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Glowing material remembers where it was pressed

09-Jan-2020

Think of the blade of a wind turbine or a part of an airplane. After a heavy storm, you want to investigate whether it has been hit by hail stones or loaded beyond a certain threshold, even if no clear damage is visible. Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium have developed a ...

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Clusters of gold atoms form peculiar pyramidal shape

07-Jan-2020

Clusters composed of a few atoms tend to be spherical. They are usually organized in shells of atoms around a central atom. This is the case for many elements, but not for gold! Experiments and advanced computations have shown that freestanding clusters of twenty gold atoms take on a pyramidal ...

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Stora Enso invests in pilot plant for bio-based plastic packaging material

12-Dec-2019

Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility for enabling the production of bio-based plastics as barrier in transparent packaging. The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into the renewable building block required to make PEF, a bio-based plastic, mainly targeting the ...

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Graphene is on track to deliver on its promises

08-Oct-2019

Graphene is light, flexible, conductive, and one of the strongest materials in the world. And it is right on track to deliver on its promises - the Graphene Flagship is confident many applications will be unveiled in the next decade. In a special Nature Nanotechnology issue, celebrating 15 years ...

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BASF to expand integrated ethylene oxide and derivatives complex at its Verbund site in Antwerp

02-Oct-2019

In line with its customer-focused corporate strategy, BASF will expand the capacity of ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The total investment adds about 400,000 metric tons per year to BASF’s production capacity for the corresponding products ...

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DOMO Chemicals signs agreement to acquire Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe

16-Aug-2019

DOMO Chemicals and Solvay have signed an agreement for DOMO to acquire Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe. This includes Engineering Plastics operations in France and Poland; High Performance Fibers in France; Polymer and Intermediates operations in France, Spain & Poland. The ...

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Evonik expands fumed silica capacity

New plant for fumed silica comes on stream in Antwerp

28-Jun-2019

Evonik has started up on schedule its new plant complex in Antwerp for production of fumed silica. With this, the specialty chemicals company can now serve the high demand for fumed silicas marketed under the AEROSIL® brand. Typical applications include paints and coatings, advanced adhesive ...

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ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

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

15-Jan-2019

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

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Eurofins scientific acquires two North American companies

02-Nov-2018

By acquiring EnvironeX Group Inc. in Canada and TestAmerica in the USA Eurofins expands its testing capabilities in the North American market. EnvironeX Group Inc. - bioanalytical testing in Canada Founded in 2005 by Marc Hamilton and supported by PCP since 2015, EnvironeX is a leading provider ...

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Eurofins closes acquisition of cosmetic testing lab in France

30-Oct-2018

Eurofins Scientific announces that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Laboratoire Dermscan SAS (“Dermscan”), a leading provider of Cosmetic & Personal Care Products Testing services in Europe. Dermscan was founded in 1990 in Lyon as a family-owned business. After nearly three decades ...

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