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Edible, biodegradable, anti-microbial plastic boasts higher tensile strength than petroleum-based plastic

The material is produced from gelatin, clay and a nanoemulsion of black pepper essential oil

11-Mar-2022

Disposal of food packaging is a major cause of environmental pollution worldwide. More than 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced every year, and 85% of the garbage dumped in the oceans is plastic, according to estimates. Brazil is the fourth-largest producer, accounting for some 11 ...

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“Green” solvent and natural pigment to produce bioplastic

01-Mar-2022

Scientists based in Brazil and Portugal have developed an environmentally sustainable process to produce biodegradable plastic using pigment extracted from yeast by “green” solvents. In an articlepublishedin the journalGreen Chemistry, they show that this biodegradable plastic could in future ...

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LANXESS completes acquisition of Brazilian biocide manufacturer IPEL

05-Feb-2020

LANXESS completed the acquisition of Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda. (IPEL). The competent anti-trust authorities approved the transaction beginning of January. IPEL with headquarters in Jarinu, São Paulo, is one of Brazil’s leading biocide manufacturers and generated sales in the lower ...

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ALTANA Division ACTEGA Inaugurates New Integrated Site in Brazil

30-Jan-2020

ACTEGA do Brazil, a company of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA, has inaugurated a new integrated site in the city of Araçariguama in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, in which around €2 million have been invested. In a first step, the specialist for packaging solutions is merging the ...

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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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