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Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

More potentially hazardous chemicals are lurking in plastics than has been assumed

24-Jun-2021

ETH Zurich researchers examined chemicals in plastics worldwide. They found an unexpectedly high number of substances of potential concern intentionally used in everyday plastic products. A lack of transparency limits management of these chemicals. Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly ...

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Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread'

17-Jun-2021

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. Scientists tested more ...

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Efficiently "switching on" bacteria to produce high-value chemicals

Researchers have found a cheap way to switch bacteria into chemical production mode

10-Jun-2021

High-value chemicals used in biofuels and pharmaceuticals can be made from bacteria by switching their chemistry to produce novel products. Researchers from the University of Warwick have found a way to drastically cut the cost of turning on these switches.We use chemicals for almost everything, ...

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LANXESS completes sale of its organic leather chemicals business

03-Jun-2021

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS completed the sale of its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH on June 1, 2021. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment firm Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. All relevant antitrust ...

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How chemicals in plastic may cause lower IQ levels

The effects of environmental chemicals at the molecular level

25-May-2021

The chemical bisphenol F (found in plastics) can induce changes in a gene that is vital for neurological development. This discovery was made by researchers at the universities of Uppsala and Karlstad, Sweden. The mechanism could explain why exposure to this chemical during the fetal stage may be ...

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White biotechnology enables carbon recycling

LanzaTech and BASF achieve first milestone in utilizing industrial off-gases for chemical production

14-May-2021

Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been able to produce n-octanol at laboratory scale from carbon ...

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'Dominating' fungus could be solution to producing more biofuels and chemicals

30-Apr-2021

The discovery of a novel enzyme that releases a valuable chemical from agricultural waste could provide an important breakthrough in the upscaling of renewable fuels and chemicals, a new study shows. Researchers - led by the University of York - have discovered an enzyme in a fungus which can act ...

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Plastics could see a second life as biodegradable surfactants

A new chemical process provides biodegradable chemicals

30-Apr-2021

Scientists at the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP), an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Ames Laboratory, have discovered a chemical process that provides biodegradable, valuable chemicals, which are used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications, from ...

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Improved Catalyst May Translate to Petrochemical Production Gains

A New and Improved Zeolite Could Mean Greater Yield and Longer Lifecycles for Petrochemical Catalysts

29-Apr-2021

Aromatics are major building blocks of polymers, or plastics, that turn up as everything from PET bottles for water to breathable, wrinkle-resistant polyester clothing. These petrochemicals comprise a specialized, value-added sector of the energy industry. The process for refining crude oil into ...

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Merck hands over the distribution of the Surface Solutions Portfolio in the Nordics to Bodo Möller Chemie

Merck hands over the care of customers from the paints and coatings industry, the printing industry and the plastics sector to Bodo Möller Chemie

27-Apr-2021

The Bodo Möller Chemie Group takes over the care of customers of Merck in the countries of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland for the product area of effect pigments and additives for coatings, printings and plastics. Starting on May 1st, 2021, the Offenbach-based Bodo Möller Chemie ...

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