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Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
New catalyst could help diesels meet NOx deadlines
A new catalyst could help auto makers meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deadline to eliminate 95 percent of nitrogen-oxide from diesel engine exhausts by 2007, while saving energy.
Electricity controls nanocrystal shape
Wires, tubes and brushes make it possible to build and maintain the machines and devices we use on a daily basis. Now, with help from a surprising source, these same building blocks can easily be created on a scale 10,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Research opportunities expand at nation's premier X-ray facility
The Advanced Photon Source, located at Argonne National Laboratory and the premier hard X-ray research facility in the nation, each year hosts thousands of experimenters who carry out research that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Now, the outlook for this essential U.S. Department of Energ
New materials provide insight into radioactivity in environment, self-assembling nanostructures
A new class of materials that could enhance basic understanding of how radioactive materials behave in the environment has been discovered by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory. Called actinyl peroxide compounds, these materials self-assemble into nano-size
ExxonMobil introduces innovative aromatics treatment technology
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC today announced the commercialization of its new Olgone technology for more effective and environmentally sound removal of olefins from aromatics streams. Olgone is a catal
World
Sharp Corporation is building a treatment plant that will be the first in the world to treat nitrogen-containing wastewater from its semiconductor facilities in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture by combining the company
Enzyme Ink shows potential for nanomanufacturing
Duke University engineers have demonstrated that enzymes can be used to create nanoscale patterns on gold. Since many enzymes are already commercially available and well characterized, the potential for writing with enzyme 'ink' represents an important advance in nanomanufacturing.
Max-Lab new light on materials research
Development of new materials for superfast electronics and for highly efficient solar cells requires detailed understanding of the structure of atoms and processes at microscopic level. The same is true of the design of new drug molecules for treatment of disease. These are some of the uses of the m
Method has potential of changing the metal
Researchers from the Department of Energy
Simple method may improve computer memory, catalysts, ceramic/metal seals, and nanodevices
A method that creates smooth and strong interfaces between metals and metal oxides without high-temperature brazing has been patented by researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
New dynamics for space-conscious high performance computing
IBM announced that The Max Planck Society will use a cutting-edge IBM supercomputing system to double its computing power, allowing research and experiments which before were not possible. The system is based on 86 units of IBM's newly announced IBM eServer(TM) p5-575 systems and will bring the Max
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
Codexis, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced it has achieved an important development milestone under a research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation.
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
The objective of the collaboration with Schering-Plough is to rapidly generate a novel biocatalytic process to produce a key intermediate for an undisclosed human therapeutics compound. This program is based on Codexis' proprietary MolecularBreeding(TM) pharmaceutical process re-engineering platform
BOC installs oxy-fuel burner systems at Johnson Matthey
BOC is working with Johnson Matthey Chemicals to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of their new rotary furnaces at its precious metal refinery with the installation of three BOC low emission swirl oxy-fuel burner systems.
New technology reduces noxious emissions
By combining an electrically charged gas with a specialized catalyst, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully reduced harmful oxides of nitrogen in a diese
Researchers devise approach to anchor metals to metal oxides
A newly patented way to deposit metal atoms on very thin oxide layers may help next-generation computers boot up instantly, making entire memories immediately available for use. The technique also may help fabricate less expensive
Enzyme discovery to benefit homeland security, industry
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully immobilized enzymes while simultaneously enhancing their activity and stability, opening up new possibilities for using tailored nanoporous materials.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
New catalyst could help diesels meet NOx deadlines
A new catalyst could help auto makers meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deadline to eliminate 95 percent of nitrogen-oxide from diesel engine exhausts by 2007, while saving energy.
