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European Patent Office announces winners of the European Inventor Award 2021

Award winners come from Austria, Germany, India, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US

18-Jun-2021 The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2021, its prestigious annual innovation prize.  The individuals and teams were recognised for their innovative contributions in the fields of nasal drug delivery, DNA-based data storage, nanomaterials in d ... more

IPO of Wintershall Dea will be targeted post 2021

“Strategically, BASF remains fully committed to divest its share in Wintershall Dea”

18-Jun-2021 With the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG in May 2019, two companies with a long tradition have formed the independent natural gas and oil company Wintershall Dea. Based on the current market conditions, the shareholders of Wintershall Dea – BASF and LetterOne – ... more

How a bath sponge becomes a bio-based industrial filter

New material can be reused many times over

18-Jun-2021 Researchers at TU Bergakademie Freiberg developed an innovative material from a cultured marine sponge. When the fibers of the sponge react with a copper-containing ammonia solution, such as that found in the electronics industry, the mineral atacamite is formed. This mineral, which occurs ... more

Researchers uncover unique properties of a promising new superconductor

Material could be used in future quantum computing applications

18-Jun-2021 An international team of physicists led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that a unique superconducting metal is more resilient when used as a very thin layer. The research is the first step toward a larger goal of understanding unconventional superconducting states in materials ... more

Machine Learning Speeds up Simulations in Material Science

Faster and More Accurate Methods Come in Useful in Various Applications from Energy Storage to Medicines

17-Jun-2021 Research, development, and production of novel materials depend heavily on the availability of fast and at the same time accurate simulation methods. Machine learning, in which artificial intelligence (AI) autonomously acquires and applies new knowledge, will soon enable researchers to deve ... more

Semiconductor technology mitigates fire risk in electric vehicle batteries

Convergence of semiconductor physics and electrochemistry leads to effective inhibition of dendrite formation using semiconducting passivation layers

17-Jun-2021 Despite rapid development of electric vehicles (EVs), the safety of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries remains a concern as they are as a fire and explosion risk. Among the various approaches to tackle this issue, Korean researchers have used semiconductor technology to improve the safety o ... more

Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread'

17-Jun-2021 Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. Scientists teste ... more

Clariant divests its Pigments business

Closing anticipated in the first half of 2022

16-Jun-2021 Clariant announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depen ... more

Scientists discover how oxygen loss saps a lithium-ion battery's voltage

Measuring the process in unprecedented detail gives them clues to how to minimize the problem and protect battery performance

16-Jun-2021 When lithium ions flow in and out of a battery electrode during charging and discharging, a tiny bit of oxygen seeps out and the battery's voltage - a measure of how much energy it delivers - fades an equally tiny bit. The losses mount over time, and can eventually sap the battery's energy ... more

Eco-friendly technology to produce energy from textile waste

Scientists from Lithuania proposed a method to convert lint-microfibers found in clothes dryers into energy

16-Jun-2021 A team of scientists from Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian Energy Institute proposed a method to convert lint-microfibers found in clothes dryers into energy. They not only constructed a pilot pyrolysis plant but also developed a mathematical model to calculate possible econom ... more

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Easy detection of materials

Low-cost, mobile near-infra-red spectrometer provides information about different substances

14-Jun-2021 Sugar or sweetener? Cotton or wool? Fake or genuine? At first glance, the average consumer finds it hard to tell the substances that food or textile products actually contain. Equipment which uses infra-red measurement to identify materials can provide quick answers to these questions, thou ... more

Lead Halide Perovskites – a Horse of a Different Color

Novel spectroscopic technique developed

09-Jun-2021 In a joint experimental and theoretical effort between Lund University (Sweden), the Russian Academy of Science (Russia), and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden at Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), researchers developed a novel spectroscopic technique for the study of char ... more

Enantiomorph distribution maps for metals and metallic alloys

07-Jun-2021 The spatially resolved determination of which of the two enantiomorphic structural variants - the left-handed or the right-handed - of a chiral phase is present in a polycrystalline material is the focus of a publication in Science Advances. With the EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) ... more

