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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

How to make perfect edges in 2D-materials

Researchers tailored the materials’ properties by using a “magic” chemical and founded a start-up company

20-Oct-2020 Ultrathin materials such as graphene promise a revolution in nanoscience and technology. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now made an important advance within the field. In a recent paper in Nature Communications they present a method for controlling the edges ... more

LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

Ion-selective electrocatalysis on conducting polymer electrodes -- improving the performance of redox flow batteries

20-Oct-2020 Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a "redox flow battery", with a large capacity that can be used to store energy from wind turbines and solar cells, and as a power ban ... more

Programmable insulation materials

19-Oct-2020 Innovative insulating materials made of shape memory polymers are developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Chemical Technology ICT and for Building Physics IBP within the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM. The high-tec ... more

Gold- and bronze-like paints that don't contain metal

Researchers have developed organic-only dyes that can form films resembling gold or bronze, without the need for metals

19-Oct-2020 Lustrous metallic paints are used to enhance the beauty of many products, such as home decorations, cars and artwork. But most of these pigments owe their sheen to flakes of aluminum, copper, zinc or other metals, which have drawbacks. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Omega have developed ... more

Wearable IT devices

Dyeing process gives textiles electronic properties

16-Oct-2020 Whether in fitness, medicine or in the entertainment industry, IT devices worn on the body, such as smart watches, are becoming increasingly popular. Such wearables benefit from the input device fitting as naturally as possible to the body – for example as electro-sensitive fabrics, so-call ... more

Radical in the Black Box

Chemists Reveal the Business Secret of a Catalyst

16-Oct-2020 Chemists at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock were able to observe the molecular functioning of the catalyst in a redox reaction and identify important intermediate steps. For this purpose, they coupled, for the first time worldwide, four highly modern measuring methods that wo ... more

Liming Chen appointed to Supervisory Board of BASF SE

15-Oct-2020 At the request of BASF SE, the Ludwigshafen local court (Amtsgericht) appointed Mr. Liming Chen (60), Chairman of IBM Greater China Group, to the Supervisory Board of BASF SE by way of a resolution dated October 8, 2020. The appointment became necessary after Dr. Alexander C. Karp, CEO Pala ... more

Circular economy for plastics

Biotechnological solutions for degradation and recycling of plastics

15-Oct-2020 Plastics are wonderful materials. They are extremely versatile and of almost eternal durability. But that also causes a problem. After around 100 years of plastic production, plastic particles are almost everywhere: in ground water, the oceans, the air and the food chain. Across the globe, ... more

When human and machine agree

A human research team and a machine learning algorithm have found that we need to rethink much of what we know about iridium oxide

14-Oct-2020 Iridium oxide is an excellent catalyst for electrochemical reactions, and is typically used for the production of energy carriers such as hydrogen from water. Now it turns out that research on iridium oxide carried out so far has been based on a wrong basic assumption: The arrangement of th ... more

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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

analytica conference 2020 for the first time virtual

Topics in focus: Antibiotic resistance and the “laboratory of the future”

09-Oct-2020 Current questions and approaches in analysis are in the focus of the analytica conference, which will take place from October 19 to 23, 2020, in the context of analytica virtual in a purely digital manner. In 31 sessions, which will be broadcast repeatedly in order to enable participation i ... more

Atom-Billiards with X-Rays

A new Approach to look inside of Molecules

28-Sep-2020 In 1921, Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery that light is quantized, interacting with matter as a stream of particles called photons. Since these early days of quantum mechanics, it is known that photons also possess momentum. The photon’s ability to trans ... more

Technological innovation: The smallest particle sensor in the world

Compact and energy-efficient sensor for mobile devices, informs in real time about the fine dust content in the air and warns in case of elevated values

25-Sep-2020 It is slightly smaller than two one-cent coins stacked on top of each other, is particularly energy-efficient due to its size, requires no maintenance and can be integrated in mobile devices. It is the smallest particle sensor in the world. With this 12 x 9 x 3 millimetre innovation, smartp ... more

