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Bayer: successful start to 2021

Net income advances by 40.3 percent to 2.089 billion euros

12-May-2021 The Bayer Group had a successful start to 2021. “We’re seeing a good operational performance overall, but we were impacted by negative currency effects as expected,” said CEO Werner Baumann when the quarterly statement for the first quarter of 2021 was published on Wednesday. “Our Crop Scie ... more

LANXESS raises guidance for fiscal year 2021

Q1 2021 marked by strategic growth

12-May-2021 LANXESS is raising its guidance for the full year 2021 following a good first quarter: The specialty chemicals company now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 950 million and EUR 1 billion. Previously, the company had assumed earnings of between EUR 900 million and EUR 1 billion. ... more

Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter

Organic sales growth of 12.2% driven by all three business sectors, especially Life Science

12-May-2021 Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter. Group sales increased by 6.0% to € 4.6 billion compared with the year-earlier quarter – mainly thanks to the high organic growth of the Life Science business sector. Group EBITDA pre, the company’s most important financial indicat ... more

Materials Research Says Yes to Wood

Green alternatives to fossil raw materials: Bio-based materials are expected to reduce pollution and drive the shift to a more sustainable economy

12-May-2021 As a renewable resource, wood offers great potential in the fight against the climate crisis. First, it sequesters large amounts of carbon (1 ton per cubic meter!). Moreover, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil based resources, which cause the majority of greenhouse gas ... more

New method boosts syngas generation from biopolyols

Facile method for increasing photocatalytic efficiency

12-May-2021 Photocatalytic biomass conversion is an ideal way of generating syngas (H2 and CO) via C-C bond cleavage, which is initiated by hydrogen abstraction of O/C-H bond. However, the lack of efficient electron-proton transfer limits its efficiency. Conversional gasification of biomass into syngas ... more

Significant progress in lithium-air battery development

12-May-2021 Research led by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with Johnson Matthey PLC and Loughborough University is making significant progress in the development of stable and practical electrolytes for lithium-oxygen batteries. The lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery (or lithium-air battery), ... more

Brenntag achieves very strong results in first quarter 2021

Successful start of the two new global divisions Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties with strong results

11-May-2021 Brenntag reports very strong results in the first quarter 2021 by prudently navigating through fast changing market conditions. The two global divisions Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties, had a successful start and both contributed strong results. Christian Kohlpaintner, Chief Ex ... more

Holistically sustainable alternative for plastics and bioplastics

Seed financing round for female-founded circular bioeconomy startup traceless materials

11-May-2021 The funding lays the foundation to bring an advanced natural material to market that solves the global plastic pollution. The Hamburg-based, female-founded startup traceless materials has developed a holistically sustainable alternative for plastics and bioplastics that is fully compostable ... more

Towards reproducible science with Jupyter Notebooks

11-May-2021 Software plays a key role in modern science. Experiments that produce large amounts of data generally need substantial software-based analysis to extract understanding. Simulation-based research in particular yields results based solely on the computer-based generation of data and its subse ... more

New metal-free, recyclable polypeptide battery that degrades on demand

Breakthrough could lead to battery production moving away from cobalt

11-May-2021 The introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has revolutionized technology as a whole, leading to major advances in consumer goods across nearly all sectors. Battery-powered devices have become ubiquitous across the world. While the availability of technology is generally a good thing ... more

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Cellphone converts into powerful chemical detector

With only $50 worth of components, an ordinary cellphone transforms into a sophisticated scientific instrument, capable of identifying chemicals, drugs, and pathogens

07-May-2021 Scientists from Texas A&M have developed an extension to an ordinary cellphone that turns it into an instrument capable of detecting chemicals, drugs, biological molecules, and pathogens. The advance is reported in Reviews of Scientific Instruments, by AIP Publishing. Modern cellphones incl ... more

Researchers analyzed circulating currents inside gold nanoparticles

A new method facilitates accurate analysis of magnetic field effects inside complex nanostructures

04-May-2021 Researchers in the Nanoscience Center of University of Jyvaskyla, in Finland and in the Guadalajara University in Mexico developed a method that allows for simulation and visualization of magnetic-field-induced electron currents inside gold nanoparticles. The method facilitates accurate ana ... more

How acidic are atoms?

