The Best Kept Secrets About Krypton

The Best Kept Secrets About Krypton

Krypton, symbolised as Kr, is a chemical element of period 4, group 18, with atomic number 36.The name of krypton is derived from a Greek word “Kryptos” which means “the hidden one”. Krypton has a half-life of 10.76 years. Its appearance exhibits a whitish glow in an electric field. Discovery of Krypton:Krypton was discovered by Sir William Ramsay (Scottish chemist) and Morris Tarvers (English chemist) on May 30 1898, in Britain. Read More



Advanced plastics could usher in lighter, cheaper, more energy-efficient product components, including those used in vehicles, LEDs and computers—if only they were better at dissipating heat.A new technique that can change plastic’s molecular structure to help it cast off heat is a promising step in that direction.Developed by a team of University of Michigan (U-M) researchers in materials science and mechanical engineering.  Read More



Paints & coatings have constantly witnessed change to keep up with the industry demands. In an interview, X Arokianathan, Managing Director, Vitech Enviro Systems Pvt Ltd with Chemical Today Magazine talks about this transition and various new technologies that the industry will witness in the future.By Shivani Mody: With the advent of the new generation automobile industry in late 70’s, the Surface Coating Industry started taking shape with new technologies in paint applications. Read More

A fire that broke out at state oil major PetroChina’s plant in northeastern China, one of the country’s largest refineries, has been put out with no reported casualties, state media reported.More than 600 firefighters extinguished the blaze at the plant’s 1.4 million-tonnes-per-annum catalytic cracker just and stayed on the scene to make sure equipment at the refinery remained cool. Read More


Significance of Copper Sulfate

Significance of Copper Sulfate

Copper sulfate is an inorganic compound with chemical formula CuSo4. Pentahydrate is the most common form of copper sulfate, which is bright blue color. Because of this characteristic CuSo4 is also known as blue vitriol and bluestone. It is mainly used in agriculture industry, manufacturing hair dyes and for manufacturing leather products. Read More




Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped. Researchers from the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.The research is published in the journal Advanced Materials.Self-healing materials aren’t new — researchers at SEAS have developed self-healing hydrogels, which rely on water to incorporate reversible bonds that can promote healing. Read More

From aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices, 3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries. Currently, 3D printed parts are very fragile and only used in the prototyping phase of materials or as a toy for display.A doctoral student in the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A&M University has pioneered a countermeasure to transform the landscape of 3D printing today. Read More




Growth in downstream industries, rising construction activities, increasing plastic packaging, and expanding automotive and furniture production to drive global vinyl acetate monomer market through 2026According to a report by TechSci Research, “Global vinyl acetate monomer market by application, by region, competition forecast & opportunities, 2012 – 2026”, the global vinyl acetate monomer market is projected to reach $11.93 billion by 2026. Read More

An Introduction Tin Element(Sn)

An Introduction Tin Element(Sn)

The discovery of tin is unknown as the time or the location of discovery was dated long back. Tools or weapons including tin was discovered by human’s years ago in 3,000 BC. Tin is the oldest man-made object that contain tin is the BronzeTin is the 49th most rich element in the earth’s crust, having 2 parts per million compared with 75 parts per million for zinc, 50 parts per million for copper, and 14 parts per million for lead. Read more



Singapore eDevelopment Limited (SeD) said that its indirect subsidiary, Global BioLife Inc (Global BioLife) will collaborate with US-based Chemia Corporation (Chemia) to develop specialised fragrances to counter mosquito-borne diseases and stress and anxiety, and for anti-viral medical applications. 3F (functional fragrance formulation) is a suite of functional fragrances developed for industrial and medical applications.  Read more
Toray Industries Inc said that it will invest Rs 1,000 crore for the manufacture of technical textiles in Andhra Pradesh (AP).AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has approved the project. The plant will be the largest among Japanese units in Sri City.The project will provide direct employment to more than 100 people and indirect employment to 300-400 people,the company officials informed.Toray is a leading manufacturer of fibers and textiles, performance chemicals, carbon fiber composite materials, environment and engineering and life science.Read more
The 3M Company has elected Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), Microsoft Corp, to its board of directors. At Microsoft, Hood is responsible for leading the worldwide finance organization, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and internal audit and investor relations, in a position she has held since July 2013. Read more


Rarely Known Facts of Stainless Steel

Rarely Known Facts of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel also known as iron steel and inox is a combination of metals with 10.5 Percentage of chromium content in it. Stainless steel is prominent for its corrosion resistance. It does not easily oxidize, rusts or stains with water as any other steel does. A common use for stainless steel is for cutlery such as knives, forks, and spoons. Read more