Verder Scientific acquires Mager Scientific

The acquisition will greatly improve Verder Scientific’s impact on the US market

04-Jun-2021 Verder Scientific has formally agreed to acquire all shares of the US company Mager Scientific Inc. Mager Scientific is the distributor of metallographic and hardness testing equipment in the USA and represents the QATM product lines for metallographic preparation and hardness testing since ... more

New insights into switchable MOF structures

03-Jun-2021 Metal-organic framework compounds (MOFs) are widely used in gas storage, material separation, sensor technology or catalysis. A team led by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaskel, TU Dresden, has now investigated a special class of these MOFs at the MX beamlines of BESSY II. These are "switchable" MOFs th ... more

Miniature material analysis sensors on the way to mass production

Senorics raises more than 8 million Euro

31-May-2021 The Dresden high tech company Senorics has closed an 8 million € pre-series A  financing round. The money allows for the necessary investments to scale the innovative material analysis sensor technology for the industrial market. The circle of investors was joined by FIDURA Private Equity a ... more

Soft X-ray method promises nanocarrier breakthroughs

Before the huge potential of tiny nanocarriers for highly targeted drug delivery and environmental clean-up can be realized, scientists first need to be able to see them

27-May-2021 Currently researchers have to rely on attaching fluorescent dyes or heavy metals to label parts of organic nanocarrier structures for investigation, often changing them in the process. A new technique using chemically-sensitive "soft" X-rays offers a simpler, non-disruptive way of gaining i ... more

Crystalline supermirrors for trace gas detection in environmental science and medicine

Analysis of particularly complex gas mixtures with unprecedented accuracy

25-May-2021 In an international cooperation with partners from industry and research, physicists from the University of Vienna, together with Thorlabs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the University of Kansas, have now succeeded for the first time in demonstrating high-pe ... more

Making the invisible visible

New method for studying atomic structures in material surfaces

21-May-2021 Researchers from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the University of California Berkeley and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris use intense laser light in the extreme ultraviolet spectrum to generate a non-linear optical process on a laboratory scale – a process which until now has only ... more

ZEISS Reports Successful Start to Fiscal Year

ZEISS Group successfully navigates pandemic thanks to broad portfolio and global structure

21-May-2021 The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2020/21 (ended 31 March 2021). It saw its revenue rise by 6 percent (adjusted for currency fluctuations, by 9 percent) to 3.406 billion euros (previous year: 3.213 billion euros). Around 90% of this sum was generate ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

European Patent Office announces winners of the European Inventor Award 2021

Award winners come from Austria, Germany, India, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US

18-Jun-2021 The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2021, its prestigious annual innovation prize.  The individuals and teams were recognised for their innovative contributions in the fields of nasal drug delivery, DNA-based data storage, nanomaterials in d ... more

IPO of Wintershall Dea will be targeted post 2021

“Strategically, BASF remains fully committed to divest its share in Wintershall Dea”

18-Jun-2021 With the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG in May 2019, two companies with a long tradition have formed the independent natural gas and oil company Wintershall Dea. Based on the current market conditions, the shareholders of Wintershall Dea – BASF and LetterOne – ... more

How a bath sponge becomes a bio-based industrial filter

New material can be reused many times over

18-Jun-2021 Researchers at TU Bergakademie Freiberg developed an innovative material from a cultured marine sponge. When the fibers of the sponge react with a copper-containing ammonia solution, such as that found in the electronics industry, the mineral atacamite is formed. This mineral, which occurs ... more

Researchers uncover unique properties of a promising new superconductor

Material could be used in future quantum computing applications

18-Jun-2021 An international team of physicists led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that a unique superconducting metal is more resilient when used as a very thin layer. The research is the first step toward a larger goal of understanding unconventional superconducting states in materials ... more

Machine Learning Speeds up Simulations in Material Science

Faster and More Accurate Methods Come in Useful in Various Applications from Energy Storage to Medicines