Precisely understand and improve chemical properties of surfaces

30-Apr-2021 The acidity of molecules can be easily determined, but until now it was not possible to measure this important property for atoms on a surface. With a new microscopy technique from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), this has now been achieved. The degree of acidity or alkalinity ... more

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

Uniquely sharp X-ray view

For the first time, it is possible to look inside materials with a resolution down to individual atoms

26-Apr-2021 Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have succeeded for the first time in looking inside materials using the method of transient grating spectroscopy with ultrafast X-rays at SwissFEL. The experiment at PSI is a milestone in observing processes in the world of atoms. The structure ... more

The indestructible light beam

Researchers create special light waves that can penetrate even opaque materials as if the material was not even there

14-Apr-2021 Why is sugar not transparent? Because light that penetrates a piece of sugar is scattered, altered and deflected in a highly complicated way. However, as a research team from TU Wien (Vienna) and Utrecht University (Netherlands) has now been able to show, there is a class of very special li ... more

Detection of viruses, bacteria and toxins in real time

IHP scientists win Leibniz Founding Award 2021

08-Apr-2021 For their start-up project HyPhoX, the scientists Dr. Patrick Steglich and Prof. Dr. Andreas Mai from the Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, IHP, in Frankfurt Oder received the Leibniz Founding Award 2021. The award-winning project provides a universal analysis tool fo ... more

Electromagnetic Fields of Nanostructures Visualized in 3D for the First Time

30-Mar-2021 Researchers at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the University of Graz, together with experts from France, have succeeded in imaging so-called surface phonons in three dimensions for the first time. The research success could accelerate the development of new, efficient nanotechn ... more

New microscopy method resolves fluorescent molecules with resolution at the nanometer scale

22-Mar-2021 Scientists working with Stefan Hell at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Heidelberg-based MPI for Medical Research have developed another light microscopy method, called MINSTED, which resolves fluorescently labeled details with molecular sharpnes ... more

It's snowing plastic

New technique detects minute particles of plastics in snow, rain and even soil

22-Mar-2021 The snow may be melting, but it is leaving pollution behind in the form of micro- and nano-plastics according to a McGill study that was recently published in Environmental Pollution. The pollution is largely due to the relatively soluble plastics found in antifreeze products (polyethylene ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Bayer: successful start to 2021

Net income advances by 40.3 percent to 2.089 billion euros

12-May-2021 The Bayer Group had a successful start to 2021. “We’re seeing a good operational performance overall, but we were impacted by negative currency effects as expected,” said CEO Werner Baumann when the quarterly statement for the first quarter of 2021 was published on Wednesday. “Our Crop Scie ... more

LANXESS raises guidance for fiscal year 2021

Q1 2021 marked by strategic growth

12-May-2021 LANXESS is raising its guidance for the full year 2021 following a good first quarter: The specialty chemicals company now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 950 million and EUR 1 billion. Previously, the company had assumed earnings of between EUR 900 million and EUR 1 billion. ... more

Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter

Organic sales growth of 12.2% driven by all three business sectors, especially Life Science

12-May-2021 Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter. Group sales increased by 6.0% to € 4.6 billion compared with the year-earlier quarter – mainly thanks to the high organic growth of the Life Science business sector. Group EBITDA pre, the company’s most important financial indicat ... more

Materials Research Says Yes to Wood

Green alternatives to fossil raw materials: Bio-based materials are expected to reduce pollution and drive the shift to a more sustainable economy

12-May-2021 As a renewable resource, wood offers great potential in the fight against the climate crisis. First, it sequesters large amounts of carbon (1 ton per cubic meter!). Moreover, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil based resources, which cause the majority of greenhouse gas ... more

