Oil-eating bacterium can help clean up pollution and spills

Oil-eating bacterium can help clean up pollution and spills

An enzyme derived from a bacterium cleans soil contaminated by petroleum-based products in a simple, effective, and environmentally-friendly manner. From pipelines to tankers, oil spills and their impact on the environment are a source of concern. These disasters occur on a regular basis, leading to messy decontamination challenges that require massive investments of time and resources. But however widespread and serious the damage may be, the solution could be microscopic—Alcanivorax borkumensis—a bacterium that feeds on hydrocarbons. Read More


The electric conductivity dyes are suitable for both DC conductivity and AC conductivity, and it is used for enhancing the performance of an electric device, according to a report by Persistence Market Research. The total electric conductivity (which is the product of DC conductivity and AC conductivity) is expected to be higher than DC conductivity, and the activation energy of total electric conductivity is expected to be lower than that of DC conductivity, owing to the rise of the applied field frequency, which in turn, improves the carrier jumping and consequently the conductivity value. Read More


Experts in different gas separation methods have worked together to explore a new integrated system, which promises to enhance natural gas purification. Fundamental researchers at the Colorado School of Mines have proposed a novel two-part system for separating impurities from natural gas in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, from AIP Publishing. Natural gas primarily contains methane, but impurities in the gaseous mixture need to be removed before the methane can be put into the pipeline. The newly proposed purification system combines two separation methods and, in principle, promises to improve performance, reduce costs and diminish ecological side effects. Read More

A team from the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) Chair of Inorganic Chemistry II has developed new chemical compounds that make catalysts more efficient. The properties of a catalyst are not only determined by its catalytically active centre but also by atoms or molecules bound to it, which are called ligands. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers led by Prof Dr Viktoria Daschlein-Gessner described a new class of what are known as phosphine ligands. With their electronic and spatial properties, they ensure that catalysts are more active and more stable. Read More

BASF to expand antioxidant Irganox capacity globally

BASF to expand antioxidant Irganox capacity globally

BASF SE plans to increase the global production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox 1010 by 40 percent with production expansion projects at its sites in Jurong, Singapore, and Kaisten, Switzerland. With production in Kaisten coming online in 2019 and in Singapore in early 2021, BASF aims to better serve the increasing demand from customers in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa from its regional supply points. In addition, BASF is investing in its McIntosh, Alabama facility in the US to improve asset reliability and further expand capacity to meet growing customer demand. Read More


HELM Agro US Inc said that it has signed an agreement to acquire Extreme herbicide from BASF Corporation. Extreme provides excellent burndown and season-long residual control of more than 50 broadleaf and grass weeds in Roundup Ready soybeans, Clearfield corn and Roundup Ready alfalfa. “Extreme herbicide continues to be a well-recognized and important weed control tool among US growers. Extreme is highly complementary to the organization’s portfolio and aligned with HELM’s strategy in providing solutions that enable growers to successfully manage weed control with improved return on their investment,” said Jan Stechmann, President of HELM Agro US. Read More

Honeywell (HON) said that Cepsa will convert an alkylation unit using hydrofluoric acid to Honeywell UOP’s solid bed Detal-Plus technology at its refinery in San Roque, Spain. The unit produces linear alkylbenzene (LAB), which is used to make a variety of different detergent formulations, including biodegradable household detergents. Honeywell will provide catalysts and adsorbents, basic engineering design and other associated services for the complex. When completed in 2020, this project will mark the world’s first conversion of an HF alkylation unit to solid bed technology. Read More


Archroma has acquired all remaining minority shares in M. Dohmen SA, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors. Since its corporate carve-out from Clariant in 2013, Archroma is set on becoming a clear industry leader in supplying innovative chemistry solutions, with the goal to make the industries it serves more sustainable. Archroma made a first move in this direction when it acquired the textile chemicals business of BASF in 2015.Archroma first acquired an interest in the capital of M. Dohmen with a 49 percent share in 2014 followed by an additional 26 percent share in 2017. Read More

Anti settling agent for Paints

Anti-settling agent for Paints

An anti-settling agent is utilized in water based paint is normally categorised into multiple types of substances, surfactants and colloids. Paints require a stabiliser since the over time of the droplets can join together or either settle down beneath the pressure of gravity the deposition or float on the top. The difference among these sedimentations is based on whether the particle is less or denser than the surrounding water. Anti settling agents are utilized in many industrial procedure and products such as wood pulp, paper, paint, industrial wastewater treatment, food processing, oil drilling. Read More

