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            Superconductivity: It’s Hydrogen’s Fault

            With new nickelates and the predictive power of supercomputers to the superconductor without any cooling

            29-Apr-2020 Nickel is supposed to herald a new age of superconductivity – but this is proving more difficult than expected. Scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) can now explain why. Last summer, a new age for high-temperature superconductivity was proclaimed - the nickel age. It was discovered that there are ... more

            Visible light-photocatalytic water-splitting for hydrogenation of aryl chlorides

            Sustainable H-donors instead of flammable hydrogen gas

            29-Apr-2020 Activation of inert C-Cl bonds has attracted significant interest due to the inherent fundamental challenge. Conventional dechlorination generally use flammable hydrogen gas (H2), metal hydrides, or organic donors (amines, alcohols, and Hantzsch ester) as hydrogenation reagents. Despite hig ... more

            Key advance toward production of important biofuel

            MOF can efficiently separate biobutanol from the fermentation broth

            29-Apr-2020 An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new ... more

            New Form of Microscopy Developed

            Breakthrough in nanooptics

            28-Apr-2020 The duration of their snapshot relates to one second as one second relates to the age of the universe: In a joint collaboration with Australian Scientist Tim Davis and the Group around Harald Gie?en (University of Stuttgart), Physicists from CENIDE?have developed ultrafast vector microscopy ... more

            A material with a particular twist

            Surprising discoveries regarding the behaviour of electrons

            28-Apr-2020 In a material made of two thin crystal layers that are slightly twisted with respect to each other, researchers at ETH have studied the behaviour of strongly interacting electrons. Doing so, they found a number of surprising properties. Many modern technologies are based on special material ... more

            New catalyst opens door to more efficient, environmentally friendly ethylene production

            Discovery could drastically reduce ethylene production costs

            28-Apr-2020 A research team led by North Carolina State University has engineered a new catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes. The discovery could be used in a conversion process to drastically reduce ethylene production c ... more

            Bayer: Good start to 2020

            Activities marked by COVID-19

            27-Apr-2020 The Bayer Group has registered a good start to 2020, with business activities in the first quarter greatly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With our life science product portfolio in the areas of health and nutrition, we have shown our ability to successfully continue our business operatio ... more

            Water molecules dance in three

            Scientists shed new light on the properties of water at the molecular level

            27-Apr-2020 Water may look like a simple liquid. However, it is anything but simple to analyse. The unique properties of water are only understandable, if scientists observe the interaction of the molecules. An international team of scientists lead by Professor Martina Havenith from Ruhr-Universit?t Bo ... more

            Adsorbent material developed with PET bottles for the removal of antibiotics from water

            The porous carbon composite is applicable to various fields

            27-Apr-2020 South Korea with its high antibiotic use is categorized as a country at high risk of the emergence of multi drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called "super bacteria." According to the Ministry of Environment, antibiotic substances have been detected at livestock wastewater treatment facilities ... more

            New way of developing topological superconductivity discovered

            Quantum research unifies two ideas offering an alternative route to topological superconductivity

            27-Apr-2020 A pencil shaped semiconductor, measuring only a few hundred nanometers in diameter, is what researches from the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, at University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Microsoft Quantum researchers, have used to uncover a new route to topological ... more

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            New Form of Microscopy Developed

            Breakthrough in nanooptics

            28-Apr-2020 The duration of their snapshot relates to one second as one second relates to the age of the universe: In a joint collaboration with Australian Scientist Tim Davis and the Group around Harald Gie?en (University of Stuttgart), Physicists from CENIDE?have developed ultrafast vector microscopy ... more

            New method for the temperature-dependent generation of terahertz radiation

            Use in medicine and material control

            17-Apr-2020 Physicists from the universities of Augsburg and Münster have presented a new type of emitter for generating terahertz radiation, which can be switched on or off by varying the temperature. In the future, it could possibly enable the construction of higher intensity radiation sources. There ... more

            X-ray vision through the water window

            14-Apr-2020 ETH physicists have developed the first high-?repetition-rate laser source that produces coherent soft x-?rays spanning the entire ‘water window’. That technological breakthrough should enable a broad range of studies in the biological, chemical and material sciences as well as in physics. ... more

            Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses

            The ultra-fast change of light helicity is particularly interesting to observe processes in magnetic materials

