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Change at the top of Analytik Jena

Ulrich Krauss charts new course

01-Feb-2023 A change is taking place at the top at Analytik Jena. Managing Director Ulrich Krauss has decided to assume other responsibilities outside of Analytik Jena. The Endress+Hauser Group is therefore handing over the management of the subsidiary specializing in laboratory analysis to Oliver Klae ... more

Chemistry under sheer force

How to trigger chemical reaction without the use of solvent

01-Feb-2023 Bottle, glass tube and solvent, those are what we usually find in a chemistry lab or industry. Chemistry using solvents, or liquid based materials is the traditional way of synthesis. Although it is very efficient, an inevitable question is how to recycle solvent safely and environment frie ... more

Novel technique developed to obtain key chemical industry input without emitting CO₂

Researchers make peroxide from oxygen, using photocatalysis to control the process

01-Feb-2023 A study published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the American Chemical Society, describes a novel method of producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main greenhouse gases and one of the world’s most widely produced chemicals. ... more

Superconductivity switches on and off in “magic-angle” graphene

A quick electric pulse completely flips the material’s electronic properties, opening a route to ultrafast, brain-inspired, superconducting electronics

01-Feb-2023 With some careful twisting and stacking, MIT physicists have revealed a new and exotic property in “magic-angle” graphene: superconductivity that can be turned on and off with an electric pulse, much like a light switch. The discovery could lead to ultrafast, energy-efficient superconductin ... more

Slim steel - strong and safe

A material made from a few readily available components is very strong in tension and is nevertheless highly formable

31-Jan-2023 Until now, developers of steels have had to make a choice: Either they increase the tensile strength of the material and usually accept that their material becomes relatively brittle. Or they rely on the fact that the steel can be strongly stretched and thus absorb a lot of energy in the ev ... more

Jun Kawakami Succeeds Toshiyuki Ikeda as Rigaku CEO

31-Jan-2023 Rigaku Corporation (“Rigaku”) announced that Toshiyuki Ikeda will resign as President and CEO of Rigaku effective January 31, 2023, and that Jun Kawakami will be his successor. Rigaku Holdings Corporation, the holding company for the Rigaku Group companies, will also name Mr. Kawakami as Pr ... more

Unilever appoints Hein Schumacher as new CEO

31-Jan-2023 Unilever announced the appointment of Hein Schumacher as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive, global search process. Hein will replace Alan Jope, who announced in September 2022 his intention to retire from Unilever. Hein is currently CEO of the global dairy and nutritio ... more

Exceptional painting - exceptional lead binding

Micro and macro X-ray analysis detects lead formate in Rembrandt's Night Watch

31-Jan-2023 Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most important Dutch painters of the 17th century. Probably his most famous painting is The Night Watch from 1642, which can be admired today in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. An international team has now identified lead formate in several areas of the Nigh ... more

Mystery of two-dimensional quasicrystal formation from metal oxides solved

"We are excited to learn whether this special arrangement will produce completely new and useful properties"

31-Jan-2023 The structure of two-dimensional titanium oxide brakes-up at high temperatures by adding barium; instead of regular hexagons, rings of four, seven and ten atoms are created that order aperiodically. A team at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) made this discovery in colaboratio ... more

Artificial photosynthesis uses sunlight to make biodegradable plastic

Synthesis of fumaric acid by a new method of artificial photosynthesis, using sunlight

30-Jan-2023 In recent years, environmental problems caused by global warming have become more apparent due to greenhouse gases such as CO2. In natural photosynthesis, CO2 is not reduced directly, but is bound to organic compounds which are converted to glucose or starch. Mimicking this, artificial phot ... more

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Change at the top of Analytik Jena

Ulrich Krauss charts new course

01-Feb-2023 A change is taking place at the top at Analytik Jena. Managing Director Ulrich Krauss has decided to assume other responsibilities outside of Analytik Jena. The Endress+Hauser Group is therefore handing over the management of the subsidiary specializing in laboratory analysis to Oliver Klae ... more

Sartorius with clear double-digit growth in fiscal 2022

Uncertainties due to the global political and economic situation remain high

27-Jan-2023 Following extraordinary growth in 2020 and 2021, the life science group Sartorius again outperformed the market in fiscal 2022, achieving its targets for sales revenue and profitability. Both divisions contributed to this development and, according to preliminary figures, recorded double-di ... more

A mobile breakthrough for water environment monitoring

A novel colorimetric multi-channel sensor on cell phone platform

26-Jan-2023 Reliable colorimetric analysis technologies have been widely praised for their highly sensitive and selective responses towards various contaminants in environmental monitoring. In principle, the chromogenic agent selectively reacts with the target in water samples, and the colored product ... more