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo KK, a business entity of TANAKA Holdings Co Ltd has established a new fuel cell catalyst development centre in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. With an investment of approximately ¥4.0 billion, the centre will develop and manufacture electrode catalysts used in fuel cells. TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo already boasts a world-leading share of the fuel cell catalyst market, and with the expansion of the centre, production capacity will increase seven-fold. The new building is located adjacent to the existing FC catalyst development centre at TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo’s Shonan Plant. Read More


BASF SE has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant thermoplastic polyesters, to meet the demand of the automotive industry for highly effective sensors. The expanded range of Ultradur HR (HR= hydrolysis resistant) comprises Ultradur B4330 G6 HR High Speed, a particularly flowable and laser markable grade with 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement, Ultradur B4330 G10 HR, a highly reinforced grade with 50 percent glass fibers as well as Ultradur B4331 G6 HR, the next generation with optimized processing characteristics. Ultradur B4331 G6 HR is available from now on as uncoloured grade, in a black laser markable version, and in orange for components in electric cars. Read More

Total SA and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) have signed a mutual preferred supplier agreement to extend their existing relationship to a worldwide perimeter. Total currently supplies CCCC with fuels and lubricants, mainly in Africa, while CCCC‘s expertise ranges from design to construction, including financing, civil works, onshore and offshore work, pipeline construction and dredging. With this new agreement, Total and its affiliates will work toward being CCCC’s preferred partner on a much larger scale, by offering tailored solutions for its projects worldwide. Read More

BP invests £1.5 mn in energy monitor company Voltaware

BP invests £1.5 mn in energy monitor company Voltaware

BP Ventures, in support of BP Alternative Energy’s strategy in low-carbon power, storage and digital energy, has invested £1.5 million in Voltaware, whose innovative energy monitor offers businesses the ability to track their energy demand in detail, down to individual appliances. BP Alternative Energy is exploring the impact that digitisation will have on the energy sector and how innovative technology will shape the way that energy is consumed and managed, both by businesses and individuals. Sensors such as those provided by Voltaware are one example of these emerging digitally-enabled innovations. Read More


BASF SE has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant thermoplastic polyesters, to meet the demand of the automotive industry for highly effective sensors. The expanded range of Ultradur HR (HR= hydrolysis resistant) comprises Ultradur B4330 G6 HR High Speed, a particularly flowable and laser markable grade with 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement, Ultradur B4330 G10 HR, a highly reinforced grade with 50 percent glass fibers as well as Ultradur B4331 G6 HR, the next generation with optimized processing characteristics. Ultradur B4331 G6 HR is available from now on as uncoloured grade, in a black laser markable version, and in orange for components in electric cars. Read More

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) said that its affiliate, Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company LLC, is conducting an open season to gauge shipper support. For incremental volumes of ultra-low sulfur diesel and motor gasoline on the company’s existing 14-inch diameter pipeline that originates in Seymour, Indiana and terminates in the Chicago, Illinois area. To accommodate the additional throughput, Enterprise would increase the capacity on a portion of the 14-inch diameter pipeline in order to receive incremental product in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and deliver such product to the Griffith, Indiana area in Lake County. Read More

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma) has signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Omega Pharma Trading NV, an affiliate of Perrigo Company plc (Perrigo), one of the largest providers of over-the-counter healthcare solutions in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Hikma has the exclusive right to license and distribute more than 30 consumer healthcare products, including Davitamon, Prevalin, XLS Medical, Dermalex and Paranix, in all its MENA markets, with the exception of current agreements in place. Hikma aims to work with Perrigo’s existing partners in the MENA region to broaden sales and marketing coverage. Read More


Trends shaping the personal care industry

Trends shaping the personal care industry

According to a report by Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA), the beauty and personal care (BPC) segment in India is expected to touch $10 billion by 2021 growing at an annual rate of 5-6 per cent on the back of evolving consumer awareness and aspirations. In the past, brands alone would define what qualified as beauty. Now however, with multiple options to choose from, consumers are in the driving seat and have a larger say in the ever-evolving perception of beauty. In 2018 and beyond, as consumers create their own definitions of beauty, which look beyond age, gender, and body type, brands that try to appeal to the ‘mass’ will miss the mark. Read More

