Mining bacterial genomes for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

Mining bacterial genomes for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

CHAMPAIGN, US: In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and colleagues at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore used CRISPR technology to turn on unexpressed, or “silent,” gene clusters in Streptomyces. Read More

Archroma unveils deposit control innovation for papermaking

REINACH, SWITZERLAND: Archroma said that it has launched Cartaspers PLH liquid, a single-product breakthrough enabling easy and highly effective control of pitch and stickies deposition especially in soft water pulp and papermaking environments. Pulp mill tests already report easier application, better performance and significant cost savings compared to alternative deposit control systems. Pitch, occurring from natural resins in virgin pulp, and stickies in recycled paper fibres, pose a major challenge. Read More

Powder coatings market witnessing rapid transformation and increased demand

Globally, one of the major challenges of the paints and coatings industry has been to minimise the amount of toxins, wastes and air emissions in the entire life cycle without compromising the exterior look and feel. The paint and coatings industry has been aggressively trying to make its products environmental friendly with low hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions but with high durability and better finish. Becoming one of the most sought after technology in the industry. Read More

Evonik unveils new antimicrobial agent for poultry processing

PARSIPPANY, US: Evonik Corporation said that its Peraclean 22 CW was recently approved for use in meat and poultry processing by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Peraclean 22 CW, a peracetic acid, is an environmentally friendly, antimicrobial agent approved for use in a number of intervention points including both online and offline reprocessing spray, wash, rinse, chiller or scald, and other process water for whole or cut meat and poultry carcasses. Read More


BASF to sell its bleaching clay, mineral adsorbents businesses

BASF to sell its bleaching clay, mineral adsorbents businesses

ISELIN/ RENO, US: BASF said that it has signed an agreement to sell its bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents businesses to EP Minerals, a worldwide leader in industrial minerals. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. The bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents businesses are currently part of the process catalysts business unit of BASF’s global catalysts division. The selling includes a production site and a clay mine in Mississippi (US), and the mineral rights sublease associated with a mine in Arizona. Read More

Mechanism of Appel Reaction

The reaction is named after eminent scientist Rolf Appel. Rolf Appel was an inorganic chemist who contributed his important work to the organophosphorus chemistry field. The Appel reaction is a type of organic reaction, which converts alcohol into an alkyl chloride by using chemical materials like triphenylphosphine and carbon tetrachloride. The reason behind use of carbon tetrabromide or bromine as a halide source is to produce alkyl bromides, whereas other materials like carbon tetraiodide, methyl iodide or iodine gives alkyl iodides. Read More

Potential Health Benefits of Limonene

Limonene is a phytochemical which falls in the class of monoterpenes and cyclo terpene. Limonene name derived from the citrus fruit i.e., lemon and it is abundantly found in other plant sources like cherries, spearmint, dill, garlic, celery, maize, rosemary, ginger, basil, etc. This phytochemical generally occurs in two optically active forms, l-limonene and d-limonene. The d-limonene is the compound which is responsible for strong smell of oranges. Limonene is basically formed from geranyl pyrophosphate compound. Read More

Accenture, SAP to help chemical companies advance digital transformation

WALLDORF, GERMANY/ NEW YORK, US: Accenture PLC (ACN) and SAP SE (SAP) have planned to expand their collaboration on SAP S/4HANA to develop a digital industry platform that will help chemical companies advance a new era of digital transformation. SAP S/4HANA is a real-time enterprise resource management suite for digital business. Co-developed by Accenture and SAP under their SAP S/4HANA collaboration, SAP S/4HANA chemicals is an innovative re-launch of SAP best practices for chemicals and SAP business. Read More

Deadly chemical weapon attack kills dozens in Syria

Deadly chemical weapon attack kills dozens in Syria

DAMASCUS, SYRIA: At least 70 people have been killed in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in north-western Syria. And more than hundreds suffered symptoms reliable with reaction to a nerve agent after what the opposition and Western powers said was a Syrian government air strike on the area. The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents, while its ally Russia said an air strike hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions. Activists and witnesses said warplanes. Read More

Clariant opens new bleaching earth production site in Indonesia

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant has officially opened a new bleaching earth production site for its functional minerals business unit in Gresik, Indonesia. The new production site supplements Clariant’s existing manufacturing capacity and expands its footprint in the emerging Asia-Pacific region. Clariant’s business unit functional minerals supplies customers worldwide with speciality products based on bentonite. Following the continuing success of its Tonsil bleaching earth, it initiated a global capacity expansion plan. Read More

BASF publishes its first palm progress report

LONDON, UK: BASF is launching its first palm progress report. As one of the leading global processors, BASF is presenting its roadmap for sustainable palm, its collaboration along the value chain and the progress it is making in driving physical transformation in oleo derivatives. One of BASF’s key renewable raw materials is palm kernel oil and its primary derivatives which are mainly used for the production of ingredients for the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners’ industries, as well as in human nutrition. Read More

SuperFood to SuperSkin

In today’s world, youngsters are more focused on grooming and improving their appearance. To enhance their personality, across the world youngsters are using more of skin brightening, skin whitening creams or lotions. Added to this, the changing lifestyles of consumers, increasing incomes and rising importance of beautification, has helped grow the global cosmetic skin care market. The skin care market is also seeing the use of natural active ingredients based cosmetics, as a way to connect better with the environment-conscious consumers. Read More

