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Bayer delivers robust performance despite pandemic

Foundation laid for future growth

26-Feb-2021 The Bayer Group delivered robust operational performance in 2020. “Our operational strength in these turbulent times shows just how resilient our businesses are, even during the pandemic,” said Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, on Thursday during the company’s Financial 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

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

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

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

Oxidation processes in combustion engines and in the atmosphere take the same routes

25-Feb-2021 Alkanes, an important component of fuels for combustion engines and an important class of urban trace gases, react via another reaction pathways than previously thought. These hydrocarbons, formerly called paraffins, thus produce large amounts of highly oxygenated compounds that can contrib ... more

Potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic toys

New research suggests that more than 100 chemicals found in plastic toy materials may pose possible health risks to children

25-Feb-2021 It has long been known that several chemicals used in plastic toys in different parts of the world can be harmful to human health. However, it is difficult for parents to figure out how to avoid plastic toys containing chemicals that may cause possible health risks to their children. Regula ... more

Choosing the right partner: Synthesis of a rare metal complex of nitrous oxide opens new vistas for the degradation of a potent greenhouse gas

25-Feb-2021 Like its chemical relative carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) is an important greenhouse gas and the dominant ozone-depleting substance emitted in the 21st Century. Consequently, strategies for limiting its emissions and its catalytic decomposition with metals are being developed. A ... more

Tuning electrode surfaces to optimize solar fuel production

An electrode material with modified surface atoms generates more electrical current, which drives the sunlight-powered reactions that split water into oxygen and hydrogen

24-Feb-2021 Scientists have demonstrated that modifying the topmost layer of atoms on the surface of electrodes can have a remarkable impact on the activity of solar water splitting. As they reported in Nature Energy on Feb. 18, bismuth vanadate electrodes with more bismuth on the surface (relative to ... more

Did Darwinian evolution begin before life itself?

How long-chain molecules are formed

24-Feb-2021 Before life emerged on Earth, many physicochemical processes on our planet were highly chaotic. A plethora of small compounds, and polymers of varying lengths, made up of subunits (such as the bases found in DNA and RNA), were present in every conceivable combination. Before life-like chemi ... more

First Tellurium-free thermoelectric modules for power generation for Low Temperatur Application

The replacement of the scarce element Tellurium makes the devices cheaper while remaining the performance

24-Feb-2021 More than 60% of the energy generated by burning fossil fuels is dissipated as waste heat, of which more than half is low-grade heat with temperatures below 300°C. Effective harnessing this low-grade heat to generate electricity is vital for alleviating the burden on the energy supply and r ... more

Magnetic effect without a magnet

Surprise in solid-state physics: The Hall effect, which normally requires magnetic fields, can also be generated in a completely different way – with extreme strength

23-Feb-2021 Electric current is deflected by a magnetic field – in conducting materials this leads to the so-called Hall effect. This effect is often used to measure magnetic fields. A surprising discovery has now been made at TU Wien, in collaboration with scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute ( ... more

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On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

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

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

Ultrafast Electron Dynamics in Space and Time

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

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

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

Researchers watch nanomaterials growing in real time

New world record in the temporal resolution achieved using GISAXS, a surface-sensitive scattering technique

17-Feb-2021 For the first time, a team of scientists has succeeded in capturing in real time the first few milliseconds in the life of a gold coating as it forms on a polymer. The team used DESY’s high-brilliance X-ray source PETRA III to observe the earliest stages in the growth of a metal-polymer hyb ... more

World's first video recording of a space-time crystal

Periodic pattern consisting of magnons is formed at room temperature

10-Feb-2021 A German-Polish research team has succeeded in creating a micrometer-sized space-time crystal consisting of magnons at room temperature. With the help of the scanning transmission X-ray microscope MAXYMUS at Bessy II at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, they were able to film the recurring periodic ... more

Inside the battery in 3D

Powerful X-rays watch solid state batteries charging and discharging

08-Feb-2021 Despite worldwide use of lithium batteries, the exact dynamics of their operation has remained elusive. X-rays have proven to be a powerful tool for peering inside of these batteries to see the changes that occur in real time. Using the ultrabright X-rays of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) ... more

New technology to detect bitter almonds in real time

02-Feb-2021 Who hasn't at some point been chewing on an almond and tasted an unpleasant and unexpected aftertaste that has nothing to do with the taste we are used to from one of the most consumed nuts in the world? The culprit has a name: amygdalin, a diglucoside that, when in contact with enzymes pre ... more

New ion trap to create the world's most accurate mass spectrometer

Higher accuracy for biological samples and complex mixtures

01-Feb-2021 Mass spectrometers are widely used to analyze highly complex chemical and biological mixtures. Skoltech scientists have developed a new version of a mass spectrometer that uses rotation frequencies of ionized molecules in strong magnetic fields to measure masses with higher accuracy (FT ICR ... 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

Optimal information about the invisible

How do you measure objects that you can't see under normal circumstances?

