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Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

06-Dec-2019 A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ... more

Properties of graphene change due to water and oxygen

06-Dec-2019 We often find that food becomes rotten when we leave it outside for long and fruits turn brown after they are peeled or cut. Such phenomena can be easily seen in our daily life and they illustrate the oxidation-reduction reaction. The fundamental principle controlling physical properties of ... more

Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

06-Dec-2019 Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ... more

Electron correlations in carbon nanostructures

Behaviour of electrons in graphene nanoribbons elucidated

05-Dec-2019 New materials are needed to further reduce the size of electronic components and thus make devices such as laptops and smartphones faster and more efficient. Tiny nanostructures of the novel material graphene are promising in this respect. Graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms ... more

Two chiral catalysts working hand in hand

Chemists develop a synthetic method providing access to different stereoisomers of a molecule

05-Dec-2019 Just as our left hand is not superposable to our right hand, the mirror image of certain molecules cannot be overlapped onto it, even when turned or twisted. These two mirror images are referred to by chemists as enantiomers and the molecule is said to be chiral. Chirality, which is a word ... more

Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

05-Dec-2019 Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades u ... more

New primary method for the measurement of pressure based on electrical measurements carried out on helium gas

04-Dec-2019 Scientists from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have implemented a novel pressure measurement method, quasi as a byproduct of the work on the "new" kelvin. In addition to being new, this procedure is a primary method, i.e. it only depends on natural constants. As an independ ... more

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Argentina

04-Dec-2019 Evonik plans to increase its capacity for sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility from 60,000 metric tons up to 90,000 metric tons until 2021. The expansion is driven by growing demand for biodiesel in South America, mainly Argentina and Brazil. Sodium methylate is an important ca ... more

Solving the thermoelectric 'trade-off' conundrum with metallic carbon nanotubes

04-Dec-2019 Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have used aligned "metallic" carbon nanotubes to create a device which converts heat to electrical energy (a thermoelectric device) with a higher power output than pure semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in random networks. The new device by ... more

Bayer completes sale of Currenta stake

Further step in Bayer’s efforts to sharpen focus on core business

03-Dec-2019 Bayer has completed the sale of its 60 percent stake in chemical park operator Currenta to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The two companies had entered into an agreement to this effect back in August. The closing conditions, including approval by the respo ... more

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New primary method for the measurement of pressure based on electrical measurements carried out on helium gas

04-Dec-2019 Scientists from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have implemented a novel pressure measurement method, quasi as a byproduct of the work on the "new" kelvin. In addition to being new, this procedure is a primary method, i.e. it only depends on natural constants. As an independ ... more

Black silicon can help detect explosives

29-Nov-2019 Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, and Melbourne Center for Nanofabrication developed an ultrasensitive detector based on black silicon. The device is able to detect trace amounts ... more

How graphene nanoparticles improve the resolution of microscopes

Small particles, big effects

22-Nov-2019 Conventional light microscopes cannot distinguish structures when they are separated by a distance smaller than, roughly, the wavelength of light. Superresolution microscopy, developed since the 1980s, lifts this limitation, using fluorescent moieties. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute ... more

4D imaging with liquid crystal microlenses

22-Nov-2019 Most images captured by a camera lens are flat and two dimensional. Increasingly, 3D imaging technologies are providing the crucial context of depth for scientific and medical applications. 4D imaging, which adds information on light polarization, could open up even more possibilities, but ... more

Scientists design built-in controls for mini-chemical labs on a chip

20-Nov-2019 Since the 1990s, scientists have been exploring the possibilities of miniaturized chemical "laboratories" on a chip, which have potential as point-of-care diagnostics, analysis kits for field research and someday even conducting chemical tests on other planets. In a normal lab, chemists use ... more

Gallium-based solvating agent efficiently analyzes optically active alcohols

20-Nov-2019 A KAIST research team has developed a gallium-based metal complex enabling the rapid chiral analysis of alcohols. A team working under Professor Hyunwoo Kim reported the efficient new alcohol analysis method using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in iScience. Enantiopure chiral ... more