            03-Apr-2020 At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation can be switched faster - up to a million times faster than before. They used an elliptical double-undulator deve ... more

            A pigment from ancient Egypt to modern microscopy

            Research team produces new nanosheets for near infrared imaging

            25-Mar-2020 Egyptian blue is one of the oldest manmade colour pigments. It adorns, for instance, the crown of the world famous bust of Nefertiti. But the pigment can do even more. An international research team led by Dr Sebastian Kruss from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of G?tt ... more

            Researchers observe ultrafast processes of single molecules in liquid helium for the first time

            How a molecule moves in the protective environment of a quantum fluid

            24-Mar-2020 Markus Koch, head of the research group Femtosecond Dynamics at the Institute of Experimental Physics at TU Graz, and his team develop new methods for time-resolved femtosecond laser spectroscopy to investigate ultrafast processes in molecular systems. In 2018 the group demonstrated for the ... more

            Unraveling the optical parameters: New method to optimize plasmon enhanced spectroscopy

            23-Mar-2020 For exploring the nanoscale far beyond the optical resolution limit, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) is widely recognized as an essential yet still emergent technique. Using this marker-free spectroscopic method scientists gain insights into the structural and chemical composition of ... more

            FRITSCH Change of Generations

            20-Mar-2020 After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bit farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, economic growth and success. In 1920 the medium-sized family business was fund in Idar-Oberstein as a technical preciou ... more

            Perturbation-free studies of single molecules

            New applications in the fields of quantum science, spectroscopy and chemistry

            16-Mar-2020 Researchers of the University of Basel have developed a new method with which individual isolated molecules can be studied precisely – without destroying the molecule or even influencing its quantum state. This highly sensitive technique for probing molecules is widely applicable and paves ... more

            Sensitive detection of molecules

            Short pulses of strong laser light make the concentration of molecules visible

            13-Mar-2020 To observe molecules, one has to use sensitive tools. Such measurements would be important for determining the concentration of minute particles in blood samples or during neuronal information transfer in the brain. A team of Max Planck scientists has taken a decisive step in this direction ... more

            All news on laboratory analysis / laboratory measurement technology

            Superconductivity: It’s Hydrogen’s Fault

            With new nickelates and the predictive power of supercomputers to the superconductor without any cooling

            29-Apr-2020 Nickel is supposed to herald a new age of superconductivity – but this is proving more difficult than expected. Scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) can now explain why. Last summer, a new age for high-temperature superconductivity was proclaimed - the nickel age. It was discovered that there are ... more

            Visible light-photocatalytic water-splitting for hydrogenation of aryl chlorides

            Sustainable H-donors instead of flammable hydrogen gas

            29-Apr-2020 Activation of inert C-Cl bonds has attracted significant interest due to the inherent fundamental challenge. Conventional dechlorination generally use flammable hydrogen gas (H2), metal hydrides, or organic donors (amines, alcohols, and Hantzsch ester) as hydrogenation reagents. Despite hig ... more

            Key advance toward production of important biofuel

            MOF can efficiently separate biobutanol from the fermentation broth

            29-Apr-2020 An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new ... more

            A material with a particular twist

            Surprising discoveries regarding the behaviour of electrons

            28-Apr-2020 In a material made of two thin crystal layers that are slightly twisted with respect to each other, researchers at ETH have studied the behaviour of strongly interacting electrons. Doing so, they found a number of surprising properties. Many modern technologies are based on special material ... more

            New catalyst opens door to more efficient, environmentally friendly ethylene production

            Discovery could drastically reduce ethylene production costs

            28-Apr-2020 A research team led by North Carolina State University has engineered a new catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes. The discovery could be used in a conversion process to drastically reduce ethylene production c ... more

            Bayer: Good start to 2020

            Activities marked by COVID-19

            27-Apr-2020 The Bayer Group has registered a good start to 2020, with business activities in the first quarter greatly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With our life science product portfolio in the areas of health and nutrition, we have shown our ability to successfully continue our business operatio ... more

            Water molecules dance in three

            Scientists shed new light on the properties of water at the molecular level

            27-Apr-2020 Water may look like a simple liquid. However, it is anything but simple to analyse. The unique properties of water are only understandable, if scientists observe the interaction of the molecules. An international team of scientists lead by Professor Martina Havenith from Ruhr-Universit?t Bo ... more

