My watch list
my.chemeurope.com  
Login  
NEWS
Current news

Molecules in an egg carton

How water surfaces can be used to produce functional materials

19-Oct-2021 The production of high-quality monolayers – i.e. only one molecule high - is highly relevant for optoelectronic components such as organic light-emitting diodes used today in modern cell phones: Both lifetime and energy efficiency can be increased. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for ... more

New fumed silica plant by Evonik and Wynca goes on stream

Evonik’s first fumed silica production facility in China starts operation

19-Oct-2021 The joint venture between Evonik and the Chinese company Wynca - Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. is starting-up of its new fumed silica plant. Located in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park in Jiangsu province, the plant is Evonik's first fumed silica production sit ... more

Accelerating the discovery of new materials for 3D printing

A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods

19-Oct-2021 The growing popularity of 3D printing for manufacturing all sorts of items, from customized medical devices to affordable homes, has created more demand for new 3D printing materials designed for very specific uses. To cut down on the time it takes to discover these new materials, researche ... more

Scientists develop fully solar-driven autonomous chemical mini-plant

Production of fine chemicals in remote locations on Earth, and possibly even on Mars - also facade could make chemicals

18-Oct-2021 Professor Timothy Noël and co-workers in the Flow Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a fully operational standalone solar-powered mini-reactor which offers the potential for the production of fine chemicals in remote ... more

Surface chemistry reveals corrosive secrets

Precise Measurements are the Molecular Lens to Seeing Chemistry

18-Oct-2021 One can easily see with the naked eye that leaving an old nail out in the rain causes rust. What does require the keen eyes and sensitive nose of microscopy and spectroscopy is observing how iron corrodes and forms new minerals, especially in water with a pinch of sodium and calcium. Thanks ... more

A sunny outlook for solar

New research demonstrates great promise of all-inorganic perovskite solar cells for improving the efficiencies of solar cells

18-Oct-2021 Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have already demonstrated very high photovoltaic efficiencies of greater than 25%. The prevailing wisdom in the field is that the organic (carbon- and hydrogen-containing) molecules in the material are crucial to achieving this impressive performance bec ... more

Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions

One-dimensional magnetic chains assembled from molecules

15-Oct-2021 Led by scientists at Empa and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, and Spain have succeeded in building carbon-based quantum spin chains, where they captured the emergence of one of the cornerstone mod ... more

New single-atom catalyst can produce hydrogen from urea at an exceptional rate

Liquid nitrogen quenching introduces tensile-strain on the surface of oxide support, stabilizing ultra-high loading of single metal atom sites

15-Oct-2021 While hydrogen is widely suggested as an alternative fuel with zero carbon emission, the majority of commercial hydrogen fuel production is obtained from the refining of fossils fuels. The limited reservoir of fossils fuels and their negative impact on the environment has encouraged researc ... more

Harvard researchers use dyes to store data

Chemists’ dye method holds promise for long-term data storage — thousands of years or more: Start-up is pursuing opportunities for partnerships

15-Oct-2021 In the digital age, every byte of data needs to go somewhere — and preferably stay there a long time. That last part is a major problem when it comes to data-storage systems, which typically last less than 20 years. A group of Harvard chemists is trying to solve the issue with an innovation ... more

bp and LANXESS join forces on renewable raw materials for plastics production

14-Oct-2021 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and energy company bp are entering into a strategic partnership for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. bp will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to the LANXESS’ production site in Antwerp, Belgium, starting in the ... more

All news

Surface chemistry reveals corrosive secrets

Precise Measurements are the Molecular Lens to Seeing Chemistry

18-Oct-2021 One can easily see with the naked eye that leaving an old nail out in the rain causes rust. What does require the keen eyes and sensitive nose of microscopy and spectroscopy is observing how iron corrodes and forms new minerals, especially in water with a pinch of sodium and calcium. Thanks ... more

