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On our way to the bio-economy: High-performance biocatalyst discovered

Future applications primarily in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, but also in the synthesis of fine chemicals expected

22-May-2020

In the bioeconomy, biotechnological processes are replacing processes that rely on fossil resources. Microorganisms and enzymes are being used in targeted fashion as biocatalysts for industrial production. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now discovered an enzyme that offers great ...

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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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Underestimated chemical diversity

There are an ever-​greater number of industrial chemicals on the world market

17-Feb-2020

An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world – well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates. For about a third of these substances, there is a ...

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From petroleum to wood

Cost-efficient and more sustainable

17-Feb-2020

An interdisciplinary team of bio-engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. They not only looked at the technological requirements, but also whether that scenario would be financially viable. A shift from petroleum to wood ...

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Synthetic chemicals in soils are 'ticking time bomb'

13-Feb-2020

A growing health crisis fueled by synthetic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in groundwater has garnered much attention in the last few years. The reported levels could be "just the tip of the iceberg," as most of the chemicals are still migrating down slowly ...

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LANXESS completes acquisition of Brazilian biocide manufacturer IPEL

05-Feb-2020

LANXESS completed the acquisition of Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda. (IPEL). The competent anti-trust authorities approved the transaction beginning of January. IPEL with headquarters in Jarinu, São Paulo, is one of Brazil’s leading biocide manufacturers and generated sales in the lower ...

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Chemicals in the environment: A focus on mixtures

Combined chemical and bioanalytical methods are able to efficiently characterise chemical mixtures

27-Jan-2020

In the past, it was sufficient to identify individual chemicals as the cause of detrimental effects on humans and the environment. But in the meantime, it has become apparent that this approach falls short of the mark. This is because the real world is marked by multiple stressors, among them ...

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Can I mix those chemicals? There's an app for that!

New technology can find the safest way to store and dispose of reactive chemicals

27-Jan-2020

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by ...

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LANXESS completes sale of chrome chemicals business

13-Jan-2020

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS completed the sale of its chrome chemicals business. The buyer is Brother Enterprises, a Chinese leather chemicals producer. All relevant antitrust authorities have given the necessary approvals for the transaction, which was announced in August 2019. Upon ...

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New way to sustainably make chemicals by copying nature's tricks

08-Jan-2020

Researchers have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production. The new technique, pioneered by Imperial College London scientists, could reduce the need to use fossil fuels to create chemicals, plastics, ...

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