27-Jan-2021 Laser beams can be used to precisely measure an object’s position or velocity. Normally, however, a clear, unobstructed view of this object is required – and this prerequisite is not always satisfied. In biomedicine, for example, structures are examined, which are embedded in an irregular, ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Bayer delivers robust performance despite pandemic

Foundation laid for future growth

26-Feb-2021 The Bayer Group delivered robust operational performance in 2020. “Our operational strength in these turbulent times shows just how resilient our businesses are, even during the pandemic,” said Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, on Thursday during the company’s Financial 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

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

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

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

Oxidation processes in combustion engines and in the atmosphere take the same routes

25-Feb-2021 Alkanes, an important component of fuels for combustion engines and an important class of urban trace gases, react via another reaction pathways than previously thought. These hydrocarbons, formerly called paraffins, thus produce large amounts of highly oxygenated compounds that can contrib ... more

Potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic toys

New research suggests that more than 100 chemicals found in plastic toy materials may pose possible health risks to children

25-Feb-2021 It has long been known that several chemicals used in plastic toys in different parts of the world can be harmful to human health. However, it is difficult for parents to figure out how to avoid plastic toys containing chemicals that may cause possible health risks to their children. Regula ... more

Choosing the right partner: Synthesis of a rare metal complex of nitrous oxide opens new vistas for the degradation of a potent greenhouse gas

25-Feb-2021 Like its chemical relative carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) is an important greenhouse gas and the dominant ozone-depleting substance emitted in the 21st Century. Consequently, strategies for limiting its emissions and its catalytic decomposition with metals are being developed. A ... more

Tuning electrode surfaces to optimize solar fuel production

An electrode material with modified surface atoms generates more electrical current, which drives the sunlight-powered reactions that split water into oxygen and hydrogen

24-Feb-2021 Scientists have demonstrated that modifying the topmost layer of atoms on the surface of electrodes can have a remarkable impact on the activity of solar water splitting. As they reported in Nature Energy on Feb. 18, bismuth vanadate electrodes with more bismuth on the surface (relative to ... more

Did Darwinian evolution begin before life itself?

How long-chain molecules are formed

24-Feb-2021 Before life emerged on Earth, many physicochemical processes on our planet were highly chaotic. A plethora of small compounds, and polymers of varying lengths, made up of subunits (such as the bases found in DNA and RNA), were present in every conceivable combination. Before life-like chemi ... more

First Tellurium-free thermoelectric modules for power generation for Low Temperatur Application

The replacement of the scarce element Tellurium makes the devices cheaper while remaining the performance

24-Feb-2021 More than 60% of the energy generated by burning fossil fuels is dissipated as waste heat, of which more than half is low-grade heat with temperatures below 300°C. Effective harnessing this low-grade heat to generate electricity is vital for alleviating the burden on the energy supply and r ... more

Magnetic effect without a magnet

Surprise in solid-state physics: The Hall effect, which normally requires magnetic fields, can also be generated in a completely different way – with extreme strength

23-Feb-2021 Electric current is deflected by a magnetic field – in conducting materials this leads to the so-called Hall effect. This effect is often used to measure magnetic fields. A surprising discovery has now been made at TU Wien, in collaboration with scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute ( ... more

All news on chemistry

More sustainable recycling of plastics

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

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

Bioplastics in the sustainability dilemma

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

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

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

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

New route to chemically recyclable plastics

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

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

Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

A research team has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source

22-Jan-2021 A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source. The results of this research have been published in the Environmental Pollution journal. Wastewater ... more

New biodegradable polyurethane foams are developed from wheat straw

21-Jan-2021 Every year around 734 million tons of wheat straw are produced worldwide, a large amount of waste, which is cheap and has had no well-defined use until now. Recently, the RNM-271 Chemical Engineering and FQM-383 NANOVAL Organic Chemistry research groups at the University of Córdoba have bee ... more