Tailor-made X-rays for research and development

Start-up expansion with funding from IFB Hamburg

14-Oct-2021 The high-tech Spin-Off TXproducts, founded in April 2021 on the DESY campus in Hamburg, will receive funding from Investitions- und Förderbank Hamburg (ifb). TX stands for "Tailored X-Ray", and the company develops solutions for customizing synchrotron X-rays beams for experiments at large- ... more

KRÜSS moves forward in Spanish market by selling directly

13-Oct-2021 The Hamburg-based company specializes in the manufacture of measuring instruments for the analysis and quality control of various materials, surfactants, and foams for a broad range of different industries, as well as for scientific research. The company’s decision to dispense with reseller ... more

Consumer protection: Novel method for detecting hormonally active substances

Analytical method for risk assessment of products and food

11-Oct-2021 Scientists from the Universities of Dresden and Leipzig have presented a new method for detecting hormonally active substances in food, cosmetics and water in the journal “Biosensors & Bioelectronics”. Hormonally active substances can cause serious health problems, including breast and pros ... more

Waters Appoints John M. Ballbach to Board of Directors

Dr. Michael J. Berendt to Retire from Waters Board

08-Oct-2021 Waters Corporation announced the appointment of John M. Ballbach to its Board of Directors, effective October 5, 2021. Mr. Ballbach currently serves on the Board of RPM International, Inc., a leader in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services. Waters also announ ... more

Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work

X-rays reveal compositional changes on active surface under reaction conditions

05-Oct-2021 A DESY-led research team has been using high-intensity X-rays to observe a single catalyst nanoparticle at work. The experiment has revealed for the first time how the chemical composition of the surface of an individual nanoparticle changes under reaction conditions, making it more active. ... more

Changes to Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG

Dr. Ludwin Monz will be stepping down from his position as President and CEO of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG at his own request

01-Oct-2021 President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Dr. Ludwin Monz, has announced to the Supervisory Board that he will not be accepting another term in office. The Supervisory Board notes his decision with regret. Dr. Monz and the Supervisory Board have agreed to end his term on 31 December 2021. ... more

First glimpse of hydrodynamic electron flow in 3D materials

"Really to "see" electrons flowing through a thin piece of metal like water through a pipe is very exciting"

29-Sep-2021 Electrons flow through most materials more like a gas than a fluid, meaning they don’t interact much with one another. It was long hypothesized that electrons could flow like a fluid, but only recent advances in materials and measurement techniques allowed these effects to be observed in 2D ... more

New world record in materials research - X-ray microscopy with 1000 tomograms per second

"This method opens a door for the non-destructive study of fast processes in materials, which is what many research groups and also industry have been waiting for"

29-Sep-2021 Tomoscopy is an imaging method in which three-dimensional images of the inside of materials are calculated in rapid succession. Now a team led by HZB physicist Francisco García Moreno has achieved a new world record at the TOMCAT beamline of the Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Insti ... more

Laboratory specialist KNAUER receives "Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Businesses"

24-Sep-2021 The Berlin-based manufacturer of laboratory instruments for analysis and purification KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH was awarded the "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2021" of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation on Saturday, September 18, 2021 for the Berlin/Brandenburg region. Alexandra Knaue ... more

All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

Molecules in an egg carton

How water surfaces can be used to produce functional materials

19-Oct-2021 The production of high-quality monolayers – i.e. only one molecule high - is highly relevant for optoelectronic components such as organic light-emitting diodes used today in modern cell phones: Both lifetime and energy efficiency can be increased. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for ... more

New fumed silica plant by Evonik and Wynca goes on stream

Evonik’s first fumed silica production facility in China starts operation

19-Oct-2021 The joint venture between Evonik and the Chinese company Wynca - Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. is starting-up of its new fumed silica plant. Located in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park in Jiangsu province, the plant is Evonik's first fumed silica production sit ... more

