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Scientists break record for highest-temperature superconductor

Experiment produces new material that can conduct electricity perfectly

24-May-2019 University of Chicago scientists are part of an international research team that has discovered superconductivity--the ability to conduct electricity perfectly--at the highest temperatures ever recorded. Using advanced technology at UChicago-affiliated Argonne National Laboratory, the team ... more

Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

24-May-2019 Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 ... more

Good vibrations: Using piezoelectricity to ensure hydrogen sensor sensitivity

24-May-2019 A team at Osaka University has invented a new process for creating high-precision sensing devices that respond to the presence of hydrogen gas. By carefully controlling the deposition of metallic nanoparticles on a silicon surface, the researchers were able to create a sensor that can detec ... more

The geometry of an electron determined for the first time

23-May-2019 Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could ser ... more

How to program materials

Predict the properties of composite materials

23-May-2019 Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry. Ali Gooneie ... more

Original kilogram replaced

New International System of Units (SI) entered into force

23-May-2019 In addition to Ampere, Kelvin, Mol and Co., the kilogram also is now defined by a natural constant. In concrete terms, this means that the original kilogram, which has been the measure of all things for 130 years, has now served its purpose in Paris. This is made possible by the single crys ... more

Strain enables new applications of 2D materials

Application of mechanical strain appears to manipulate the conductivity of low-dimensional materials

23-May-2019 Superconductors' never-ending flow of electrical current could provide new options for energy storage and superefficient electrical transmission and generation, to name just a few benefits. But the signature zero electrical resistance of superconductors is reached only below a certain criti ... more

New Measurement Device: Carbon Dioxide As Geothermometer

Researchers quantify rare CO2 variants using laser spectroscopy

22-May-2019 For the first time it is possible to measure, simultaneously and with extreme precision, four rare molecular variants of carbon dioxide (CO2) using a novel laser instrument. It is thus able to measure the temperature during the formation of CO2-binding carbonates and carbonaceous fossils co ... more

Self-organizing molecules: Cups with attoliter volume

22-May-2019 They look like interlocking egg cups, but a hen's egg is 100,000 times as thick as one of the miniature cups: Scientists at the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have made polymers to form themselves into tiny cups on their own. They could, for ex ... more

BASF to build engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethanes plants at new Verbund site in Zhanjiang

22-May-2019 BASF plans to build an engineering plastics compounding plant and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. These will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. By 2022, the new ... more

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Original kilogram replaced

New International System of Units (SI) entered into force

23-May-2019 In addition to Ampere, Kelvin, Mol and Co., the kilogram also is now defined by a natural constant. In concrete terms, this means that the original kilogram, which has been the measure of all things for 130 years, has now served its purpose in Paris. This is made possible by the single crys ... more

New Measurement Device: Carbon Dioxide As Geothermometer

Researchers quantify rare CO2 variants using laser spectroscopy

22-May-2019 For the first time it is possible to measure, simultaneously and with extreme precision, four rare molecular variants of carbon dioxide (CO2) using a novel laser instrument. It is thus able to measure the temperature during the formation of CO2-binding carbonates and carbonaceous fossils co ... more

Power to the constants!

On World Metrology Day what defines a kilogram, an ampere and all the other units will change fundamentally

15-May-2019 If you come across someone who can tell you by heart and without cheating what a kilogram is after 20 May 2019, beware! It is probably a particular kind of scientist, a metrologist, who is still overly enthusiastic about the fundamental change experienced by the International System of Unit ... more

Nanometre gaps can crystallise liquids

X-ray examination shows surprising coexistence of liquid and crystalline form

14-May-2019 Very narrow gaps make liquids crystallise partially. X-ray investigations at DESY show that in gaps just a few molecule diameters wide both, liquid and crystal properties of a material can exist at the same time. The observation of this coexistence is important for all liquids in very small ... more