Researchers develop new method for X-ray colour imaging

Colour images from the shadow of a sample

25-Jan-2023 A research team at the University of Göttingen has developed a new method to produce X-ray images in colour. In the past, the only way to determine the chemical composition of a sample and the position of its components using X-ray fluorescence analysis was to focus the X-rays and scan the ... more

Atoms of a glass jump similarly to cosmic particles

X-ray experiment shows possible novel route for tailoring properties of glasses: “The story appears to be getting more interesting”

23-Jan-2023 For thousands of years, people around the world have experimented with different ways to make glasses with varying properties by heating them until they melt then cooling them again. A team led by scientists at the University of Padua in Italy have used DESY’s PETRA III X-ray light source t ... more

Quantum simulator enables first microscopic observation of charge carriers pairing

Research results could be key to understanding high-temperature superconductors

23-Jan-2023 A team of researchers at the MPQ has for the first time monitored in an experiment how holes (positive charge carriers) in a solid-state model combined to form pairs. This process could play an important role in understanding high-temperature superconductivity. Using a quantum simulator, re ... more

Zifo acquires beyontics

Comprehensive range of laboratory services & solutions

20-Jan-2023 Zifo, a specialist scientific informatics services provider, announces the acquisition of beyontics. A scientific service provider, beyontics has extensive experience in selecting, configuring, optimizing, and supporting Chromatography Data Systems (CDS), particularly the Waters Empower CDS ... more

A Window into the Nanoworld: Scientists Develop New Technique to Image Fluctuations in Materials

New opportunities for materials research

20-Jan-2023 A team of scientists, led by researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in Germany and from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States has developed a revolutionary new method for capturing high-resol ... more

Researchers cast new light on magnons to verify topological phases in magnetic materials

“Raman scattering is a standard experimental technique available in many labs, which is one of the strengths of this proposal”

19-Jan-2023 Much recent research has focused on ‘topological’ materials – an intriguing type of solids which fall outside the standard classification into insulators and conductors. While their bulk is insulating, these phases are characterized by electrically conducting channels which appear at their ... more

Bayesian inference massively cuts time of X-ray fluorescence analysis!

Saved seconds add up to hours over multiple measurements

10-Jan-2023 How can the component elements of an unknown material, such as a meteorite, be determined? X-ray fluorescence analysis can be used to identify an abundance of elements, by irradiating samples with X-rays and analyzing the spectrum they emit and can detect many elements simultaneously. For t ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Chemistry under sheer force

How to trigger chemical reaction without the use of solvent

01-Feb-2023 Bottle, glass tube and solvent, those are what we usually find in a chemistry lab or industry. Chemistry using solvents, or liquid based materials is the traditional way of synthesis. Although it is very efficient, an inevitable question is how to recycle solvent safely and environment frie ... more

Novel technique developed to obtain key chemical industry input without emitting CO₂

Researchers make peroxide from oxygen, using photocatalysis to control the process

01-Feb-2023 A study published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the American Chemical Society, describes a novel method of producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main greenhouse gases and one of the world’s most widely produced chemicals. ... more

Superconductivity switches on and off in “magic-angle” graphene

A quick electric pulse completely flips the material’s electronic properties, opening a route to ultrafast, brain-inspired, superconducting electronics

01-Feb-2023 With some careful twisting and stacking, MIT physicists have revealed a new and exotic property in “magic-angle” graphene: superconductivity that can be turned on and off with an electric pulse, much like a light switch. The discovery could lead to ultrafast, energy-efficient superconductin ... more

Slim steel - strong and safe

A material made from a few readily available components is very strong in tension and is nevertheless highly formable

31-Jan-2023 Until now, developers of steels have had to make a choice: Either they increase the tensile strength of the material and usually accept that their material becomes relatively brittle. Or they rely on the fact that the steel can be strongly stretched and thus absorb a lot of energy in the ev ... more

Jun Kawakami Succeeds Toshiyuki Ikeda as Rigaku CEO

31-Jan-2023 Rigaku Corporation (“Rigaku”) announced that Toshiyuki Ikeda will resign as President and CEO of Rigaku effective January 31, 2023, and that Jun Kawakami will be his successor. Rigaku Holdings Corporation, the holding company for the Rigaku Group companies, will also name Mr. Kawakami as Pr ... more

Unilever appoints Hein Schumacher as new CEO

31-Jan-2023 Unilever announced the appointment of Hein Schumacher as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive, global search process. Hein will replace Alan Jope, who announced in September 2022 his intention to retire from Unilever. Hein is currently CEO of the global dairy and nutritio ... more

Exceptional painting - exceptional lead binding

Micro and macro X-ray analysis detects lead formate in Rembrandt's Night Watch

31-Jan-2023 Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most important Dutch painters of the 17th century. Probably his most famous painting is The Night Watch from 1642, which can be admired today in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. An international team has now identified lead formate in several areas of the Nigh ... more