Accelerating the discovery of new materials for 3D printing

A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods

19-Oct-2021 The growing popularity of 3D printing for manufacturing all sorts of items, from customized medical devices to affordable homes, has created more demand for new 3D printing materials designed for very specific uses. To cut down on the time it takes to discover these new materials, researche ... more

Scientists develop fully solar-driven autonomous chemical mini-plant

Production of fine chemicals in remote locations on Earth, and possibly even on Mars - also facade could make chemicals

18-Oct-2021 Professor Timothy Noël and co-workers in the Flow Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a fully operational standalone solar-powered mini-reactor which offers the potential for the production of fine chemicals in remote ... more

Surface chemistry reveals corrosive secrets

Precise Measurements are the Molecular Lens to Seeing Chemistry

18-Oct-2021 One can easily see with the naked eye that leaving an old nail out in the rain causes rust. What does require the keen eyes and sensitive nose of microscopy and spectroscopy is observing how iron corrodes and forms new minerals, especially in water with a pinch of sodium and calcium. Thanks ... more

A sunny outlook for solar

New research demonstrates great promise of all-inorganic perovskite solar cells for improving the efficiencies of solar cells

18-Oct-2021 Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have already demonstrated very high photovoltaic efficiencies of greater than 25%. The prevailing wisdom in the field is that the organic (carbon- and hydrogen-containing) molecules in the material are crucial to achieving this impressive performance bec ... more

Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions

One-dimensional magnetic chains assembled from molecules

15-Oct-2021 Led by scientists at Empa and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, and Spain have succeeded in building carbon-based quantum spin chains, where they captured the emergence of one of the cornerstone mod ... more

New single-atom catalyst can produce hydrogen from urea at an exceptional rate

Liquid nitrogen quenching introduces tensile-strain on the surface of oxide support, stabilizing ultra-high loading of single metal atom sites

15-Oct-2021 While hydrogen is widely suggested as an alternative fuel with zero carbon emission, the majority of commercial hydrogen fuel production is obtained from the refining of fossils fuels. The limited reservoir of fossils fuels and their negative impact on the environment has encouraged researc ... more

Harvard researchers use dyes to store data

Chemists’ dye method holds promise for long-term data storage — thousands of years or more: Start-up is pursuing opportunities for partnerships

15-Oct-2021 In the digital age, every byte of data needs to go somewhere — and preferably stay there a long time. That last part is a major problem when it comes to data-storage systems, which typically last less than 20 years. A group of Harvard chemists is trying to solve the issue with an innovation ... more

"Caramel receptor" identified

New insights from the world of chemical senses

14-Oct-2021 Who doesn't like the smell of caramel? However, the olfactory receptor that contributes decisively to this sensory impression was unknown until now. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (LSB) have now solved the mystery of its e ... more

All news on chemistry

bp and LANXESS join forces on renewable raw materials for plastics production

14-Oct-2021 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and energy company bp are entering into a strategic partnership for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. bp will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to the LANXESS’ production site in Antwerp, Belgium, starting in the ... more

"Caramel receptor" identified

New insights from the world of chemical senses

14-Oct-2021 Who doesn't like the smell of caramel? However, the olfactory receptor that contributes decisively to this sensory impression was unknown until now. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (LSB) have now solved the mystery of its e ... more

Elastic polymer that is both stiff and tough, resolves long-standing quandary

More sustainable, long-lasting polymer materials could decrease consumption of plastics

12-Oct-2021 Polymer science has made possible rubber tires, Teflon and Kevlar, plastic water bottles, nylon jackets among many other ubiquitous features of daily life. Elastic polymers, known as elastomers, can be stretched and released repeatedly and are used in applications such as gloves and heart v ... more

Detecting microplastics in the environment

Geochemist has developed a method to track microplastics in water, soil and even organisms

07-Oct-2021 Geochemist Denise Mitrano has found a way to track how micro- and nanoplastic particles spread through the environment. For this work, she is receiving this year's Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Man-made plastic pollutes the environment. When broken dow ... more