Observing changes in the chirality of molecules in real time

19-Nov-2019 Chiral molecules - compounds that are mirror images of each other - play an important role in biological processes and in chemical synthesis. Chemists at ETH Zurich have now succeeded for the first time in using ultrafast laser pulses to observe changes in chirality during a chemical reacti ... more

Pinpointing Pollutants from Space

Industrial plants can be precisely located to within two kilometers

19-Nov-2019 Nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) are major contributors to air pollution. In order to accurately predict air quality and develop strategies to reduce pollution, precise emission data are needed. Daily satellite measurements can help to derive such data. The measuring instrument observes a speci ... more

Tailor-made carbon helps pinpoint hereditary diseases and correct medication dosage

New method expands knowledge of carbon-based materials

18-Nov-2019 Sensors manufactured with carbon-based materials can provide uniquely accurate and real-time information on hereditary diseases or the concentrations of drugs in the body. In addition to medicine, carbonaceous materials are used in batteries, solar cells and water purification. Other elemen ... more

Quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale

Swiss start-up Qnami closes 2.6M CHF seed round

14-Nov-2019 Qnami announced the closing of a CHF 2.6M (USD 2.6M) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspe ... more

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Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

06-Dec-2019 A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ... more

Properties of graphene change due to water and oxygen

06-Dec-2019 We often find that food becomes rotten when we leave it outside for long and fruits turn brown after they are peeled or cut. Such phenomena can be easily seen in our daily life and they illustrate the oxidation-reduction reaction. The fundamental principle controlling physical properties of ... more

Electron correlations in carbon nanostructures

Behaviour of electrons in graphene nanoribbons elucidated

05-Dec-2019 New materials are needed to further reduce the size of electronic components and thus make devices such as laptops and smartphones faster and more efficient. Tiny nanostructures of the novel material graphene are promising in this respect. Graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms ... more

Two chiral catalysts working hand in hand

Chemists develop a synthetic method providing access to different stereoisomers of a molecule

05-Dec-2019 Just as our left hand is not superposable to our right hand, the mirror image of certain molecules cannot be overlapped onto it, even when turned or twisted. These two mirror images are referred to by chemists as enantiomers and the molecule is said to be chiral. Chirality, which is a word ... more

Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

05-Dec-2019 Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades u ... more

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Argentina

04-Dec-2019 Evonik plans to increase its capacity for sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility from 60,000 metric tons up to 90,000 metric tons until 2021. The expansion is driven by growing demand for biodiesel in South America, mainly Argentina and Brazil. Sodium methylate is an important ca ... more

Solving the thermoelectric 'trade-off' conundrum with metallic carbon nanotubes

04-Dec-2019 Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have used aligned "metallic" carbon nanotubes to create a device which converts heat to electrical energy (a thermoelectric device) with a higher power output than pure semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in random networks. The new device by ... more

Bayer completes sale of Currenta stake

Further step in Bayer’s efforts to sharpen focus on core business

03-Dec-2019 Bayer has completed the sale of its 60 percent stake in chemical park operator Currenta to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The two companies had entered into an agreement to this effect back in August. The closing conditions, including approval by the respo ... more

Magnetic nanoparticles with ionic liquids for water purification

Providing Safe, Clean Water

03-Dec-2019 In many parts of the world, access to clean drinking water is far from certain. Filtration of large volumes of water, however, is slow and impractical. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have introduced a new water purification method based on magnetic nanoparticles coated with a ... more

LANXESS acquires Brazilian biocide manufacturer

03-Dec-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has acquired Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda. (IPEL). The family-run company with headquarters in Jarinu, São Paulo, is one of Brazil’s leading biocide manufacturers and generated sales in the lower double-digit million euro range in 2018. Both companies ... more

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Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

06-Dec-2019 A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ... more

Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

06-Dec-2019 Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ... more

BASF commences its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang

Milestone for BASF’s US$10 billion investment project in China

26-Nov-2019 BASF officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s US$10 billion investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermopl ... more

New route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics

Chemical catalysis for an existing class of biomaterials

25-Nov-2019 A tide of public momentum is swelling against the crisis of petroleum-based plastics, which are sitting in our landfills, floating in our oceans, and showing up in our air and even our food. Meanwhile, in a Colorado State University chemistry laboratory, polymer scientists are toiling towar ... more