By Aravind Narayanam and M Shanmuga Sundaram:The growing urbanization has made air pollution one of the larger killers and India cannot remain complacent.  The rising GDP and rapid industrial growth and increased emissions from industries along with vehicles is the main cause of pollution in the form of volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOC’s), lead/benzene, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide amongst other intoxicants. Read more

Haifa Chemicals Ltd said that it was shutting down its ammonia plants in north and south of Israel and firing its 800 employees after failing to find a reasonable alternative to a large ammonia tank it needs to function which was ordered to be shut down earlier this year.An Israeli court in February ordered the company to shut down the country’s largest ammonia tank, which has been a point of contention for years. Read more

The Plaza Group, a leading international petrochemical marketing firm said that it will acquire Conchemco, a leading marketer and distributor of chemicals and solvents.Founded in 1990, Conchemco (Dallas, Texas) began as an independent company based on in-home services of buying, selling and brokering chemicals. It is now a multi-million-dollar company with national distribution. Read more

Few Interesting Facts Of Bronze

Few Interesting Facts Of Bronze

Bronze is the first alloy developed by human being, and it forms a gold-coloured, delicate metal that is used in manufacturing tools. Bronze is a combination of metals basically of copper and with 12 percent tin. It is also the addition of other metals for example: aluminium, manganese, nickel or zinc and at times non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions give rise to alloys that may be harder than copper or have properties such as stiffness and ductility.Read more



The global coatings industry is striving to provide more – environment protection, corrosion resistance, weather durability, gloss and shine…. all in just a single coat. By Debarati DasWe know that the main purpose of coatings is that of beautification and protection- but that’s just the leading edge. In short, a coating which was perfectly suitable last year can be redundant today because a certain industry switched from metal to plastic. Read more

Until now, a t-shirt was just a t-shirt – A garment you would wear based on your preference and choice of various colours.With the advances and changes in customer preference, the simple t-shirt has become a multi function, technology incorporating material you wear in various colours.Now it dorns materials and coatings which makes it a multi-functional garment, giving enhanced protection, such as being water and stain repellent, fire retardant, changes colour as per external stimuli. Read more

Challenges define the opportunity fields.In an interview, Dr Kumar Iyer with Chemical Today Magazine talks at length about the changing technologies that are ruling the global industrial coatings market today. By Debarati DasTrends and technology advancement in the global industrial coatings market. Trends around technology advancement for the Global industrial coatings market are driven by consumers (based on the convenience, reliability and experience), regulation, competition and profit & efficiency of the overall value chain.Read more



6 things about nitrogen you should know

6 things about nitrogen you should know

Nitrogen is one of the most significant elements in organic chemistry. It is an inert diatomic gas. Nitrogen name is derived from a Greek word, ‘nitron’ and ‘genes’ which means nitre forming. It is an element with symbol N and atomic number 7. Nitrogen is the lightest member of group 15 of the periodic table, often called the pnictogens. Read more


Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide. When inhaled, these nanoparticles can enter the lungs and potentially the bloodstream. The particulates known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles are unintentionally produced as coal is burned. Read more


AkzoNobel NV said that its coatings are used in a medical ship operated by Vine Trust, to help people living in remote and isolated communities have access to primary healthcare. Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years  to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theatre, consultation rooms and a pharmacy. Read more


Ineos Styrolution has announced plans to increase its compounding capacity for engineering plastics by an additional 34,000 metric tonnes per annum at its Moxi plant located in Gujarat, India. Expected for completion in 2019, this expansion will grow Ineos Styrolution’s compounding capacity to 100,000 metric tonnes per annum at the site. Read more

Researchers finally reveal how birds get their colour

Birds’ feathers or plumage, are some of the most amazing variable animal characteristics that can be observed by the naked eye. The patterns that we see in birds’ feathers are made up of complex combinations of mottles, scales, bars, and spots. Dr Ismael Galvan and his expert research team from the University of Chicago, US studied the plumage coloration in 9,000 bird species. Read more


Mexichem has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 80 percent stake in Netafim Ltd, a private irrigation company in Israel, for a total enterprise value of $1.895 billion. Mexichem will buy the stake in the company from private equity fund Permira, which held a 61.3 percent stake in the Israeli pioneer of drip irrigation systems nd also from Kibbutz Magal and Kibbutz Hazerim. Read more



THE NETHERLANDS: IMCD NV said that it will acquire 100 percent of LV Lomas, the Canadian and US speciality chemicals and ingredients distributor. Lomas is an excellent fit with the IMCD business model and immediately provides IMCD with a significant presence in Canada and a further enhanced position in the US, the company said. Read more


Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia will be aiming to blaze a winning trail in a stunning new vehicle featuring high-performance coatings supplied by AkzoNobel NV. Unveiled by Solar Team Eindhoven, the Stella Vie is a solar-powered family car capable of travelling 1,000km on one full battery. Read more