Artificial intelligence recreates periodic table within hours

In a first step toward generating an artificial intelligence program that can find new laws of nature, Stanford University team has created a program that reproduced a complex human discovery – the periodic table. It took nearly a century of trial and error for human scientists to organize the periodic table of elements, arguably one of the greatest scientific achievements in chemistry, into its current form. A new artificial intelligence (AI) program developed by Stanford physicists accomplished the same feat in just a few hours. Called Atom2Vec, the program successfully learned to distinguish between different atoms. Read more


AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals said that it will upgrade its Rotterdam chlor-alkali plant to strengthen development of the local industrial cluster. The company is preparing to invest in a second, independent production line for chlorine and caustic soda and will also implement a series of other upgrades, starting with the implementation of new ‘e-flex’ technology, which automatically adjusts production in line with electricity supplies. The new production line, which is due for completion by 2021, will ensure a continuous supply of chlorine, includingwhen one line is undergoing maintenance. Read more


BP plc and its partners in the Shah Deniz consortium announced the start-up of the landmark Shah Deniz 2 gas development in Azerbaijan, including its first commercial gas delivery to Turkey. The BP-operated $28 billion project is the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea and the largest subsea infrastructure operated by BP worldwide. It is also the starting point for the Southern Gas Corridor series of pipelines that will for the first time deliver natural gas from the Caspian Sea direct to European markets. Shah Deniz 2 is BP’s largest new upstream project in 2018, and, following Atoll in Egypt, is the second of six project start-ups expected for the year. Read more


BASF SE lifts force majeure for Lutavit A 1000, Lutavit A 500, Vitamin A Palmitate 1.6 Mio I.U./g, Lutavit E 50, Lutavit E 50 S, and Vitamin E Acetate 94 percent products for its animal nutrition business. The lifting of force majeure for additional vitamin derivatives and for several affected carotenoids within the animal nutrition business will follow subsequently. Following an incident beyond BASF’s control in the citral plant in Ludwigshafen on October 31, 2017, BASF was forced to declare force majeure for its citral and isoprenol-based aroma ingredients, its vitamin A and E products and several carotenoids. Read more