Danila Barskiy receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award to develop low-cost portable spectroscopic devices

New approaches to promote the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for analysis in chemistry, biology, and medicine

24-Sep-2020 The diverse work of Mainz-based physicists in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance is being boosted by a new highly application-oriented approach: In October 2020, Dr. Danila Barskiy will join Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) to set up a group focusing on nuclear magnetic resona ... more

Self-imaging of a molecule by its own electrons

Mapping the atomic motion during a molecular vibration

22-Sep-2020 One of the long-standing goals of research on the light-induced dynamics of molecules is to observe time-dependent changes in the structure of molecules, which result from the absorption of light, as directly and unambiguously as possible. To this end, researchers have developed and applied ... more

Nano-microscope gives first direct observation of the magnetic properties of 2D materials

Discovery means new class of materials and technologies

22-Sep-2020 Australian researchers and their colleagues from Russia and China have shown that it is possible to study the magnetic properties of ultrathin materials directly, via a new microscopy technique that opens the door to the discovery of more two-dimensional (2D) magnetic materials, with all so ... more

Analysing molecular structures in more detail

New NMR methods for investigating paramagnetic complexes and supramolecular cages developed

21-Sep-2020 Chemistry and structural biology use the standard methods of NMR spectroscopy (NMR = nuclear magnetic resonance) to examine the structure of molecules including large molecules like proteins in solution. The NMR active nuclei, such as hydrogen atoms, are excited using radiofrequency pulses ... more

High-pressure study advances understanding of promising battery materials


X-ray investigation shows systematic distortion of the crystal lattice of high-entropy oxides

18-Sep-2020 In a high-pressure X-ray study, scientists have gained new insights into the characteristics of a promising new class of materials for batteries and other applications. The team led by Qiaoshi Zeng from the Center for High Pressure Science in China used the brilliant X-rays from DESY's rese ... more

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How to make perfect edges in 2D-materials

Researchers tailored the materials’ properties by using a “magic” chemical and founded a start-up company

20-Oct-2020 Ultrathin materials such as graphene promise a revolution in nanoscience and technology. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now made an important advance within the field. In a recent paper in Nature Communications they present a method for controlling the edges ... more

LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

Ion-selective electrocatalysis on conducting polymer electrodes -- improving the performance of redox flow batteries

20-Oct-2020 Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a "redox flow battery", with a large capacity that can be used to store energy from wind turbines and solar cells, and as a power ban ... more

Programmable insulation materials

19-Oct-2020 Innovative insulating materials made of shape memory polymers are developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Chemical Technology ICT and for Building Physics IBP within the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM. The high-tec ... more

Gold- and bronze-like paints that don't contain metal

Researchers have developed organic-only dyes that can form films resembling gold or bronze, without the need for metals

19-Oct-2020 Lustrous metallic paints are used to enhance the beauty of many products, such as home decorations, cars and artwork. But most of these pigments owe their sheen to flakes of aluminum, copper, zinc or other metals, which have drawbacks. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Omega have developed ... more

Wearable IT devices

Dyeing process gives textiles electronic properties

16-Oct-2020 Whether in fitness, medicine or in the entertainment industry, IT devices worn on the body, such as smart watches, are becoming increasingly popular. Such wearables benefit from the input device fitting as naturally as possible to the body – for example as electro-sensitive fabrics, so-call ... more

Radical in the Black Box

Chemists Reveal the Business Secret of a Catalyst

16-Oct-2020 Chemists at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock were able to observe the molecular functioning of the catalyst in a redox reaction and identify important intermediate steps. For this purpose, they coupled, for the first time worldwide, four highly modern measuring methods that wo ... more

Liming Chen appointed to Supervisory Board of BASF SE

15-Oct-2020 At the request of BASF SE, the Ludwigshafen local court (Amtsgericht) appointed Mr. Liming Chen (60), Chairman of IBM Greater China Group, to the Supervisory Board of BASF SE by way of a resolution dated October 8, 2020. The appointment became necessary after Dr. Alexander C. Karp, CEO Pala ... more