X-ray insights may enable better plastics production

Analysis helps to understand fragmentation of catalyst particles in ethylene polymerisation

30-Sep-2021 An X-ray study at DESY is pointing the way towards a better understanding of plastics production. A team led by Utrecht University investigated so-called Ziegler-type catalysts, the workhorses in the world's polyethylene and polypropylene production, at DESY's X-ray source PETRA III. As the ... more

A new approach for recycling plastics

Two EPFL engineers have come up with a revolutionary new method for tackling plastic pollution by harnessing the inner workings of proteins. The result? A whole new way of looking at plastic recycling

28-Sep-2021 Each human being uses, on average, 30 kg of plastic per year. Given that global life expectancy currently stands at approximately 70 years, each person will discard some two metric tons of plastic in his or her lifetime. Multiply that by the number people on earth – which is growing constan ... more

Research guides future of plastic waste chemical recycling

22-Sep-2021 New research from Cornell University aims to ease the process of chemical recycling – an emerging industry that could turn waste products back into natural resources by physically breaking plastic down into the smaller molecules it was originally produced from. In a new paper, “Consequentia ... more

New Coating for Plastics to Fight Bacteria off

Startup Flux Polymers receives funding

23-Aug-2021 The start-up Flux Polymers, which has its roots at the University of Würzburg, offers a simple and easy solution to keep plastic surfaces free of bacteria. Recently, it has found an investor and can now start its operational business. In clinics and medical practices, it is crucial to work ... more

Breakthrough discovery: Plastics aren’t what we think

New study finds they’re a tad rubbery, paving the way for better products

20-Aug-2021 A breakthrough by researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) and collaborating institutions around the world could pave the way for better products, such as improved batteries, automobile paint and cellphone screens. When you zoom in on many modern materials, such as those in some ... more

Microplastics: A Trojan Horse for Metals

Study shows that microplastics can serve as a transport vehicle for metals in the environment

11-Aug-2021 The fact that microplastics can accumulate organic pollutants from the environment and transport them has been known for some time. What is new, however, is that metals can also be transported in this manner. In addition, the smaller the particles, the greater the metal accumulation on the ... more

All news on plastics

Automated chemical synthesis: reliable production and rapid knowledge gain

KIT Invests About Four Million Euros in Facility for Automated Synthesis

09-Aug-2021 One of the most modern infrastructures for automated process control in chemistry is being built by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with BASF: The facility will initially produce new substances in parallel for applications in fields ranging from biology to materials sci ... more

LAUDA expands headquarters with office space

Visible sign of growth

30-Jul-2021 With a symbolic laying of the foundation stone, LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG celebrated the official start of construction for an extension to an existing office building. When the office building with production hall was erected and completed in 2008, an extension had already been pla ... more

Sartorius continues on its fast growth trajectory

Significant double-digit increases in sales and earnings

22-Jul-2021 Sartorius has continued on its fast growth trajectory, closing the first half of 2021 with significant double-digit increases in both sales revenue and order intake. “In the first six months of the year, we have seen unabated high demand for innovative technologies used in the development a ... more

An AI Robot for Pipetting

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

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

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

Revenue rises by 20.3% to €967.2 million in 2020

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

New dimension for efficient laboratory work

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

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

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

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

Lab supplies out of the 3D printer

LAUDA invests in Better Basics start-up

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

Sartorius closes 2020 with strong growth

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

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

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

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

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

All news on laboratory equipment / laboratory supplies

New images lead to better prediction of shear thickening

It's relevant to everything from oil & gas to pharma manufacturing to food processing to chemical manufacturing

11-Oct-2021 For the first time, researchers have been able capture images providing unprecedented details of how particles behave in a liquid suspension when the phenomenon known as shear thickening takes place. The work allows us to directly understand the processes behind shear thickening, which had ... more

Changes to Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG

Dr. Ludwin Monz will be stepping down from his position as President and CEO of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG at his own request

