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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

2D Nanomaterial MXene: the Perfect Lubricant

In extreme heat or in the vacuum of space: a novel nanomaterial delivers top performance in extreme situations

22-Apr-2021 You can lubricate a bicycle chain with oil, but what do you do with a Mars rover or a red-hot conveyor belt in the steel industry? Very special nanomaterials have now been studied by the TU Wien together with research groups from Saarbrücken (Germany), Purdue University in the USA and the U ... more

New catalyst for lower CO2 emissions

Converting carbon dioxide into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels

22-Apr-2021 Which catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into other substances? Scientists at TU Wien have now created a new material, which belongs to the class of perovskites. If the CO2 content of the atmosphere is not to increase any further, carbon dioxide must be converted into something ... more

Understanding Interfaces of Hybrid Materials with Machine Learning

A design principle for the self-assembly of functionalized molecules devised

21-Apr-2021 Using machine learning methods, researchers at TU Graz can predict the structure formation of functionalized molecules at the interfaces of hybrid materials. Now they have also succeeded in looking behind the driving forces of this structure formation. The production of nanomaterials involv ... more

Green hydrogen: "Rust" as a photoanode and its limits

“With this new approach, we have added a powerful tool to our arsenal that enables us to identify the realizable potential of photoelectrode materials"

21-Apr-2021 Metal oxides such as rust are intriguing photoelectrode materials for the production of green hydrogen with sunlight. They are cheap and abundant, but in spite of decades of research, progress has been limited. A team at HZB, together with partners from Ben Gurion University and the Technio ... more

AI agent helps identify material properties faster

High-throughput X-ray diffraction measurements generate huge amounts of data - The agent renders them usable more quickly

21-Apr-2021 Artificial intelligence (AI) can analyse large amounts of data, such as those generated when analysing the properties of potential new materials, faster than humans. However, such systems often tend to make definitive decisions even in the face of uncertainty; they overestimate themselves. ... more

Tracking Topological Conditions in Graphene

How carbon-based nanostructures can get a new functionalit

20-Apr-2021 Scientists have already been able to demonstrate that graphene nanostructures can be generated by annealing of a nanostructured silicon carbide crystal for a few years. “These two-dimensional, spatially strongly restricted carbon bands exhibit a vanishingly small electrical resistance even ... more

Transparent nanolayers for more solar power

Nanostructured material and a new cell design pave the way for the production of silicon solar cells with more than 26 percent efficiency

20-Apr-2021 There is no cheaper way to generate electricity today than with the sun. Power plants are currently being built in sunny locations that will supply solar electricity for less than two cents per kilowatt hour. Solar cells available on the market based on crystalline silicon make this possibl ... more

From smoky skies to a green horizon: Scientists convert fire-risk wood waste into biofuel

A simplified new process transforms wood waste from agriculture and forest management into ethanol

20-Apr-2021 Reliance on petroleum fuels and raging wildfires: Two separate, large-scale challenges that could be addressed by one scientific breakthrough. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and effi ... more

AkzoNobel is stirring things up again with second global startup challenge

Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches

19-Apr-2021 Startups are about to explore a world of possibilities in the paints and coatings industry – Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches May 18. Led by AkzoNobel and powered by thousands of connections around the world, Paint the Future has become the industry’s largest coll ... more

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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

Solar cells: Losses made visible on the nanoscale

19-Mar-2021 Solar cells made of crystalline silicon achieve peak efficiencies, especially in combination with selective contacts made of amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). However, their efficiency is limited by losses in these contact layers. Now, for the first time, a team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) ... more

Determining the structure of a molecule with laser-induced electron diffraction

11-Mar-2021 Light microscopes have revolutionized our understanding of the microcosmos, but their resolution is limited to about 100 nanometers. To see how molecules bond, break, or change their structure, we need at least 1000 times better resolution. Laser induced electron diffraction (LIED) is a tec ... more

Scientists probe electronic angular momentum to a chemical reaction for the first time

01-Mar-2021 A chemical reaction can be understood in detail at the quantum state-resolved level, through a combined study of molecular crossed beam experiments and theoretical quantum molecular reaction dynamics simulations. At a single collision condition, the molecular crossed beam apparatus is able ... more

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

New method could advance next-generation applications in medicine, cosmetics, and petroleum recovery

26-Feb-2021 Liquid structures - liquid droplets that maintain a specific shape - are useful for a variety of applications, from food processing to cosmetics, medicine, and even petroleum extraction, but researchers have yet to tap into these exciting new materials' full potential because not much is kn ... more

Ultrafast Electron Dynamics in Space and Time

"We believe that our findings represent a crucial breakthrough towards the goal of tracing electrons through chemical reactions in space and time"

22-Feb-2021 In textbooks and explanatory videos, they are often depicted as colourful balloons or clouds: electron orbitals provide information on the whereabouts of electrons in molecules, a bit like fuzzy snapshots. In order to understand the exchange of electrons in chemical reactions, it is not onl ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