Covestro generates strong volume growth in a continuing challenging environment

New circular economy program launched

29-Oct-2019 In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to EUR 3.2 billion due to continued lower selling prices. At EUR 425 ... more

Remondis and Neste into partnership to develop chemical recycling of plastic waste

25-Oct-2019 Neste and REMONDIS have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity to process over 200 kilotons of waste plastic. Mechanica ... more

All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking

24-Oct-2019 A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original. The new process could transfo ... more

LANXESS planning AI-assisted formulation development for Urethane Systems

21-Oct-2019 LANXESS is broadening its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. The specialty chemicals company has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including f ... more

LyondellBasell Announces Construction of New Small-Scale Molecular Recycling Facility

17-Oct-2019 LyondellBasell announced that it is building a new small-scale pilot facility at its Ferrara, Italy site moving another step closer to converting post-consumer plastic waste into new plastics on a commercial scale. The company selected its Ferrara site for the pilot facility due to its long ... more

3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

16-Oct-2019 Individually manufactured and still suitable for mass production? Within the framework of the Fraunhofer "Go Beyond 4.0" project, this apparent contradiction is to be eliminated. In the field of illumination optics, the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Optics and ... more

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analytica 2020: The leading guide to the smart laboratory

The focus on digital transformation is being further expanded

28-Oct-2019 From March 31 to April 03, 2020, analytica will open its doors on the fairgrounds of Messe München. Even now there are already signs of an increase in the number of exhibitors. One focus of the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology with the accompa ... more

Sartorius continues on its dynamic growth track

21-Oct-2019 Sartorius performed dynamically in the third quarter as well, achieving double-digit growth rates in sales revenue, order intake and earnings in the first nine months. “Sartorius achieved significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenue and earnings for the first nine months of the ye ... more

Eppendorf significantly expands production site in Oldenburg

27-Sep-2019 The Eppendorf Group is boosting its production capacity at its site in Oldenburg in Holstein by building two new production halls. Operations at the two sites will begin in the second half of 2020, significantly increasing the overall capacity of Eppendorf Polymere GmbH, a wholly owned subs ... more

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

25-Sep-2019 At its meeting on 24 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a Member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective 1 April 2020. With this appoin ... more

Merck Acquires laboratory informatics company

07-Aug-2019 Merck has acquired BSSN Software, a Darmstadt, Germany-based laboratory informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving. Financial details were not disclosed. “BSSN Software and the capabilities that it bri ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Merck and Rigaku Form Partnership to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology

11-Jun-2019 Merck and Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallization of the analyte. ... more

Tecan successfully completes the acquisition of supplier of key parts

04-Jun-2019 The Tecan Group announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of a supplier of key parts. On March 22, 2019, Tecan announced the acquisition of a long-term supplier to vertically integrate the manufacturing of critical precision-machined parts. With two manufacturing sites, o ... more

Colliding lasers double the energy of proton beams

28-May-2019 Researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg present a new method which can double the energy of a proton beam produced by laser-based particle accelerators. The breakthrough could lead to more compact, cheaper equipment that could be useful f ... more

Lab Notebook learns to communicate with laboratory devices

labfolder acquires cubuslab and becomes Labforward

23-May-2019 labfolder GmbH, a electronic laboratory notebook (ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook) provider, and cubuslab GmbH, a provider of a manufacturer-independent platform for the digital integration of laboratory instruments, today announced their merger. The joint company will operate under the name L ... more

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Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership

Development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use

09-Oct-2019 ZEISS’ investment in Senorics marks the start of a technology collaboration with the sensorics startup based in Dresden, Germany. The partnership aims to further the joint development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use in quality assurance and in process monitoring, e.g. ... more

ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

25-Sep-2019 At its meeting on 24 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a Member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective 1 April 2020. With this appoin ... more

The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

The Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

27-Jun-2019 The 2019 Körber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros, is to be awarded to the German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) ... more

ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

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

AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

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

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

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

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index

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

ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

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

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

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

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

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Glass from a 3D printer

27-Nov-2019 ETH researchers used a 3D printing process to produce complex and highly porous glass objects. The basis for this is a special resin that can be cured with UV light. Producing glass objects using 3D printing is not easy. Only a few groups of researchers around the world have attempted to pr ... more

ACHEMA 2021 with a new look and new focus themes

25-Nov-2019 More modern, more interactive and always at the pulse of the process industry: that will be the hallmark of ACHEMA 2021. With three new focus topics, a new website and new event formats, the world forum for the process industry is entering its next round. Exhibitor registration is open.. A ... more

BASF Acquires 3D Printing Service Provider

19-Nov-2019 To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in ... more

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

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

Evonik and Dow develop industrial-scale direct synthesis of propylene glycol from propylene and hydrogen peroxide

31-Oct-2019 Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN™, has been created over the la ... more

Evonik invests in Israeli software start-up offering a 3D printing decision-support system

28-Oct-2019 Evonik Venture Capital has invested in an Israeli software start-up that helps industrial companies adopt 3D printing. Castor Technologies has developed a software that assesses a part’s printability, the best printing material, cost and lead time. The technology helps manufacturers decide ... more

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

16-Oct-2019 Individually manufactured and still suitable for mass production? Within the framework of the Fraunhofer "Go Beyond 4.0" project, this apparent contradiction is to be eliminated. In the field of illumination optics, the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Optics and ... more

Technical University of Munich, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde to establish additive manufacturing cluster in Bavaria

3D printing is changing the way we manufacture

11-Oct-2019 The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are collaborating to create an additive manufacturing cluster. This cluster is a grouping of companies and organizations that will conduct research on and develop additive manufacturing technology from a single hub lo ... more

Evonik and start-up Cubicure cooperate in the field of 3D printing

Development of custom-made specialty chemical components for the next generation of materials

01-Oct-2019 Evonik and Cubicure, a spin-off company of Vienna University of Technology, have entered into a cooperative agreement to jointly develop innovative radiation-curing resin systems. The partnership with the start-up company is managed by Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of the specialty ... more

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

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

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

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

  • Market

    Clariant recognized for risk management and sustainability achievements in procurement

    29-May-2019 Clariant received a World Procurement Award 2019 in the category “Supplier Risk Management”. This marks the second recognition for Clariant’s procurement practices in 2019, as the company won an EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership award in March for having the “Best Internal Stakeho ... more

    Sustainable solutions take center stage as Nouryon announces 2019 Imagine Chemistry winners

    28-May-2019 Surfactants derived from plants, eco-friendly membranes, and miniature sensors were among the eight winning ideas in the 2019 Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge, organized by Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals). More than 160 submissions from 30 countries were ... more

    Lifesavers in Demand: New Market Report on Flame Retardants

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

  • Research

    Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

    06-Dec-2019 A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ... more

    Properties of graphene change due to water and oxygen

    06-Dec-2019 We often find that food becomes rotten when we leave it outside for long and fruits turn brown after they are peeled or cut. Such phenomena can be easily seen in our daily life and they illustrate the oxidation-reduction reaction. The fundamental principle controlling physical properties of ... more

    Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

    06-Dec-2019 Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ... more

  • Technology

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

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

    Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

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

    The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

    The Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

    27-Jun-2019 The 2019 Körber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros, is to be awarded to the German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) ... more

  • Business

    Bayer completes sale of Currenta stake

    Further step in Bayer’s efforts to sharpen focus on core business

    03-Dec-2019 Bayer has completed the sale of its 60 percent stake in chemical park operator Currenta to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The two companies had entered into an agreement to this effect back in August. The closing conditions, including approval by the respo ... more

    LANXESS acquires Brazilian biocide manufacturer

    03-Dec-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has acquired Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda. (IPEL). The family-run company with headquarters in Jarinu, São Paulo, is one of Brazil’s leading biocide manufacturers and generated sales in the lower double-digit million euro range in 2018. Both companies ... more

    CHT Group acquires keimadditec surface

    29-Nov-2019 The CHT Group acquired keimadditec surface (KAS) that was previously part of the Keim Group. Keimadditec surface is a leading supplier of high-performance wax additives, with a strong global position in the field of printing inks. The portfolio is enhanced with water-based speciality additi ... more