17-Jun-2021 Research, development, and production of novel materials depend heavily on the availability of fast and at the same time accurate simulation methods. Machine learning, in which artificial intelligence (AI) autonomously acquires and applies new knowledge, will soon enable researchers to deve ... more

Semiconductor technology mitigates fire risk in electric vehicle batteries

Convergence of semiconductor physics and electrochemistry leads to effective inhibition of dendrite formation using semiconducting passivation layers

17-Jun-2021 Despite rapid development of electric vehicles (EVs), the safety of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries remains a concern as they are as a fire and explosion risk. Among the various approaches to tackle this issue, Korean researchers have used semiconductor technology to improve the safety o ... more

Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread'

17-Jun-2021 Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. Scientists teste ... more

Clariant divests its Pigments business

Closing anticipated in the first half of 2022

16-Jun-2021 Clariant announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depen ... more

Scientists discover how oxygen loss saps a lithium-ion battery's voltage

Measuring the process in unprecedented detail gives them clues to how to minimize the problem and protect battery performance

16-Jun-2021 When lithium ions flow in and out of a battery electrode during charging and discharging, a tiny bit of oxygen seeps out and the battery's voltage - a measure of how much energy it delivers - fades an equally tiny bit. The losses mount over time, and can eventually sap the battery's energy ... more

Active Platinum Species

Catalytic high-temperature oxidations: Individual atom or metal cluster?

15-Jun-2021 Highly dispersed platinum catalysts provide new possibilities for industrial processes, such as the flameless combustion of methane, propane, or carbon monoxide, which has fewer emissions and is more resource efficient and consistent than conventional combustion. In the journal Angewandte C ... more

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Bacteria serves tasty solution to global plastic crisis

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution -- by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

14-Jun-2021 Researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study reveals. Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of va ... more

Polypropylene recycling from carpet waste

Now possible thanks to a new process

04-Jun-2021 A significant part of carpet waste consists of petroleum-based polypropylene. As a non-recyclable product, disposing of it has previously meant incineration or landfill. However, a new solvent is now making it possible to recover virgin-standard polypropylene from carpet waste — with no per ... more

Enzymes successfully embedded in plastics

Self-cleaning plastics are just the beginning - The potentials this creates are enormous

03-Jun-2021 In general, plastics are processed at way over a hundred degrees Celsius. Enzymes, by contrast, cannot usually withstand these high temperatures. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP have managed to reconcile these contradictions: They are able to embed e ... more

An exceptional approach to solving the plastic problem convinced investors

Woodly Ltd. has raised EUR 3 million in growth funding

01-Jun-2021 Woodly Ltd., Finnish developer of wood based plastic, has raised EUR 3 million in growth funding for the commercialisation and internationalisation of their product innovation. “In recent years, plastic has become a bogeyman, the use of which many would like to abandon altogether, or at lea ... more

How chemicals in plastic may cause lower IQ levels

The effects of environmental chemicals at the molecular level

25-May-2021 The chemical bisphenol F (found in plastics) can induce changes in a gene that is vital for neurological development. This discovery was made by researchers at the universities of Uppsala and Karlstad, Sweden. The mechanism could explain why exposure to this chemical during the fetal stage ... more

New technology converts waste plastics to jet fuel in an hour

Catalytic process to efficiently convert polyethylene to jet fuel and high-value lubricants

19-May-2021 Washington State University researchers have developed an innovative way to convert plastics to ingredients for jet fuel and other valuable products, making it easier and more cost effective to reuse plastics. The researchers in their reaction were able to convert 90% of plastic to jet fuel ... more

Holistically sustainable alternative for plastics and bioplastics

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

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

Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics

Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner named European Inventor Award 2021 finalists

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

Nanoplastics – an underestimated problem?