Circular economy for plastics

Biotechnological solutions for degradation and recycling of plastics

15-Oct-2020 Plastics are wonderful materials. They are extremely versatile and of almost eternal durability. But that also causes a problem. After around 100 years of plastic production, plastic particles are almost everywhere: in ground water, the oceans, the air and the food chain. Across the globe, ... more

When human and machine agree

A human research team and a machine learning algorithm have found that we need to rethink much of what we know about iridium oxide

14-Oct-2020 Iridium oxide is an excellent catalyst for electrochemical reactions, and is typically used for the production of energy carriers such as hydrogen from water. Now it turns out that research on iridium oxide carried out so far has been based on a wrong basic assumption: The arrangement of th ... more

Palladium Catalysts Can Do Its

Direct coupling of aryl halides and alkyllithium compounds by palladium catalysis

14-Oct-2020 Palladium catalysts help synthesize key chemicals for many industries. However, direct reaction of two basic reagents, aryl halides and alkyllithium compounds, remains a challenge. Now, a team of scientists have found that a catalyst containing YPhos-type ligands can mediate this reaction e ... more

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Circular economy for plastics

Biotechnological solutions for degradation and recycling of plastics

15-Oct-2020 Plastics are wonderful materials. They are extremely versatile and of almost eternal durability. But that also causes a problem. After around 100 years of plastic production, plastic particles are almost everywhere: in ground water, the oceans, the air and the food chain. Across the globe, ... more

Bacteria fed on a customized diet produce biodegradable polymers for alternative packaging in the cosmetics industry

Replacing harmful solvents with pressure change technology

06-Oct-2020 Germany generates around 38 kilograms of plastic waste per capita each year. In a joint project with the University of Stuttgart and LCS Life Cycle Simulation, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and the Fraunhofer Institute for Proces ... more

Ecofriendly plastic alternative: Scraps to synthetics

No petroleum-based synthetic components needed

05-Oct-2020 A new type of plastic made of reclaimed waste readily degrades in less than a year. The substance that will soon serve to manufacture and break down mainly disposable products in an ecofriendly way goes by the name of polyhydroxybutyrate. This material can be produced on an industrial scale ... more

Pyrolysis oil from waste tires as additional raw material source

BASF invests into Pyrum as part of its ChemCycling project

23-Sep-2020 BASF SE is to invest €16 million into Pyrum Innovations AG, a technology company specialized in the pyrolysis of waste tires, headquartered in Dillingen/Saar, Germany. With the investment, BASF will support the expansion of Pyrum’s pyrolysis plant in Dillingen and the further roll out of th ... more

Are bioplastics and plant-based materials safer than conventional plastics?

Biomaterials contain up to 20.000 chemicals

21-Sep-2020 So-called “bioplastics” are marketed as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional, petroleum-based plastics. They can be made from renewable feedstock, might be bio-degradable or even both. The question is however if these biomaterials are safer than conventional plastics with ... more

LyondellBasell Successfully Starts Up New Pilot Molecular Recycling Facility

Company completes next step towards an industrial scale conversion of plastic waste into feedstock

10-Sep-2020 LyondellBasell announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara, Italy, site. LyondellBasell's proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for use as a feedstock for new plasti ... more

From Biopaste to Bioplastic

Forest scientists develop innovative wood-based materials for 3D printing

24-Aug-2020 A viscous biopaste that is easy to process, solidifies quickly and is suitable for producing even complex structures using the 3D printing process has been developed by a research team headed by Prof. Dr. Marie-Pierre Laborie from the Chair of Forest Biomaterials at the University of Freibu ... more

Smart AI makes all kinds of shapes on its own

Artificial neural network system recommends plastic molding process conditions

20-Aug-2020 Plastic is light, cheap, and can be made into any shape if heated, making it a "gift from the 20th-century god." The key is to maintain its uniform quality but its sensitivity to process conditions makes processing autonomy difficult. It also takes long to change the process once it is set ... more

Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry

14-Aug-2020 Jointly with cooperation partners, a researcher of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed “porous liquids”: Nanoparticles, that are able to separate gas molecules of different sizes from each other, float – finely distributed – in a solvent. This is because the particles have ... more

European plastics companies withstand Covid-19 in H1

Many expect better business performance in the second half-year

11-Aug-2020 To gain insight into the European plastics industry’s business performance and outlook, PIE – Plastics Information Europe conducted its half-year readers survey from 15 June to 17 July 2020. Across regions and plastics sectors, a surprising number of companies showed economic resilience to ... more

All news on plastics

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

analytica conference 2020 for the first time virtual

Topics in focus: Antibiotic resistance and the “laboratory of the future”

09-Oct-2020 Current questions and approaches in analysis are in the focus of the analytica conference, which will take place from October 19 to 23, 2020, in the context of analytica virtual in a purely digital manner. In 31 sessions, which will be broadcast repeatedly in order to enable participation i ... more

analytica 2020: World’s leading trade fair to be held virtually

analytica virtual to take the place of the presence fair in Munich

02-Sep-2020 This year, Messe München is hosting the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology as a virtual event. The new format analytica virtual will enable exhibitors to book digital trade fair booths for October 19 to 23. Furthermore, it offers all customers a ... more

analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

First complementary laboratory fair

13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... 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

Sartorius raises forecast for the full year of 2020

Stronger growth and higher profitability expected for the Bioprocess Solutions Division and the entire Group

17-Jul-2020 Based on the strong performance of the Bioprocess Solutions Division in the first half of 2020 as well as on high demand also expected to continue for the rest of the current fiscal year, Sartorius raised its full-year sales and earnings guidance for this division and thus for the entire Gr ... more

analytica 2020: Great exhibitor resonance for the autumnal fair

Trade fair to implement the government’s protection and hygiene concept

30-Jun-2020 After the postponement to the fall, there are now increasing signs for a success of analytica in October. The number of exhibitors has currently almost reached the level of the previous event. Most recently, the Bavarian State Government has cleared the way for analytica: From September 01 ... more

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

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

FRITSCH Change of Generations

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

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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

Using artificial intelligence to optimise manufacturing processes

High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital invest in IT start-up

30-Apr-2020 High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) together with Bayern Kapital has invested a seven-figure sum in Munich-based IT start-up Erium as part of a seed financing round. SAR Elektronic GmbH is also on board as a co-investor. Erium’s software solution HALerium is used to model and optimise highly comp ... more

Gigahertz-Optik is now part of Berghof Group

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

Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

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

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

Integrate Micro Chips for electronic Skin

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

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Air Products and thyssenkrupp Sign Exclusive Strategic Cooperation Agreement

World-Scale Electrolysis Plants to Generate Green Hydrogen

07-Jul-2020 Air Products and thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers announced the signing of a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The two companies will collaborate exclusively in key regions, using their complementary technology, engineering and project execution strengths to develop projects supply ... 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

Electric pulses precisely shape 3D-printed metal parts

Metal 3D printing with electrochemical machining combined

02-Jun-2020 Professor Dirk Bähre and his research team at Saarland University have developed a non-contact method of transforming metal parts fabricated by a 3D printer into high-precision technical components for specialist applications. The novel method enables them to process parts made from strong, ... more

Clean without scrubbing and using chemicals

Scientists develop self-cleaning aluminium surface

28-May-2020 A project team of Technische Universität Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS structured an aluminium plate with a laser process in such a way that water droplets no longer adhere and dirt particles can be removed from the surface - completely without ch ... more

Smart machine maintenance

Avoid unpleasant surprises: New AI system also detects unknown faults

27-May-2020 A new maintenance system is helping to make sensors smart. A research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University is combining artificial intelligence with sensors that gather status data on industrial machinery. The system is able to detect damage, wear and error states, a ... more

