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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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Chemistry breakthrough could speed up drug development

12-May-2020

Scientists have successfully developed a new technique to reliably grow crystals of organic soluble molecules from nanoscale droplets, unlocking the potential of accelerated new drug development. Chemistry experts from Newcastle and Durham universities, working in collaboration with SPT Labtech, ...

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ICIS global Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunges to November 2003 level

11-May-2020

The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunged in April as the impact of the falling oil price and coronavirus-driven demand destruction slammed the sector. The global index stands at a level last seen in November 2003 and is just below that in January 2009. Each of the regional components of the ...

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Print your own laboratory-grade microscope for US$18

An open-source design gives schools, homes and labs the chance to 3D print their own precision microscopes

06-May-2020

For the first time, labs around the world can 3D print their own precision microscopes to analyse samples and detect diseases , thanks to an open-source design created at the University of Bath. The OpenFlexure Microscope, described in Biomedical Optics Express, is a fully automated, ...

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