New method boosts syngas generation from biopolyols

Facile method for increasing photocatalytic efficiency

12-May-2021 Photocatalytic biomass conversion is an ideal way of generating syngas (H2 and CO) via C-C bond cleavage, which is initiated by hydrogen abstraction of O/C-H bond. However, the lack of efficient electron-proton transfer limits its efficiency. Conversional gasification of biomass into syngas ... more

Significant progress in lithium-air battery development

12-May-2021 Research led by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with Johnson Matthey PLC and Loughborough University is making significant progress in the development of stable and practical electrolytes for lithium-oxygen batteries. The lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery (or lithium-air battery), ... more

Brenntag achieves very strong results in first quarter 2021

Successful start of the two new global divisions Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties with strong results

11-May-2021 Brenntag reports very strong results in the first quarter 2021 by prudently navigating through fast changing market conditions. The two global divisions Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties, had a successful start and both contributed strong results. Christian Kohlpaintner, Chief Ex ... more

Towards reproducible science with Jupyter Notebooks

11-May-2021 Software plays a key role in modern science. Experiments that produce large amounts of data generally need substantial software-based analysis to extract understanding. Simulation-based research in particular yields results based solely on the computer-based generation of data and its subse ... more

New metal-free, recyclable polypeptide battery that degrades on demand

Breakthrough could lead to battery production moving away from cobalt

11-May-2021 The introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has revolutionized technology as a whole, leading to major advances in consumer goods across nearly all sectors. Battery-powered devices have become ubiquitous across the world. While the availability of technology is generally a good thing ... more

Just a few atoms thick: New functional materials developed

Using the smallest "construction set" in the world, a research team is designing new materials for computer chips, light-emitting diodes and solar cells

10-May-2021 They are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, and just a few atoms thick: two-dimensional materials are the thinnest substances it is possible to make today. They have completely new properties and are regarded as the next major step in modern semiconductor technology. In the future they ... more

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Holistically sustainable alternative for plastics and bioplastics

Seed financing round for female-founded circular bioeconomy startup traceless materials

11-May-2021 The funding lays the foundation to bring an advanced natural material to market that solves the global plastic pollution. The Hamburg-based, female-founded startup traceless materials has developed a holistically sustainable alternative for plastics and bioplastics that is fully compostable ... more

Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics

Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner named European Inventor Award 2021 finalists

07-May-2021 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that German chemists Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner have been nominated as finalists in the "Industry" category of the European Inventor Award 2021 for their roles in developing a new technique to utilise waste carbon dioxide (CO2) as raw mat ... more

Nanoplastics – an underestimated problem?

Tiny plastic particles in the environment

06-May-2021 The images leave no one cold: giant vortices of floating plastic trash in the world's oceans with sometimes devastating consequences for their inhabitants – the sobering legacy of our modern lifestyle. Weathering and degradation processes produce countless tiny particles that can now be det ... more

Microcapsules enable self-lubricating plastics

Plastic components with longer service life

06-May-2021 23 percent of global energy consumption can be attributed to friction losses. Components with reduced friction therefore represent an important contribution to conserving resources and achieving climate protection targets. In the case of plastics, reduced friction can also reduce microplast ... more

Plastics could see a second life as biodegradable surfactants

A new chemical process provides biodegradable chemicals

30-Apr-2021 Scientists at the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP), an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Ames Laboratory, have discovered a chemical process that provides biodegradable, valuable chemicals, which are used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications, ... more

Harnessing the power of microbial communities for plastic degradation

Researchers propose new approach in the search for biological plastic degradation

23-Apr-2021 Bacteria are extremely adaptable. The more plastic enters the environment, the more likely they are to find ways to extract energy from plastic and degrade them in the process. Us humans could take advantage of this. The trick is to find the respective bacteria and combine them in novel way ... more

BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS want to cooperate on chemical recycling of plastic waste

