Hot isotope container scare briefly shuts Budapest Airport terminal

A terminal of Budapest Airport was briefly shut down due to an overheated container carrying an isotope, a spokesman for the Hungarian Disaster Management Authority said. “Material damaging to health did not get into the environment,” the spokesman, Marton Hajdu told Reuters, adding that the passengers are perfectly safe and Terminal 2B was shut down to facilitate a fast investigation. The terminal was shut late on Wednesday between 7.30 pm (1730 GMT) and about 10.30 pm. Eight incoming and eight outgoing flights were affected, Budapest Airport spokesman Laszlo Kurucz told Reuters. Read More

An Indian shipping company said one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman and three of its sailors are missing. The Shipping Corporation of India said the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The shipper said crew member suffered burns in the blast and was evacuated by helicopter. It said the Omani navy and other ships responded to the fire. A subsequent stock disclosure filed by the shipper said: “The fire has been extinguished and the ship is fully manned and operational.” The company did not identify the nationalities of the missing. A company spokesman declined to comment. Read More

Brenntag AG has completed the acquisition of all shares of specialty chemicals distributor Alphamin SA, headquartered in Wavre, Belgium, and its subsidiary Alphamin Inc, based in New Jersey, US. The company is focused on specialty polymers and waxes, and serves customers in a wide range of industries and across all continents. Karsten Beckmann, Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag Group and CEO Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA): Its owned and operated application center in Belgium is fully equipped with state of the art instrumentation and enables Alphamin to provide up-to-date research, development and quality control services to its commercial partners. Read More

By Dr Thunuguntla Jai Mangal Sinha: India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Though currently a significant slice of this growth is attributable to the services sector, the manufacturing sector has the potential to emerge as one of the high growth sectors in India. The latest report from the Centre for International Development at Harvard University (CID) states that India’s productive capabilities far exceed expectations for its current income level, which contributes to the projection of rapid growth for the coming decade. This growing demand witnessed across various segments of the manufacturing sector has led to a concomitant increase in the demand for raw materials. Read More



Aramco, Air Products, ACWA Power to form gasification/power JV

Saudi Aramco, Air Products (APD), and ACWA Power has signed a Term Sheet to form an over $8 billion gasification/power joint venture (JV). Located at Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia, the JV will purchase the gasification assets, power block and the associated utilities from Saudi Aramco for over $8 billion. These assets are currently under construction and will be transferred to the JV upon successful start-up, currently scheduled in 2019. The JV will own and operate the facility under a 25-year contract for a fixed monthly fee. Saudi Aramco will supply feedstock to the JV, and the JV will produce power, hydrogen and other utilities for Saudi Aramco. Read more


Indian Oil Corporation said that Krishan Pal, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of India, unveiled two innovative technologies developed by its R&D Centre to coincide with the World Biofuel Day 2018. Krishan Pal inaugurated the IOC-DBT-Lanzatech pilot plant set up at Indian Oil’s R&D Centre to convert carbon dioxide to high-value lipids. This novel 3rd generation biofuel technology has been developed by the DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy Research at Indian Oil R&D by integrating two technologies Read more



Lanxess AG is giving its customers a real competitive advantage by forecasting future colours and trends. In a specially made collection, Lanxess is revealing leather patterns with the novelties for the autumn/winter 2019/2020. The leather patterns reflect the future leather fashion in terms of appearance, surface touch and overall look. The sample collection also contains recipes and practical processing suggestions so that the tanners are well-equipped to reproduce the new trends. Read more


What is Acetone?- History, Properties, Production and Uses

Acetone is an organic element with formula (CH3)2CO. Acetone consists of three carbon, six hydrogen and one oxygen atom. Acetone comes under the categories of ketones, which are organic compounds with a carbonyl group bonded to two hydrocarbon groups. Acetone is a general building block in organic chemistry. In the human body, it is normally present in blood and urine. Acetone was first discovered during the middle Ages by alchemists, where it was called as “spirit of Saturn”. It was French chemist jean Baptiste Dumas and German chemist Justus von Liebig, who determined acetone chemical formula. Read more 

Ferrari introduces world’s first low-bake paint tech in partnership with PPG

With the on-going collaboration with PPG Industries, Ferrari has introduced an innovative low-temperature paint system. Making the Prancing Horse, the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new Low Cure clear coats technology. This move further underscores Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of both excellence and sustainability. In 2004, it became one of the first companies in the world to introduce a water-based paint system which significantly lowered the environmental impact of its cars. The Low Cure resins contain a new hardener which enhances the chemical and mechanical resistance of the coating.