Catalyst transforms plastic waste to valuable ingredients at low temperature

07-Jan-2021 For the first time, researchers have used a novel catalyst process to recycle a type of plastic found in everything from grocery bags and food packaging to toys and electronics into liquid fuels and wax. "Plastics are essential materials for our life because they bring safety and hygiene to ... more

Upcycling: new catalytic process turns plastic bags into adhesives

Converting polyethylene packaging into high-value products incentivizes plastics recycling

22-Dec-2020 While many cities and eight states have banned single-use plastics, bags and other polyethylene packaging still clog landfills and pollute rivers and oceans. One major problem with recycling polyethylene, which makes up one-third of all plastic production worldwide, is economic: Recycled ba ... more

Batteries, plastics, renewable raw materials: new ideas for the circular economy

BASF launches ambitious Circular Economy Program

11-Dec-2020 In a circular economy, the aim is to avoid waste, reuse products and recover resources. “Companies that can provide solutions for the transformation to a circular economy will have a crucial competitive advantage,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors a ... more

Bacteria use task division when breaking down plastic

Researchers outline mechanisms of marine bacterial communities degrading plastic materials

18-Nov-2020 A current study by Dr. Başak Öztürk and her team at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Braunschweig, Germany, investigated how marine organisms break down and utilise biologically degradable plastic. The researchers not only established ... more

All news on plastics

Sartorius closes 2020 with strong growth

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

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

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

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

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

LABVOLUTION moves from May to September

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

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

analytica China 2020 concludes successfully

More than 1,000 new products point to future trends

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

analytica 2020 with very good results in the digital format

Largest virtual platform of the laboratory industry

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

Strong profitable growth at Sartorius

Positive development of the Lab Products & Services Division

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

analytica Vietnam 2021 postponed from April to October

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

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

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

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

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

analytica conference 2020 for the first time virtual

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

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

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

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

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

All news on laborausstattung / laborbedarf

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

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

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

BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

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

New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

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

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

Digitalization of Production: Merck and Siemens Collaborate

Merck invests € 10 million in modular technical infrastructure

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

Keep safe and cool in the pool

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

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

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

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

Printed electronics to monitor industrial production processes

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

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

Novel virtual trade fair for the process industry

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

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

A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

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

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

Merck Invests in Artificial Intelligence Chip Startup SynSense in China

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

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

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LANXESS inaugurates nitrous oxide reduction plant in Antwerp

150,000 tons less CO2e emissions in the first phase

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

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

Investment in energy-efficient temperature control technology

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

Microreactor for synthesis with Grignard reagents

Continuous process control: faster, safer, cleaner

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

NETZSCH Invests 50 Million Euros in the Plant Centralization in Waldkraiburg

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

How to cool more efficiently

Scientists break new ground in future refrigeration

03-Dec-2020 In the journal Applied Physics Reviews, an international research team from the University of Barcelona, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), and TU Darmstadt report on possibilities for implementing more efficient and environmentally friendly refrigeration processes. For this p ... 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

ACHEMA postponed to 2022

DECHEMA wants to give exhibitors planning security

19-Nov-2020 ACHEMA 2021 will be postponed to April 4-8, 2022. This decision was taken after intensive discussions with the community and in the ACHEMA Committee in view of the continuing uncertainty caused by the Corona pandemic. From June 15-16, 2021, ACHEMA Pulse will offer the worldwide ACHEMA commu ... more

Siemens Energy partners with Linde Engineering to accelerate decarbonization efforts in the petrochemical sector

10-Nov-2020 The downstream oil and gas industry is under intense pressure to improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, comply with strict environmental regulations, and demonstrate that it can be part of a sustainable future. At the same time, plant operators face the ever-present chal ... more

Making gas leaks in the chemical industry visible from kilometres away

Grandperspective secures seed financing

23-Oct-2020 Over 30% of major leaks of toxic of flammable industrial gases remain undetected by gas sensors. Grandperspective develops with the scanfeldTM world’s first early warning solution monitoring entire chemical parks for gas leaks. The High-Tech Gründerfond (HTGF) finances this innovation in co ... more

Air Products and thyssenkrupp Sign Exclusive Strategic Cooperation Agreement

World-Scale Electrolysis Plants to Generate Green Hydrogen

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

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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

    On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

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

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

    Oxidation processes in combustion engines and in the atmosphere take the same routes