Tiny plastic particles in the environment

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

Microcapsules enable self-lubricating plastics

Plastic components with longer service life

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

All news on plastics

An AI Robot for Pipetting

Researchers from the University of Freiburg have received an EXIST grant for their goodBot startup

31-May-2021 Pipettes are important tools for scientists when transporting liquids in medical, pharmaceutical, biology, and chemistry laboratories. Using pipettes precisely is especially important when repeating experiments. The University of Freiburg researchers Julius Wiener, Tobias Zundel, and Oliver ... more

Eppendorf achieves record revenue and best result in the company’s history in 2020

Revenue rises by 20.3% to €967.2 million in 2020

06-May-2021 In fiscal year 2020, Eppendorf AG succeeded in posting record revenue of €967 million (prior year: €804 million) – a significant year-on-year increase of 20.3% (prior year: 10.2%). EBIT likewise saw a sharp rise of €73.5 million to €217.7 million (prior year: €144.2 million), representing a ... more

New dimension for efficient laboratory work

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward ramps up Series B financing to >€8.5 million in second closing

06-May-2021 With the successful completion of a second closing, Labforward adds >€3m to the Series B from January, bringing the total funds raised to >€8.5m. The majority of the new investment comes from the Fielmann Family Office, majority owner of the leading German family business of the same name t ... more

LabVantage Solutions Names Digital Transformation Veteran Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer

29-Mar-2021 LabVantage Solutions, Inc. announced the appointment of Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hagstroem brings LabVantage almost 30 years of experience as a pioneer and expert in digital transformation, helping global enterprises harness data and analytics to reimagine their busi ... more

Lab supplies out of the 3D printer

LAUDA invests in Better Basics start-up

18-Mar-2021 LAUDA will cooperate with Better Basics Laborbedarf GmbH (BBL). The Dresden-based company, founded in 2019, develops, manufactures and sells smart basic equipment for laboratories that simplifies the organization of laboratory workstations and supports laboratory employees in their daily wo ... more

Sartorius closes 2020 with strong growth

Group management raises sales target for 2025 to about 5 billion euros

29-Jan-2021 Sartorius recorded high growth according to preliminary figures in 2020 due to strong organic development, several acquisitions and the additional momentum from business related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Group closed the year with significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenu ... more

Leverage the huge potential that lies dormant in the vast amounts of lab data generated daily

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

12-Jan-2021 Labforward has closed a new financing round. The laboratory equipment manufacturers Tecan and 2mag as well as existing investor Peppermint Venture Partners are investing more than € 5 million in the laboratory software company with headquarters in Berlin. Laboratories face the challenge of ... more

LABVOLUTION moves from May to September

While preparations for LABVOLUTION 2021 are already well advanced, the trade show for the smart laboratory plays it safe

25-Nov-2020 In September, the current situation will be less critical - this is the opinion of the vast majority of LABVOLUTION exhibitors. Although there would have been an elaborate security concept for the original date in May, the organizers of Deutsche Messe AG are now postponing the trade show fo ... more

analytica China 2020 concludes successfully

More than 1,000 new products point to future trends

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

analytica 2020 with very good results in the digital format

Largest virtual platform of the laboratory industry

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

All news on laboratory equipment / laboratory supplies

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

11-Jun-2021 In recent years, UWT GmbH has built up many new customer relationships in a wide variety of countries and regions, opened up new sales channels and gained valuable, competent employees for the company. In order to meet the associated growing challenges with a stable, future-oriented organiz ... more

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

Miniature material analysis sensors on the way to mass production

Senorics raises more than 8 million Euro

31-May-2021 The Dresden high tech company Senorics has closed an 8 million € pre-series A  financing round. The money allows for the necessary investments to scale the innovative material analysis sensor technology for the industrial market. The circle of investors was joined by FIDURA Private Equity a ... more

ZEISS Reports Successful Start to Fiscal Year

ZEISS Group successfully navigates pandemic thanks to broad portfolio and global structure

21-May-2021 The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2020/21 (ended 31 March 2021). It saw its revenue rise by 6 percent (adjusted for currency fluctuations, by 9 percent) to 3.406 billion euros (previous year: 3.213 billion euros). Around 90% of this sum was generate ... more