01-Oct-2021 President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Dr. Ludwin Monz, has announced to the Supervisory Board that he will not be accepting another term in office. The Supervisory Board notes his decision with regret. Dr. Monz and the Supervisory Board have agreed to end his term on 31 December 2021. ... more

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

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

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

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

Miniature material analysis sensors on the way to mass production

Senorics raises more than 8 million Euro

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

ZEISS Reports Successful Start to Fiscal Year

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

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

Energy-saving gas turbines from the 3D printer

Neutrons "see" internal stress in components from additive manufacturing

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

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

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

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

BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

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

New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

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

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

All news on mc

Greening the Internet of Things

The demand for connected devices keeps growing – Fraunhofer project has shown how all of these sensor systems can become extremely energy efficient or even completely autonomous

27-Sep-2021 Sensors have become the ubiquitous companions of our lives. Whether knowingly or not, we use them every day to collect, process, and interpret data and help us make sense of the world around us. The demand for connected devices keeps growing – in particular in the Internet of Things, or IoT ... more

The factory of the future speaks our language

In the future, artificial intelligence will monitor and maintain industrial plants. To do this, however, it must be able to understand human texts – TU Wien shows how this can be done

11-Aug-2021 The complexity of large industrial production plants is hardly manageable for a single person. In order to maintain, monitor and service an industrial production line, it therefore makes sense to rely on artificial intelligence (AI). There are different strategies for this. The most obvious ... more

Successful exit: Schunk Group takes stake in Pulsar Photonics

Laser micromachining with ultrashort pulse lasers

28-Jun-2021 The exit is a perfect match for High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), bringing together an international tech company with over a 100-year history and a start-up that will benefit from each other’s strengths. "For Schunk, the ultrashort-pulse laser technology represents a technological expansion t ... more

UWT managing director expands management team

A dynamic trio for a stable future

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

Germany’s first 10 billion dollar start-up

Celonis has second-highest valuation among European start-ups

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

"Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects

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

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

Finalists of the ACHEMA Start-up Award selected

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

Glass injection molding

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

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

Merger of Heidelberg Instruments and Multiphoton Optics

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

LAUDA founds its own company for innovations outside its core business

Support and supervision of young companies

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

All news on chemical engineering
News by department
  • 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

    The EU Green Deal is a game changer for the process industry, but only very few companies know the rules of the game.

    BearingPoint - Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas Industry Sentiment Barometer on the EU Green Deal

    06-Aug-2021 Many companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries see more opportunities than risks for their own future competitiveness in the European Union's Green Deal. However, only one third of the companies are even aware of the exact objectives of the Green Deal and quite a few ... more

    Companies in the plastics industry are cautiously optimistic about the future

    The exploding prices of raw materials and the shortage of materials due to the chaos in logistics are of great concern.

    03-Aug-2021 The plastics industry has recovered from the consequences of the pandemic faster than originally hoped. Companies expect this positive trend to continue. But the mood in the industry is clouded, because: Exploding raw material prices, dramatic material shortages as well as supply bottleneck ... more

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

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

  • Research

    Molecules in an egg carton

    How water surfaces can be used to produce functional materials

    19-Oct-2021 The production of high-quality monolayers – i.e. only one molecule high - is highly relevant for optoelectronic components such as organic light-emitting diodes used today in modern cell phones: Both lifetime and energy efficiency can be increased. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for ... more

    Accelerating the discovery of new materials for 3D printing

    A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods

    19-Oct-2021 The growing popularity of 3D printing for manufacturing all sorts of items, from customized medical devices to affordable homes, has created more demand for new 3D printing materials designed for very specific uses. To cut down on the time it takes to discover these new materials, researche ... more

    Scientists develop fully solar-driven autonomous chemical mini-plant

    Production of fine chemicals in remote locations on Earth, and possibly even on Mars - also facade could make chemicals