            Adsorbent material developed with PET bottles for the removal of antibiotics from water

            The porous carbon composite is applicable to various fields

            27-Apr-2020 South Korea with its high antibiotic use is categorized as a country at high risk of the emergence of multi drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called "super bacteria." According to the Ministry of Environment, antibiotic substances have been detected at livestock wastewater treatment facilities ... more

            New way of developing topological superconductivity discovered

            Quantum research unifies two ideas offering an alternative route to topological superconductivity

            27-Apr-2020 A pencil shaped semiconductor, measuring only a few hundred nanometers in diameter, is what researches from the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, at University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Microsoft Quantum researchers, have used to uncover a new route to topological ... more

            Ceramic coatings for high-tech applications: New spraying method optimized

            Powder Aerosol Deposition dense ceramic films can be applied to very different types of materials

            24-Apr-2020 For a long time, the production of ceramic coatings has only been possible by means of sintering techniques conducted at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. However, a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition (PAD), enables their production at normal room temperatures. It is therefore ... more

            All news on chemistry

            New preparation processes for super-plastics

            Water replaces toxins: Green production of plastics using hydrothermal synthesis

            22-Apr-2020 Although organic plastics are not harmful to the environment themselves, toxic substances are often used during their synthesis. TU Wien shows - there is another way. Many materials that we use every day are not sustainable. Some are harmful to plants or animals, others contain rare element ... more

            BASF and Security Matters collaborate to accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastics

            Create new value for plastics to tackle global challenge

            21-Apr-2020 Security Matters, Ltd and BASF sign a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient future.? However, to move towards a ... more

            Let's do the twist

            Researchers 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light

            09-Apr-2020 The twisting and bending capabilities of the human muscle system enable a varied and dynamic range of motion, from walking and running to reaching and grasping. Replicating something as seemingly simple as waving a hand in a robot, however, requires a complex series of motors, pumps, actuat ... more

            Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

            06-Apr-2020 Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisitio ... more

            Frederique van Baarle to head LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit

            12-Mar-2020 Frederique van Baarle (48) will take over as head of the High Performance Materials business unit at specialty chemicals company LANXESS with effect from June 1, 2020. The business unit's portfolio mainly comprises high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries. The ... more

            Plastic from Wood

            X-ray analysis points the way to lignin-based components made to measure

            03-Mar-2020 The biopolymer lignin is a by-product of papermaking and a promising raw material for manufacturing sustainable plastic materials. However, the quality of this naturally occurring product is not as uniform as that of petroleum-based plastics. An X-ray analysis carried out at DESY reveals fo ... more

            Covestro invests in start-ups

            Five focus areas: Biotech, 3D printing, digitalization, circularity and new markets

            02-Mar-2020 Covestro is a start-up investor: With its Covestro Venture Capital (COVeC) approach, the company seeks to combine the needs of start-ups in areas such as financing, expertise and network with its own strategic goals with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainable development. “We are commit ... more

            Persevering evergreen: Study about the global market for low-density polyethylene

            26-Feb-2020 Polyethylene is one of the top-selling standard plastic, its consumption continues to increase despite all environmental discussions. It is classified into different grades according to its density and the branching of its polymer chains: LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. This study constitutes Ceresa ... more

            Covestro achieves targets in continuing challenging market environment

            21-Feb-2020 Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2.0% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately EUR 12.4 billion as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segment ... more

            Further growth for bioplastics

            06-Feb-2020 Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases. ?Bioplastics can be used in a growing number of application areas,“ explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of market re ... more

            All news on plastics

            Eppendorf acquires centrifuge business of Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.