Mystery of two-dimensional quasicrystal formation from metal oxides solved

"We are excited to learn whether this special arrangement will produce completely new and useful properties"

31-Jan-2023 The structure of two-dimensional titanium oxide brakes-up at high temperatures by adding barium; instead of regular hexagons, rings of four, seven and ten atoms are created that order aperiodically. A team at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) made this discovery in colaboratio ... more

Startup aims to advance advance neutral atoms quantum computing

PASQAL raises €100 million Series B funding

30-Jan-2023 PASQAL, a leader in neutral atoms quantum computing, announced it secured a €100 million equity Series B raise led by new investor Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. Other new investors include the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund, Wa’ed Ventures and Bpif ... more

Elegant experiments with light

Researchers find a new way to make use of Photoredox Catalysis

27-Jan-2023 Scientists of the department of Homogeneous Catalysis have found a new elegant way to make use of photoredox catalysis. Researchers of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung have expanded the molecular toolbox for efficient, targeted syntheses: To do so, they use a very special catalys ... more

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Artificial photosynthesis uses sunlight to make biodegradable plastic

Synthesis of fumaric acid by a new method of artificial photosynthesis, using sunlight

30-Jan-2023 In recent years, environmental problems caused by global warming have become more apparent due to greenhouse gases such as CO2. In natural photosynthesis, CO2 is not reduced directly, but is bound to organic compounds which are converted to glucose or starch. Mimicking this, artificial phot ... more

Carbios strengthens its management team

Reduce plastic pollution through biorecycling

27-Jan-2023 Carbios, a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions for the recycling of plastic and textile polymers, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Martine BRISSET as Senior Vice President, effective January 1, 2023. Martine BRISSET will lead the Biodegradation Busi ... more

Bacteria really eat plastic

Laboratory experiment shows that bacteria really eat and digest plastic

26-Jan-2023 The bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and actually digests plastic. This has been shown in laboratory experiments by PhD student Maaike Goudriaan at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Based on a model study with plastic in artificial seawater in the lab, Goudriaan calculate ... more

Turning plastic waste into a valuable soil additive

New method creates useful char from plastic and corn waste

13-Jan-2023 University of California, Riverside, scientists have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans. In a recent study, Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR as ... more

Achim Sties appointed new Senior Vice President of BASF plastic additives

13-Jan-2023 BASF has appointed Dr. Achim Sties to lead the global plastic additives business unit effective January 1, 2023. The headquarters of this business will be in Singapore. Prior to his current role, Achim Sties was already heading the plastic additives business in Europe. He began his career w ... more

Solar-powered system converts plastic and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels

“What’s so special about this system is the versatility and tuneability”

11-Jan-2023 Researchers have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and other valuable products – using just the energy from the Sun. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, developed the system, which can convert two waste streams int ... more

Automated simulation software creates a world map of polymer properties

02-Jan-2023 “Materials informatics (MI), a new branch of materials research that combines materials data with data science, is gaining traction,” said co-corresponding author Yoshihiro Hayashi, assistant professor, Institute of Statistical Mathematics in the Research Organization of Information and Sci ... more

Microplastics deposited on the seafloor triple in 20 years

First high-resolution reconstruction of microplastic pollution from sediments obtained in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea

28-Dec-2022 The total amount of microplastics deposited on the bottom of oceans has tripled in the past two decades with a progression that corresponds to the type and volume of consumption of plastic products by society. This is the main conclusion of a study developed by the Institute of Environmenta ... more

Strong and biodegradable

A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable

23-Dec-2022 How can plastics be designed so they retain their desirable properties but at the same time can be more effectively recycled? This and other questions concerning the eco-friendliness of plastics are the focus of chemist Stefan Mecking and his research group at the University of Konstanz. In ... more

Finally: Resistant plastic can be recycled

New milestone: researchers recycle Nylon-6 at mild temperatures and without toxic chemicals

21-Dec-2022 Nylon-6 is a tough, non-biodegradable plastic that cannot be recycled by conventional methods. A new way has now been introduced by a team from the USA in the journal Angewandte Chemie: with an easily accessible lanthanum trisamido catalyst, Nylon-6 can be depolymerized highly selectively, ... more

All news on plastics

Sartorius with clear double-digit growth in fiscal 2022

Uncertainties due to the global political and economic situation remain high

27-Jan-2023 Following extraordinary growth in 2020 and 2021, the life science group Sartorius again outperformed the market in fiscal 2022, achieving its targets for sales revenue and profitability. Both divisions contributed to this development and, according to preliminary figures, recorded double-di ... more

DSM and LabTwin enter into cooperation

DSM chooses LabTwin to advance their digitalization strategy in Science & Innovation with the latest voice and AI solutions

