, drug development or water treatment

03-Apr-2020 A new type of crystalline calcium phosphate has been discovered and analysed in the laboratories of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). Calcium orthophosphates, a group of biominerals, are a vital part of the human body and can be found in solid structures such as bones or teeth. Calcium ort ... more

How to remove dirt easily

When and how self-cleaning of superhydrophobic surfaces works

03-Apr-2020 Dirt is not always dirt. Some dirt, such as dust, adheres only slightly to surfaces. But there is also dirt, such as dried paint, which sticks strongly. How can the adhesive properties of a surface be adjusted so that different types of dirt do not stick to it? This knowledge is essential t ... more

The winners of the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020”

02-Apr-2020 At nova-Institute’s first online conferences on PtX and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU), 50 speakers presented and discussed the future of aviation fuels and carbon dioxide as feedstock! In the face of the current crisis, nova-Institute decided to defy the circumstances and found a new ... more

Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules

Direct experimental evidence for markedly enhanced surface proton activity inherent to water ice

02-Apr-2020 Water ice is one of the most abundant solid substances in nature and hydrated protons on the ice surfaces critically influence physical and chemical properties of ices. Hydrated protons are easily doped into the hydrogen-bond (HB) networks when acidic impurities are present. In contrast, in ... more

A chemical embrace from the perfect host

01-Apr-2020 An industrial process that currently consumes vast amounts of energy in petrochemical plants around the globe could be replaced by an alternative process so efficient that it requires no heating or elevated pressure. Niveen Khashab from KAUST's Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center ... more

Double-walled nanotubes have electro-optical advantages

01-Apr-2020 One nanotube could be great for electronics applications, but there's new evidence that two could be tops. Rice University engineers already knew that size matters when using single-walled carbon nanotubes for their electrical properties. But until now, nobody had studied how electrons act ... more

Scientists find a way to extract color from black

31-Mar-2020 Scientists have developed a way of extracting a richer palette of colours from the available spectrum by harnessing disordered patterns inspired by nature that would typically be seen as black. Colours that we see in nature often come from nanoscale patterns that reflect light back in parti ... more

All news on chemistry

Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

06-Apr-2020 Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisitio ... more

Frederique van Baarle to head LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit

12-Mar-2020 Frederique van Baarle (48) will take over as head of the High Performance Materials business unit at specialty chemicals company LANXESS with effect from June 1, 2020. The business unit's portfolio mainly comprises high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries. The ... more

Plastic from Wood

X-ray analysis points the way to lignin-based components made to measure

03-Mar-2020 The biopolymer lignin is a by-product of papermaking and a promising raw material for manufacturing sustainable plastic materials. However, the quality of this naturally occurring product is not as uniform as that of petroleum-based plastics. An X-ray analysis carried out at DESY reveals fo ... more

Covestro invests in start-ups

Five focus areas: Biotech, 3D printing, digitalization, circularity and new markets

02-Mar-2020 Covestro is a start-up investor: With its Covestro Venture Capital (COVeC) approach, the company seeks to combine the needs of start-ups in areas such as financing, expertise and network with its own strategic goals with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainable development. “We are commit ... more

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

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

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

All news on plastics

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

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

FRITSCH Change of Generations

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

analytica 2020 is postponed

New date in the fall of 2020

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

Simplifying Progress: Sartorius sharpens its brand focus

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

Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

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

The digital laboratory live and tangible

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

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

All news on laborausstattung / laborbedarf

Gigahertz-Optik is now part of Berghof Group

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

Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

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

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

Integrate Micro Chips for electronic Skin

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

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

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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

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

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

    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

  • Research

    When ions rattle their cage

    How the investigation of ion oscillations can lead to better batteries

    07-Apr-2020 Electrolytes play a key role in many areas: They are crucial for the storage of energy in our body as well as in batteries. In order to release energy, ions - charged atoms - must move in a liquid such as water. Until now the precise mechanism by which they move through the atoms and molecu ... more

    Battery 2030+: Inventing the Sustainable Batteries of the Future

    07-Apr-2020 The European large-scale research initiative BATTERY 2030+ presents the long-term research roadmap that outlines the actions needed to invent the sustainable batteries of the future. The transformation to a climate-neutral society requires fundamental changes in the way we generate and use ... more

    How the chemical industry can meet the climate goals

    07-Apr-2020 ETH researchers analysed various possibilities for reducing the net CO2 emissions of the chemical industry to zero. Their conclusion? The chemical industry can in fact have a carbon-​neutral future. Switzerland’s Federal Council has decided that the country should become carbon-​neutral by ... 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

    Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

    06-Apr-2020 Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisitio ... more

    The winners of the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020”

    02-Apr-2020 At nova-Institute’s first online conferences on PtX and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU), 50 speakers presented and discussed the future of aviation fuels and carbon dioxide as feedstock! In the face of the current crisis, nova-Institute decided to defy the circumstances and found a new ... more

    HCS Group sells Oxo business

    Oxo-product business and HC Manvel manufacturing site to be sold to Aeicon Corporation

    26-Mar-2020 HCS Group, a leading international supplier of solutions for high-value hydrocarbon specialties, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell its US Oxo-product business to Aeicon Corporation Limited, an investment firm with offices in Houston, TX, USA. The transaction includes t ... more

  • People

    FRITSCH Change of Generations

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

    Frederique van Baarle to head LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit

    12-Mar-2020 Frederique van Baarle (48) will take over as head of the High Performance Materials business unit at specialty chemicals company LANXESS with effect from June 1, 2020. The business unit's portfolio mainly comprises high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries. The ... more

    Norbert Winkeljohann to succeed Werner Wenning as Chairman of Bayer’s Supervisory Board

    26-Feb-2020 Prof. Dr. Norbert Winkeljohann, 62, is to become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. As decided at Supervisory Board meeting, Winkeljohann will succeed Werner Wenning, 73, who is to step down with effect from the end of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on April 28, 2020. Winkeljo ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Beiersdorf provides 500 tons of disinfectant in Europe

    20-Mar-2020 Beiersdorf ramps up productions of medical grade disinfectants within its European production network to support the society’s collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In a first step, Beiersdorf AG will provide 500 tons of the urgently needed disinfectants to critical public emer ... more

    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

  • 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

    ALTANA Holds Its Ground in a Challenging Environment and Sets the Course for Further Growth

    High investments in international sites and digitization

    24-Mar-2020 In the 2019 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals Group ALTANA held its ground in a challenging market environment and at the same time set the course for further growth. Sales amounted to € 2,249 million and were thus nearly 3 percent below the level of the previous year, which was still ch ... more

    WACKER Makes Guidance For 2020 Conditional Due to Coronavirus

    18-Mar-2020 As already reported, Wacker Chemie AG's total sales for 2019 almost matched the prior-year level. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales came in at €4.93 billion in 2019 (2018: €4.98 billion). The slight decline of 1 percent was mainly ... more

    LANXESS achieves full-year target for 2019 despite challenging environment

    Leather business unit reported as a discontinued operation

    11-Mar-2020 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS had a successful fiscal year 2019 in an increasingly challenging economic environment. EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 3.3 percent to EUR 1.019 billion. As guided, the earnings came in roughly in the middle of the range of EUR 1.00 billion to EUR 1.0 ... more

  • Career

    BASF wants to promote more women in leadership positions

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

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

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

    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

  • Cooperation

    Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on battery recycling

    09-Mar-2020 Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. This would enable a successful “closed loop” cycle to re-use the critical metals present in used batteries. Using metals from recycled ... more

    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

  • 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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