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

2D Nanomaterial MXene: the Perfect Lubricant

In extreme heat or in the vacuum of space: a novel nanomaterial delivers top performance in extreme situations

22-Apr-2021 You can lubricate a bicycle chain with oil, but what do you do with a Mars rover or a red-hot conveyor belt in the steel industry? Very special nanomaterials have now been studied by the TU Wien together with research groups from Saarbrücken (Germany), Purdue University in the USA and the U ... more

New catalyst for lower CO2 emissions

Converting carbon dioxide into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels

22-Apr-2021 Which catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into other substances? Scientists at TU Wien have now created a new material, which belongs to the class of perovskites. If the CO2 content of the atmosphere is not to increase any further, carbon dioxide must be converted into something ... more

Understanding Interfaces of Hybrid Materials with Machine Learning

A design principle for the self-assembly of functionalized molecules devised

21-Apr-2021 Using machine learning methods, researchers at TU Graz can predict the structure formation of functionalized molecules at the interfaces of hybrid materials. Now they have also succeeded in looking behind the driving forces of this structure formation. The production of nanomaterials involv ... more

Green hydrogen: "Rust" as a photoanode and its limits

“With this new approach, we have added a powerful tool to our arsenal that enables us to identify the realizable potential of photoelectrode materials"

21-Apr-2021 Metal oxides such as rust are intriguing photoelectrode materials for the production of green hydrogen with sunlight. They are cheap and abundant, but in spite of decades of research, progress has been limited. A team at HZB, together with partners from Ben Gurion University and the Technio ... more

AI agent helps identify material properties faster

High-throughput X-ray diffraction measurements generate huge amounts of data - The agent renders them usable more quickly

21-Apr-2021 Artificial intelligence (AI) can analyse large amounts of data, such as those generated when analysing the properties of potential new materials, faster than humans. However, such systems often tend to make definitive decisions even in the face of uncertainty; they overestimate themselves. ... more

Tracking Topological Conditions in Graphene

How carbon-based nanostructures can get a new functionalit

20-Apr-2021 Scientists have already been able to demonstrate that graphene nanostructures can be generated by annealing of a nanostructured silicon carbide crystal for a few years. “These two-dimensional, spatially strongly restricted carbon bands exhibit a vanishingly small electrical resistance even ... more

Transparent nanolayers for more solar power

Nanostructured material and a new cell design pave the way for the production of silicon solar cells with more than 26 percent efficiency

20-Apr-2021 There is no cheaper way to generate electricity today than with the sun. Power plants are currently being built in sunny locations that will supply solar electricity for less than two cents per kilowatt hour. Solar cells available on the market based on crystalline silicon make this possibl ... more

From smoky skies to a green horizon: Scientists convert fire-risk wood waste into biofuel

A simplified new process transforms wood waste from agriculture and forest management into ethanol

20-Apr-2021 Reliance on petroleum fuels and raging wildfires: Two separate, large-scale challenges that could be addressed by one scientific breakthrough. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and effi ... more

AkzoNobel is stirring things up again with second global startup challenge

Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches

19-Apr-2021 Startups are about to explore a world of possibilities in the paints and coatings industry – Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches May 18. Led by AkzoNobel and powered by thousands of connections around the world, Paint the Future has become the industry’s largest coll ... more

All news on chemistry

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

Milliken & Company Announces Acquisition of Zebra-chem

Investment in peroxide masterbatches accelerates growth in plastic recycling

03-Mar-2021 Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setti ... more

Fabricating the future with a new environment friendly method of polymerization

Insights into a novel environment friendly method of polymerization involving non-metallic organocatalysts opens doors to efficient polymeric products

01-Mar-2021 Many materials in the modern world--from the plastics that dominate it to the electronic chips that drive it--are constructed of polymers. Given their ubiquity and the evolving requirements of our world, finding better and more efficient methods of making them is an ongoing research concern ... more

More sustainable recycling of plastics

Chemists have developed a method for more sustainable recycling of polyethylene-like plastics

22-Feb-2021 Plastics belong to the most widely used materials, and they are vital components of all modern technologies. So far, it has been possible to recycle these valuable materials only to a limited extent. In order to offer novel solutions, chemists of Professor Stefan Mecking’s group at the Univ ... more

Bioplastics in the sustainability dilemma

Scientists investigate the factors affecting the global land use impacts and CO2 emissions of plant-based plastics

09-Feb-2021 Plastics made from crops such as maize or sugarcane instead of fossil fuels are generally considered sustainable. One reason is that plants bind CO2, which compensates for the carbon released into the atmosphere when plastics are disposed. However, there is a catch: With increasing demand f ... more

A mild way to upcycle plastics used in bottles into fuel and other high-value products

29-Jan-2021 Plastic is ubiquitous in people's lives. Yet, when plastic-containing items have fulfilled their missions, only a small amount is recycled into new products, which are often of lower quality compared to the original material. And, transforming this waste into high-value chemicals requires s ... more

New route to chemically recyclable plastics

"This is about understanding really cool chemistry and trying to do something good with it"