Honouring the inventor who brought single atoms into focus

Maximilian Haider named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

09-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Austrian experimental physicist and entrepreneur Maximilian Haider has been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as one of three finalists in the category "Lifetime achievement" for his pioneering technique to improve the resolution ... more

3D tomographic imagery reveals how lithium batteries age

09-May-2019 Lithium batteries lose amp-hour capacity over time. Microstructures can form on the electrodes with each new charge cycle, which further reduces battery capacity. Now an HZB team together with battery researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Munster, and partners in Chin ... more

ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

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

Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles

06-May-2019 Since they are so tiny, it is difficult to investigate single nanoparticles. However, this is exactly what researchers are aiming for in order to tailor their properties. A novel approach: particle at the stick. Nanoparticles can be used in many ways as catalysts. To be able to tailor them ... more

A Close Look at Lithium Batteries

Fluorescence probe shows the distribution of active lithium species on lithium metal anodes

29-Apr-2019 Batteries with metallic lithium anodes offer enhanced efficiency compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries because of their higher capacity. However, safety concerns and a short lifespan stand in the way. To better analyze the causes of malfunctions and premature failure of such batter ... more

Researchers Observe Slowest Atom Decay Ever Measured

26-Apr-2019 The XENON1T detector is mainly used to detect dark matter particles deep underground. But a research team led by Zurich physicists, among others, has now managed to observe an extremely rare process using the detector – the decay of the Xenon-124 atom, which has an enormously long half-life ... more

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Scientists break record for highest-temperature superconductor

Experiment produces new material that can conduct electricity perfectly

24-May-2019 University of Chicago scientists are part of an international research team that has discovered superconductivity--the ability to conduct electricity perfectly--at the highest temperatures ever recorded. Using advanced technology at UChicago-affiliated Argonne National Laboratory, the team ... more

Good vibrations: Using piezoelectricity to ensure hydrogen sensor sensitivity

24-May-2019 A team at Osaka University has invented a new process for creating high-precision sensing devices that respond to the presence of hydrogen gas. By carefully controlling the deposition of metallic nanoparticles on a silicon surface, the researchers were able to create a sensor that can detec ... more

The geometry of an electron determined for the first time

23-May-2019 Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could ser ... more

Strain enables new applications of 2D materials

Application of mechanical strain appears to manipulate the conductivity of low-dimensional materials

23-May-2019 Superconductors' never-ending flow of electrical current could provide new options for energy storage and superefficient electrical transmission and generation, to name just a few benefits. But the signature zero electrical resistance of superconductors is reached only below a certain criti ... more

Self-organizing molecules: Cups with attoliter volume

22-May-2019 They look like interlocking egg cups, but a hen's egg is 100,000 times as thick as one of the miniature cups: Scientists at the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have made polymers to form themselves into tiny cups on their own. They could, for ex ... more

5 start-ups receive the Paint the Future Award

21-May-2019 Three exciting days of face-to-face collaboration with AkzoNobel experts have opened doors for international startups to "paint the future" with their innovations. Concluding the industry-first challenge, five startups were rewarded with Paint the Future Awards from AkzoNobel: SAS Nanotech ... more

Self-repairing batteries

A way to create high-capacity long-life batteries

21-May-2019 Engineers at the University of Tokyo continually pioneer new ways to improve battery technology. Professor Atsuo Yamada and his team recently developed a material which could significantly extend the life of batteries and afford them higher capacities as well. From smartphones to pacemakers ... more

More sustainability in fertilizer production: thyssenkrupp to build new plant in Poland

20-May-2019 thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area has received a new order for the construction of a fertilizer plant in Poland. The customer for the project is ANWIL, a subsidiary of PKN ORLEN, one of the largest oil industry corporations in Central and Eastern Europe from Poland. The new ... more

Paving the way to a bio-based future for the European chemical industry

EU project RoadToBio publishes roadmap

20-May-2019 How can the share of bio-based raw materials used in the European chemical industry be increased to 25 % by 2030? As conclusion of its two-year work, the EU project RoadToBio has published a roadmap that outlines how this goal could be achieved. Based on the analysis of nine product groups, ... more

