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Arkema, CNRS, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University and CPE Lyon join forces to design the batteries of the future

Improving the performance of materials used in lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur batteries is a priority to meet portable energy needs


An increasingly large share of portable energy needs will be supplied by mobile energy storage devices, such as lithium-ion batteries. Arkema, CNRS, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University and CPE Lyon have just created iHub Poly-9. This joint laboratory will be dedicated to the design of new ...


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New materials for storing flammable industrial gases


How do I store more, and better? This summarizes the challenge of transporting flammable gases. To ensure industrial safety, these gases must be handled at defined temperature and pressure conditions that do not allow for optimal storage and release cycles. Existing porous materials can ...


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BASF to expand European production for Hexamethylenediamine and Polyamide 6.6

New world-scale HMD plant in Chalampé and expansion of polyamide 6.6 production in Freiburg


BASF decided to build a new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant in Chalampé, France. The new plant is set to increase BASF’s annual HMD production capacity to 260,000 metric tons. Production is expected to start in 2024. Furthermore, BASF will expand its polyamide 6.6 production in Freiburg, ...


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LUM enters into a strategic partnership for bitumen and petroleum analysis in France


In October 2021, LUM GmbH started a strategic partnership with the French company VIALAB SARL in order to be able to offer French customers greater expertise in solving their questions in the field of bitumen, petroleum and related emulsions. Under the patronage of LUM France, VIALAB SARL will ...


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Electrons Passed Around

Ultrafast charge transfer in Prussian blue analogues


Photoinduced charge transfers are an interesting electronic property of Prussian blue and some analogously structured compounds. A team of researchers has now been able to elucidate the ultrafast processes in the light-induced charge transfer between iron and manganese in a manganese-containing ...


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How Green Is Your Plastic?

Economical synthesis of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates from biobased materials


Despite the best efforts of industry to work towards sustainability, most plastics (or polymers) are still made using non-renewable fossil fuels. However, researchers have now found an economical method for producing biobased acrylate resins. The study, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, ...


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LANXESS acquires biocides specialist

Further consolidation in the area of consumer protection


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its position as one of the world's leading manufacturers of biocides and antimicrobials by acquiring French company INTACE SAS. The Paris-based biocide company is a manufacturer of specialty fungicides for the packaging industry. LANXESS and the ...


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LANXESS aims to acquire disinfection and hygiene solutions provider Theseo

Strong presence of Theseo in Europe will complement the global material protection business of LANXESS


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS intends to further expand its Consumer Protection business and has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire the Theseo group. The French group, headquartered in Laval, is a leading manufacturer of disinfection and hygiene solutions in Europe and Latin ...


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Towards next-generation molecule-based magnets

New lightweight molecule-based magnet, produced at low temperatures, and exhibiting unprecedented magnetic properties


Magnets are to be found everywhere in our daily lives, whether in satellites, telephones or on fridge doors. However, they are made up of heavy inorganic materials whose component elements are, in some cases, of limited availability. Now, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Bordeaux and ...


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Appointment of Patrick Nguyen-Duhamel as President of Quaron

Eric Godinot becomes Deputy General Manager


The Supervisory Board of Quaron S.A.S. appointed Patrick Nguyen-Duhamel as President of the company. He succeeds Bruno Lafabrègue, who will remain in charge of operations as Director until 31 December 2020. The Supervisory Board also appointed Eric Godinot as Deputy General Manager. Both ...


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