            20-Mar-2020 Eppendorf AG and Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., have reached an agreement that Eppendorf will acquire Koki’s centrifuge business, including the premium himac brand. A corresponding agreement was signed by both companies in Tokyo. The acquisition marks a targeted step by Hamburg-based Eppendorf AG ... more

            FRITSCH Change of Generations

            20-Mar-2020 After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bit farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, economic growth and success. In 1920 the medium-sized family business was fund in Idar-Oberstein as a technical preciou ... more

            analytica 2020 is postponed

            New date in the fall of 2020

            09-Mar-2020 Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Europe and on the basis of the recommendations of the Bavarian State Government as well as of the responsible health authorities, Messe München feels compelled to postpone analytica 2020. This measure is taken in consultation wit ... more

            Simplifying Progress: Sartorius sharpens its brand focus

            25-Feb-2020 New brand promise, new logo, new colors – Sartorius looks different now. The company has revised its brand look. At the focus of this relaunch is Sartorius’ new brand promise that it summarizes in its new claim: Simplifying Progress. With its products and technologies, the company aims to s ... more

            Sartorius looks optimistically to 2020

            19-Feb-2020 Sartorius confirmed its preliminary figures upon publication of its 2019 Annual Report. Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 14.8% (reported: +16.7%) to 1,827.0 million euros. Growth was almost entirely organic as the acquisition of the cell culture media specialist Biological ... more

            The digital laboratory live and tangible

            12-Feb-2020 Visitors to analytica 2020 can experience the laboratory of the future in a special show that is unique in the whole world: 18 partners from science and industry have joined forces to demonstrate device networking, collaborative robotics and user interaction, using the example of eight work ... more

            Sartorius is set to grow further

            Sartorius achieves significant increases in sales revenue and earnings again in 2019

            29-Jan-2020 Sartorius has continued on its profitable growth track in fiscal 2019. The Group grew by double digits in sales revenue, order intake and earnings, recording gains in both divisions and across all regions. According to preliminary figures, Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by ... more

            Waters to Acquire Andrew Alliance

            15-Jan-2020 Waters Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Andrew Alliance, an innovator in specialty laboratory automation technology, including software and robotics. Andrew Alliance’s cloud-native software platform and modern interface dramatically improves t ... more

            Eppendorf with new CEO dual leadership

            Former CEO, Thomas Bachmann, left the company

            10-Dec-2019 The Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG has appointed Eva von Pelt, currently Chief Commercial Officer, and Dr. Peter Fruhstorfer, currently Head of Business Area Sample Handling, as Co-Chief Executive Officers of Eppendorf AG. Both will succeed Thomas Bachmann, the former President & CEO of ... more

            analytica 2020: The leading guide to the smart laboratory

            The focus on digital transformation is being further expanded

            28-Oct-2019 From March 31 to April 03, 2020, analytica will open its doors on the fairgrounds of Messe München. Even now there are already signs of an increase in the number of exhibitors. One focus of the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology with the accompa ... more

            All news on laborausstattung / laborbedarf

            Gigahertz-Optik is now part of Berghof Group

            24-Mar-2020 Despite indications of an impending economic crisis, all signs still point to growth for Berghof in 2020. It didn’t take the company long to add yet another addition to its group, and the integration process is in full swing. As of January 1st, 2020, the Berghof group of companies headquart ... more

            Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

            Ultra-fast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects

            06-Mar-2020 Automatic image recognition is widely used today: There are computer programs that can reliably diagnose skin cancer, navigate self-driving cars, or control robots. Up to now, all this has been based on the evaluation of image data as delivered by normal cameras - and that is time-consuming ... more

            Integrate Micro Chips for electronic Skin

            24-Jan-2020 Researchers from Dresden and Osaka present the first fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits which opens the path towards the development of electronic skin. Human skin is a fascinating and multifunctional organ with unique properties originating ... more

            Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row for ZEISS

            Revenue increases by 11 percent to 6.4 billion euros

            13-Dec-2019 The ZEISS Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11 percent, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects ... more

            Huber again invests in the future

            10-Dec-2019 At the beginning of December, Peter Huber K?ltemaschinenbau AG marks the official start of construction for another expansion of its headquarters in Offenburg-Elgersweier with a ground-breaking ceremony. Having recently completed the new administration building, the family business is now i ... more

            PANDA starts AI-based root cause analysis and identification in industrial production

            € 1.3 million seed financing

            10-Dec-2019 PANDA detects the error in the production process with the help of Artificial Intelligence and solves the biggest problems in industrial production. With the Plug & Play product DRIFT, PANDA offers an all-in-one system for minimizing plant downtimes and performance deficits in the productio ... more

            Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new plant in Wuxi China

            25-Oct-2019 Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the expansion of its facility in Wuxi, China on October 23 with a grand opening ceremony. Double its original size, the new, expanded facility marks a significant milestone in Pfeiffer Vacuum’s development in China, as it allows the company to better respond to lo ... more

            ZEISS and Senorics Establish Partnership

            Development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use

            09-Oct-2019 ZEISS’ investment in Senorics marks the start of a technology collaboration with the sensorics startup based in Dresden, Germany. The partnership aims to further the joint development of small and cost-effective sensors for industrial use in quality assurance and in process monitoring, e.g. ... more

            ZEISS Opts for Continuity with New CEO

            25-Sep-2019 At its meeting on 24 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a Member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective 1 April 2020. With this appoin ... more

            The numerical devices of artificial intelligence

            The K?rber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Sch?lkopf

            27-Jun-2019 The 2019 K?rber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros, is to be awarded to the German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Sch?lkopf. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) ... more

            All news on mc

            Ceramic coatings for high-tech applications: New spraying method optimized

            Powder Aerosol Deposition dense ceramic films can be applied to very different types of materials

            24-Apr-2020 For a long time, the production of ceramic coatings has only been possible by means of sintering techniques conducted at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. However, a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition (PAD), enables their production at normal room temperatures. It is therefore ... more

            Now things are getting big - innovative membrane reactor on its way to being an industrial scale

            Consortium of 24 partners: Innovative plant combines several previously separate production steps

            23-Apr-2020 Evonik is continuing to strengthen its position as one of the leading companies in the field of C4 chemistry. MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles), the largest EU-funded project coordinated by Evonik to date, was recently launched The aim is to develop ... more

            ViscoTec Asia Grows and Expands its Facility

            More office space, larger labs and meeting rooms in Singapore

            14-Feb-2020 Great joy and expectations at the same time characterize the mood of the ViscoTec Asia team these days. The move to the new office is done. In the new office there is an increased office space with 1700 sqft. An about 50% larger lab for testing and training and a much larger meeting room gi ... more

            PANDA starts AI-based root cause analysis and identification in industrial production

            € 1.3 million seed financing

            10-Dec-2019 PANDA detects the error in the production process with the help of Artificial Intelligence and solves the biggest problems in industrial production. With the Plug & Play product DRIFT, PANDA offers an all-in-one system for minimizing plant downtimes and performance deficits in the productio ... more

            Glass from a 3D printer

            27-Nov-2019 ETH researchers used a 3D printing process to produce complex and highly porous glass objects. The basis for this is a special resin that can be cured with UV light. Producing glass objects using 3D printing is not easy. Only a few groups of researchers around the world have attempted to pr ... more

            ACHEMA 2021 with a new look and new focus themes

            25-Nov-2019 More modern, more interactive and always at the pulse of the process industry: that will be the hallmark of ACHEMA 2021. With three new focus topics, a new website and new event formats, the world forum for the process industry is entering its next round. Exhibitor registration is open.. A ... more

            BASF Acquires 3D Printing Service Provider

            19-Nov-2019 To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in ... more

            Researchers develop new 3D printing for the direct production of nanostructures

            14-Nov-2019 A team from Graz University of Technology succeeded in using the FEBID method to produce complex 3D-printed nano-components for the first time without additional support structures. In the nanometer range, complex, free-standing 3D architectures are very difficult to produce in a single ste ... more

            Evonik and Dow develop industrial-scale direct synthesis of propylene glycol from propylene and hydrogen peroxide

            31-Oct-2019 Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN?, has been created over the la ... more

            Evonik invests in Israeli software start-up offering a 3D printing decision-support system

            28-Oct-2019 Evonik Venture Capital has invested in an Israeli software start-up that helps industrial companies adopt 3D printing. Castor Technologies has developed a software that assesses a part’s printability, the best printing material, cost and lead time. The technology helps manufacturers decide ... more

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            • Price Development

              People willing to pay more for new biofuels

              09-Dec-2016 When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of E ... more

              World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

              OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

              21-Oct-2016 The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

              Oxea Announces Price Increases for n-Propanol and n-Propyl Acetate

              27-Nov-2015 Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow. ? USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

            • Market

              Persevering evergreen: Study about the global market for low-density polyethylene

              26-Feb-2020 Polyethylene is one of the top-selling standard plastic, its consumption continues to increase despite all environmental discussions. It is classified into different grades according to its density and the branching of its polymer chains: LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. This study constitutes Ceresa ... more

