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LANXESS acquires Brazilian biocide manufacturer

03-Dec-2019

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

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Brenntag increases footprint in Brazil by acquiring Quimisa

10-Oct-2019

Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire Quimisa SA including its logistics subsidiary Quimilog. The company headquartered in Brusque, Brazil, has a strong market position in providing industrial and specialty chemicals to regional and international clients in Southern Brazil. The product ...

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LANXESS new high performance prepolymers production up and running in Brazil

01-Jul-2019

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started the production of high performance prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. With this measure, the Urethane Systems business unit is expanding its production capacity for prepolymers. In addition, application development and technical ...

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A combination of agrochemicals shortens the life of bees

A nonlethal dose of insecticide clothianidin can reduce honeybees' life span by half

03-Jun-2019

A new study by Brazilian biologists suggests that the effect of pesticides on bees could be worse than previously thought. Even when used at a level considered nonlethal, an insecticide curtailed the lives of bees by up to 50%. The researchers also found that a fungicide deemed safe for bees ...

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BASF to expand production capacity for Sodium Methylate in Brazil

09-Apr-2019

BASF will increase the production capacity for its Sodium Methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30%, from currently 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come onstream in 2020. Sodium Methylate is an efficient and reliable ...

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Artificial magnetic field produces exotic behavior in graphene sheets

04-Dec-2018

A simple sheet of graphene has noteworthy properties due to a quantum phenomenon in its electron structure named Dirac cones in honor of British theoretical physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984), who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933. The system becomes even more interesting if it ...

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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals completes acquisition of Polinox

25-Sep-2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has completed its acquisition of Brazil's Polinox, producer of ketone peroxides, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of polymers. The purchase expands the company's footprint in South America, establishing it as one of the region's leading producers of curing ...

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LANXESS increases production for prepolymers in Brazil

Investment of single-digit million Euro amount

18-May-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is investing a single-digit million Euro amount to expand its prepolymer production capacity, which is ...

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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018

Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting the ...

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Thermoelectric nanodevice based on Majorana fermions proposed

10-Apr-2018

In March 1938, the young Italian physicist Ettore Majorana disappeared mysteriously, leaving his country's scientific community shaken. The episode remains unexplained, despite Leonardo Scascia's attempt to unravel the enigma in his book The Disappearance of Majorana (1975). Majorana, whom Enrico ...

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