World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation

World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a massive 3D printer capable of printing immense objects – and it’s currently creating the world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be installed this month in the small Dutch town of Gemert, and it will be the first of its kind with an innovative printing technique that reduces waste.Technically, Madrid introduced the world’s first 3D-printed bridge earlier this year – but the Gemert bridge will be built using a special process that reinforces the concrete layers with steel cables as the concrete blocks are formed.Read More

Physicists at Lancaster University are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology.Renewable hydrogen can already be produced by photoelectrolysis where solar power is used to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen.But, in spite of significant research efforts over the past four decades, fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency and lack of cost-effectiveness.Dr Manus Hayne from the Department of Physics said: “For research to progress, innovation in both materials development and device design is clearly needed.”Read More

In an interview, Bhaskar Patil, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), delves into his research on plasma assisted nitrogen fixation and the wonders if it can work for the world.Insight into the research.Our current research focuses on developing an alternative energy driven (such as plasma) chemical production, where energy is selectively delivered to the reaction channels which yields higher energy efficiency.Read More

Growing urbanization is setting construction industry at pace, thereby giving rise to raw material industry such as construction chemicals market. In general construction chemical is one of the chemical compounds in specialty chemicals segment of the chemical industry,” according to a report by Future Market Insights.Construction chemicals are widely used in construction of residential, nonresidential as well as non-building infrastructural activities such as roads, highways and expressways. Read More


Scientists make methanol using oxygen

Scientists make methanol using oxygen

Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures into hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide before reassembling them – expensive and energy-intensive processes known as ‘steam reforming’ and ‘methanol synthesis.’But researchers at Cardiff Catalysis Institute have discovered they can produce methanol from methane through simple catalysis that allows methanol production at low temperatures using oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.Read More


Researchers from the University of Houston and China have described a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere.The work holds promise for eco-friendly disposable personal electronics and biomedical devices that dissolve within the body. There are also defence applications, including devices that can be programmed to dissolve in order to safeguard sensitive information, said Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and lead author of the paper.Read More

A research team from the University of Delaware (UD) has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.This bio renewable feedstock could serve as a cheaper, sustainable substitute for the petroleum used in manufacturing tons upon tons of consumer goods annually — goods that consumers want to be greener.Read More



By Sonal Srivastava: Economic development in Japan thrives on growth of its manufacturing industry. Previously, the manufacturing industry of Japan was known for its competitive strength globally. Chemical sector accounts for a significant section of GDP in Japan. However, emergence of electronic companies in developing countries including South Korea and China has posed significant challenges for the manufacturing industry of Japan. Striving to maintain competitive pace with other countries, the companies in Japan significantly rely on its chemical sector for integrating technological development. Read More

Fine chemicals market to reach $191 billion by 2021 – Report

Fine chemicals market to reach $191 billion by 2021 – Report

The fine chemicals industry is a typical processed and intermediary materials industry that procures basic chemicals to supply raw materials and auxiliary materials to the downstream industries. Fine chemicals manufacturing is typically carried out in batch processes, with synthesis being followed by separation and purification steps. Pharmaceutical sector has always been the largest market for fine chemicals industry, according to a report by IndustryARC. Read More


Impossible Foods Inc announced the launch of production the company’s first large-scale plant. The plant in Oakland, California, is now ramping up production and will eventually have the capacity to produce 1 million pounds of plant-based meat per month. That’s enough to serve about 1 million quarter-pound Impossible Burgers per week.As the 68,000-square-foot plant scales up production, more and more restaurants will be able to serve the plant-based Impossible Burger on their menus. Read More

By Debarati DasEvery industry is constantly trying to reduce its damaging impact on the environment. And this has led companies to explore bio alternatives. As part of this, companies are discovering the plant Soy. It is a versatile plant with hundreds of uses. Apart from being a staple food item in many parts of the world, it is also being used to develop biodegradable biofuel, plastics, cosmetics, paints & coatings etc. making it a better alternative for petrochemical derived products. Read More

By Debarati Das: A building made of bricks and mortar has lot more science involved than we can imagine – a science to make these structures sturdier than ever, a science to make them ecologically compliant and a science to make them economical. And this is what every construction chemicals manufacturer is aiming for.Various advancements in new-age construction chemicals are constantly raising the bar of construction industry itself. Read More

AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel NV has officially opened the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint plant in Ashington, UK.The hi-tech facility – which cost more than €100m to build – represents the largest ever global investment by the company’s decorative paints business. It will become the new centre of production for Dulux, the UK’s leading decorative paint brand.The Ashington plant uses a variety of renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic cells and a biomass boiler, alongside a highly automated manufacturing process which saves water, waste and energy.  Read More


SABIC continued its global expansion with the inauguration of a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and also announced new investment in a PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location. The highly automated PP extrusion line is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, and the Dutch minister of economic affairs, Henk Kamp, were present at the opening ceremony for the pilot plant. Read More