20-Dec-2022 Royal DSM N.V. and LabTwin GmbH announce a multi-year license and collaboration agreement. DSM will apply the newly acquired technology in several of their Science & Innovation laboratories globally. Together, we intend to transform how science is performed in research and application labs ... more

Sartorius with continued growth in a challenging environment

Uncertainties due to the global political and economic situation currently remain high

19-Oct-2022 Sartorius closed the first nine months of 2022 in both divisions with double-digit sales revenue and earnings growth and specified its outlook for the current fiscal year. “In the first nine months, Sartorius achieved significant growth in a challenging environment. Both divisions recorded ... more

Digital lab management: Fully connected

Eppendorf partners up with eLabNext and Clustermarket

28-Sep-2022 In daily operations, lab managers usually have to monitor and manage multiple systems. If information on devices, about people and running processes is disjointed and spread across numerous data silos, managers need a lot of time to find specific data. An IoT platform can consolidate this i ... more

Hauschild SpeedMixer: Global action against US-based FlackTek Inc. and its European affiliates

Hauschild has filed suit in the US, a civil proceeding in the Netherlands, as well as a criminal proceeding in Spain, against FlackTek and its various agents

22-Sep-2022 In order to protect its worldwide known laboratory mixer “Hauschild SpeedMixer®” brand and prevent consumer injury, Hauschild GmbH & Co. KG has taken affirmative, global action to stop US-based FlackTek, Inc. and its affiliates from misappropriating Hauschild’s “SpeedMixer” brand and preven ... more

Eppendorf opens new site in Singapore

Targeted strengthening of customer focus with high-tech laboratory for pipette calibration and extensive range of high-quality laboratory services

08-Aug-2022 The globally active Eppendorf Group continues its growth track in Asia in a targeted manner and has opened a new site in Singapore. The new subsidiary is located in the heart of Singapore’s modern Biopolis science center and offers attractive office workplaces for sales and service activiti ... more

Eppendorf: climate-neutral by 2028

Comprehensive climate strategy with the goal of climate neutrality by 2028

01-Aug-2022 The globally positioned Eppendorf Group, a life science specialist, is picking up speed when it comes to climate protection. The company is reducing its CO2 emissions and will be climate-neutral by 2028 – much earlier than specified by the EU. To enable this, Eppendorf has developed a compa ... more

analytica 2022 wowed the laboratory industry

analytica extended: digital extension through July 8

27-Jun-2022 An excellent mood in five halls, delighted faces and many lively discussions at the exhibition booths: At analytica 2022, the international laboratory industry met again in person from June 21 to 24 in Munich. At the world’s leading trade fair, 891 exhibitors presented their innovations for ... more

Eppendorf increases 2021 revenue to €1.1 billion

Positive trends in all market regions and product groups

11-May-2022 During fiscal year 2021, the globally positioned Eppendorf Group saw its consolidated revenue climb to €1.1 billion (prior year: €967.2 million), amounting to an increase of 13.8% (prior year: 20.3%). Operating profit also rose significantly in 2021, reaching €272 million (prior year: €217. ... more

Eppendorf builds new site in Wismar for high-tech polymers used in laboratories

Production to start by the end of the year

25-Apr-2022 The globally active Eppendorf Group is building a new plant for high-quality laboratory consumables made of functional high-tech polymers. To this end, the Hamburg-based life science company is acquiring a former production site at the location of MV Werften Fertigmodule Property GmbH in Wi ... more

All news on laboratory equipment / supplies

ZEISS to acquire LENSO Sp. z o.o. to strengthen market access and industry expertise in 3D metrology and inspection solutions in Poland

16-Jan-2023 ZEISS plans to expand its market presence in Poland for its Industrial Quality & Research segment by acquiring LENSO. The company will become part of ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions. Headquartered in Poznan, Poland, LENSO is the leading partner in Poland for 3D optical systems. With this ... more

Digital twins, new cancer treatments and three unicorns

A grand total of 26 spin-​offs were founded at ETH Zurich in 2022

10-Jan-2023 Their businesses range from new cancer drugs and sustainable water bottles to digital mapping of urban traffic flows. The ETH spin-​off family also welcomed three new unicorns and raised 1.2 billion Swiss francs in fresh capital. These newly founded spin-offs cover a wide variety of fields ... more

Another very successful year for the ZEISS Group

Significant revenue growth of 8.8 billion euros despite challenging geopolitical and economic conditions

15-Dec-2022 The ZEISS Group achieved significant growth across all segments despite challenging geopolitical and economic conditions. Revenue rose by 16% to 8.8 billion euros, surpassing over 8 billion euros for the first time (prior year: 7.5 billion euros) in fiscal year 2021/22 (end of reporting per ... more