Efficient catalyst for water splitting

New hybrid semiconductor material for sustainable hydrogen production

20-May-2019 Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an efficient water splitting catalyst as part of a collaborative international research effort. The catalyst comprises a double-helix semiconductor structure encased in carbon nitride. It is perfect for producing hydrogen e ... more

All news on chemistry

How to program materials

Predict the properties of composite materials

23-May-2019 Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry. Ali Gooneie ... more

BASF to build engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethanes plants at new Verbund site in Zhanjiang

22-May-2019 BASF plans to build an engineering plastics compounding plant and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. These will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. By 2022, the new ... more

Microplastics in freshwaters

The risks to the environment are (still) low

16-May-2019 Sea birds dying in agony with a belly full of plastic garbage; plastic accumulations as big as islands: Virtually everyone has seen pictures like these today. But there are also plastic particles that are barely visible to the eye - microplastics. The danger posed by these tiny particles ha ... more

Plastic gets a do-over: Breakthrough discovery recycles plastic from the inside out

Next-generation plastic can be recycled again and again into new materials of any color, shape, or form

10-May-2019 Light yet sturdy, plastic is great - until you no longer need it. Because plastics contain various additives, like dyes, fillers, or flame retardants, very few plastics can be recycled without loss in performance or aesthetics. Even the most recyclable plastic, PET - or poly(ethylene tereph ... more

LANXESS to deploy artificial intelligence in product development

Partnership with materials AI start-up

09-May-2019 LANXESS is set to break new ground when it comes to the development of customer-specific high-performance plastics. By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, LANXES ... more

Making plastic recycling more efficient

Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl named European Inventor Award 2019 finalists

09-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Austrian inventors and businessmen Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl have been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as finalists in the category "Industry", for developing technology that efficiently recycles plastic waste into hig ... more

EPO announces the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019

07-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces the 15 finalists nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019. The Award, now in its 14th year, celebrates the genius and creativity of inventors and inventor teams for their contributions to scientific and technological progress, their role in g ... more

Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

07-May-2019 Developing renewable, plant-based alternatives for petroleum-derived chemicals is a major piece of the effort to transition away from a fossil-fuel based economy toward a more sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based economy. But integration of novel and unproven technology into e ... more

Biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping after 3 years in the environment

30-Apr-2019 Biodegradable and compostable plastic bags are still capable of carrying full loads of shopping after being exposed in the natural environment for three years, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Plymouth examined the degradation of five plastic bag materials widely availa ... more

Solid and Moldable: Further growth expected for the polystyrene and extruded polystyrene market

24-Apr-2019 One of the oldest plastic types is still of great economic importance: about 90 years ago, polystyrene was first produced in Germany. To this day, most yogurt cups are made of polystyrene. Since 1950, polystyrene has also been foamed and marketed as, for example, “Styropor”. Ceresana examin ... more

All news on plastics

Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

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

Fraunhofer presents high-speed microscope with intuitive gesture control

25-Apr-2019 The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a high-speed microscope for quality control of large-area objects for the semiconductor and electronics industries or for rapid testing of biological samples. The microscope digitizes samples with up to 500 frame ... more

Sartorius starts off fiscal 2019 with a strong first quarter

18-Apr-2019 Sartorius started off fiscal 2019 with substantial double-digit growth in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Consolidated first-quarter sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 16.8% to 435.7 million  reported: 19.4%); order intake increased 16.6% to 482.8 million euros (reported ... more

Successful restart at Köttermann

15-Apr-2019 After major changes during the last year, the New Year began with a restart for KÖTTERMANN. The assets of the insolvent Köttermann GmbH & Co KG Labortechnik were acquired on December 1, 2018 by the BLOCK® Group, an international leader in clean room solutions. KÖTTERMANN´s business operatio ... more

analytica Vietnam continues to grow in terms of exhibitors, space and visitors

12-Apr-2019 analytica Vietnam 2019, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City from April 3 to 5, provided a twofold cause for celebration: The country's most important industry platform for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics, celebrated its tenth anniversary, marking the most suc ... more