More recycling of plastic waste which otherwise would be incinerated

22-Apr-2021 BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate a cooperation in chemical recycling including a joint investment into a pyrolysis plant for plastic waste. It is intended that REMONDIS supplies suitable plastic waste to the plant, and BASF us ... more

Chemists create renewable plant-based polymers

What makes them different is that they can be easily recycled

14-Apr-2021 Researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University have synthesised polymers from biomass. What makes them different is that they can be easily recycled. Today, our life is simply unthinkable without polymers. Plastics, fibres, films, paint and lacquer coating - ... more

It's snowing plastic

New technique detects minute particles of plastics in snow, rain and even soil

22-Mar-2021 The snow may be melting, but it is leaving pollution behind in the form of micro- and nano-plastics according to a McGill study that was recently published in Environmental Pollution. The pollution is largely due to the relatively soluble plastics found in antifreeze products (polyethylene ... more

The expanding possibilities of bio-based polymers

Researchers present a new route to prepare biobased polyesters with tuneable properties

04-Mar-2021 Finding innovative and sustainable solutions to our material needs is one of the core objectives of green chemistry. The myriad plastics that envelop our daily life - from mattresses to food and cars - are mostly made from oil-based monomers which are the building blocks of polymers. Theref ... more

All news on plastics

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

analytica China 2020 concludes successfully

More than 1,000 new products point to future trends

24-Nov-2020 analytica China 2020 came to a successful conclusion on November 18, 2020 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show brought together 1,009 exhibitors (2018: 950) and 112 represented companies and partners. 23,652 professional visitors attended. With six exhibition halls, eight ... more

analytica 2020 with very good results in the digital format

Largest virtual platform of the laboratory industry

27-Oct-2020 analytica 2020 successfully concludes five days of virtual trade fair and presentation formats: A total of 21,641 participants (unique users) from 152 nations took part in the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology, which was held for the first time ... more

Strong profitable growth at Sartorius

Positive development of the Lab Products & Services Division

21-Oct-2020 Sartorius closed the first nine months of 2020 with significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenue and earnings. “In the third quarter, we saw high demand for nearly our entire product range,” said Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO. “On top of overall strong organic growth, additional momentum ... more

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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

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

20-Jul-2020 In 2018, Metrohm AG celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. Only two years later, in the middle of the current global pandemic, Metrohm makes a long-term commitment to its global customers and employees announcing a major extension of the premises of Metrohm International Headquarters in ... more

Printed electronics to monitor industrial production processes

Startup from Merck Innovation Lab in Israel Markets First Predictive Maintenance Sensors

25-Jun-2020 Merck announced the first commercial product from Feelit, based in Haifa, Israel. Feelit is an Industry 4.0 startup that was part of the Merck PMatX innovation lab for next-generation electronics in Israel. RetroFeel™, the company’s first product, combines a wireless edge device and a print ... more

Novel virtual trade fair for the process industry

A new way to network and stay informed defies postponed or cancelled trade fairs: The "virtual process show" from 8 to 11 September 2020

22-Jun-2020 From 8 to 11 September 2020, LUMITOS, a leading provider of B2B specialist portals and online marketing solutions, will be hosting the "virtual process show", a new digital meeting place for the process industry. In the halls of the virtual process show, an expected more than 100 exhibitors ... more

A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

UMass Amherst team introduces high-performing 'green' electronic sensor

15-May-2020 Writing in the journal NanoResearch, a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports that they have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geob ... more

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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

LANXESS inaugurates nitrous oxide reduction plant in Antwerp

150,000 tons less CO2e emissions in the first phase

11-Feb-2021 LANXESS has taken another major step on the road to climate neutrality: the specialty chemicals company inaugurated a nitrous oxide reduction plant at its site in Antwerp on February 10, Belgium. The plant breaks down around 500 metric tons of nitrous oxide per year, which is equivalent to ... more