Variolytics receives seven-figure seed funding for climate-neutral wastewater treatment plants

Proprietary measurement technology and AI-based process control to avoid greenhouse gases in wastewater treatment

13-Dec-2022 Germany’s almost 10,000 municipal wastewater treatment plants consume around 4,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year, which makes them one of the largest electricity consumers. This is equivalent to the electricity needs of 900,000 four-person households. Moreover, the greenhouse ... more

Ultra-sensitive optical sensor can reduce hydrogen’s risks

AI technology led the way

09-Dec-2022 In the pursuit of clean and renewable energy, hydrogen plays an important role. But a major challenge facing this transition is that the gas is explosive when mixed with air. For this reason, it is crucial to be able to detect hydrogen leaks as early as possible. Now researchers at Chalmers ... more

POWTECH 2023: A flying start with new themes and technologies

Trade Fair to expressly include the processing and handling of fluids

06-Dec-2022 POWTECH is getting off to a flying start. The Leading International Processing Trade Fair will take place in Nuremberg from 26 to 28 September 2023 – almost exactly a year after POWTECH 2022. Once again, more than 700 exhibitors from many countries will draw a large attendance of regional a ... more

Smarter sensor sniffs out target gases

A chemical sensor endowed with artificial intelligence can learn to detect certain gases in the air with high sensitivity and selectivity

16-Nov-2022 The device, developed at KAUST, uses machine learning to differentiate the gases according to the way they induce slight temperature changes in the sensor as they interact with it. Smart electronic sensors that can detect specific airborne molecules are in great demand for use in applicatio ... more

Cleantech startup Airly secures new $5.5M funding round to fight air pollution and save lives

The Airly platform provides solutions for air quality monitoring to local governments, companies and local communities

15-Nov-2022 Air pollution is the most-pressing environmental health crisis of our time with approximately nine in 10 people around the world breathing unclean air. Helping to spotlight this existential threat, cleantech startup Airly is announcing a $5.5M series A funding round as it targets cleaning t ... more

Tapping hidden visual information: An all-in-one detector for thousands of colours

A new chip from Aalto University researchers puts photonic information at our fingertips

27-Oct-2022 Spectrometers are widely used throughout industry and research to detect and analyse light. Spectrometers measure the spectrum of light – its strength at different wavelengths, like the colours in a rainbow – and are an essential tool for identifying and analysing specimens and materials. I ... more

Grandperspective closes Series A financing of EUR 7 million

"Grandperspective will have a world-wide impact on safety-engineering for chemicals and process industry"

18-Oct-2022 Grandperspective, the German based company with the world’s first holistic emission monitoring system has successfully closed its Series A led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) together with the existing investors High-Tech Gründerfonds, Brandenburg Kapital and kineo finance.  The fund ... more

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Embodied Intelligence: Engine of the Digital Transformation 2.0

Addressing current and future challenges with the help of embodied intelligence

19-Jan-2023 The results of a broad-based investigation conducted by fortiss, Siemens AG, the German Dialogue Institute and the Center for Digital Technology and Management have been released under the title “Embodied Intelligence: Engine of the Digital Transformation 2.0”. The goal was to identify the ... more

Robust and flexible to synthetic methane

New reactor concept for methanation: Direct feed into the gas grid

18-Jan-2023 Synthetic energy carriers are carbon-neutral and make renewable energy transportable and storable in the long term. Synthetically produced methane is one of them. The problem: The production involves rather high energy losses; moreover, existing processes require the methane to be purified. ... more

Digital twins, new cancer treatments and three unicorns

A grand total of 26 spin-​offs were founded at ETH Zurich in 2022

10-Jan-2023 Their businesses range from new cancer drugs and sustainable water bottles to digital mapping of urban traffic flows. The ETH spin-​off family also welcomed three new unicorns and raised 1.2 billion Swiss francs in fresh capital. These newly founded spin-offs cover a wide variety of fields ... more

POWTECH 2023: A flying start with new themes and technologies

Trade Fair to expressly include the processing and handling of fluids

06-Dec-2022 POWTECH is getting off to a flying start. The Leading International Processing Trade Fair will take place in Nuremberg from 26 to 28 September 2023 – almost exactly a year after POWTECH 2022. Once again, more than 700 exhibitors from many countries will draw a large attendance of regional a ... more

Green chemistry: BAM investigates pharmaceutical production without solvents and CO₂ emissions

Pharmaceutical production with mechanochemistry

28-Nov-2022 The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is developing a more sustainable process to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients in a major EU project: The pilot project is intended to demonstrate the advantages of mechanochemistry for more environmentally friendly and CO2-n ... more