    18-Oct-2021 Professor Timothy Noël and co-workers in the Flow Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a fully operational standalone solar-powered mini-reactor which offers the potential for the production of fine chemicals in remote ... more

  • Technology

    World's first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing adopted by OECD

    Success for long-standing collaboration between BASF and Givaudan to develop and validate alternative methods

    30-Jun-2021 The world’s first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing has been approved by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The testing strategy consists of three so-called alternative methods. They can be used to predict whether a substance causes allergic ... more

    Evonik and InnovationLab bring new battery technology to the market

    Printed solid-state batteries impress with their long cycle life

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

    A sharper look at the interior of semiconductors

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

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

  • Business

    Tailor-made X-rays for research and development

    Start-up expansion with funding from IFB Hamburg

    14-Oct-2021 The high-tech Spin-Off TXproducts, founded in April 2021 on the DESY campus in Hamburg, will receive funding from Investitions- und Förderbank Hamburg (ifb). TX stands for "Tailored X-Ray", and the company develops solutions for customizing synchrotron X-rays beams for experiments at large- ... more

    KRÜSS moves forward in Spanish market by selling directly

    13-Oct-2021 The Hamburg-based company specializes in the manufacture of measuring instruments for the analysis and quality control of various materials, surfactants, and foams for a broad range of different industries, as well as for scientific research. The company’s decision to dispense with reseller ... more

    Four startups win AkzoNobel collaborations in Paint the Future China finale

    01-Oct-2021 Four startups have been invited to collaborate with AkzoNobel on their innovative solutions after being announced as the winners of the Paint the Future China startup challenge. The exciting announcement wrapped up a two-day accelerator event, which brought 17 finalists together with 30 Akz ... more

  • People

    Waters Appoints John M. Ballbach to Board of Directors

    Dr. Michael J. Berendt to Retire from Waters Board

    08-Oct-2021 Waters Corporation announced the appointment of John M. Ballbach to its Board of Directors, effective October 5, 2021. Mr. Ballbach currently serves on the Board of RPM International, Inc., a leader in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services. Waters also announ ... more

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis

    An ingenious tool for building molecules

    06-Oct-2021 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 to Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany and David W.C. MacMillan, Princeton University, USA “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”. Build ... more

    Changes to Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG

    Dr. Ludwin Monz will be stepping down from his position as President and CEO of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG at his own request

    01-Oct-2021 President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Dr. Ludwin Monz, has announced to the Supervisory Board that he will not be accepting another term in office. The Supervisory Board notes his decision with regret. Dr. Monz and the Supervisory Board have agreed to end his term on 31 December 2021. ... more

  • Manufacturing

    New fumed silica plant by Evonik and Wynca goes on stream

    Evonik’s first fumed silica production facility in China starts operation

    19-Oct-2021 The joint venture between Evonik and the Chinese company Wynca - Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. is starting-up of its new fumed silica plant. Located in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park in Jiangsu province, the plant is Evonik's first fumed silica production sit ... more

    OQ Chemicals Declares Force Majeure

    Implements Sales Control on Oberhausen-Produced Products

    30-Sep-2021 Due to a technical problem in a third-party synthesis gas unit at the Oberhausen, Germany, site, raw materials to OQ Chemicals are currently restricted. During a regular inspection, a leakage was detected at the cylinder block in the area of the valves. Unfortunately, the compressor had to ... more

    BASF: Curtailed ammonia production in Antwerp and Ludwigshafen

    28-Sep-2021 Due to the recent rise on natural gas prices in Europe, the economics for operating an ammonia plant in the region has become extremely challenging. As a result, BASF has curtailed its ammonia production at its production sites in Antwerp and Ludwigshafen. BASF will continuously monitor the ... more

  • Products

    Start-up succeeds 3D-printing breakthrough – magic black(!) material allows photopolymerization

    Combined with new translucent material, 3D-printing of entire optical systems possibl