Energy-saving gas turbines from the 3D printer

Neutrons "see" internal stress in components from additive manufacturing

27-Apr-2021 3D printing has opened up a completely new range of possibilities. One example is the production of novel turbine buckets. However, the 3D printing process often induces internal stress in the components which can in the worst case lead to cracks. Now a research team has succeeded in using ... more

Hunting out hidden hydrogen: novel holey nanosheets for detecting hydrogen gas leaks

Scientists develop hydrogen sensors with holey zinc oxide "nanosheets" to prevent accidents from hydrogen gas leaks

15-Dec-2020 In recent years, hydrogen (H2) has emerged as the best option for clean energy in our pursuit of an alternative fuel for mitigating environmental problems such as global warming. Hailed as "batteries of the future," H2 fuel cells are touted as the fuel for the future generation. While this ... more

BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

14-Dec-2020 ZEISS and BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY (BOSELLO) announce that the Italian supplier of solutions for industrial X-ray systems, is now fully part of the ZEISS Group and will operate under the name Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl. In 2018, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in BOSELLO to strengthen ... more

New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

Light-activated sensor delivers precision results at room temperature: For medical applications and hydrogen economy

07-Dec-2020 Inspired by the surface of butterfly wings, researchers have developed a light-activated hydrogen sensor that produces ultra-precise results at room temperature. The technology can detect hydrogen leaks well before they pose safety risks and can measure tiny amounts of the gas on people's b ... more

Digitalization of Production: Merck and Siemens Collaborate

Merck invests € 10 million in modular technical infrastructure

27-Nov-2020 Merck announced a collaborative partnership with Siemens for the digitalization of production. This partnership is to result in the development of a process control system for the modular production of innovative materials and products for the electronics, pharmaceutical and life science in ... more

Keep safe and cool in the pool

Novel chip sensor quickly and continuously does all the work of a chemistry laboratory

03-Aug-2020 A new microchip that enables continuous monitoring of pH and chlorine levels in swimming pools will vastly improve water safety and hygiene for more than 2.7 million Australians as new research shows it can deliver consistent and accurate pool chemistry for reliable pool management. Develop ... more

All news on mc

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

11-Jun-2021 In recent years, UWT GmbH has built up many new customer relationships in a wide variety of countries and regions, opened up new sales channels and gained valuable, competent employees for the company. In order to meet the associated growing challenges with a stable, future-oriented organiz ... more

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

"Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects

Learning evolutionary tricks from sharks and butterflies: Fraunhofer IWS Dresden spins off lasertech company

20-May-2021 A researcher team from industry and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”. The company aims to bring lotus effects and other functional microstructures from nature to technical surfaces such as air wings and ... more

Finalists of the ACHEMA Start-up Award selected

14-Apr-2021 Ten start-ups have made it to the finals of the ACHEMA Start-Up Award. The range of technologies is as broad as the topical range of the process industry and covers sustainability analysis, Point of Care tests, electrosynthesis and antibody isolation as well as transport systems for oligonu ... more

Glass injection molding

Researchers succeed in producing rapid, cost-effective and environmentally friendly material

13-Apr-2021 Glass is ubiquitous, from high-tech products in the fields of optics, telecommunications, chemistry and medicine to everyday objects such as bottles and windows. However, shaping glass is mainly based on processes such as melting, grinding or etching. These processes are decades old, techno ... more

Merger of Heidelberg Instruments and Multiphoton Optics

06-Apr-2021 Multiphoton Optics GmbH has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH. The pooling of development capabilities and technologies for producing microstructures further underscores the global importance of research, development and production of direct-writin ... more

LAUDA founds its own company for innovations outside its core business

Support and supervision of young companies

06-Apr-2021 LAUDA DR.LAUDA R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG is encouraging innovation within the LAUDA Group. new.degree GmbH, a new, wholly owned LAUDA subsidiary, was founded at the beginning of the year to deal with temperature control-related innovation activities outside the present core business. The new ... more