Audi and Krajete Filter CO₂ Out of the Air

Filter more CO₂ in less time thanks to the new direct air capturing method

02-Nov-2022 AUDI AG and the Linz-based green tech company Krajete GmbH are jointly developing new technologies for filtering emissions from ambient air. In addition to robust adsorber materials, these so-called direct air capturing technologies (DAC) are based, above all, on innovative processes. They ... more

Christ acquires manufacturer of loading and monitoring systems

24-Oct-2022 Motus Engineering GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of loading and unloading systems, will belong to Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH effective January 1, 2023. Strategic cooperation between the two companies has been in place for several years and will be further intensified by the ... more

Joining forces: fast-as-lightning 3D microprinting with two lasers

Micrometer-sized Structures in Just the Blink of an Eye

18-Oct-2022 Printing objects from plastic precisely, quickly, and inexpensively is the goal of many 3D printing processes. However, speed and high resolution remain a technological challenge. A research team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Heidelberg University, and the Queensland Uni ... more

LAUDA inaugurates new plant in Terrassa, Spain

18-Oct-2022 The Spanish subsidiary of LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG, LAUDA Ultra-cool, SL, has officially inaugurated its new production site with a celebratory ceremony in Terrassa, near Barcelona. In doing so, the temperature control specialist has successfully completed its first construction pr ... more

ETH Zurich researchers want to make salt printing marketable

They have also come up with a name for their start-up: “Sallea”, a portmanteau of “salt leaching”.

06-Oct-2022 Materials scientists Nicole Kleger and Simona Fehlmann have developed a 3D printing process for creating salt templates that they can fill with other materials. One area of application is the creation of highly porous lightweight metal components. The two Pioneer Fellows are now trying to t ... 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

    Battery Market Study: Efficiency and Sustainability are the Most Important Trends

    Asia still leading in research and development by a wide margin

    09-Nov-2022 In the coming years, the global battery market will be shaped primarily by the factors of sustainability, the availability of raw materials, the growing number of electric cars, and the desire for ever more powerful batteries. Because demand is unbroken, manufacturers are constantly expandi ... more

    Sustainable production of plastics only possible through industry transformation

    The proportion of plastic made from fossil raw materials is still far too high; at the same time, global demand for plastic continues to rise

    01-Nov-2022 The plastics trade show in Düsseldorf, which has just come to an end, showed how much the industry is changing. Climate-friendly raw materials and a sustainable circular economy are becoming more important. But the industry is not yet where it could be. "The share of plastics made from foss ... more

    Biopolymers Are Flourishing: Ceresana Examines the Global Market for Bioplastics

    Highest Growth Rate for Polylactic Acids and Starch

    07-Oct-2022 For some time now, bioplastics have been used for more than just garbage bags or mulch films: Biopolymers are increasingly found in durable high-performance products, for example in demanding automotive applications, casings for the electronics industry or materials for the construction ind ... more

  • Research

    Chemistry under sheer force

    How to trigger chemical reaction without the use of solvent

    01-Feb-2023 Bottle, glass tube and solvent, those are what we usually find in a chemistry lab or industry. Chemistry using solvents, or liquid based materials is the traditional way of synthesis. Although it is very efficient, an inevitable question is how to recycle solvent safely and environment frie ... more

    Novel technique developed to obtain key chemical industry input without emitting CO₂

    Researchers make peroxide from oxygen, using photocatalysis to control the process

    01-Feb-2023 A study published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the American Chemical Society, describes a novel method of producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main greenhouse gases and one of the world’s most widely produced chemicals. ... more

    Superconductivity switches on and off in “magic-angle” graphene

    A quick electric pulse completely flips the material’s electronic properties, opening a route to ultrafast, brain-inspired, superconducting electronics

    01-Feb-2023 With some careful twisting and stacking, MIT physicists have revealed a new and exotic property in “magic-angle” graphene: superconductivity that can be turned on and off with an electric pulse, much like a light switch. The discovery could lead to ultrafast, energy-efficient superconductin ... more

  • Technology

    Researchers harvest electricity from wood soaking in water

    "The great advantage of this technology is that the wood can readily be used for other purposes once it’s depleted as an energy source"

    13-Dec-2022 Water and wood may one day be all that’s needed to provide electrical power for a household. At a time when energy is a critical issue for many millions of people worldwide, scientists in Sweden have managed to generate electricity with the help of these two renewable resources. The method ... more

    Smarter sensor sniffs out target gases

    A chemical sensor endowed with artificial intelligence can learn to detect certain gases in the air with high sensitivity and selectivity

    16-Nov-2022 The device, developed at KAUST, uses machine learning to differentiate the gases according to the way they induce slight temperature changes in the sensor as they interact with it. Smart electronic sensors that can detect specific airborne molecules are in great demand for use in applicatio ... more