  • People

    Volkswagen and BASF honour battery researcher

    15-Nov-2019 This year’s international Science Award Electrochemistry was presented to Dr Kimberly See of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA). She was honoured at the Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialogue held in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. The award has been presen ... more

    Prestigious prize for superconductivity researcher Mikhail Eremets

    04-Nov-2019 The American Physical Society (APS) awards Mikhail Eremets the 2020 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials. As recently announced, the researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry receives the honor for his "For pioneering studies of hydrides, a new family of high Tc materials, ... more

    Curious Mind Researcher Award Granted

    31-Oct-2019 Merck and the German business journal manager magazin presented the Curious Mind Researcher Award in Berlin. Ulrike Kramm (40), a materials scientist, received the prize worth € 7,500 in the category “Mobility and Energy”. Computer scientist Xiaoying Zhuang (36) was also awarded € 7,500 for ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Argentina

    04-Dec-2019 Evonik plans to increase its capacity for sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility from 60,000 metric tons up to 90,000 metric tons until 2021. The expansion is driven by growing demand for biodiesel in South America, mainly Argentina and Brazil. Sodium methylate is an important ca ... more

    Evonik expands production capacity for polymethacrylimide foams in the US

    25-Nov-2019 Due to increasing demand for lightweight construction materials for specialty applications, Evonik is expanding its production of ROHACELL® high-performance rigid, closed-cell foams at its Mobile, Alabama site in the United States. The production expansion is scheduled to be completed by th ... more

    WACKER Starts Up New Silicon-Metal Production Facility in Norway

    18-Nov-2019 Wacker Chemie AG’s new silicon-metal production plant officially went on stream at the Holla site in Norway, following two and a half years of construction. The new furnace is one of the largest of its kind in the world and increases the Holla site’s total capacity by more than 40 percent. ... more

  • Products

    Making More Plastics Recyclable

    04-Sep-2019 To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project aims at making this dream come true. Whether multi-layered food packaging ... more

    On-site detection of hazardous substances

    05-Jun-2019 Together with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a hand-held scanner for hazardous substances within the EU project CHEQUERS. The sensor detects explosive, toxic and other dangerous substances in real time and will help emergency personnel with on-site detecti ... more

    NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants

    31-May-2019 More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won’t heat the atmosphere as much as today’s refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST study identified the 22 “ ... more

  • Finances

    Merck Generates Profitable Growth in Q3 2019

    15-Nov-2019 Merck generated strong organic sales growth and benefited from positive foreign exchange effects in the third quarter of 2019. EBITDA pre increased even more strongly than net sales in the three-month period from July to September. Following the closing of the Versum Materials (Versum) acqu ... more

    Quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale

    Swiss start-up Qnami closes 2.6M CHF seed round

    14-Nov-2019 Qnami announced the closing of a CHF 2.6M (USD 2.6M) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspe ... more

    LANXESS with stable development also in third quarter

    Realignment of organometallics business

    13-Nov-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS performed well again in the third quarter of 2019 – despite further deterioration of the economic environment. As expected, earnings in the third quarter were only slightly weaker than in the previous year. At EUR 267 million, EBITDA pre exceptionals was ... more

  • Career

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

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

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

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

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

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

  • Cooperation

    BASF and NGK to partner on developing the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries

    08-Nov-2019 BASF New Business GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, and Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK INSULATORS, LTD. are expanding their cooperation. In addition to the sales partnership agreement for NAS® batteries announced in June 2019, they have now entered int ... more

    Evonik and Dow develop industrial-scale direct synthesis of propylene glycol from propylene and hydrogen peroxide

    31-Oct-2019 Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN™, has been created over the la ... more

    Remondis and Neste into partnership to develop chemical recycling of plastic waste

    25-Oct-2019 Neste and REMONDIS have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity to process over 200 kilotons of waste plastic. Mechanica ... more

  • Laws

    ECHA starts work on persistent organic pollutants

    16-Jul-2019 ECHA starts working on scientific, technical and administrative tasks to identify and regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These substances remain in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk to the environment and human health. Due to their intrinsic ... 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

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

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

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

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

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