27-Jan-2021 As the planet's burden of rubber and plastic trash rises unabated, scientists increasingly look to the promise of closed-loop recycling to reduce waste. A team of researchers at Princeton's Department of Chemistry announces the discovery of a new polybutadiene molecule - from a material kno ... more

All news on plastics

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

analytica Vietnam 2021 postponed from April to October

Exhibitors thus will be able to better plan their trade fair participation

20-Oct-2020 analytica Vietnam, the most important meeting place for the laboratory industry in the country, will be postponed from April 2021 to the autumn and now takes place at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City from October 7 to 9, 2021. Against the background of the ongoi ... more

analytica 2020: The world’s largest virtual trade fair for analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology

Market figures: German laboratory industry in the coronavirus year with winners and losers

13-Oct-2020 For the first time in its more than fifty-year-long success story, from October 19 to 23 analytica 2020 will take place in purely digital form. This year, no other format offers such a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in analysis, biotechnology and laboratory technology. 26 ... more

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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

Merck Invests in Artificial Intelligence Chip Startup SynSense in China

Neuromorphic computing considered as key enabler of next-generation artificial intelligence

07-May-2020 Merck announced its investment in SynSense (formerly known as aiCTX), a neuromorphic computing startup based in China and Switzerland. The startup’s AI (artificial intelligence) processors and sensors provide an unprecedented combination of ultra-low power consumption and low latency for a ... 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

    2D Nanomaterial MXene: the Perfect Lubricant

    In extreme heat or in the vacuum of space: a novel nanomaterial delivers top performance in extreme situations

    22-Apr-2021 You can lubricate a bicycle chain with oil, but what do you do with a Mars rover or a red-hot conveyor belt in the steel industry? Very special nanomaterials have now been studied by the TU Wien together with research groups from Saarbrücken (Germany), Purdue University in the USA and the U ... more

    New catalyst for lower CO2 emissions

    Converting carbon dioxide into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels

    22-Apr-2021 Which catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into other substances? Scientists at TU Wien have now created a new material, which belongs to the class of perovskites. If the CO2 content of the atmosphere is not to increase any further, carbon dioxide must be converted into something ... more

    Understanding Interfaces of Hybrid Materials with Machine Learning

    A design principle for the self-assembly of functionalized molecules devised

    21-Apr-2021 Using machine learning methods, researchers at TU Graz can predict the structure formation of functionalized molecules at the interfaces of hybrid materials. Now they have also succeeded in looking behind the driving forces of this structure formation. The production of nanomaterials involv ... 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

    AkzoNobel is stirring things up again with second global startup challenge

    Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches

    19-Apr-2021 Startups are about to explore a world of possibilities in the paints and coatings industry – Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launches May 18. Led by AkzoNobel and powered by thousands of connections around the world, Paint the Future has become the industry’s largest coll ... more

    Merck Announces Investment of EUR 20 million to Expand its R&D and Manufacturing Site in Shizuoka, Japan

    New investment to advance and accelerate innovations in the electronic materials space

    16-Apr-2021 Merck announced an investment of EUR 20 million to expand research and development and manufacturing capabilities at its site in Shizuoka, Japan. As part of this plan, new infrastructure will be built to advance and accelerate innovations in the electronic materials space. The investment is ... more

    Malvern Panalytical and Concept Life Sciences announce integration

    15-Apr-2021 Malvern Panalytical and Concept Life Sciences have announced a full business integration. The integration will expand the existing analytical instrument and service relationship (Amplify Analytics) to include the Chemistry and Biology services of CLS. Both entities are operating businesses ... 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

    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

    For a climate-friendly industry: Using carbon dioxide and hydrogen as raw materials for sustainable chemicals

    Evonik and Siemens Energy put pilot plant into operations

    23-Sep-2020 Evonik and Siemens Energy commissioned a pilot plant sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that uses carbon dioxide and water to produce chemicals. The necessary energy is supplied by electricity from renewable sources. The pilot plant is located in Marl, ... more

  • Finances

    2020 Results: ALTANA’s sales down only slightly

    EBITDA exceeds previous year’s level

    23-Mar-2021 Despite the burdens of the coronavirus pandemic, the specialty chemicals group ALTANA recorded only a slight decline in sales in the 2020 fiscal year and was able to increase EBITDA in a year to year comparison. Sales reached 2,178 million euros, just 3 percent below the 2019 level. Adjuste ... more

    WACKER Expects Sales Growth and Substantially Higher Earnings in 2021

    17-Mar-2021 As already reported, Wacker Chemie AG’s total sales for 2020 did not quite match the prior-year level due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales came in at €4.69 billion in 2020 (2019: €4.93 b ... more

    LANXESS makes a confident start to fiscal year 2021

    Earnings expected to be between EUR 900 million and EUR 1 billion

    12-Mar-2021 LANXESS is starting the new fiscal year 2021 with confidence: The specialty chemicals company expects that many of its customer industries will recover and therefore anticipates EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 900 million and EUR 1 billion for the full year. LANXESS proved robust in ... 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, 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

    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

    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

  • 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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