    Audi and Krajete Filter CO₂ Out of the Air

    Filter more CO₂ in less time thanks to the new direct air capturing method

    02-Nov-2022 AUDI AG and the Linz-based green tech company Krajete GmbH are jointly developing new technologies for filtering emissions from ambient air. In addition to robust adsorber materials, these so-called direct air capturing technologies (DAC) are based, above all, on innovative processes. They ... more

  • Business

    PlasCO₂ project: Greenhouse gas transformed into a raw material

    Innovative process could significantly reduce energy requirements for the production important chemical products

    25-Jan-2023 Evonik has launched the PlasCO2 project together with three partners. The aim is to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material in the production of C4 chemicals. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project with more than €1.8 million. PlasCO2 stands for 'Pla ... more

    Xylem To Acquire Evoqua

    Creates Transformative Platform to Address World’s Most Critical Water Challenges

    25-Jan-2023 Xylem Inc. and Evoqua announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Xylem will acquire Evoqua in an all-stock transaction that reflects an implied enterprise value of approximately $7.5 billion. As water risks rise in global importance, this transaction unites two comp ... more

    Covestro and LANXESS cooperate to produce more sustainable raw materials with reduced CO₂ footprint

    Companies agree on production of key basic chemicals

    23-Jan-2023 Chemical companies Covestro and LANXESS are cooperating in the energy-intensive production of basic chemicals at their Lower Rhine sites in Germany and make them more climate friendly. LANXESS sources chlorine, caustic soda and hydrogen from the ISCC PLUS-certified sites of Covestro in Leve ... more

  • People

    Change at the top of Analytik Jena

    Ulrich Krauss charts new course

    01-Feb-2023 A change is taking place at the top at Analytik Jena. Managing Director Ulrich Krauss has decided to assume other responsibilities outside of Analytik Jena. The Endress+Hauser Group is therefore handing over the management of the subsidiary specializing in laboratory analysis to Oliver Klae ... more

    Jun Kawakami Succeeds Toshiyuki Ikeda as Rigaku CEO

    31-Jan-2023 Rigaku Corporation (“Rigaku”) announced that Toshiyuki Ikeda will resign as President and CEO of Rigaku effective January 31, 2023, and that Jun Kawakami will be his successor. Rigaku Holdings Corporation, the holding company for the Rigaku Group companies, will also name Mr. Kawakami as Pr ... more

    Unilever appoints Hein Schumacher as new CEO

    31-Jan-2023 Unilever announced the appointment of Hein Schumacher as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive, global search process. Hein will replace Alan Jope, who announced in September 2022 his intention to retire from Unilever. Hein is currently CEO of the global dairy and nutritio ... more

  • Manufacturing

    OQ Chemicals Invests in Capacity Expansion to Support Carboxylic Acids Market

    25-Jan-2023 The global chemical company OQ Chemicals further expands its production capacity for carboxylic acids. The company has invested in an optimization and debottlenecking project for precursors at its plants in Germany. Structural work has already commenced, with completion planned before the e ... more

    BASF breaks ground on MDI capacity expansion project at Geismar site

    BASF launches final expansion phase: total investment of around $1 billion

    12-Jan-2023 BASF has broken ground on the third and final phase of the methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) expansion project at its Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, announced in July 2022. The company will increase production capacity to approximately 600,000 metric tons per year by the middle of ... more

    Nouryon expands global alkoxylation network with addition of plant in Singapore

    07-Dec-2022 Nouryon announced that it has expanded its alkoxylation footprint in Southeast Asia through an asset purchase on Jurong Island, Singapore. The acquired plant will enhance Nouryon’s ability to serve growing regional customer demand in key end-markets including Agriculture and Food, Home and ... more

  • Products

    Spinoff opens new frontier for batteries

    Blue Current achieves success with a breakthrough material: Top priority has been to develop a completely safe battery

    03-Jan-2023 There is broad consensus that there is no silver bullet for climate change. Rather, many solutions will be required. What makes the challenge particularly daunting is the enormous reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed in a short period of time. Some experts are concerned that there ... more

    Most colors are eco criminals: Here’s how to make purple greener

    Goodbye to crude oil-based dyes: Biotech start-up and scientists revolutionize paint production

    21-Dec-2022 The colors of our clothes, cosmetics, furniture and all sorts of things around us are nearly all based on crude oil, making them far from environmentally innocent. University of Copenhagen researchers have teamed up with Danish biotech start-up Octarine Bio to create new types of sustainabl ... more

    A single instrument determines a total of ten greenhouse gases and air pollutants simultaneously and with high precision

    "Innosuisse Certificate" for Empa Spin-off: Ready for sustainable growth

    12-Dec-2022 Founded in February 2018 as an Empa spin-off, the start-up company "MIRO Analytical" received one of the coveted "Innosuisse Certificates" in October. The certificate reflects the remarkable progress the young company made during the funding agency's coaching program and confirms that the s ... more

