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BASF and Lutianhua plan to pilot a new production process that significantly reduces CO2 emissions

19-Jun-2019

BASF and Sichuan Lutianhua Co., Ltd. (Lutianhua) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop a pilot production plant, that will significantly reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in producing dimethyl ether (DME) from syngas compared to the traditional process. DME ...

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Versum Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Merck

19-Jun-2019

Merck announced that its transaction with Versum Materials, Inc. was approved at a special meeting of Versum’s stockholders. On April12, 2019, Merck had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Versum for US$53 per share in cash. “We are pleased that Versum stockholders have voted in favor of us ...

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BASF has announced the following changes in its management team

19-Jun-2019

Raimar Jahn (61), President, Performance Materials, BASF Belgium Coordination Center Comm. V., Waterloo, will retire effective August 31, 2019. Martin Jung (50), Senior Vice President, Surface Treatment, Chemetall GmbH, Frankfurt, will join Performance Materials on August 1, 2019, and will, as ...

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Catalytic converter with a green profile

18-Jun-2019

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the chemist Zita Csendes has defined and tested iron complexes as a sustainable, inexpensive and efficient alternative to precious-metal catalysts. The shift from catalyst solution to reusable pore coating required mastering many chemical ...

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Rigid bonds enable new data storage technology

How new phase-change materials could lead to more efficient and faster data storage technologies

18-Jun-2019

Phase-change materials are used in the latest generation of smartphones enabling higher storage densities and energy efficiency. Data is recorded by switching between glassy and crystalline material states by applying a heat pulse. However, to date it has not been possible to study what happens ...

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Researchers take two steps toward green fuel

Two-Step Saccharification of Rice Straw Using Solid Acid Catalysts

18-Jun-2019

An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has developed a two-step method to more efficiently break down carbohydrates into their single sugar components, a critical process in producing green fuel. The breakdown process is ...

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New solar mini-refinery

Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air: Two spin-offs already founded

17-Jun-2019

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions. The new solar mini-refinery is located on the ...

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Laser trick produces high-energy terahertz pulses

Milestone for compact particle accelerators

17-Jun-2019

A team of scientists from DESY and the University of Hamburg has achieved an important milestone in the quest for a new type of compact particle accelerator. Using ultra-powerful pulses of laser light, they were able to produce particularly high-energy flashes of radiation in the terahertz range ...

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Semi-liquid metal anode for next-generation batteries

New anode could help create a safer high energy lithium metal battery

17-Jun-2019

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode that represents a new paradigm in battery design. Lithium batteries made using this new electrode type could have a higher capacity and be much ...

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Laser flashes for polarized electron and positron beams

14-Jun-2019

Simulations show new methods for efficient polarization: Physicists from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg proposed novel methods for generation of relativistic spin polarized electron and positron beams. Using extensive simulations, they found three different scenarios ...

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