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Wool-like material can remember and change shape

Material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices and more

09-Sep-2020

As anyone who has ever straightened their hair knows, water is the enemy. Hair painstakingly straightened by heat will bounce back into curls the minute it touches water. Why? Because hair has shape memory. Its material properties allow it to change shape in response to certain stimuli and return ...

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Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO₂ and water

Significant step toward achieving artificial photosynthesis

26-Aug-2020

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. The device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a significant step toward achieving ...

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BASF invests in industrial artificial intelligence company

Additional partnership to bring together expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology

20-Aug-2020

IntelliSense.io and BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced that BVC is leading a strategic investment round in IntelliSense.io with follow-on participation from a group of U.K.-based technology angel investors including Dr. Steve Garnett and Stephen Kelly. IntelliSense.io is a provider of AI-based ...

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Digitizing chemistry with a smart stir bar

A magnetic stirrer bar with an integrated process monitoring system

24-Jul-2020

Miniaturized computer systems and wireless technology are offering scientists new ways to keep tabs on reactions without the need for larger, cumbersome equipment. In a proof-of-concept study in ACS Sensors, researchers describe an inexpensive new device that functions like a conventional ...

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New material for longer-lasting fuel cells developed

New research suggests that graphene - made in a specific way - could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for cars

24-Jul-2020

In the study, published in the journal Nanoscale, scientists produced graphene via a special, scalable technique and used it to develop hydrogen fuel cell catalysts. The research team, involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL), showed that this ...

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ICIS Announces It Has Acquired Chemical Data

It is a perfect fit

15-Jul-2020

ICIS, part of RELX, today announced it has acquired Chemical Data, LLC (CDI), a leading provider of US petrochemical price benchmarks, market analysis, and predictive analytics, based in Houston. The combined capabilities create a global presence and trusted intelligence in key petrochemical ...

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bp agrees to sell its petrochemicals business to INEOS

$5 billion deal for bp’s global aromatics, acetyls and related businesses

30-Jun-2020

bp announced that it has agreed to sell its global petrochemicals businessto INEOS for a total consideration of $5 billion, subject to customaryadjustments. The agreed sale, the next strategic step in reinventing bp, willfurther strengthen bp’s balance sheet and delivers its target for ...

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Using a game of physical skill to explain lithium-ion batteries

Educational tool to explain the processes at work inside the battery cells and the electrochemistry behind them

18-Jun-2020

Tower block games can be used to explain to schoolchildren how lithium-ion batteries work, meeting an educational need to better understand a power source that has become vital to everyday life. While lithium-ion batteries are abundant in so many of our electronic devices, from smart phones to ...

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Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic

Chemical process can be used to break down real consumer plastics and produce green solvent

25-May-2020

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based "bioplastics" has been developed by a team of scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product - a ...

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Pretty as a peacock: The gemstone for the next generation of smart sensors

Method represents a simple, inexpensive and scalable approach to produce multi-functional graphene infused synthetic opals

20-May-2020

Scientists have taken inspiration from the biomimicry of butterfly wings and peacock feathers to develop an innovative opal-like material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors. An international team of scientists, led by the Universities of Surrey and Sussex, has ...

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