Saudi Aramco has appointed Khalid Al-Dabbagh as senior vice president of finance, strategy & development, effective 1 Sept 2018. Al-Dabbagh has been the company’s financial controller since January 2012. He was responsible for Saudi Aramco’s global accounting activities, issuance of the annual financial report and the maintenance of effective internal controls. He provided business intelligence and advisory services, and was responsible for developing and maintaining corporate performance programs. Al-Dabbagh also oversaw the annual operating and capital budgeting processes, and the evaluation of proposed investments by the company. Read More

Evonik Industries has made the strategic decision to launch its own guanidinoacetic acid-product (GAA) used to enhance energy metabolism in livestock production. The market launch is planned as soon as possible and became necessary after Trostberg-based, AlzChem Group AG terminated its supply agreement with Evonik as of 31.12.2018. The GAA product CreAMINO currently distributed by Evonik is manufactured by AlzChem. Evonik will continue to supply its customers until at least the end of 2018. The termination of the contract with AlzChem AG will open options for Evonik to further develop the use of GAA in animal nutrition and to supply the global market with its own GAA product. Read More

Tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem, with fleets of autonomous and/or electric vehicles, may require a new catalogue of materials and chemicals to make everything from batteries to simplified powertrains and customizable interiors. For manufacturers, the future of mobility means challenges and opportunities. By Robert Kumpf, Shay Eliaz, Tom Aldred: A new “oil shock”? Four decades ago, the auto industry saw the role of chemicals and materials fundamentally reshaped, as the oil shock spurred the need for lighter-weight and lower-cost components. Today, a new series of converging trends could even more profoundly affect how-and of what-vehicles are made. Read More

Total starts gas exports from second train of Yamal LNG project

Total SA said that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the second train of the Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia is ready to leave Sabetta. This train adds an additional 5.5 million tons per year of LNG capacity to the facility, bringing the total capacity in operation to 11 million tons per year. At full capacity, the three-train facility will supply 16.5 million tons of LNG per year to Asian and European markets. The third train is expected to start up in early 2019. Last May, Novatek and Total also agreed that Total will have the opportunity to acquire a 10 to 15 percent direct interest in Novatek’s future LNG projects in Yamal and Gydan. Read More

PQ Group Holdings Inc (PQG) has appointed Belgacem Chariag (55), as president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. He will also become a member of PQ’s board of directors. Chariag succeeds Jim Gentilcore (66), following Gentilcore’s successful tenure as president and CEO during which he led the company’s initial public offering. Gentilcore will remain on PQ’s board as executive chairman. Chariag has led a distinguished career marked by nearly three decades of experience in the industrial sector. He most recently served as chief global operations officer at Baker Hughes, a GE company, after Baker Hughes’ merger with GE Oil & Gas, until January 2018. Read More

Our lives today are fast paced. Everything around us needs to be lighter, faster, safer and packed with features and comforts. Today, the automotive industry is continuously seeking ways to build more fuel-efficient cars. Changing times call for the transformation of cars and trucks, bringing the manufacturing technology at the forefront of this unprecedented change. Our world is one of screens and smart devices that are getting even smarter and slimmer. Everything needs to be held together, withstand the rigors of everyday life and still be durable. With changing times, our practices of consuming food and beverages have also been changing. Read More

Sal Spada, Research Director, ARC Advisory has a candid conversation with Chemical Today magazine about the evolving digitization environment in the global market. By Debarati Das- Changing role of digitization.: It all comes down to creating data, taking data from your operations and people and moving it up to the data store to analyse it much more quickly. The whole evolution behind digitization is the fact that earlier we never had the computing resources available to analyse this type of data magnitude. So, we talked about data collection but we were no where near to the computing resources to analyse. That technology is available today and that is bringing in the transformation in the industry today. Read More

Fluor to design, build Quellaveco copper project in Peru

Fluor Corporation (FLR) has received the full notice to proceed for the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) of Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in the Moquegua region in the south of Peru. The project will be an open pit mine that will process 127,500 tonnes-per-day of ore via conventional crushing, grinding and flotation technology to produce 300,000 tonnes of copper per year. First copper production is expected in 2022. The majority of work takes place at an elevation of 3,000 meters (9,842 ft.) above sea level. Fluor will pre-assemble certain structures to improve safety and quality by increasing the amount of work in a controlled environment at lower elevations. Read More

Biesterfeld Spezialchemie said that it will distribute the biodegradable emollients from Biosynthis to the cosmetics and cleaning sectors. The raw materials from the French manufacturer will primarily serve as a natural alternative to synthetical emollients, and will be distributed by Biesterfeld in the DACH region, in Eastern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. Biosynthis’ portfolio comprises a series of products that are light in texture, suitable for every application in cosmetics (be it in skincare, hair care, or decorative cosmetics), and have a pleasant smell. Two highlights are Vegelight and Viscoplast.Read More

Wood has been awarded a new contract by Woodside to support the execution of concept definition for the proposed Scarborough upstream development, offshore Western Australia. Secured under a long-standing master services agreement, this latest contract extends Wood’s 35-year relationship with Woodside across their asset portfolio. Concept definition level engineering associated with the floating production unit, subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines, flow assurance and overall system integration of the upstream development, will be delivered by Wood’s specialist field development studies team in Houston, US and Perth, Australia. Read More