Using artificial intelligence to optimise manufacturing processes

High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital invest in IT start-up

30-Apr-2020 High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) together with Bayern Kapital has invested a seven-figure sum in Munich-based IT start-up Erium as part of a seed financing round. SAR Elektronic GmbH is also on board as a co-investor. Erium’s software solution HALerium is used to model and optimise highly comp ... more

Ceramic coatings for high-tech applications: New spraying method optimized

Powder Aerosol Deposition dense ceramic films can be applied to very different types of materials

24-Apr-2020 For a long time, the production of ceramic coatings has only been possible by means of sintering techniques conducted at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. However, a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition (PAD), enables their production at normal room temperatures. It is therefore ... more

Now things are getting big - innovative membrane reactor on its way to being an industrial scale

Consortium of 24 partners: Innovative plant combines several previously separate production steps

23-Apr-2020 Evonik is continuing to strengthen its position as one of the leading companies in the field of C4 chemistry. MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles), the largest EU-funded project coordinated by Evonik to date, was recently launched The aim is to develop ... more

ViscoTec Asia Grows and Expands its Facility

More office space, larger labs and meeting rooms in Singapore

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

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

€ 1.3 million seed financing

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

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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

    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

    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

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

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

  • Research

    How to make perfect edges in 2D-materials

    Researchers tailored the materials’ properties by using a “magic” chemical and founded a start-up company

    20-Oct-2020 Ultrathin materials such as graphene promise a revolution in nanoscience and technology. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now made an important advance within the field. In a recent paper in Nature Communications they present a method for controlling the edges ... more

    LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

    Ion-selective electrocatalysis on conducting polymer electrodes -- improving the performance of redox flow batteries

    20-Oct-2020 Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a "redox flow battery", with a large capacity that can be used to store energy from wind turbines and solar cells, and as a power ban ... more

    Programmable insulation materials

    19-Oct-2020 Innovative insulating materials made of shape memory polymers are developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Chemical Technology ICT and for Building Physics IBP within the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM. The high-tec ... more

  • Technology

    Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

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

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

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

    Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

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

  • Business

    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

    How ETH Zurich spin-offs strengthen the Swiss economy

    ETH spin-​offs are much more likely to make an exit than other Swiss start-​ups

    08-Oct-2020 As well as generating more jobs on average than other Swiss start-​ups, ETH spin-​offs are also acquired more frequently. A decisive factor, according to University of St.Gallen’s comprehensive analysis, comes from the institutional support for entrepreneurship. With around 500 ETH spin-​of ... more

  • People

    Liming Chen appointed to Supervisory Board of BASF SE

    15-Oct-2020 At the request of BASF SE, the Ludwigshafen local court (Amtsgericht) appointed Mr. Liming Chen (60), Chairman of IBM Greater China Group, to the Supervisory Board of BASF SE by way of a resolution dated October 8, 2020. The appointment became necessary after Dr. Alexander C. Karp, CEO Pala ... more

    Merck: Stefan Oschmann to Hand Over Chair of Executive Board to Belén Garijo in 2021

    Two internationally experienced managers to join Executive Board

    30-Sep-2020 Stefan Oschmann will hand over the Chair of the Executive Board of Merck to Belén Garijo in 2021. The Board of Partners of E. Merck KG has appointed Garijo as new Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck effective May 1, 2021. She is currently Vice Chair of the Executive Board and Depu ... more

    Bayer: Supervisory Board extends CEO Werner Baumann’s

    Contract until the end of April 2024

    14-Sep-2020 The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has unanimously decided to extend the contract of Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, until April 30, 2024. Before the extension, Baumann’s contract would have expired at the 2021 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Baumann, 57, has worked for Ba ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF to increase production capacity for synthetic ester base stocks in Jinshan, China

    Capacity to be almost doubled

    13-Oct-2020 BASF will almost double the production capacity for its synthetic ester base stocks at its site in Jinshan, China. The investment comes in response to the rising demand for high-performance lubricants in Asia Pacific and further strengthens BASF’s position as a reliable supplier that strong ... more