Electricity controls nanocrystal shape
Wires, tubes and brushes make it possible to build and maintain the machines and devices we use on a daily basis. Now, with help from a surprising source, these same building blocks can easily be created on a scale 10,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Research opportunities expand at nation's premier X-ray facility
The Advanced Photon Source, located at Argonne National Laboratory and the premier hard X-ray research facility in the nation, each year hosts thousands of experimenters who carry out research that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Now, the outlook for this essential U.S. Department of Energ
New materials provide insight into radioactivity in environment, self-assembling nanostructures
A new class of materials that could enhance basic understanding of how radioactive materials behave in the environment has been discovered by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory. Called actinyl peroxide compounds, these materials self-assemble into nano-size
ExxonMobil introduces innovative aromatics treatment technology
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC today announced the commercialization of its new Olgone technology for more effective and environmentally sound removal of olefins from aromatics streams. Olgone is a catal
World
Sharp Corporation is building a treatment plant that will be the first in the world to treat nitrogen-containing wastewater from its semiconductor facilities in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture by combining the company
Enzyme Ink shows potential for nanomanufacturing
Duke University engineers have demonstrated that enzymes can be used to create nanoscale patterns on gold. Since many enzymes are already commercially available and well characterized, the potential for writing with enzyme 'ink' represents an important advance in nanomanufacturing.
Max-Lab new light on materials research
Development of new materials for superfast electronics and for highly efficient solar cells requires detailed understanding of the structure of atoms and processes at microscopic level. The same is true of the design of new drug molecules for treatment of disease. These are some of the uses of the m
Method has potential of changing the metal
Researchers from the Department of Energy
Simple method may improve computer memory, catalysts, ceramic/metal seals, and nanodevices
A method that creates smooth and strong interfaces between metals and metal oxides without high-temperature brazing has been patented by researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
New dynamics for space-conscious high performance computing
IBM announced that The Max Planck Society will use a cutting-edge IBM supercomputing system to double its computing power, allowing research and experiments which before were not possible. The system is based on 86 units of IBM's newly announced IBM eServer(TM) p5-575 systems and will bring the Max
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
Codexis, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced it has achieved an important development milestone under a research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation.
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
The objective of the collaboration with Schering-Plough is to rapidly generate a novel biocatalytic process to produce a key intermediate for an undisclosed human therapeutics compound. This program is based on Codexis' proprietary MolecularBreeding(TM) pharmaceutical process re-engineering platform
BOC installs oxy-fuel burner systems at Johnson Matthey
BOC is working with Johnson Matthey Chemicals to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of their new rotary furnaces at its precious metal refinery with the installation of three BOC low emission swirl oxy-fuel burner systems.
New technology reduces noxious emissions
By combining an electrically charged gas with a specialized catalyst, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully reduced harmful oxides of nitrogen in a diese
Researchers devise approach to anchor metals to metal oxides
A newly patented way to deposit metal atoms on very thin oxide layers may help next-generation computers boot up instantly, making entire memories immediately available for use. The technique also may help fabricate less expensive
Enzyme discovery to benefit homeland security, industry
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully immobilized enzymes while simultaneously enhancing their activity and stability, opening up new possibilities for using tailored nanoporous materials.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
New catalyst could help diesels meet NOx deadlines
A new catalyst could help auto makers meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deadline to eliminate 95 percent of nitrogen-oxide from diesel engine exhausts by 2007, while saving energy.
Electricity controls nanocrystal shape
Wires, tubes and brushes make it possible to build and maintain the machines and devices we use on a daily basis. Now, with help from a surprising source, these same building blocks can easily be created on a scale 10,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Research opportunities expand at nation's premier X-ray facility
The Advanced Photon Source, located at Argonne National Laboratory and the premier hard X-ray research facility in the nation, each year hosts thousands of experimenters who carry out research that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Now, the outlook for this essential U.S. Department of Energ
New materials provide insight into radioactivity in environment, self-assembling nanostructures
A new class of materials that could enhance basic understanding of how radioactive materials behave in the environment has been discovered by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory. Called actinyl peroxide compounds, these materials self-assemble into nano-size
ExxonMobil introduces innovative aromatics treatment technology
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC today announced the commercialization of its new Olgone technology for more effective and environmentally sound removal of olefins from aromatics streams. Olgone is a catal
World
Sharp Corporation is building a treatment plant that will be the first in the world to treat nitrogen-containing wastewater from its semiconductor facilities in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture by combining the company
Enzyme Ink shows potential for nanomanufacturing
Duke University engineers have demonstrated that enzymes can be used to create nanoscale patterns on gold. Since many enzymes are already commercially available and well characterized, the potential for writing with enzyme 'ink' represents an important advance in nanomanufacturing.
