Nestle Waters, Danone to develop bio-based bottles


Nestle Waters, Danone to develop bio-based bottles

PARIS, FRANCE: Nestle Waters has joined forces with Danone, a French multinational food-products corporation and Origin Materials, a US startup based in California to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. This alliance is to develop and launch a commercial scale polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle made from 100 percent sustainable and renewable resources. The project uses biomass feedstocks, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust, so it does not divert resources. Read More

Polyurea-based coating for chemical resistance

Valmont Industries, a leading producer of centre pivot and linear irrigation systems for large-scale agriculture as well as infrastructure and industrial products, was moving into a brand-new facility in Brenham, Texas. This new facility would serve as a major regional hub for many of their coating services including hot dip galvanising, E-coat, anodising and powder coating. Just a few weeks before their new facility was due to open, the company was faced with environmental concerns over the potential. Read More

Bringing colour to the street

The wide range of colours available for automotive paint finishing provides vehicle owners with the personalization they want. In order to achieve this, flexible paint supply systems are needed in the paint shop. For the first time, Durr is set to equip an entire paint shop in the USA with an EcoSupply P special paint supply system. The piggable system’s low paint loss rate, low flushing agent consumption and rapid colour changing will ensure efficient processes in the paint shops. Read More

Why the statue of liberty is coloured blue-green?

Most people are acquainted with the Statue of Liberty which really is a gift from the individuals of France to the individuals of the United States. The Statue of Liberty represents Libertas, the Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head, and in her left arm possesses tablet inscribed “July 4, 1776”, the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A damaged chain also lies at Statue’s feet.Then after the statue became an icon symbol for freedom of the United States and was a welcoming. Read More

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Sketching sensors with new conducting polymer pen


Sketching sensors with new conducting polymer pen

northwestern-polysketch-penEVANSTON, US: Two Northwestern Engineering graduate students are drawing circles around the competition. Daniel Hickox-Young and Luke Prestowitz developed a novel “smart ink” pen, which propelled them to the KAUST DIY Electronics Innovation Challenge, an international contest to encourage creative and inexpensive electronics. Called the “PolySketch Pen,” the patent-pending tool culminated from a course project in MSE 337: Introduction to conducting polymers, developed by Jiaxing Huang. Read More

Wacker presents silane-terminated binder for cementitious flooring

wacker-binderMUNICH, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG said that it will showcase an innovative binder for the impregnation of cement-bound substrates. Marketed as SILRES BS 6920, this low-viscosity binder based on the group’s alpha-silane technology can be processed into ready-to-use impregnating agents and thin coatings for concrete and flowing-screed floors. It provides flooring with excellent stain protection and has a color-intensifying effect. The dirt-repelling action of formulations. Read More

Oxytocin improves coordination in leader-follower interaction: Study

aarhus-university-oxytocin-1AARHUS, DENMARK: When standing in a crowd at a concert, clapping hands along with the music on stage, it may be that people with higher levels of oxytocin are better synchronised with the beat of the music than those with lower levels of oxytocin. A new study from Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) Aarhus University/The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, shows that participants receiving oxytocin – a hormone known to promote social bonding – are more synchronised when finger-tapping. Read More

Banned chemical weapon used to kill Kim Jong Nam: Police

kim-jong-nam-1KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler’s outcast half-brother who was attacked by two women who rubbed the substance on his face at the airport in Malaysia’s capital. VX is an extremely toxic organophosphate. A tasteless and odourless liquid with an amber-like colour, it severely disrupts the body’s nervous system and is used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare. VX is one of the world’s deadliest chemical weapons. Read More

Researchers improve graphene DNA-detecting transistors


Researchers improve graphene DNA-detecting transistors

graphene-dna-detecting-transistors-1TSUKUBA, JAPAN: Researchers in India and Japan have developed an improved method for using graphene-based transistors to detect disease-causing genes. Graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs) can detect harmful genes through DNA hybridization, which occurs when a ‘probe DNA’ combines, or hybridises, with its complementary ‘target DNA.’ Electrical conduction changes in the transistor when hybridization occurs. Nobutaka Hanagata of Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science. Read More

New catalyst mimics nature to break tenacious carbon-hydrogen bond

green-chemistry-au-catalyst-1Chemists discover new way to crack the stubborn carbon-hydrogen bond that could allow industry to make petroleum-derived commercial products easier, cheaper and cleaner. A new catalyst for breaking the tough molecular bond between carbon and hydrogen holds the promise of a cleaner, easier and cheaper way to derive products from petroleum, said a researcher at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas. “Some of the most useful building blocks we have in the world. Read More

Stable emulsions with a dietary fiber

innovation-food-emulsifiersEmulsifiers are used widely in the food industry to stabilise foods containing an oil and a water phase. However, the use of many traditional emulsifiers is often fraught with difficulties: they are additional sources of cholesterol, heat and acid sensitive, potentially allergenic, and mostly of animal origin. Alphadextrin, on the other hand, is able to both stabilise and texturize oil-in-water emulsions. Plus, the ring-shaped dextrin is 100 percent vegetarian, non-allergenic, cholesterol-free and obtained completely. Read More

Focus on plastics industry in Europe

international-focus-europe-plastics-industryIn an interview, Patrick Thomas, President, PlasticsEurope (European Association of Plastics Producers) and CEO of Covestro with Chemical Today magazine talks about the trends, challenges, and opportunities in European plastics industry. The European plastics industry provides direct employment to 1.5 million people in Europe, who work in about 60,000 companies, most of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In 2015, our region ranked second in world plastics production. Read More

2016: A mixed year for the German chemical industry


2016: A mixed year for the German chemical industry

international-focus-germany-outlookIn an interview, Dr Kurt Bock, President of Verband der Chemischen Industrie eV (VCI) and Chief Executive of BASF SE with Chemical Today magazine speaks about the trends, challenges and policies in the German chemical and pharma industry.  2016 was a mixed year for our industry. The German chemical and pharma industry kept its investments at a high level, and the utilisation of its production plants was stable. But growth in our industry was not as high as anticipated one year ago. Read More

New clues found for better nuclear waste cleanup

washington-state-university-technetium-99-1PULLMAN, US: A recent study of the chemistry of technetium-99 from Washington State University (WSU) has improved the understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup methods. The work is reported in the journal Inorganic Chemistry. It was led by John McCloy, associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and chemistry graduate student Jamie Weaver. Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Read More

EnzBond new technology to make fast, effective enzymes

enzbond-enzymes-1OXFORD, UK: At present, discovering the right enzymes for production in drug development can prove both prohibitively expensive and time-consuming, as identifying the right enzyme is a trial and error process that can see companies go through potentially thousands of enzymes during the search. This prevents the penetration of enzymes in the industries like pharma where effective and green technologies are crucial. EnzBond’s in-silico technology allows the company to examine. Read More

Solvent effects on chemical reaction

solventsA solvent can be any substance, that turns into a solution by dissolving a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute. The solvent is usually a liquid, but can also be a solid or gas. In our daily life, we will find the best example of solvent, that is none other than water. Solvent’s common uses ranges from dry cleaning agents, paint thinners, nail polish removers, glues, spot removers, detergents and in personal care products like perfumes. Solvents find various applications in chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, and gas industries. Read More