BASF, SABIC and Linde join forces to realize the world’s first electrically heated steam cracker furnace

CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 90% in future large-scale applications

25-Mar-2021 BASF, SABIC and Linde have signed a joint agreement to develop and demonstrate solutions for electrically heated steam cracker furnaces. The partners have already jointly worked on concepts to use renewable electricity instead of the fossil fuel gas typically used for the heating process. W ... more

'Opposite action' could improve industrial gas separation

A design concept changes how materials separate gaseous mixtures

22-Mar-2021 A more energy-efficient method improves how an industrial gas is purified by reversing the traditional process. The concept was developed and successfully tested by scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan and colleagues.Acetylene is ... more

LANXESS inaugurates nitrous oxide reduction plant in Antwerp

150,000 tons less CO2e emissions in the first phase

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

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  • Price Development

    ICIS global Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunges to November 2003 level

    11-May-2020 The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunged in April as the impact of the falling oil price and coronavirus-driven demand destruction slammed the sector. The global index stands at a level last seen in November 2003 and is just below that in January 2009. Each of the regional components of ... more

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

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

  • Market

    When will graphene-based applications be available on the mass market?

    27-Jan-2021 What happened to the promised applications of graphene and related materials? Thanks to initiatives like the European Union’s Graphene Flagship and heavy investments by leading industries, graphene manufacturing is mature enough to produce prototypes and some real-life niche applications. N ... more

    What do EU citizens think about nanomaterials?

    Survey shows that citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials and increased awareness of the risks and benefits of products containing nanomaterials

    17-Nov-2020 A study, commissioned by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), measured and analysed how citizens in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France and Poland perceive nanomaterials and their potential risks to our health and the environment. It found that despite manufactured nanomaterials bein ... more

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

    Race for COVID-19 vaccine

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

  • Research

    European Patent Office announces winners of the European Inventor Award 2021

    Award winners come from Austria, Germany, India, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US

    18-Jun-2021 The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2021, its prestigious annual innovation prize.  The individuals and teams were recognised for their innovative contributions in the fields of nasal drug delivery, DNA-based data storage, nanomaterials in d ... more

    How a bath sponge becomes a bio-based industrial filter

    New material can be reused many times over

    18-Jun-2021 Researchers at TU Bergakademie Freiberg developed an innovative material from a cultured marine sponge. When the fibers of the sponge react with a copper-containing ammonia solution, such as that found in the electronics industry, the mineral atacamite is formed. This mineral, which occurs ... more

    Researchers uncover unique properties of a promising new superconductor

    Material could be used in future quantum computing applications

    18-Jun-2021 An international team of physicists led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that a unique superconducting metal is more resilient when used as a very thin layer. The research is the first step toward a larger goal of understanding unconventional superconducting states in materials ... more

  • Technology

    Evonik and InnovationLab bring new battery technology to the market

    Printed solid-state batteries impress with their long cycle life

    23-Mar-2021 Evonik presents at the virtual exhibition LOPEC a new material technology for printable batteries. Together with the company InnovationLab, the specialty chemicals group proves the integration of TAeTTOOz® technology in printed electronics to open up new applications. TAeTTOOz® was develop ... more

    A sharper look at the interior of semiconductors

    A research team is developing a high-resolution imaging technique that can be used to determine internal structures in materials and their chemical composition in a non-destructive manner and with nanometre precision

    19-Feb-2021 Images provide information – what we can observe with our own eyes enables us to understand. Constantly expanding the field of perception into dimensions that are initially hidden from the naked eye, drives science forward. Today, increasingly powerful microscopes let us see into the cells ... more

    High-tech start-ups benefit from Twitter hype

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

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

  • Business

    European Patent Office announces winners of the European Inventor Award 2021

    Award winners come from Austria, Germany, India, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US