Odd reaction creates a stir in the lab

Using certain stir bars can create laboratory errors

02-Apr-2019 The stirrers that mix cream into your coffee probably don't make much difference to the drink. But in a chemistry lab, it turns out using the wrong stirrer can skew the science. Rice University scientists have determined that stir bars made of PTFE, more commonly known as Teflon, can introd ... more

New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

Invention adds new dimension to fluorescent microscopy

20-Feb-2019 Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researcher ... more

First-hand expertise at the biggest ever analytica Vietnam

14-Feb-2019 analytica Vietnam 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City will be celebrating not just its tenth anniversary but also its biggest trade fair event yet. Approximately 130 exhibitors from 15 countries will be on show in the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from April 3 to 5, 2019. The exhibiti ... more

All news on lab technology

ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

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

AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

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

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index

23-Jan-2019 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has been included in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index (Global 100). This is Yokogawa’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices. Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Global 1 ... more

ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

27 companies were founded in 2018, more than any year previously

08-Jan-2019 In 2018, ETH Zurich achieved a new record high for the number of spin-offs founded: a total of 27 founding teams took the plunge into independence. While an average of 13 ETH spin-offs were founded per year from 2000 to 2010, the following decade has seen an average of 24 per year. For Detl ... more

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

10-Dec-2018 In the FOWINA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg have developed novel color sensors with a special microlens arrangement. The sensors can be realized directly on the chip and combine mu ... more

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

16-Oct-2018 Wyatt Technology announced that it has completed the acquisition of Superon GmbH, a manufacturer of Field Flow Fractionation (FFF) systems. Production, research and product development has been transferred to Wyatt’s Santa Barbara, CA headquarters which will enable the company to further en ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

Huber opens new subsidiary in China

10-Aug-2018 Huber continues its international expansion. In early August, the company opened a new sales office based in Guangzhou, China. The new subsidiary will serve end users and dealers in China under the name "Huber China". On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the opening ceremony of the new corporate b ... more

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

All news on mc

ABB-CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down

ABB names Peter Voser as interim CEO

18-Apr-2019 The Board of Directors of ABB and its CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer (55) have mutually agreed for him to step down from his role, which he has held since 2013. The Chairman of the Board, Peter Voser (61), will become interim CEO in addition to his current role, with immediate effect. An official s ... more

POWTECH and PARTEC host expert knowledge-sharing platform

15-Apr-2019 International representatives of almost all user segments will gather at POWTECH from 9 to 11 April, when 825 exhibitors from 35 countries showcase their innovations and best practices in six halls. Trade visitors to this leading show can also look forward to numerous presentations in the e ... more

Deep decarbonization of industry is possible with innovations

27-Mar-2019 On behalf of the EU Commission, Fraunhofer ISI explored what contribution individual technologies can make to decarbonizing industry and how to support them. The study shows that it is possible to cut emissions by 95% by 2050. However, this requires innovative carbon-neutral technologies an ... more

Smart glove for Industry 4.0

Connecting the physical hand to the virtual world

21-Mar-2019 Researchers at Saarland University have created an ultrathin flexible film that can act as a sensor for innovative technologies. Integrated within a glove, the new sensory film can communicate the current position of the wearer’s hand and fingers. By establishing a direct connection between ... more

KNF’s new building nears completion

Millions invested in growth

19-Mar-2019 Numerous guests gathered in the district of Munzingen, Freiburg for the topping-out ceremony on March 15, 2019. Together with the construction companies and architects carrying out the project, the staff and management of KNF Neuberger GmbH celebrated the end of the second stage of construc ... more

Research team uses artificial muscles to develop an air conditioner for the future