  • Finances

    Startup aims to advance advance neutral atoms quantum computing

    PASQAL raises €100 million Series B funding

    30-Jan-2023 PASQAL, a leader in neutral atoms quantum computing, announced it secured a €100 million equity Series B raise led by new investor Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. Other new investors include the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund, Wa’ed Ventures and Bpif ... more

    Sartorius with clear double-digit growth in fiscal 2022

    Uncertainties due to the global political and economic situation remain high

    27-Jan-2023 Following extraordinary growth in 2020 and 2021, the life science group Sartorius again outperformed the market in fiscal 2022, achieving its targets for sales revenue and profitability. Both divisions contributed to this development and, according to preliminary figures, recorded double-di ... more

    WACKER ends 2022 with new highs for sales and earnings

    The polysilicon business performed particularly well

    24-Jan-2023 Wacker Chemie AG set new sales and earnings records in 2022. According to preliminary figures, the Munich-based chemical Group’s sales came in at €8.21 billion last year, an increase of 32 percent over 2021 (€6.21 billion). Higher selling prices were the main factor in this year-over-year g ... more

  • Career

    AkzoNobel recognized as a European Top Employer

    24-Jan-2022 AkzoNobel has been rated as a European Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute following the latest benchmark review. The company has been recognized in a total of eight countries, with five repeat certifications (Brazil, China, the Netherlands, the UK and the US) and three new titles ( ... more

    High-Tech Business KNAUER Awarded for its Family Friendliness

    03-Nov-2021 The Berlin-based company makes sure its employees are well looked after, providing support for employees and their families, especially throughout the difficult times of the pandemic. KNAUER was officially recognized as the family friendliest company in Berlin that has more than 100 employe ... more

    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

  • Cooperation

    Startup M2X Energy partners with UCF to convert greenhouse gases into low-carbon methanol

    Partnership develops technology to convert methane gas, a common by-product of oil production, into methanol

    26-Jan-2023 Most people realize the climate impacts of carbon dioxide. Not many people, however, know that methane, the main component of natural gas, is much more potent than carbon dioxide. While methane doesn’t remain in the atmosphere as long as CO2 (which can linger for thousands of years), it is ... more

    Covestro and LANXESS cooperate to produce more sustainable raw materials with reduced CO₂ footprint

    Companies agree on production of key basic chemicals

    23-Jan-2023 Chemical companies Covestro and LANXESS are cooperating in the energy-intensive production of basic chemicals at their Lower Rhine sites in Germany and make them more climate friendly. LANXESS sources chlorine, caustic soda and hydrogen from the ISCC PLUS-certified sites of Covestro in Leve ... more

    Henkel signs agreement with Shell on renewable-based ingredients

    Shell to replace approximately 200,000 tonnes of fossil feedstocks with renewable feedstocks for cleaning ingredients

    20-Jan-2023 Henkel and Shell Chemical LP have agreed to a five-year collaboration to replace up to 200,000 tonnes of fossil feedstocks used in the manufacture of surfactants with feedstocks that are based on renewable raw materials. The renewable-based surfactants will be used in Henkel’s laundry produ ... more

  • Laws

    Chemical industry agrees on global standard for calculating product carbon footprint

    TfS approach for chemical industry value chains supported by BASF

    26-Sep-2022 As part of the joint initiative “Together for Sustainability” (TfS), 37 companies from the chemical industry, including BASF, have agreed on a global guideline for calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs). Product carbon footprints are an important information for steering emissions in ... 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

    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

  • Politics

    40-million-euro sustainable kerosene research project CARE-O-SENE receives funding

    German-South African Consortium starts working to optimise the production of sustainable kerosene

    13-Oct-2022 The international research project CARE-O-SENE (Catalyst Research for Sustainable Kerosene) was granted 30 million euros in funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Additionally, the industrial consortium partners contribute 10 million euros. The aim of the p ... more

    Green hydrogen: Short-term scarcity, long-term uncertainty

    A breakthrough for green hydrogen is not a given – decisive policy action is required

    12-Sep-2022 Green hydrogen from renewable electricity and derived e-fuels are uniquely valuable for achieving climate neutrality. They can replace fossil fuels in industry or long-distance transport where direct electrification is infeasible. However, even if production capacities grow as fast as wind ... more

    Chemical pollution threatens biodiversity

    Scientists say more environmental pollutants should be considered in species protection

    20-Jun-2022 Environmental chemical pollution threatens biodiversity. However, the complexity of this pollution remains insufficiently recognised by decision-makers - this is what international researchers led by Gabriel Sigmund from the University of Vienna and Ksenia Groh from the Swiss Federal Instit ... more

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