              Further growth for bioplastics

              06-Feb-2020 Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases. ?Bioplastics can be used in a growing number of application areas,“ explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of market re ... more

              Clariant recognized for risk management and sustainability achievements in procurement

              29-May-2019 Clariant received a World Procurement Award 2019 in the category “Supplier Risk Management”. This marks the second recognition for Clariant’s procurement practices in 2019, as the company won an EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership award in March for having the “Best Internal Stakeho ... more

            • Research

              Superconductivity: It’s Hydrogen’s Fault

              With new nickelates and the predictive power of supercomputers to the superconductor without any cooling

              29-Apr-2020 Nickel is supposed to herald a new age of superconductivity – but this is proving more difficult than expected. Scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) can now explain why. Last summer, a new age for high-temperature superconductivity was proclaimed - the nickel age. It was discovered that there are ... more

              Visible light-photocatalytic water-splitting for hydrogenation of aryl chlorides

              Sustainable H-donors instead of flammable hydrogen gas

              29-Apr-2020 Activation of inert C-Cl bonds has attracted significant interest due to the inherent fundamental challenge. Conventional dechlorination generally use flammable hydrogen gas (H2), metal hydrides, or organic donors (amines, alcohols, and Hantzsch ester) as hydrogenation reagents. Despite hig ... more

              Key advance toward production of important biofuel

              MOF can efficiently separate biobutanol from the fermentation broth

              29-Apr-2020 An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new ... more

            • Technology

              Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

              23-Jan-2020 ETH scientists have further developed QLED technology for screens. They have produced light sources that for the first time emit high-?intensity light in only one direction. This reduces scattering losses, which makes the technology extremely energy efficient. QLED screens have been on the ... more

              Researchers develop new 3D printing for the direct production of nanostructures

              14-Nov-2019 A team from Graz University of Technology succeeded in using the FEBID method to produce complex 3D-printed nano-components for the first time without additional support structures. In the nanometer range, complex, free-standing 3D architectures are very difficult to produce in a single ste ... more

              Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

              11-Sep-2019 Linde developed a novel process to recover high value products from natural gas successfully combining technologies of BASF and Linde. The process simultaneously recovers valuable helium, liquid hydrocarbons, and purified CO2 in addition to conditioning natural gas for pipeline transportati ... more

            • Business

              BASF and Security Matters collaborate to accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastics

              Create new value for plastics to tackle global challenge

              21-Apr-2020 Security Matters, Ltd and BASF sign a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient future.? However, to move towards a ... more

              Air Liquide enters exclusive negotiations with EQT for the sale of schülke

              08-Apr-2020 Air Liquide announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with EQT, a global investment organization, for the potential sale of its subsidiary Schülke & Mayr GmbH. This potential sale, as previously announced in November 2019,? illustrates Air Liquide’s strategy to review its bu ... more

              Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

              06-Apr-2020 Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisitio ... more

            • People

              Appointment of Patrick Nguyen-Duhamel as President of Quaron

              Eric Godinot becomes Deputy General Manager

              21-Apr-2020 The Supervisory Board of Quaron S.A.S. appointed Patrick Nguyen-Duhamel as President of the company. He succeeds Bruno Lafabrègue, who will remain in charge of operations as Director until 31 December 2020. The Supervisory Board also appointed Eric Godinot as Deputy General Manager. Both ap ... more

              Marcel Beermann to head LANXESS’ Global Procurement and Logistics group function

              09-Apr-2020 Marcel Beermann (47) will take over as head of the Procurement and Logistics group function at specialty chemicals company LANXESS on June 1, 2020. He succeeds Frederique van Baarle (48), who will become head of the High Performance Materials business unit on the same date. Beermann is curr ... more

              FRITSCH Change of Generations

              20-Mar-2020 After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bit farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, economic growth and success. In 1920 the medium-sized family business was fund in Idar-Oberstein as a technical preciou ... more

            • Manufacturing

              Oxea increases n-propanol Availability in Europe for Disinfectant Manufacturers

              16-Apr-2020 ?In the second quarter of 2020, the chemical company Oxea tripled its delivery volumes of n-propanol in Europe due to very high demand from manufacturers of hand sanitizers and the printing industry. “In Europe, we are experiencing strong demand for n-propanol from renowned customers in the ... more

