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LANXESS and Matrìca team up to produce sustainable preservatives from renewable raw materials

Development of new generation of sustainable preservatives

02-Feb-2022

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Matrìca, a joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, have partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials. Starting in January 2022, the Matrìca plant at Porto Torres (Sardinia, Italy) will supply LANXESS with ...

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Can diamonds originate methane?

“It is well known that the decomposition of methane may bring to diamond formation. What was less known until now is that the opposite process is also possible”

14-Dec-2021

Turning one of the world's finest gems - diamonds – into one of the worst greenhouse gases – methane - does not seem a great idea. Yet this happened through the work of a group of researchers from the Universities of Bologna and Edinburgh (UK), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ...

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Polymers with Helical Blocks

Forming domains in supramolecular polymers using UV irradiation

02-Dec-2021

Polymers, the basis of all plastics, usually do not have an ordered structure, in contrast to biopolymers such as proteins. A team of researchers has now developed a polymer that can be differentiated into folded (ordered) and unfolded (disordered) domains using UV irradiation. The team’s work ...

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Big award for the development of artificial photosynthesis

Research award and one million euros

12-Nov-2021

As one of three award winners, Markus Antonietti receives the international research prize "Lombardia è Ricerca", endowed with 1,000,000 euros, at La Scala in Milan. The researchers have developed a process for clean energy production using "artificial photosynthesis" modeled on nature. We humans ...

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BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

14-Dec-2020

ZEISS and BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY (BOSELLO) announce that the Italian supplier of solutions for industrial X-ray systems, is now fully part of the ZEISS Group and will operate under the name Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl. In 2018, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in BOSELLO to strengthen its ...

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How to use antibodies to control chemical reactions

Researchers developed a strategy to synthesize functional molecules with specific diagnostic antibodies

09-Dec-2020

Antibodies are remarkable biomarkers: they are the cues that provide us with indications about many diseases and how our immune system counter them. Now a group of scientists from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata (Italy) has found a way to repurpose them so that they can trigger a specific ...

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Brenntag to acquire Italian activated carbon specialist

21-Oct-2020

Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire Comelt S.p.A. and its subsidiary Aquadepur S.R.L., both located in Northern Italy. The businesses focus on the processing, marketing, and distribution of activated and re-activated carbon for different applications such as water filtration and ...

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BASF expands production capacity for antioxidant in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy

16-Jan-2020

BASF plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox® 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox® 1520L is a key product in BASF’s antioxidant portfolio. With this expansion, BASF responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its global ...

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Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

05-Dec-2019

Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades up to ...

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LyondellBasell Announces Construction of New Small-Scale Molecular Recycling Facility

17-Oct-2019

LyondellBasell announced that it is building a new small-scale pilot facility at its Ferrara, Italy site moving another step closer to converting post-consumer plastic waste into new plastics on a commercial scale. The company selected its Ferrara site for the pilot facility due to its long ...

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