14-Mar-2019 It can be used to cool or heat the air in a room or to cool or heat liquids. And it looks like something that Q – the tech specialist and gadgeteer in the James Bond films – might have come up with. The prototype device, which has been developed by a research team led by Professors Stefan S ... more

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions receives award for digital services

12-Mar-2019 As part of a benchmarking study carried out by the University of St. Gallen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has been presented with the Successful Practice award for digital services. With the aim of identifying industry-leading solutions for data-based services the study examined the ap ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

Causes for defects in 3D printing

Paving way for better results

26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

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

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

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

  • Market

    Lifesavers in Demand: New Market Report on Flame Retardants

    08-May-2019 In the event of fire, additives can provide the decisive seconds for rescue. “Flame retardants delay the ignition of flammable materials such as plastics, textiles or wood,” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. “They slow down the spread of fire.” For the sixth time, Ceresana analyzed t ... more

    Green Dynamics: New Report on the Global Printing Inks Market

    26-Apr-2019 Digital printing and digitization of media: The market for printing inks is affected by disruptive changes but also offers new opportunities. “Even in countries where the total demand for printing inks is stagnating or declining, there are certain growth segments,” reports Oliver Kutsch, CE ... more

    Solid and Moldable: Further growth expected for the polystyrene and extruded polystyrene market

    24-Apr-2019 One of the oldest plastic types is still of great economic importance: about 90 years ago, polystyrene was first produced in Germany. To this day, most yogurt cups are made of polystyrene. Since 1950, polystyrene has also been foamed and marketed as, for example, “Styropor”. Ceresana examin ... more

  • Research

    The geometry of an electron determined for the first time

    23-May-2019 Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could ser ... more

    How to program materials

    Predict the properties of composite materials

    23-May-2019 Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry. Ali Gooneie ... more

    Original kilogram replaced

    New International System of Units (SI) entered into force

    23-May-2019 In addition to Ampere, Kelvin, Mol and Co., the kilogram also is now defined by a natural constant. In concrete terms, this means that the original kilogram, which has been the measure of all things for 130 years, has now served its purpose in Paris. This is made possible by the single crys ... more

  • Technology

    Making plastic recycling more efficient

    Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl named European Inventor Award 2019 finalists

    09-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Austrian inventors and businessmen Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl have been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as finalists in the category "Industry", for developing technology that efficiently recycles plastic waste into hig ... more

    BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

    27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

    Causes for defects in 3D printing

    Paving way for better results

    26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

  • Business

    BASF to build engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethanes plants at new Verbund site in Zhanjiang

    22-May-2019 BASF plans to build an engineering plastics compounding plant and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. These will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. By 2022, the new ... more

    5 start-ups receive the Paint the Future Award

    21-May-2019 Three exciting days of face-to-face collaboration with AkzoNobel experts have opened doors for international startups to "paint the future" with their innovations. Concluding the industry-first challenge, five startups were rewarded with Paint the Future Awards from AkzoNobel: SAS Nanotech ... more

    More sustainability in fertilizer production: thyssenkrupp to build new plant in Poland

    20-May-2019 thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area has received a new order for the construction of a fertilizer plant in Poland. The customer for the project is ANWIL, a subsidiary of PKN ORLEN, one of the largest oil industry corporations in Central and Eastern Europe from Poland. The new ... more

  • People

    Anno Borkowsky appointed to the LANXESS Board of Management

    Reorganization of the Additives business units

    15-May-2019 The Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG has appointed Anno Borkowsky (60) to the Board of Management of the specialty chemicals company, effective June 1, 2019. In his new role, Borkowsky, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, will take responsibility for the Specialty Additives segment. Currentl ... more

    Powering billions of devices

    Akira Yoshino named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

    10-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Japanese chemist and engineer Akira Yoshino has been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as one of three finalists in the category "Non-EPO countries" for his invention and refinement of the lithium-ion battery, which now powers bil ... more