              Oxea Lifts Force Majeure in Oberhausen, Germany

              14-Apr-2020 The chemical company Oxea has lifted its declaration of force majeure for 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Propionaldehyde Europe, and TCD Alcohol. The production units in Oberhausen, Germany, are running at normal capacity again. The declaration of force majeure had become necessary because of an inc ... more

              Beiersdorf provides 500 tons of disinfectant in Europe

              20-Mar-2020 Beiersdorf ramps up productions of medical grade disinfectants within its European production network to support the society’s collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In a first step, Beiersdorf AG will provide 500 tons of the urgently needed disinfectants to critical public emer ... more

            • Products

              Making More Plastics Recyclable

              04-Sep-2019 To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project aims at making this dream come true. Whether multi-layered food packaging ... more

              On-site detection of hazardous substances

              05-Jun-2019 Together with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a hand-held scanner for hazardous substances within the EU project CHEQUERS. The sensor detects explosive, toxic and other dangerous substances in real time and will help emergency personnel with on-site detecti ... more

              NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants

              31-May-2019 More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won’t heat the atmosphere as much as today’s refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST study identified the 22 “ ... more

            • Finances

              Bayer: Good start to 2020

              Activities marked by COVID-19

              27-Apr-2020 The Bayer Group has registered a good start to 2020, with business activities in the first quarter greatly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With our life science product portfolio in the areas of health and nutrition, we have shown our ability to successfully continue our business operatio ... more

              ALTANA Holds Its Ground in a Challenging Environment and Sets the Course for Further Growth

              High investments in international sites and digitization

              24-Mar-2020 In the 2019 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals Group ALTANA held its ground in a challenging market environment and at the same time set the course for further growth. Sales amounted to €?2,249?million and were thus nearly 3?percent below the level of the previous year, which was still ch ... more

              WACKER Makes Guidance For 2020 Conditional Due to Coronavirus

              18-Mar-2020 As already reported, Wacker Chemie AG's total sales for 2019 almost matched the prior-year level. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales came in at €4.93 billion in 2019 (2018: €4.98 billion). The slight decline of 1 percent was mainly ... more

            • Career

              BASF wants to promote more women in leadership positions

              24-Feb-2020 By 2030, BASF wants to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions to 30?percent worldwide. At the end of 2019, the proportion of female managers was 23.0?percent (2018: 21.7?percent). In 2015, BASF had set itself the target of increasing the proportion of women in leadership r ... more

              Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

              Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

              26-Apr-2019 The Eppendorf Group is creating around 250 new jobs worldwide this year. A large proportion of the new jobs will be created in Hamburg at the headquarters of the globally active life sciences company and is an important component of Eppendorf's growth strategy. "Eppendorf is growing strongl ... more

              KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

              28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

            • Cooperation

              Now things are getting big - innovative membrane reactor on its way to being an industrial scale

              Consortium of 24 partners: Innovative plant combines several previously separate production steps

              23-Apr-2020 Evonik is continuing to strengthen its position as one of the leading companies in the field of C4 chemistry. MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles), the largest EU-funded project coordinated by Evonik to date, was recently launched The aim is to develop ... more

              BASF and Security Matters collaborate to accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastics

              Create new value for plastics to tackle global challenge

              21-Apr-2020 Security Matters, Ltd and BASF sign a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient future.? However, to move towards a ... more

              Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on battery recycling

              09-Mar-2020 Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. This would enable a successful “closed loop” cycle to re-use the critical metals present in used batteries. Using metals from recycled ... more

            • Laws

              ECHA starts work on persistent organic pollutants

              16-Jul-2019 ECHA starts working on scientific, technical and administrative tasks to identify and regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These substances remain in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk to the environment and human health. Due to their intrinsic ... more

              Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

              15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

              ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

              Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

              15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

            • Politics

              Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

              15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

              ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

              Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

              15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

              Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry from now on 'Royal'

              26-Jun-2018 During the anniversary celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry in The Hague, the VNCI was awarded the predicate 'Royal ('Koninklijk)'. VNCI chairman Bernard Wientjes and director Colette Alma received the designation from the King's Commis ... more

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