    18-Jun-2021 The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2021, its prestigious annual innovation prize.  The individuals and teams were recognised for their innovative contributions in the fields of nasal drug delivery, DNA-based data storage, nanomaterials in d ... more

    IPO of Wintershall Dea will be targeted post 2021

    “Strategically, BASF remains fully committed to divest its share in Wintershall Dea”

    18-Jun-2021 With the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG in May 2019, two companies with a long tradition have formed the independent natural gas and oil company Wintershall Dea. Based on the current market conditions, the shareholders of Wintershall Dea – BASF and LetterOne – ... more

    Clariant divests its Pigments business

    Closing anticipated in the first half of 2022

    16-Jun-2021 Clariant announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depen ... more

  • People

    UWT managing director expands management team

    A dynamic trio for a stable future

    11-Jun-2021 In recent years, UWT GmbH has built up many new customer relationships in a wide variety of countries and regions, opened up new sales channels and gained valuable, competent employees for the company. In order to meet the associated growing challenges with a stable, future-oriented organiz ... more

    Evonik: Supervisory board extends contract with Christian Kullmann

    Kullmann will head the specialty chemicals company for another five years

    03-Jun-2021 Christian Kullmann, who has been chairman of Evonik's executive board since May 2017, will head this Essen-based specialty chemicals company for another five years. At its meeting today, the supervisory board extended Kullmann's contract until May 2027. “Christian Kullmann has shown excelle ... more

    LabVantage Solutions Names Digital Transformation Veteran Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer

    29-Mar-2021 LabVantage Solutions, Inc. announced the appointment of Mikael Hagstroem as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hagstroem brings LabVantage almost 30 years of experience as a pioneer and expert in digital transformation, helping global enterprises harness data and analytics to reimagine their busi ... more

  • Manufacturing

    BASF expands global PGM refining capacity, further driving circular economy business

    17-May-2021 BASF announced the expansion of its Seneca, South Carolina, USA, Platinum Group Metals (PGM) refining facility. The company will invest double-digit millions in capital improvements to increase refining capacity to recycle precious metals from spent catalysts such as automotive catalytic co ... more

    New ISO C4 plant in Burghausen/Germany starts production

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

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

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

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

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

  • Products

    Many researchers are familiar with the problem: Before there are any new findings, there is an unknown measuring device

    "SweepMe!" simplifies the use of measuring devices

    28-Apr-2021 In order to control it, different libraries, protocols and command sets need to be followed. If you ever have to combine several devices from different manufacturers, you virtually have to take an additional course in computer science. This is because, in each case, a separate software is r ... more

    Evonik and InnovationLab bring new battery technology to the market

    Printed solid-state batteries impress with their long cycle life

    23-Mar-2021 Evonik presents at the virtual exhibition LOPEC a new material technology for printable batteries. Together with the company InnovationLab, the specialty chemicals group proves the integration of TAeTTOOz® technology in printed electronics to open up new applications. TAeTTOOz® was develop ... more

    Outdoor pants made of old tires

    Polyamides based on chemically recycled tires form the basis for robust outdoor pants

    23-Mar-2021 Recycled pants based on old tires: The new product line of the outdoor apparel company VAUDE which will be available in stores from March 2022, does not only stands out due to its timeless design, robust material and simple reparability – the pants are also sustainable, as chemically recycl ... more

  • Finances

    Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

    Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

    10-Jun-2021 The first German start-up worth ten billion dollars was launched at TUM: after crossing this threshold, Celonis is now the second most valuable start-up in Europe. The provider of software that helps companies analyze and improve their business processes was established by three students wi ... more

    Biesterfeld: Successful 2020 financial year despite COVID-19 crisis

    10-Jun-2021 The Biesterfeld Group continued its successful track record of business development in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The family-owned company based in Hamburg saw a decline in sales, but it still generated total revenues in the amount of €1.03 billion. Thanks to its effective cost man ... more

    Origin.Bio secures $15 million funding to help manufacturers create a more sustainable future

    Start-up connects bioengineers with nature to hack entirely new organisms, freeing manufacturers from petrochemical dependency

