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Engineers: Weak laser can ignite nanoparticles, with exciting possibilities


University of Florida engineering researchers have found they can ignite certain nanoparticles using a low-power laser, a development they say opens the door to a wave of new technologies in health care, computing and automotive design. A paper about the research appeared in Nature ...


Arkema integrates Acrylics assets purchased from Dow


Arkema formally completed its acquisition of Dow's Acrylic Monomers and Acrylic Latex Polymers (UCAR Emulsion Systems) business in North America. Following this acquisition, the Clear Lakes (Texas) Acrylic Monomers production site is being integrated into the existing Acrylics business unit, ...


DuPont and BASF Announce Settlement


DuPont and BASF Plant Science announced they have reached an agreement on a patent infringement dispute. In June 2009, DuPont and BASF filed suit against each other in U.S. Federal Court in the District of Delaware that sought to enforce intellectual property rights relating to biotechnology ...


Investment boosts SpheriTech’s growth


SpheriTech received a six-figure investment has come from a financial backer who wishes to remain anonymous. The investor has taken a 20% holding in SpheriTech. Launched as a one-man operation by founder and chief executive Don Wellings, the company has already used the new investment to employ a ...


China Leads All Nations in Publication of Chemical Patents According to CAS


Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) reports that China's patent office is now the world's leading producer of patent invention applications in chemistry. China trailed Japan's patent office, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office ...


Tiny bubbles clean oil from water

New method targets oil sheen, other pollutants


Small amounts of oil leave a fluorescent sheen on polluted water. Oil sheen is hard to remove, even when the water is aerated with ozone or filtered through sand. Now, a University of Utah engineer has developed an inexpensive new method to remove oil sheen by repeatedly pressurizing and ...


Arch Chemicals Hires Dr. Alex Valcke as Vice President, Innovation


Dr. Alex Valcke will be joining Arch Chemicals as Vice President, Innovation, effective November 1, 2009 and reporting to Arch Chairman, President and CEO Michael E. Campbell. In this capacity, he will work closely with Arch’s senior management team and its businesses to ensure that Arch is ...


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New molecules created by UC Riverside chemists have wide applications

Guy Bertrand's lab shows metal-free 'abnormal N-heterocyclic carbenes' are stable, allowing their use in numerous catalytic chemical reactions


Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have successfully created in the laboratory a class of carbenes, highly reactive molecules, used to make catalysts – substances that facilitate chemical reactions. Until now, chemists believed these carbenes, called "abnormal N-heterocyclic ...


BASF and Dow Announce Support for New Patent Asset Index

Patent-based indicator provides better measurement of Innovation Strength


BASF SE and The Dow Chemical Company jointly announced their support for the Patent Asset Index, a new methodology that measures research and development (R&D) effectiveness, innovation strength and how these factors lead to sustained competitive advantage. Findings based on 2008 results rank ...


CEM Receives Fourth Patent for Microwave Peptide Synthesis


CEM announced that its fourth US patent covering microwave-assisted peptide synthesis (US7,582,728) was issued on September 1, 2009. The patent contains broad claims regarding the process of using microwave energy to accelerate two key steps in performing almost all solid phase peptide synthesis, ...


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