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Geochemists measure new composition of Earth’s mantle

19-Sep-2019

What is the chemical composition of the Earth’s interior? Because it is impossible to drill more than about ten kilometres deep into the Earth, volcanic rocks formed by melting Earth’s deep interior often provide such information. Geochemists at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Amsterdam ...

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Plastic consumer products contain harmful and unknown substances

Research group detects thousands of chemicals in plastic products

19-Sep-2019

Plastic products are ubiquitous. Although considered indispensable in many areas of life thanks to their versality and practicality, are they really harmless? The PlastX research group led by the Institute of Ecological Research (ISOE) has examined everyday products made of plastic and found that ...

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Evonik celebrates official groundbreaking ceremony of the new polyamide 12 complex in Marl

Evonik is investing over €400 million

18-Sep-2019

Specialty chemicals company Evonik has officially begun construction on its largest investment to date in Germany. Armin Laschet, the minister president of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Christian Kullmann, the chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries AG, stood in ...

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Tomorrow's coolants of choice

Scientists assess the potential of magnetic-cooling materials

18-Sep-2019

Later during this century, around 2060, a paradigm shift in global energy consumption is expected: we will spend more energy for cooling than for heating. Meanwhile, the increasing penetration of cooling applications into our daily lives causes a rapidly growing ecological footprint. New ...

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Covestro to sell European polycarbonate sheets business

Sale is part of Covestro’s efforts to optimize its portfolio

17-Sep-2019

Covestro has signed an agreement with Serafin Group for the sale of Covestro’s European polycarbonate sheets business, which comprises manufacturing units in Belgium and Italy, central management operations and sales support in Europe. The business generates total revenues of around EUR 130 ...

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Initial repulsion does not rule out subsequent attraction

Scientists revealed intricate mysteries of chemical bonding

16-Sep-2019

The Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer formulated a metaphor called the porcupine dilemma, which explains a certain optimal distance between people. People feel alone at too large a spacing and uneasy at too close a proximity. Schopenhauer explained the ideal spacing using the following parable: „A ...

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Evonik expands capacity for high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol

12-Sep-2019

Evonik has expanded its production capacity for the high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol (ITDA) at the Marl Chemical Park. This will enable the specialty chemicals group to continue to build on its position as one of the world's most important manufacturers of this product, and to grow with its ...

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Eramet, BASF and SUEZ partner to develop an innovative closed-loop process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries

12-Sep-2019

The “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project, founded by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ,will receive a substantial funding of €4.7 million by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the European Union, and the three members. The objective is to develop an ...

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Merck on Track to Deliver Sustainable Profitable Growth

12-Sep-2019

Merck expects to achieve sustainable profitable growth in all three business sectors in the coming years. At its Capital Markets Day, the company informed analysts and investors about the progress it has made in implementing its strategy. “In recent years, we have rigorously positioned our ...

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New material for highly efficient data processing

12-Sep-2019

A new material could aid in the development of extremely energy efficient IT applications. The material was discovered by an international research team in cooperation with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The electrons at the oxide interface of the material possess special ...

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