    02-Jun-2021 Origin.Bio-- a synthetic biology company that replicates and improves ingredients from traditional chemical industrialisation processes, freeing manufacturers from petrochemical dependency -- today announces a $15m funding round led by EQT Ventures. Existing investor BlueYard Capital also p ... more

  • Career

    Brenntag will implement global transformation program

    Reduction of about 1,300 jobs globally intended over the next two years

    28-Oct-2020 The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Brenntag AG decided about the scope of Project Brenntag, the company’s comprehensive transformation program, that is expected to deliver a sustainable annual contribution of additional operating EBITDA of 220 million EUR in total, which will ... more

    BASF plans realignment of Global Business Services unit

    Headcount in Global Business Services will decline by up to 2,000 worldwide by end of 2022

    23-Sep-2020 BASF’s Global Business Services unit is being further developed. The division was established as of January 1, 2020, as part of the implementation of BASF’s corporate strategy. As of that date, around 8,400 employees worldwide transferred to Global Business Services and since then have been ... more

    New site agreement for BASF: No forced redundancies

    Average annual investment of at least €1.5 billion until 2025

    07-May-2020 The company management and employee representatives at BASF SE signed a new site agreement. Entitled “Living the new BASF together!”, the agreement applies to the approximately 34,000 employees of BASF SE at the Ludwigshafen site. It will run for five and a half years (from June 1, 2020 unt ... more

  • Cooperation

    BASF and RWE plan to cooperate on new technologies for climate protection

    Letter of intent focuses on climate-neutral chemical industry and CO2-free hydrogen

    25-May-2021 Dr. Martin Brudermüller (BASF) and Dr. Markus Krebber (RWE), accompanied by Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (IG BCE) Michael Vassiliadis presented a project idea that shows how industrial production can become sustainable and future-proof. The project envisions ... more

    BASF gains access to Chinese CAM market

    BASF and Shanshan to form a joint venture serving the largest battery materials market, China

    21-May-2021 BASF and Shanshan, a leading lithium-ion battery materials supplier serving both the e-mobility and the consumer electronics (CE) market, have agreed to form a BASF majority-owned joint venture (BASF: 51%; Shanshan: 49%) to produce cathode active materials (CAM) and precursors (PCAM) in Chi ... more

    White biotechnology enables carbon recycling

    LanzaTech and BASF achieve first milestone in utilizing industrial off-gases for chemical production

    14-May-2021 Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been able to produce n-octanol at laboratory scale from ... more

  • Laws

    Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

    ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

    08-Feb-2021 At the request of the European Commission, ECHA has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead projectiles for hunting and outdoor sports shooting as well as lead used in fishing sinkers and lures.The Agency concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified. ... more

    Roadmap to address substances of very high concern complete

    Systematic screening of registered substances has been key in identifying new chemicals of concern

    05-Feb-2021 ECHA has today published a brochure summarising the achievements of the SVHC 2020 Roadmap, following its completion. The goal of the SVHC Roadmap was to identify all relevant, currently known substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and include them on the Candidate List by 2020. SVHCs are c ... more

    22 hazardous chemicals added to EU regulation on imports and exports

    27-Jul-2020 Exporters of the substances now have to notify their designated national authority before exporting them. In most cases, consent from the importing country is also needed. In addition, exports from the EU of a series of mercury-containing articles, such as fluorescent lamps, have also been ... more

  • Politics

    What the Biden-Harris administration means for chemistry

    The new administration has inherited a global pandemic and worsening climate change, among other science-related issues

    10-Feb-2021 The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris marks a new era for science policy in the U.S. and beyond. The new administration has inherited a global pandemic and worsening climate change, among other science-related issues. A cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly ... more

    Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

    ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

    08-Feb-2021 At the request of the European Commission, ECHA has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead projectiles for hunting and outdoor sports shooting as well as lead used in fishing sinkers and lures.The Agency concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified. ... more

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

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