LAUDA is building a new facility for the production of circulation chillers in Spain for 7 million euros

Investment in energy-efficient temperature control technology

09-Feb-2021 On 20 January 2011, i.e. 10 years ago, LAUDA acquired a plant for industrial circulation chillers in Terrassa near Barcelona, Spain. Owing to the continuous positive development of the Spanish subsidiary, the temperature control specialist was able to celebrate the laying of the foundation ... more

Microreactor for synthesis with Grignard reagents

Continuous process control: faster, safer, cleaner

06-Jan-2021 In 1912, Victor Grignard was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of what came to be known as Grignard reagents. Since then, these compounds have come to play a key role in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Now, in a development by Fraunhofer researchers, a new t ... more

NETZSCH Invests 50 Million Euros in the Plant Centralization in Waldkraiburg

09-Dec-2020 On 27 November 2020, the shareholders' meeting of the NETZSCH Group approved the centralization of the facilities in Waldkraiburg. With an investment of 50 million Euros, a new production unit will be built on Geretsrieder Straße, integrating the assembly hall and offices from the current p ... 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

    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

    M&A in chemicals and life sciences slowed down by global lockdowns

    Race for COVID-19 vaccine

    13-Jul-2020 In the first half of this year, the transaction volume of mergers and acquisitions in the chemical and life sciences industries has decreased dramatically. The volume of deals announced in the first six months is only $84 billion. Compared to the previous year (389 billion dollars), this is ... more

  • Research

    Materials Research Says Yes to Wood

    Green alternatives to fossil raw materials: Bio-based materials are expected to reduce pollution and drive the shift to a more sustainable economy

    12-May-2021 As a renewable resource, wood offers great potential in the fight against the climate crisis. First, it sequesters large amounts of carbon (1 ton per cubic meter!). Moreover, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil based resources, which cause the majority of greenhouse gas ... more

    New method boosts syngas generation from biopolyols

    Facile method for increasing photocatalytic efficiency

    12-May-2021 Photocatalytic biomass conversion is an ideal way of generating syngas (H2 and CO) via C-C bond cleavage, which is initiated by hydrogen abstraction of O/C-H bond. However, the lack of efficient electron-proton transfer limits its efficiency. Conversional gasification of biomass into syngas ... more

    Significant progress in lithium-air battery development

    12-May-2021 Research led by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with Johnson Matthey PLC and Loughborough University is making significant progress in the development of stable and practical electrolytes for lithium-oxygen batteries. The lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery (or lithium-air battery), ... more

  • Technology

    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

    High-tech start-ups benefit from Twitter hype

    Study shows correlation between Twitter sentiment and the valuation of start-ups by venture capitalists

    18-Feb-2021 The short message service Twitter has played a prominent role in US politics in recent weeks and months and attracted a lot of attention. Even in business, Twitter users' tweets are being closely followed and used as a basis for decision-making. A new study shows that venture capitalists ca ... more

  • Business

    Redox flow batteries: A step toward the mass market

    Lighter, smaller and more cost-effective

    10-May-2021 Redox flow batteries are perfect for storing large quantities of renewable energy, but they have always been too expensive for the mass market. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have now completely redesigned the heart of a redox ... more

    BASF strengthens innovation capabilities in Asia

    Groundbreaking for the third phase of Innovation Campus Shanghai

    28-Apr-2021 BASF is strengthening its innovation capabilities in Asia by breaking ground for the third phase of its Innovation Campus Shanghai and by establishing an academic sounding board as part of the Network for Asian Open Research (NAO). The expansion includes an additional research and developme ... more

    Merck hands over the distribution of the Surface Solutions Portfolio in the Nordics to Bodo Möller Chemie

    Merck hands over the care of customers from the paints and coatings industry, the printing industry and the plastics sector to Bodo Möller Chemie

    27-Apr-2021 The Bodo Möller Chemie Group takes over the care of customers of Merck in the countries of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland for the product area of effect pigments and additives for coatings, printings and plastics. Starting on May 1st, 2021, the Offenbach-based Bodo Möller Chem ... more

