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Capturing nanoplastics in tap water with light

Electro-photonic tweezer captures and detects trace amount of nanoplastics through surface-enhanced Raman scattering


Nanoplastics are plastics that have been discarded from our daily lives and that enter ecosystems in the size scale below 1 micro-metter after their physical and chemical disintegration. Recent research has shown that the concentration of microplastics in the major rivers in South Korea is the ...


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Merck Completes Acquisition of the Chemical Business of Mecaro

With the addition of around 100 new employees as well as state-of-the-art production and R&D facilities in Korea, Merck will expand both its regional and global capabilities


Merck announced the closing of the transaction to acquire M Chemicals Inc., the company recently incorporated by Mecaro Co. Ltd. to operate its chemical business. Combining these two businesses is expected to complement a key segment of Merck’s Semiconductor Solutions portfolio, while ...


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Aramco affiliate S-OIL to build one of the world's largest petrochemical crackers in South Korea

The $7 billion project aims to convert crude oil into petrochemical feedstock: Technology increases chemical yield and reduces operating costs


Aramco is making its biggest ever investment in South Korea to develop one of the world's largest refinery-integrated petrochemical steam crackers through its S-OIL affiliate, in line with the company's strategy to maximize the crude to chemicals value chain. The $7 billion Shaheen project aims ...


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BASF and G-Philos intensify cooperation on stationary storage systems for renewable energy projects


BASF Stationary Energy Storage GmbH (BSES), a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE, and G-Philos, Korea’s leader in power-to-gas (P2G) technology, signed a sales and marketing agreement for NAS batteries (sodium-sulfur stationary batteries) for P2G projects, power grid and microgrid applications. ...


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Water for drinking? Nope, water for batteries

Imagine not having a battery for three hours


Can we survive three minutes without air or three days without water? How about without batteries? Lightweight, high-capacity lithium-ion batteries are widely used in mobile phones, laptops, and other necessities in today’s world. However, the organic electrolytes in conventional lithium-ion ...


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Steel mill gases transformed into bioplastic

Korea-Spain joint research team develops an itaconic acid mass production method using artificial enzymes


Food delivery makes it easy to enjoy delicious food in a snap. However, the plastic waste from food deliveries is rapidly polluting the environment and threatening our future. An alternative that has emerged is bioplastic, which is also called biodegradable plastic. Bioplastic that uses ...


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BASF and Hannong Chemicals are planning to establish a production joint venture for the commercial production of non-ionic surfactants in Asia Pacific


Subject to the approval of all relevant authorities, BASF and Hannong Chemicals are planning to establish a production joint venture “BASF Hannong Chemicals Solutions Ltd.”. BASF will hold 51% and Hannong Chemicals 49% shareholding, in the proposed joint venture. The joint venture will combine ...


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BASF and GS Engineering and Construction intend to jointly develop modular solutions for Carbon Capture

One-stop solution from specialized engineering services, carbon capture, project financing to storage and utilization


BASF and GS Engineering and Construction (GS E&C) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a strategic partnership to jointly develop modular solutions for Carbon Capture facilities. The partners want to develop individual package solutions from standardized elements for customers from all ...


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Precise control of catalytic reactions

“Using this nanoreactor, it is possible to synthesize complex drugs that could not be synthesized inside the body until now”


Various chemical reactions occur one after another in cells, and life is maintained as each step of the reaction is regulated without error. Recently, a Korean research team has developed a dual-catalyst system that can precisely control catalytic reactions like cells. A POSTECH research team led ...


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How explainable artificial intelligence can propel the growth of industry 4.0

Explainable artificial intelligence can help bridge the gap between human understanding and the way artificial intelligence models function


The very first industrial revolution historically kicked off with the introduction of steam- and water-powered technology. We have come a long way since then, with the current fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, being focused on utilizing new technology to boost industrial efficiency. ...


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