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Pancake bonding as a new tool to construct novel metal based magnetic materials

Study paves the way for new design strategy for novel multinuclear single-molecule magnets

17-Aug-2020

A Canadian-Finnish collaboration has led to the discovery of a novel magnetic compound in which two magnetic dysprosium metal ions are bridged by two aromatic organic radicals forming a pancake bond. The results of this study can be utilized to improve the magnetic properties of similar ...

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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 ...

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Restriction and authorisation found to drive replacement of harmful chemicals

Replacing harmful chemicals with safer alternatives and greener technologies is strongly driven by regulation

13-Jul-2020

While restrictions and authorisation directly encourage European industry to substitute harmful chemicals, ECHA’s support for substitution has also played a role. ECHA’s two published reports uncover both the direct and indirect effects of REACH in driving substitution. Based on a survey of ...

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Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out

The additions include three substances that are toxic to reproduction and one endocrine disruptor

26-Jun-2020

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances that may have serious effects on people or the environment. The endocrine-disrupting substance is used in consumer products, such as cosmetics. The three others are used in industrial processes to produce ...

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Support drives fate of protected gold nanoclusters as catalysts

The choice of a support material may have drastic effects on the structure of the catalyst

17-Jun-2020

In collaboration with experimentalists from Ghent University, Belgium and Utrecht University, Netherlands, researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) at the University of Jyväskylä, have recently discovered that the choice of a support material for model catalysts, made from gold nanoclusters ...

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BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

Construction started in Harjavalta, Finland and secured building permit for plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

16-Jun-2020

Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the ...

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on battery recycling

09-Mar-2020

Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. This would enable a successful “closed loop” cycle to re-use the critical metals present in used batteries. Using metals from recycled ...

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The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an 'eco' super-glue

25-Feb-2020

In a study published in Advanced Materials, researchers at Aalto University, the University of Tokyo, Sichuan University, and the University of British Columbia have demonstrated that plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form an adhesive that fully integrates the concepts of ...

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Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

06-Dec-2019

Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ...

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Clean carbon nanotubes with superb properties

21-Nov-2019

Scientists at Aalto University, Finland, and Nagoya University, Japan, have found a new way to make ultra-clean carbon nanotube transistors with superior semiconducting properties. Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have found many uses in electronics and new touch screen devices. Carbon ...

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