  • People

    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

    Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for research into crystallisation processes

    15-Mar-2021 Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk, Junior Professor for Colloidal Systems at the University of Bayreuth, receives one of this year's Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. The award worth € 20,000, is the most important prize for young scientists in Germany. A jury appointed by the German Research Foundation (DF ... more

    Predicting the Performance of Catalysts

    Award for Electrochemist

    15-Mar-2021 Green electricity should be available as soon as possible, at best from all power outlets: electrochemical processes are the basis for a sustainable energy, but they need new, high-performance catalyst materials. Theoretical calculations help to avoid dead ends and to focus on the most prom ... more

  • Manufacturing

    New ISO C4 plant in Burghausen/Germany starts production

    First-time demonstration of novel production technology co-developed by OMV and BASF

    23-Mar-2021 With the commissioning of OMV´s new ISO C4 plant at the Burghausen site, the collaboration between the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, and OMV, the international, integrated oil, gas and chemical company headquartered in Vienna, has reached a new milestone. The plant is based on a n ... more

    HCS Group and Gevo sign strategic agreement to produce renewable low-carbon chemicals and Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Germany

    By the end of 2024, 60,000 tons of renewable hydrocarbons, advanced biofuels, and SAF will be produced at HCS Group’s Speyer site

    26-Feb-2021 HCS Group announced that they have signed a project memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and build a renewable hydrocarbon facility at HCS Group’s site located in Speyer, Germany, utilizing Gevo’s low-carbon alcohol to jet (“ATJ”) technology. The signed agreement anticipates a first ... more

    LAUDA is building a new facility for the production of circulation chillers in Spain for 7 million euros

    Investment in energy-efficient temperature control technology

    09-Feb-2021 On 20 January 2011, i.e. 10 years ago, LAUDA acquired a plant for industrial circulation chillers in Terrassa near Barcelona, Spain. Owing to the continuous positive development of the Spanish subsidiary, the temperature control specialist was able to celebrate the laying of the foundation ... 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

    Bayer: successful start to 2021

    Net income advances by 40.3 percent to 2.089 billion euros

    12-May-2021 The Bayer Group had a successful start to 2021. “We’re seeing a good operational performance overall, but we were impacted by negative currency effects as expected,” said CEO Werner Baumann when the quarterly statement for the first quarter of 2021 was published on Wednesday. “Our Crop Scie ... more

    LANXESS raises guidance for fiscal year 2021

    Q1 2021 marked by strategic growth

    12-May-2021 LANXESS is raising its guidance for the full year 2021 following a good first quarter: The specialty chemicals company now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 950 million and EUR 1 billion. Previously, the company had assumed earnings of between EUR 900 million and EUR 1 billion. ... more

    Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter

    Organic sales growth of 12.2% driven by all three business sectors, especially Life Science

    12-May-2021 Merck achieved strong business results in the first quarter. Group sales increased by 6.0% to € 4.6 billion compared with the year-earlier quarter – mainly thanks to the high organic growth of the Life Science business sector. Group EBITDA pre, the company’s most important financial indicat ... 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 Umicore enter into a patent cross-license agreement

    “This agreement with Umicore enables even faster, more sustainable and innovative battery materials development to serve our customers including battery cell manufacturers and automotive”

    05-May-2021 BASF and Umicore have entered into a non-exclusive patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of cathode active materials (CAM) and their precursors (PCAM), including chemistries such as nickel cobalt manganese (NCM), nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA), nickel cobalt manganese aluminum ... more

    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

    BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS want to cooperate on chemical recycling of plastic waste

    More recycling of plastic waste which otherwise would be incinerated

    22-Apr-2021 BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate a cooperation in chemical recycling including a joint investment into a pyrolysis plant for plastic waste. It is intended that REMONDIS supplies suitable plastic waste to the plant, and BASF us ... 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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