Max-Lab new light on materials research
Development of new materials for superfast electronics and for highly efficient solar cells requires detailed understanding of the structure of atoms and processes at microscopic level. The same is true of the design of new drug molecules for treatment of disease. These are some of the uses of the m
Method has potential of changing the metal
Researchers from the Department of Energy
Simple method may improve computer memory, catalysts, ceramic/metal seals, and nanodevices
A method that creates smooth and strong interfaces between metals and metal oxides without high-temperature brazing has been patented by researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
Hydrogen storage can be improved
The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs
New dynamics for space-conscious high performance computing
IBM announced that The Max Planck Society will use a cutting-edge IBM supercomputing system to double its computing power, allowing research and experiments which before were not possible. The system is based on 86 units of IBM's newly announced IBM eServer(TM) p5-575 systems and will bring the Max
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
Codexis, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced it has achieved an important development milestone under a research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation.
Codexis, Inc. achieves development milestone in research agreement with Schering-Plough Corporation
The objective of the collaboration with Schering-Plough is to rapidly generate a novel biocatalytic process to produce a key intermediate for an undisclosed human therapeutics compound. This program is based on Codexis' proprietary MolecularBreeding(TM) pharmaceutical process re-engineering platform
BOC installs oxy-fuel burner systems at Johnson Matthey
BOC is working with Johnson Matthey Chemicals to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of their new rotary furnaces at its precious metal refinery with the installation of three BOC low emission swirl oxy-fuel burner systems.
New technology reduces noxious emissions
By combining an electrically charged gas with a specialized catalyst, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully reduced harmful oxides of nitrogen in a diese
Researchers devise approach to anchor metals to metal oxides
A newly patented way to deposit metal atoms on very thin oxide layers may help next-generation computers boot up instantly, making entire memories immediately available for use. The technique also may help fabricate less expensive
Enzyme discovery to benefit homeland security, industry
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully immobilized enzymes while simultaneously enhancing their activity and stability, opening up new possibilities for using tailored nanoporous materials.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Max Planck researchers in Halle present new methods for manufacturing nanowires from silicon
Silicon nanowires can help to further reduce the size of microchips. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle have for the first time developed single crystal silicon nanowires that fulfil the key criteria to this end. The researchers used aluminium as a
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Max Planck researchers in Halle present new methods for manufacturing nanowires from silicon
Silicon nanowires can help to further reduce the size of microchips. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle have for the first time developed single crystal silicon nanowires that fulfil the key criteria to this end. The researchers used aluminium as a
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust
Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy
Using probes to control chemistry, Molecule by molecule
Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists discover gold clusters stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a
Researchers working with scientist arrangement of atoms in manganese cluster of photosystem II
Coal, oil or natural gas: all fossil fuels contain the energy of sunlight, stored with the aid of photosynthesis in energy-rich chemical compounds. A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in M
Max Planck researchers in Halle present new methods for manufacturing nanowires from silicon
Silicon nanowires can help to further reduce the size of microchips. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle have for the first time developed single crystal silicon nanowires that fulfil the key criteria to this end. The researchers used aluminium as a
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Catalysis and Chemical Engineering: from nanometre to kilometre
Some of the smallest engines in the chemical engineering world come under the spotlight at a new conference from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Catalysis and Chemical Engineering is a new conferen
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Liquid-free preparation of high purity Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) could progress sensors and magnetic materials
Researchers at Aldrich Materials Science have discovered an innovative way to design an important class of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid structures, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), under completely liquid-free conditions. High purity MOF products prepared by the liquid-free process may be ideally s
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Bayer MaterialScience paves the way for future success
Over the next three years, Bayer MaterialScience AG will be investing over EUR 1 billion in research and development, including customer-related development projects.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
New technique reveals structure of films with high resolution
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution. For the first time, the technique has shown very precisely how the atoms of the first layers of a film rearrange under the action of the substrate on which the
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Catalysis and Chemical Engineering: from nanometre to kilometre
Some of the smallest engines in the chemical engineering world come under the spotlight at a new conference from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Catalysis and Chemical Engineering is a new conferen
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Liquid-free preparation of high purity Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) could progress sensors and magnetic materials
Researchers at Aldrich Materials Science have discovered an innovative way to design an important class of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid structures, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), under completely liquid-free conditions. High purity MOF products prepared by the liquid-free process may be ideally s
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Bayer MaterialScience paves the way for future success
