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Bacteria really eat plastic

Laboratory experiment shows that bacteria really eat and digest plastic


The bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and actually digests plastic. This has been shown in laboratory experiments by PhD student Maaike Goudriaan at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Based on a model study with plastic in artificial seawater in the lab, Goudriaan calculated that ...


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Using machine learning to improve the toxicity assessment of chemicals

Chemists take a new approach to testing chemicals


Researchers of the University of Amsterdam, together with colleagues at the University of Queensland and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, have developed a strategy for assessing the toxicity of chemicals using machine learning. They present their approach in an article in Environmental ...


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Ben Noteboom to be nominated as AkzoNobel Supervisory Board member with intention to elect as Chair

Successor to Nils Andersen


AkzoNobel has announced that Ben Noteboom will be nominated as a member of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting being held in April 2023. The Supervisory Board intends to subsequently elect him as Chair, succeeding Nils Andersen, who will retire as Chair and member of the ...


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Modified enzyme brings value to lignin monomers

Conversion of lignin into valuable chemicals


The chemical industry faces the challenge of replacing fossil-based building blocks with green alternatives. Biomass is an interesting source of carbon-based molecules. It is also underused because some 25 percent of all plant biomass is in the form of lignin, a biopolymer that, so far, can only ...


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Mimicking life: a breakthrough in non-living materials

Researchers have discovered a new process that uses fuel to control non-living materials, similar to what living cells do


The reaction cycle can easily be applied to a wide range of materials and its rate can be controlled – a breakthrough in the emerging field of such reactions. The discovery is a step towards soft robotics; soft machines that can sense what is happening in their environment and respond ...


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Floppy or not: AI predicts properties of complex metamaterials

Even when given only a relatively small set of examples to learn from


Given a 3D piece of origami, can you flatten it without damaging it? Just by looking at the design, the answer is hard to predict, because each and every fold in the design has to be compatible with flattening. This is an example of a combinatorial problem. New research led by the UvA Institute ...


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Nano start-up SALD opens up to investors

"Our patented technology will revolutionize entire industries."


Dutch company SALD BV (Eindhoven), a specialist in "Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition" (SALD) surface technology, is opening up to investors for the first time. "We have largely completed the technological development, achieved first commercial successes on the world market and are now ready to ...


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AkzoNobel announces Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new Chief Executive Officer


AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end. Gregoire ...


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KNAUER is partnering with ModuVision


This year KNAUER is celebrating the 60th company anniversary and there is more reason for joy. The management is excited to announce that KNAUER has just taken an important step. They aquired a company based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. This hightech company is an expert in the field of lab ...


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Belgian Chemist Receives 2022 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Science

The groundbreaking aspect of her work centers on making circular dichroism ion spectroscopy feasible for large biomolecule ions


Merck, a leading science and technology company, today presented Dr. Valérie Gabelica (44), Inserm, and Director of IECB, Pessac, France, with the 2022 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Science. The award ceremony took place during the analytical conference EuroFAST2022, Nijmegen, the ...


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