    25-Feb-2021 Alkanes, an important component of fuels for combustion engines and an important class of urban trace gases, react via another reaction pathways than previously thought. These hydrocarbons, formerly called paraffins, thus produce large amounts of highly oxygenated compounds that can contrib ... more

    Potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic toys

    New research suggests that more than 100 chemicals found in plastic toy materials may pose possible health risks to children

    25-Feb-2021 It has long been known that several chemicals used in plastic toys in different parts of the world can be harmful to human health. However, it is difficult for parents to figure out how to avoid plastic toys containing chemicals that may cause possible health risks to their children. Regula ... more

  • Technology

    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

    Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

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

  • Business

    "Crispr/Cas" for the chemical industry

    New Empa spin-off

    19-Feb-2021 After a successful career in research at Empa, Matthias Koebel has now ventured into the private sector and founded the start-up Siloxene. The young entrepreneur has a construction kit filled with a miracle material, a lot of know-how and – despite the general mood of crisis – a refreshing ... 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

    KRAHN Chemie further strengthens presence in Europe by acquiring companies based in Sweden, Great Britain and Spain

    17-Feb-2021 The KRAHN Chemie Group, which is part of the globally operating Otto Krahn Group, has acquired majority stakes in six companies from Jollis AB & Partners. “The acquisitions further expand our cooperation with existing top producers geographically but offer interesting new opportunities as w ... more

  • People

    chembid Strengthens Management with New CEO

    After Evonik joined chembid as an investor at the beginning of the year, the management team has also been expanded

    18-Feb-2021 Data is the centerpiece of chembid, the world's largest search engine and market intelligence platform for chemicals. Every day, chembid collects and analyzes millions of product and market data and provides them via the chembid platform as intelligent solutions for buyers and suppliers of ... more

    Brenntag completes Board of Management

    appointment of Ewout van Jarwaarde as Chief Transformation Officer

    17-Dec-2020 The Supervisory Board of Brenntag AG appointed Ewout van Jarwaarde as new Member of the Board of Management and Chief Transformation Officer (CTO). The 37-year-old Dutchman will take over the newly created position as CTO as of January 1, 2021 and will be responsible for the execution of th ... more

    Waters Corporation Appoints Pearl S. Huang to Board of Directors

    14-Dec-2020 Waters Corporation announced that Dr. Pearl S. Huang, President and CEO of Cygnal Therapeutics and venture partner at Flagship Pioneering, has been appointed as a Director of Waters Corporation, effective January 1, 2021.  “We are pleased to welcome Pearl to the Waters Board of Directors,” ... more

  • Manufacturing

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

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

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

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

    Investment in energy-efficient temperature control technology

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

    Linde to Build, Own and Operate World's Largest PEM Electrolyzer for Green Hydrogen

    14-Jan-2021 Linde announced it will build, own and operate the world's largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer plant at the Leuna Chemical Complex in Germany. The new 24-megawatt electrolyzer will produce green hydrogen to supply Linde's industrial customers through the company's existing p ... more

  • Products

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

    Evonik and Siemens Energy put pilot plant into operations

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

    Printed electronics to monitor industrial production processes

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

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

    Evonik wants to make green hydrogen more affordable

    Polymer chemistry is the key to efficient electrolysis

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

  • Finances

    Bayer delivers robust performance despite pandemic

    Foundation laid for future growth

    26-Feb-2021 The Bayer Group delivered robust operational performance in 2020. “Our operational strength in these turbulent times shows just how resilient our businesses are, even during the pandemic,” said Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, on Thursday during the company’s Financial N ... 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

  • 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

    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

    BASF and Siemens Energy to cooperate in the field of Carbon Management

    Strategic partnership for industrial use of low-CO2 technologies

    10-Feb-2021 As part of a strategic partnership, BASF and Siemens Energy plan to accelerate commercial implementation of new technologies designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions. By combining BASF’s technological expertise with Siemens Energy’s innovative product and services portfolio, BASF aims to ... more

    BASF and Eramet partner to assess the development of a nickel-cobalt refining complex to supply growing electric vehicle market

    17-Dec-2020 BASF and Eramet have signed an agreement to jointly assess the development of a state-of-the-art nickel and cobalt hydrometallurgical refining complex. Such a development would include a High-Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) plant and a Base Metal Refinery (BMR). The HPAL would be located in W ... 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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