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A path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters


There's a good chance you've touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It's often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene products like diapers. As useful as polyolefins are in society, they continue to multiply as trash in the environment. Scientists ...


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Waters and Malvern Panalytical collaborate to improve polymer characterization


Waters Corporation announced that it entered into a co-marketing agreement with Malvern Panalytical to advance the analysis of polymers. By pairing the Waters ® ACQUITY ® Advanced Polymer Chromatography ® (APC ™ ) System with Malvern Panalytical’s OMNISEC ® REVEAL , R&D scientists can access ...


“Historical landmark of chemistry”


On the occasion of their anniversary of “75 years of oxo synthesis”, Oxea and the Association of German Chemists (GDCh) recognized the pioneering work of Dr. Otto Roelen in the field of hydroformylation (oxo synthesis). The commemorative plaque displaying the words “Historical Landmark of ...


Teijin to Enter High-Performance Polyethylene Market


Teijin Limited announced that it will enter the high-performance polyethylene (HP-PE) market by establishing its first production facility in Emmen, the Netherlands, aiming to start commercial production in the second half of 2011. Teijin plans to grow its HP-PE business quickly through ...


Building a smaller, lighter future: Understanding polymer behaviors below 1 nanometer


Knowing how to build nanosized assemblies of polymers (long molecular chains) holds the key to improving a broad range of industrial processes, from the production of nanofibers, filters, and new materials to the manufacture of low-energy, nanoscale circuits and devices. A recent paper in Nature ...


LyondellBasell Expands Process and Product Performance of Spherizone Polypropylene Technology Plant in Italy


With growing customer requirements for high-performance, specialty polypropylene (PP) products, LyondellBasell announced that it plans to extend production and technology capabilities at its Spherizone PP process technology plant in Brindisi, Italy. Scheduled for completion in 2012, an upgraded ...


BASF starts up new plant to increase polyisobutene (PIB) capacity


BASF has started up a new plant for the production of low-molecular-weight, highly reactive polyisobutene (HR PIB) at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, thus increasing its annual capacity by 25,000 metric tons to 40,000 metric tons. The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal® trademark, ...


New products from forest biorefineries


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the coordinator of a large EU project called AFORE, which is developing new technologies for the separation, fractionation and primary upgrading of wood-based polymers and valuable low molecular weight compounds to be used by the wood processing mills ...


Evonik Commissions Plant for Production of the Plasticizer Alcohol 2-PH


Evonik Industries AG has expanded its product range for high-molecular-weight plasticizer alcohols and commissioned a plant for the production of the plasticizer alcohol 2-propyl heptanol (2-PH) at the Marl Chemical Park. The company’s investment in the plant, which is in the high double-digit ...


BASF is increasing its capacity of low molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene


BASF is increasing its production of low molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene (HR PIB). Between now and 2010 the company will increase its annual capacity by 25,000 metric tons. The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal® trademark, is an intermediate product which is used to ...


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