    LANXESS plans to expand capacity for Oxone monopersulfate - a main active ingredient for disinfectants

    Significant increase in demand due to African swine fever and corona pandemic

    16-Sep-2020 Due to the continuous strong demand for disinfectants, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is planning to expand its production capacity for Oxone monopersulfate by around 50 percent. To this end, the company intends to invest a lower double-digit million euro sum in its production facility ... more

    Nouryon to build state-of-the-art hydroperoxide facility in Ningbo, China

    Annual capacity for 35,000 tons of TBHP/TBA

    13-Jul-2020 Nouryon will start development of a world-class manufacturing facility at its current site in Ningbo, China to produce two key intermediates for its organic peroxides business: tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA). Organic peroxides are essential ingredients in the p ... more

  • Products

    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

    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

    Evonik wants to make green hydrogen more affordable

    Polymer chemistry is the key to efficient electrolysis

    19-Jun-2020 Green hydrogen is a beacon of hope in the energy transition, both as a carbon-free fuel for industry and transportation, and as a key raw material for the chemical industry. Green hydrogen is produced from water by electrolysis using electricity generated from renewable resources. It is sti ... more

  • Finances

    Merck Well-Positioned for Further Growth

    From today’s perspective targeted smaller to medium-sized acquisitions after 2022 more likely than major transformative deals

    17-Sep-2020 Merck expects to deliver continued profitable growth in the coming years despite a challenging market environment. Today at its virtual Capital Markets Day, the company presented to analysts and investors the progress made in realizing the growth and expansion phase of its strategy for the ... more

    Funding for renewable energy startups in Germany and East Africa

    Learning from each other for the environment

    17-Sep-2020 Challenges like climate change and dwindling natural resources require permanent, global innovations. However, to be able to make the greatest impact, these solutions must also be adjusted for local conditions. That is why the University of Freiburg and the Solar Energy Foundation (Stiftung ... more

    LANXESS remains robust: Guidance for 2020 confirmed

    Consumer Protection benefits from strong demand for agrochemicals and disinfectants

    14-Aug-2020 LANXESS is continuing to weather the crisis well and is confirming its forecast for the full year. The specialty chemicals company still anticipates EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 800 million and EUR 900 million for 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, LANXESS recorded a significant ... more

  • Career

    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

    BASF wants to promote more women in leadership positions

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

  • Cooperation

    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

    chembid enters into partnership with COATINO from Evonik

    With this cooperation, chembid and Evonik want to simplify the processes from the production to the sale of coating products for their customers

    20-Jul-2020 chembid and the Coating Additives Business Line of Evonik announce their cooperation. The platforms have set themselves the goal of making processes and decisions for chemical companies more efficient and driving forward the digitization in the chemical industry. The basis for this are inte ... more

    Air Products and thyssenkrupp Sign Exclusive Strategic Cooperation Agreement

    World-Scale Electrolysis Plants to Generate Green Hydrogen

    07-Jul-2020 Air Products and thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers announced the signing of a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The two companies will collaborate exclusively in key regions, using their complementary technology, engineering and project execution strengths to develop projects supply ... more

  • Laws

    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

    Restriction and authorisation found to drive replacement of harmful chemicals

    Replacing harmful chemicals with safer alternatives and greener technologies is strongly driven by regulation

    13-Jul-2020 While restrictions and authorisation directly encourage European industry to substitute harmful chemicals, ECHA’s support for substitution has also played a role. ECHA’s two published reports uncover both the direct and indirect effects of REACH in driving substitution. Based on a survey of ... more

    Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out

    The additions include three substances that are toxic to reproduction and one endocrine disruptor

    26-Jun-2020 The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances that may have serious effects on people or the environment. The endocrine-disrupting substance is used in consumer products, such as cosmetics. The three others are used in industrial processes to prod ... more

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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

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

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