    13-Oct-2021 Highly precise 3D-structures in black can now be printed using a 2 Photon-Polymerization (2PP) 3D-printing process. This seemed for a long time impossible as non-transmissive (black) materials greatly reduce the polymerization efficiency of the printing process. Now the 2PP-specialist UpNan ... more

    New Coating for Plastics to Fight Bacteria off

    Startup Flux Polymers receives funding

    23-Aug-2021 The start-up Flux Polymers, which has its roots at the University of Würzburg, offers a simple and easy solution to keep plastic surfaces free of bacteria. Recently, it has found an investor and can now start its operational business. In clinics and medical practices, it is crucial to work ... more

    A cutting-edge tool to push innovations in nanotechnology

    Swiss start-up has now launched the world’s first dedicated electron diffractometer

    17-Aug-2021 With ELDICO ED-1, the world’s first dedicated electron diffractometer just launched by ELDICO Scientific, crystallographic experiments on nano-crystalline samples become easy. The electron diffraction company, a Swiss technology and solution provider, will be presenting its new system to a ... more

  • Finances

    Start-up aims to offer ultra-fast charging batteries that have greater stability and longer life

    Echion Technologies to announce completion of £10M Series-A funding round

    30-Aug-2021 Echion Technologies is a developer of next generation materials for Lithium-Ion batteries. Its products deliver a unique combination of fast-charging capability, cost-effectiveness, and high energy density; vital for the world’s shift towards decarbonisation through pervasive electrificatio ... more

    LANXESS raises guidance for fiscal 2021 again

    Significant increase in sales and earnings

    12-Aug-2021 Following a good second quarter, LANXESS has again raised its guidance for the full year 2021. The specialty chemicals company now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals to be between EUR 1 billion and EUR 1.05 billion. The guidance also reflects the acquisition of Emerald Kalama Chemical, which w ... more

    ALTANA posts double-digit growth

    Half-year results: Sales 24 percent above previous year’s level

    10-Aug-2021 ALTANA achieved double-digit growth in the first half of 2021. In the first six months of the year, the specialty chemicals group’s sales rose by 24 percent to 1,334 million euros compared to the same period of the previous year (1,078 million euros), which was significantly influenced by t ... more

  • Career

    Brenntag will implement global transformation program

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

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

    BASF plans realignment of Global Business Services unit

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

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

    New site agreement for BASF: No forced redundancies

    Average annual investment of at least €1.5 billion until 2025

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

  • Cooperation

    bp and LANXESS join forces on renewable raw materials for plastics production

    14-Oct-2021 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and energy company bp are entering into a strategic partnership for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. bp will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to the LANXESS’ production site in Antwerp, Belgium, starting in the ... more

    Bilfinger and Hydrogenious become partners to enable safe and efficient hydrogen transport

    Joint large-volume hydrogen projects to be realised

    14-Oct-2021 International industrial services provider Bilfinger and LOHC market pioneer Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies are entering into a strategic partnership and pooling their complementary expertise. The companies aim to make green hydrogen commercially available on a large scale in Europe by offe ... more

    BASF and Sanyo Chemical sign Memorandum Of Understanding for collaboration on polyurethane dispersions

    Joint development and access to technologies to create advanced PUDs

    29-Sep-2021 BASF and Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd. (Sanyo Chemical) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strategic collaboration of polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) development. The two parties aim to jointly develop and produce innovative products with strong sustainability contribution. Newly dev ... more

  • Laws

    Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

    ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

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

    Roadmap to address substances of very high concern complete

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

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

    22 hazardous chemicals added to EU regulation on imports and exports

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

  • Politics

    What the Biden-Harris administration means for chemistry

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

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

    Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

    ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

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

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

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

Organizations in the news
News according to country
News archive
Newsletters

chemeurope.com Newsletter

The chemeurope.com newsletter keeps you informed about the current events in the fields of chemistry, analytics, laboratory and process technology with news, products, company profiles and technical information.
Current edition

Your browser is not current. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 does not support some functions on Chemie.DE