Over the next three years, Bayer MaterialScience AG will be investing over EUR 1 billion in research and development, including customer-related development projects.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
New technique reveals structure of films with high resolution
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution. For the first time, the technique has shown very precisely how the atoms of the first layers of a film rearrange under the action of the substrate on which the
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Catalysis and Chemical Engineering: from nanometre to kilometre
Some of the smallest engines in the chemical engineering world come under the spotlight at a new conference from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Catalysis and Chemical Engineering is a new conferen
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Liquid-free preparation of high purity Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) could progress sensors and magnetic materials
Researchers at Aldrich Materials Science have discovered an innovative way to design an important class of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid structures, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), under completely liquid-free conditions. High purity MOF products prepared by the liquid-free process may be ideally s
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Bayer MaterialScience paves the way for future success
Over the next three years, Bayer MaterialScience AG will be investing over EUR 1 billion in research and development, including customer-related development projects.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
New technique reveals structure of films with high resolution
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution. For the first time, the technique has shown very precisely how the atoms of the first layers of a film rearrange under the action of the substrate on which the
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanc
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in ju
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Joint venture begins tri-ethyl aluminium production in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has started up its aluminium alkyls facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst<
Catalysis and Chemical Engineering: from nanometre to kilometre
Some of the smallest engines in the chemical engineering world come under the spotlight at a new conference from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Catalysis and Chemical Engineering is a new conferen
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January
Liquid-free preparation of high purity Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) could progress sensors and magnetic materials
Researchers at Aldrich Materials Science have discovered an innovative way to design an important class of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid structures, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), under completely liquid-free conditions. High purity MOF products prepared by the liquid-free process may be ideally s
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå Univers
Research laboratory for graphene in electronics and energy uses
BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), today at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider ran
GE
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, today announced a promising breakthrough in nanotechnology that provides a direct pathway to making nanoceramic materials from polymeric precursors.
Bayer MaterialScience paves the way for future success
Over the next three years, Bayer MaterialScience AG will be investing over EUR 1 billion in research and development, including customer-related development projects.
Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Test helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
According to researchers, a test that measures the amounts of 2 members of the same protein family, one of which appears to act as an oncogene, and the other as a tumor suppressor, helps identify patients with breast cancer who will likely benefit from chemotherapy and those who won
Company selected for research & development funding to continue membrane & catalyst development
3M
Researchers pore over spit for clues to sexuality
It's not exactly proof that men drool over women, but a University of Chicago study has found guys' saliva does go high-octane when their motors get running.
For 10 bucks apiece, a group of U. of C. students agreed to participate in what they thought was a chemistry test on their spit.
New research helps predict results of proposed changes in distribution channels
Numerous simple and effective methods exist for measuring the profit impact of three of the four P
Replacing platinum with non-precious metal composite could reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new class of hydrogen fuel-cell catalysts that exhibit promising activity and stability. The
Researchers give green light to protein folding
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered a new method for rapidly analyzing proteins. The discovery has the potential for revolutionizing the way proteins are assayed in medical, commercial and scientific laboratories which, in turn, could lead to the d
Findings may help engineers build a better pollution trap
Better catalytic converters and smokestack 'scrubbers' could help keep pollutants out of the air. Studies on how pollutants stick to or are broken apart by certain materials, now under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, could be a step in that direction. Brookhave
Brookhaven & DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial materials
The U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven lab researchers develop a method for producing electrodes using nanoscale materials
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department
New technique reveals structure of films with high resolution
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution. For the first time, the technique has shown very precisely how the atoms of the first layers of a film rearrange under the action of the substrate on which the
Scientists develop technique to determine molecular structure of heterogeneous surfaces
Scientists have refined a technique that uses the very intense light emitted by the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists develop recyclable catalyst for solvent-free reactions
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy
Nanoscale model catalyst paves way toward atomic-level understanding
In an attempt to understand why ruthenium sulfide is so good at removing sulfur impurities from fuels, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
May have wide applications in fuel cell technology
Devinder Mahajan, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy
New research may lead to better catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
A better catalyst for ammonia production
Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
GVG may reduce addictive effects of huffing
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
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