Epigenetic approach for skin rejuvenation

Epigenetic approach for skin rejuvenation

The epidermis is one of the most active tissues in terms of regeneration. This renewal capacity experiences a decrease with time, leading to the appearance of ageing signs, such as wrinkles and dullness. The new peptide presented below showed a potential capacity to improve the epidermal regeneration process, with a suggested reprogramming effect of epidermal cells through the modulation of epigenetic mechanisms. When applied on the skin of volunteers, it helped accelerate the renewal time. Read More

BASF develops new anti-ageing ingredient for skin care

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY: BASF said that it has created a third research platform on extraction and processes, following innovation platforms on epigenetics and microbiome. In addition, experts from BASF’s R&D department for bio-actives in cooperation with experts from the University of Reims and their Technology Transfer Office SATT Nord have developed a new anti-aging active ingredient. They have uncovered the benefits of flax seed oligosaccharides for the skin – that is, their unique capacity. Read More

Chemical sensors Asia Pacific market analysis 2015 – 2025

The significance of chemical sensors as a crucial industrial component has elevated owing to rising environmental risks. The increasing amount of pollutants released into the air has necessitated the demand for chemical sensors. Advantageous applicability of sensors in the analysing chemical composition of varied samples is influencing adoption of chemical sensors. Higher order orthogonal sensors and chemical sensing array are key trends that are shaping up the global market. Low cost and portable nature of chemical sensors. Read More

Wacker presents silane-terminated polymers for sealants, adhesives

MUNICH/NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG is unveiling several novelties for sealant and adhesive applications: The two new silane-terminated polymers GENIOSIL XM 20 and GENIOSIL XM 25 can be used as binders in adhesives and sealants, where they can modify the mechanical properties, in particular, impacting modulus. This allows adhesives and sealants manufacturers to compound without the need of conventional plasticisers. In plasticizer-free adhesives, the new grades. Read More

New method to track hazardous chemicals in the body

New method to track hazardous chemicals in the body

BIRMINGHAM, US: Research teams from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Notre Dame (UND) have developed a new method that enables researchers to radiolabel three forms of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) and track these chemicals when they enter the body.  This is a significant and timely advancement in identifying and tracking these PFASs, which are known to be harmful to the human body, and just last month. Read More

New device produces hydrogen peroxide for water purification

CALIFORNIA, US: Limited access to clean water is a major issue for billions of people in the developing world, where water sources are often contaminated with urban, industrial and agricultural waste. Many disease-causing organisms and organic pollutants can be quickly removed from water using hydrogen peroxide without leaving any harmful residual chemicals. However, producing and distributing hydrogen peroxide is a challenge in many parts of the world. Now scientists at the Department of Energy’s. Read More

Chemical system that mimics early cell behaviour

CAMBRIDGE, US: A Harvard University researcher seeking a model for the earliest cells has created a system that self-assembles from a chemical soup into cell-like structures that grow, move in response to light, replicate when destroyed, and exhibit signs of rudimentary evolutionary selection. While the system, developed by senior research fellow Juan Perez-Mercader, mimics what one might conceive of as early cell behaviour, a major caveat is that its main component is a molecule not typically found in living things. Read More

Innovating to launch customised surfactants

The Huntsman Performance Products division has surfactants as a significant part of its portfolio with backwards integration in EO at USA and Australia manufacturing assets. This business focuses on diverse applications including but not limited to Agrochemicals, Home and Personal Care, Paints & Coatings, Oilfield Chemicals, Textiles, Metal Working etc. At Huntsman, we constantly innovate to launch customised surfactants for our valued customer. Some of the themes are APE-free surfactants, polymeric dispersants. Read More

Kraton to launch the next generation tackifiers

Kraton to launch the next generation tackifiers

HOUSTON, US: Kraton Corporation (KRA) said that it will launch the next generation of rosin ester tackifiers – SYLVALITE 9000. This tackifier is a biobased material for use in formulating premium packaging hot melt adhesives. SYLVALITE 9000 tackifier adheres to the most stringent colour and stability requirements while delivering the adhesion performance synonymous with rosin ester chemistry. Tackifiers are chemical compounds used in formulating adhesives to increase the tack. Read More

Shell opens new state-of-the-art technology hub in Bengaluru

BENGALURU, INDIA: Shell expands its R&D activities in Asia, opens a new state-of-the-art technology hub in Bengaluru, India. The 52-acre, custom built technology centre can house up to 1,500 experts working collaboratively on innovative projects worldwide. Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) brings together R&D staff who previously worked at separate locations in Bangalore and also provides additional space for high-tech innovation and demonstration facilities. By housing all R&D staff in Bengaluru in one centre. Read More

AkzoNobel, ABT, EY launches new tool to track bio-based materials

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co Ltd (ABT) and Ernst & Young (EY) have joined forces to encourage more transparent, sustainable chemistry. Together they have launched a new online tool which can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products. This will be the first tool ever to use e-certification to track bio-based content along the value chain. Many chemicals can be made either from fossil feedstock or bio-based raw materials, such as vegetable oils or sugars. Read More

Clariant to launch new colour shades inspired by sea

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant to launch colour shades inspired by the colours of the sea: Marine Magic. The Marine Magic collection of automotive styling shades 2019 is based on Clariant’s colour know-how and observations of social trends, topics and industry developments. Clariant’s biennial global Automotive Trendbook presents the colour areas that will play a role in the automotive industry in the future. It includes analysis of colour popularity and offers innovative solutions based on its organic pigments. Read More