BioAmber Inc said that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has notified the company that it is no longer in compliance with NYSE listing standards because the price of its common stock has fallen below the NYSE’s share price rule. The NYSE requires the average closing price of a listed company’s common stock to be at least $1 per share over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. The 30 trading-day average closing price of the stock was $0.90, as of 6 September. Read More
Aligning with the manufacturing strengths of the worldIn an interview, Allen Antao with Chemical Today Magazine talks at length about the global dynamics of the process equipment market. He also delves into the opportunities offered by India to strengthen the country as a global powerhouse.Process equipment landscape in Indian chemical industry: We manufacture equipment for the process industry. Read More

Prominence of Redox reaction in organic chemistry

Prominence of Redox reaction in organic chemistry

Chemical reactions in which the oxidation states or oxidation numbers of the atoms are reformed is known as oxidation-reduction reaction. These reactions are also known as redox reactions, which is short form for reduction-oxidation reaction. Oxidation is the process of losing of electrons throughout a reaction by a molecule an atom or an ion. Oxidation arises when the oxidation state of a molecule, atom or ion is higher. The contrast process is known as reduction. Read More


Compounds in a fermented fish paste used as a condiment in Indonesia efficiently inhibit an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, reports a study published in the Pertanika journal Tropical Agricultural Science.Researchers from Sriwijaya University in Indonesia tested the effects of various peptides filtered out of bekasam, a fermented fish paste used in Indonesian cooking, on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. Read More

Just the other day, I was working in my office, when in the background the loud humming of cranes managed to reach my ears. The building behind our office was being demolished, to make way for a sprawling business park in the vicinity. Cranking up the area, smashing the cemented walls and spreading dust all over, the cranes kept at it for three consecutive days. The constant hum of the cranes eventually merged with my thoughts, sending me into a whirlwind. Read More

BASF SE introduces new low odour XSB dispersion, expanding its paper coating portfolio for the Nordic market.BASF’s new low odour binder for paper coatings, based on styrene butadiene, is specially designed for odour sensitive applications in the board and packaging market in the Nordic region.Although applicable for all printing applications, the new product is particularly suitable for food contact and liquid packaging board. Read More

DIC, Fermentalg to develop new generation of natural food colours

DIC, Fermentalg to develop new generation of natural food colours

DIC Corporation and Fermentalg, a French leader in microalgae for nutrition and health, signed a global, multi-year cooperation agreement to develop a new generation of natural food colourings.This agreement targets the fast-growing market for natural alternatives to artificial food colourings.The partnership will bring together Fermentalg’s unique microalgae strain bank and its integrated biotechnology platform with DIC’s significant applied research..Read More

AkzoNobel NV has unveiled Heart Wood as the much-anticipated colour of the year for 2018, following continuous expert research into trends, insights and consumer behaviours.A subtle and warm tone of grown-up pink, Heart Wood draws from the tactile qualities of natural wood and leather, conveying comfort and ease in response to consumers wanting to nestle down more and create a “welcome home”. Read More


Clariant International Ltd has launched five new Tonsil bleaching earths as part of its stronger future-focused purification support for the edible oils, mineral oils and biofuels sectors.Clariant’s Tonsil bleaching earths are leading purification solutions based on sustainably-mined natural bentonite clays.In Q4 2017, Clariant will add new Tonsil production capacity at its Le Treport site in France. Read More

Lenzing Group has opened a new application and innovation centre (AIC) in Hong Kong, setting another milestone in intensifying its cooperation with its partners along the value chain. Henceforth, new applications for Lenzing fibres are being developed and tested, including applications for the latest innovations such as Lyocell fibres from the Refibra brand and EcoVero viscose fibres. Read More

Balls of bitumen could avoid pipeline problem: Research

Balls of bitumen could avoid pipeline problem: Research

An engineer from the University of Calgary has described bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for an Alberta struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief indeed. Freshly patented and weeks away from pilot-scale production, the professor’s revolutionary heavy oil and bitumen pellets may finally provide a pipeline-free solution. Read More

AkzoNobel NV announced a new management structure for its paints and coatings business in advance of creating two focused high-performing businesses; paints and coatings and speciality chemicals.The new, fully integrated, management structure will increase customer focus, drive further operational excellence, and build greater momentum and speed across the business. Read More



The Mosaic Company (MOS) has contributed $100,000 for disaster relief and emergency response efforts in Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma’s impact. Funds will support the American Red Cross and Feeding Florida – who will receive $50,000 each.Florida is home to many of Mosaic’s phosphate production facilities and support operations. Read More 


A Schulman Inc (SHLM) has appointed Allen Spizzo and Carol Eicher to its board of directors, effective immediately.Spizzo currently serves on the board of Ferro Corporation as a member of the audit and compensation committees and on the board of directors of Global Specimen Solutions Inc a privately held informatics company. Read More