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Newsletter No. 42, October 2019
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New material captures carbon dioxide
The captured CO2 can be converted into useful organic materials
A new material that can selectively capture carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules and efficiently convert them into useful organic materials has been developed by researchers at Kyoto University, along ...
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Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019 for the development of lithium-ion batteries
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough (The University of Texas at Austin, USA ...
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A new strategy for the synthesis of complex natural products
Chemists from the University of Basel have succeeded in synthesizing two complex natural products from the group of dithiodiketopiperazines (DTPs). For ...
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Ceramic technologies for highly efficient power-to-X processes
The speedy reduction of worldwide CO2 emissions is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks of our time. Alongside the strategy of avoiding CO2 ...
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An ultrafast glimpse of the photochemistry of the atmosphere
Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have explored the initial consequences of the interaction of light with molecules on the ...
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Using industrial waste as insulation for buildings
ETH spinoff FenX transforms industrial waste into a porous foam suitable for building insulation. Unlike other sustainable materials used for the purpose, ...
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CO2 for a clean performance: Rheticus research project by Evonik and Siemens enters phase 2
High-value specialty chemicals produced from CO2 and water using electricity from renewable sources and bacteria
Evonik and Siemens launched their joint research project Rheticus II. The goal is to develop an efficient and powerful test plant that will use carbon ...
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Modelling the molecular architecture
New approach for the simulation of quantum chemistry
Searching for new substances and developing new techniques in the chemical industry: tasks that are often accelerated using computer simulations of ...
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Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected
A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may ...
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Polyamides from terpenes
New biobased class of polyamides
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed a sustainable alternative to petrochemically produced plastics ...
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Forward or backward? New pathways for protons in water or methanol
A collaborative ultrafast spectroscopy and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations study, as recently published by scientists of the Max Born Institute of ...
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How to make biocatalysts immortal
Oxygen threatens sustainable catalysts that use hydrogen to produce electricity in fuel cells. Researchers from Bochum and Marseille have developed a way ...
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ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership
Development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use
ZEISS’ investment in Senorics marks the start of a technology collaboration with the sensorics startup based in Dresden, Germany.
The partnership aims to ...
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Deep learning, prefabricated
Self-driving cars, the automatic detection of cancer cells, online translation: deep learning makes it all possible. The ETH spin-off Mirage Technologies ...
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Mini-spectrometer: Smaller than a coin
ETH researchers have developed a compact infrared spectrometer. It’s small enough to fit on a computer chip but can still open up interesting possibilities ...
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Unique material from marine bath sponge skeleton
Novel carbon sponge could serve as a centimetre-thin catalyst for industry in the future
Scientists of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, together with an international research team, have deciphered the structure of a marine sponge skeleton and ...
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Technical University of Munich, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde to establish additive manufacturing cluster in Bavaria
3D printing is changing the way we manufacture
The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are collaborating to create an additive manufacturing cluster. This cluster is a ...
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Brenntag increases footprint in Brazil by acquiring Quimisa
Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire Quimisa SA including its logistics subsidiary Quimilog. The company headquartered in Brusque, Brazil, has a ...
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Chemical industry: procurement is the most effective way to achieve carbon neutrality
The majority of German chemical companies see the adjustment of their procurement strategy as a key way to successfully master the challenge of carbon ...
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Light-regulated production of biodegradable plastics
High production costs and a poor thermal stability are particularly challenging for the broad-scale application of biodegradable polymers such as e.g. polylactide (PLA). Researchers from the Humboldt-University in Berlin have developed a photoswitchable catalyst system which enables tailoring of polymer properties.

Learn more about the topic in the article by Prof. Dr. Stefan Hecht et al., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Chemistry & IRIS Adlershof, on the q&more portal.

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The forgiving analytical balance: Spill sample and simply continue working without weighing errors
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Rapid and Efficient Trace Element Analysis with TXRF Spectroscopy
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Complies with the EC Directive 94/9 Equipment and Protective Systems for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres and ATEX
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Combine microscopy and chemical analysis: the automated FTIR-Microscope LUMOS
A stand-alone FT-IR microscope with full automation
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Comprehensive Characterization of Dispersions using STEP-Technology
Stability Analysis and Particle Characterization of Emulsions and Suspensions
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In- and On-Line Particle Size Distribution Analysis in Highly Concentrated Suspensions and Emulsions
Particle size analysis with ultrasonic extinction from <0.1 - 3,000 µm in real time
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Certified Reference Materials for Instrument Performance Verification
Ensuring data integrity & compliance – Starna Certified Reference Materials
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2mag – Innovative Magnetic Stirrers – 100% Wear-Free
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Polymer Analysis in Half the Time and with 85% Less Solvent
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Morphologi 4 Range - Automated Imaging for Advanced Particle Characterization
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The Most Advanced Pure Water System Producing Elix® Water Quality
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Integrated Water Purification System Delivering Type 1 and Type 2 Water Direct from Tap Water
A purification solution designed to exceed your most demanding expectations.
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CEM's Remarkably Intelligent Microwave Digestion System
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CORIO Heating Circulators – the Flexible Entry into the World of Heating
Immersion-, Open Heating Bath- and Heating Circulators for Internal and External Applications
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Particle Size Analyzers with Multiple-Laser Technology for a Wide Size Range
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Eco-efficient oil-in-water testing according to the all-new ASTM D8193
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Parallel experiments to determine the metastable zone for a successful scale-up
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Dissolved Oxygen measurement in theory and in practice
Calibration, Anaytical Quality Assurance, electrochemical and optical D.O. measurement
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