    Honouring the inventor who brought single atoms into focus

    Maximilian Haider named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

    09-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Austrian experimental physicist and entrepreneur Maximilian Haider has been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as one of three finalists in the category "Lifetime achievement" for his pioneering technique to improve the resolution ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF to build engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethanes plants at new Verbund site in Zhanjiang

    22-May-2019 BASF plans to build an engineering plastics compounding plant and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. These will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. By 2022, the new ... more

    More sustainability in fertilizer production: thyssenkrupp to build new plant in Poland

    20-May-2019 thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area has received a new order for the construction of a fertilizer plant in Poland. The customer for the project is ANWIL, a subsidiary of PKN ORLEN, one of the largest oil industry corporations in Central and Eastern Europe from Poland. The new ... more

    Oxea Increases Isononanoic Acid Production Capacity at Oberhausen, Germany

    15-May-2019 The global chemical company Oxea successfully completed a debottleneck of its existing isononanoic acid production units in Oberhausen, Germany. The company will use the additional production capacity to support the growth of the global synthetic lubricants market. This debottlenecking proj ... more

  • Products

    Development of an Efficient Enantioselective Desymmetrization Strategy Using Recombinant Pig Liver Esterases

    14-May-2019 An economically significant process intensification for the efficient enzymatic synthesis of (1S,2R)-1-(methoxycarbonyl) cyclohex-4-ene-2-carboxylic acid was achieved by a careful adaption of the reaction mode to minimize mass transfer limitations. (1S,2R)-1-(methoxycarbonyl) cyclohex-4-ene ... more

    LANXESS to deploy artificial intelligence in product development

    Partnership with materials AI start-up

    09-May-2019 LANXESS is set to break new ground when it comes to the development of customer-specific high-performance plastics. By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, LANXES ... more

    Fraunhofer presents high-speed microscope with intuitive gesture control

    25-Apr-2019 The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a high-speed microscope for quality control of large-area objects for the semiconductor and electronics industries or for rapid testing of biological samples. The microscope digitizes samples with up to 500 frame ... more

  • Finances

    LANXESS: Stable business development in the first quarter of 2019 despite economic downturn

    14-May-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has made a solid start to the new fiscal year despite the weakening economy. In the first quarter of 2019, EBITDA pre exceptionals rose by 1.9 percent to EUR 275 million compared with EUR 270 million in the strong previous-year quarter. The main reasons f ... more

    Merck Confirms Forecast for Organic Performance in 2019

    Business in Asia drives Group organic growth

    14-May-2019 Merck significantly increased net sales in the first quarter of 2019, primarily on an organic basis. By contrast, EBITDA pre saw a slight organic decline and was adversely impacted by the absence of positive one-time effects from the previous year. Merck confirmed its full-year forecast for ... more

    Brenntag reports a solid first quarter 2019

    09-May-2019 Brenntag posted solid results in the first quarter of 2019. Its key performance indicators operating gross profit and operating EBITDA showed an increase at Group level. The growth in operating EBITDA is mainly attributable to the initial application of the new financial reporting standard ... more

  • Career

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

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

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

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

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

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

  • Cooperation

    LANXESS to deploy artificial intelligence in product development

    Partnership with materials AI start-up

    09-May-2019 LANXESS is set to break new ground when it comes to the development of customer-specific high-performance plastics. By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, LANXES ... more

    European Space Agency and Merck Expand Cooperation

    03-May-2019 Merck and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Letter of Intent to extend by a further two years their cooperation agreement from 2016. The two partners will continue to cooperate intensively in the fields of innovation, digitalization and materials research. With respect to innovation, ... more

    Daimler Teams Up with Sila Nanotechnologies on Next Generation Lithium-ion Battery Materials

    Innovative chemistry promises higher performance, faster charging and longer range than today’s batteries

    18-Apr-2019 Daimler AG has acquired a minority equity stake in U.S. battery material specialist Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. (Sila Nano) as part of its research and development activities. Founded in 2011, Sila Nano is a leading developer of new battery materials, which outperform existing lithium-ion te ... more

  • Laws

    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

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... 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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