Engineers and operators responsible for accurately measuring gas production from digester tanks at municipal or industrial wastewater treatment operations can depend on the rugged ST100 Series Thermal Flow Meter to provide precision mass flow measurement. The accurate measurement is important for process productivity and environmental regulations reporting. With no moving parts, simple insertion-style design, and comprehensive, global HazEx approvals, it is an ideal solution for digester gas flow measurement. Read More

Shining bright in matte coatings market

Shining bright in matte coatings market

By Leendert Molhoek-Long history of powder coating innovation: Powder coating technology has come a long way in the last 60 years. The success of the technology has been driven by the continuous improvement in raw materials, formulating techniques, and manufacturing processes. Nowadays, the aesthetic, operational and environmental advantages of this technology make it a well-established alternative to traditional liquid coatings for both indoor and outdoor applications, and in a very diverse range of markets, from automotive and architecture to furniture, design and beyond. Since the 1960s, Royal DSM has made a significant contribution to the development of powder coating technology. Read More

One of the major issues faced in urban cities is the concerns related to mobility. Getting from one place to another has become a tedious task considering the traffic congestion, air & noise pollution, vehicle safety, cost of fuel, most important human fatigue etc. Amidst all this chaos, one ray of hope is that future mobility and transportation will bring in more Automated, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) systems. For instance, the use of Ola/Uber-like services, riding on bicycles, using electric vehicles, having an automated, driverless car, flying taxis could all become the norm, changing the dynamics of the mobility industry. This sea of change will not only disrupt the automotive industry but also impact the entire eco system associated with the industry. Read More

Whether you’re wrapping a gift or bandaging a wound, you rely on an adhesive to get the job done. These sticky substances often are made from petroleum-derived materials, but what if there was a more sustainable way to make them? Now, a team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a novel process to make tape out of a major component of trees and plants called lignin-a substance that paper manufacturers typically throw away. What’s more, their invention performs just as well as at least two commercially available products. The researchers described their results in ACS Central Science, and they are working on more ways to upcycle scrap wood and plants into “designer materials” for consumer use. Read More

Is there no limit to what ionic liquids can do? They can help us make almost anything out of cellulose – in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Ilkka Kilpelainen, professor of organic chemistry at the University of Helsinki, has stuck two square pieces of wood. Had they been glued together, we would have been able to smell it. But these pieces had been attached without glue, with the help of ionic liquids developed by Kilpelainen’s research group on the Kumpula Campus. “There’s no join between the pieces, they have become part of each other. Under a microscope, the cross section of the point where the two pieces meet just looks like an annual growth ring,” said Kilpelainen. Read More

Alexander Fleming – discoverer of Penicillin antibiotics

BASF SE said that it will extend its production capacities for isoindoline yellow pigments by around 70 percent by 2020. Bright yellow tones that offer a high degree of weather resistance and temperature stability are sought after, particularly in demanding applications involving industrial coatings. Customers use isoindoline pigments, marketed under the Colors & Effects brand, to meet their steadily growing need for coatings for the automotive sector and to colour plastics. “Following our recently announced expansion to production capacities for Paliocrom effect pigments, this investment of around €10 million underscores our ambitions for growth as one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance pigments,” said Dr Alexander Haunschild… Read More

Alexander Fleming – discoverer of Penicillin antibiotics

Biography & Contributions: Alexander Fleming was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, botanist and Nobel laureate born on August 06, 1881 – died on March 11, 1955. Fleming best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme and the antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum. Lysozyme occurs in white blood cells, egg whites, milk, pus, saliva, and tears, and engulfs and digests bacteria, forming a key component in the body’s defense system. In November 1921 Fleming discovered lysozyme, an enzyme present in body fluids such as saliva and tears that has a mild antiseptic effect. That was the first of his major discoveries. Read More

Distillation process of chemicals

The process of distillation starts when a liquid is heated to boiling point. The liquid starts evaporate, by appearing in a vapor form. Distillation is expended to detach liquids from nonvolatile solids, as in the separation of alcoholic liquors from fermented materials, or in the separation of two or more liquids with distinct boiling points, as in the separation of gasoline, kerosene, and lubricating oil from crude oil. Further, industrial applications incorporate the processing of the chemical products that is as formaldehyde, phenol and the purification of seawater. Read More

Distinct Organic chemical reactions

Organic reactions are reaction connecting with the organic chemical compounds. There are different types of organic chemical reactions. Organic reactions can be categorised based on the type of functional group involved in the reaction as a reactant and functional group that is formed as a result of the reaction. Classification of chemical reactions in organic chemistry:  Oxidation reaction: In this type of chemical reaction, oxidation takes place when oxygen atoms are added or when the electrons are lost. This kind of reaction generally occurs when the distinct life processes which are photosynthesis,combustion, respiration, rusting, etc. The reaction where magnesium metal reacts with oxygen forming magnesium oxide which is an oxidation reaction. Read More