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BASF and Lutianhua plan to pilot a new production process that significantly reduces CO2 emissions

19-Jun-2019

BASF and Sichuan Lutianhua Co., Ltd. (Lutianhua) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop a pilot production plant, that will significantly reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in producing dimethyl ether (DME) from syngas compared to the traditional process. DME ...

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Covestro to sell European Systems Houses business

Covestro continues portfolio optimization

19-Jun-2019

Covestro has signed an agreement with H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”) for the sale of Covestro’s European Systems Houses business. H.I.G. focuses on investments in small and mid-sized companies. The sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The decision to sell the systems houses ...

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Versum Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Merck

19-Jun-2019

Merck announced that its transaction with Versum Materials, Inc. was approved at a special meeting of Versum’s stockholders. On April12, 2019, Merck had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Versum for US$53 per share in cash. “We are pleased that Versum stockholders have voted in favor of us ...

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BASF has announced the following changes in its management team

19-Jun-2019

Raimar Jahn (61), President, Performance Materials, BASF Belgium Coordination Center Comm. V., Waterloo, will retire effective August 31, 2019. Martin Jung (50), Senior Vice President, Surface Treatment, Chemetall GmbH, Frankfurt, will join Performance Materials on August 1, 2019, and will, as ...

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Catalytic converter with a green profile

18-Jun-2019

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the chemist Zita Csendes has defined and tested iron complexes as a sustainable, inexpensive and efficient alternative to precious-metal catalysts. The shift from catalyst solution to reusable pore coating required mastering many chemical ...

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Rigid bonds enable new data storage technology

How new phase-change materials could lead to more efficient and faster data storage technologies

18-Jun-2019

Phase-change materials are used in the latest generation of smartphones enabling higher storage densities and energy efficiency. Data is recorded by switching between glassy and crystalline material states by applying a heat pulse. However, to date it has not been possible to study what happens ...

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Researchers take two steps toward green fuel

Two-Step Saccharification of Rice Straw Using Solid Acid Catalysts

18-Jun-2019

An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has developed a two-step method to more efficiently break down carbohydrates into their single sugar components, a critical process in producing green fuel. The breakdown process is ...

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Disruptive 2D mass spectrometry spin-out secures seed investment

18-Jun-2019

Verdel Instruments Ltd - a spin-out company of the University of Warwick UK – has developed new disruptive two-dimensional mass spectrometry (2DMS) technology and raised seed investment of over £230,000 from Longwall Ventures and Innovate UK. Designed by world-leading researchers, this is the ...

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New Quantum Dot Microscope Shows Electric Potentials of Individual Atoms

17-Jun-2019

A team of researchers from Jülich in cooperation with the University of Magdeburg has developed a new method to measure the electric potentials of a sample at atomic accuracy. Using conventional methods, it was virtually impossible until now to quantitatively record the electric potentials that ...

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New solar mini-refinery

Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air: Two spin-offs already founded

17-Jun-2019

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions. The new solar mini-refinery is located on the ...

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