Toyochem Co. Ltd. a member of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan launched the LIOELM™ FTS series of thermally conductive adhesive sheets as a heat-dissipation solution in power devices. Efficient thermal management is critical for reliability and performance of high power electronics, especially those found in automotive applications. With the protection of sensitive electronics from overheating in mind, Toyochem researchers in Japan were able to solve the performance trade-off problem between the elastic modulus and thermal resistance that typically arises in conventional epoxy-based thermal interface materials. Ultra-low modulus for reduced resistance. Read More

Glycerin Market size is expected to grow significantly in the coming years owing to its properties such as colorless, odorless, transparent viscous liquid with a sweet taste, highly soluble in water or alcohol, and a great solvent for other materials which makes it find majority of applications into personal care products, according to a report by Global Market Insights. The global personal care products market is expected to witness moderate growth, reaching approximately around $450.0 billion by 2017, and will grow significantly over the coming years. The product is also helpful in reducing numerous health problems, including skin irritation and constipation. Read More

By Scott Fallon: SABIC launches new Sheet and PP compounds for automotive applications; highlights material solutions to support the development of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet: LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet is the latest addition to the company’s expanding automotive glazing portfolio. This advanced new technology is engineered to comply with the stringent visibility, strength and abrasion resistance requirements of ECE R43 (Regulation No. 43 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations). It features a tough polycarbonate (PC) base with exceptional optical quality, combined with a unique, formable hard coating that is pre-cured sufficiently to allow processing. Read More

Tea tree oil-based coating could fight bacterial infections: Study

Tea tree oil-based coating could fight bacterial infections: Study

James Cook University scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as tea tree oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year. Professor Mohan Jacob, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at JCU, leads a team investigating the problem. He said an increasing number of unplanned surgeries are being performed to fight infections – mostly caused by bacterial activity on medical devices and a subsequent ‘biofilm’ forming on them. “Just in the US, about 17 million new biofilm-related infections are reported annually, leading to approximately 550,000 fatalities each year. Read More

Commander Adil Mohideen, Joint Director, Naval Architecture, Indian Navy in conversation with Debarati Das of Chemical Today TV, during Corrosion Technology Forum 2018 in Bangalore (7th & 8th June). Key corrosion issues in a naval vessel: A naval vessel carries several advanced, state of the art equipment and weapons. These vessels also operate in the harshest environment – ie. seawater and hence corrosion is the most important aspect that we deal with. Major areas of the ship are exposed to seawater. Hence, we need anti-corrosion solutions which will help us spend minimal time on maintenance and give maximum time for the ship to perform its main role, that is the combat activities. Read More

BASF SE and Mazza Innovation has signed an exclusive, long-term supply agreement. The Canadian botanical extractions company will provide BASF with specific plant extracts to develop new solutions for cosmetic applications. Mazza produces the plant extracts using its patented PhytoClean technology. This unique, water-based extraction method concentrates bio-actives in a very eco-friendly way. With this collaboration, BASF will further strengthen its innovative range of plant-derived active ingredients. New extraction processes are an important means of exploring novel high-performance plant-based solutions in areas such as anti-ageingactives… Read More

AkzoNobel NV has opened a new coatings production facility in Kenya, Africa. Located in the capital, Nairobi, the long-term plan is to expand further and use Kenya as a gateway to the whole of East Africa. The site, which produces coil coatings primarily focused on the building sector, also includes warehousing for the company’s marine, protective and powder coatings. The opening ceremony was attended by Franz Makken, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya, who emphasized the importance of direct foreign investment in helping to boost local economic development. Read More


Solving new age textile challenges

Solving new age textile challenges

By Harshad Naik: Innovation is critical to the growth and sustainability of Huntsman’s business and as emerging technologies continue to redefine customer needs, Huntsman remains agile through innovation to meet ever-changing demands in an extremely competitive marketplace. Huntsman has a proven record of scientific and technological innovation and has nearly 5,000 patents (granted and pending), an expanding inventory of products and an increasing presence in worldwide markets. Innovation remains at the forefront of Huntsman business with their world-class research and development (R&D) and technology facilities. Read More

Veramaris, the DSM and Evonik joint venture that will revolutionize aquaculture with its sustainable omega-3 oil from natural marine algae, has celebrated a major milestone in the construction of its new production site in Blair, Nebraska. In the presence of Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, the management of Veramaris and the two parent companies Royal DSM and Evonik, a topping-out ceremony was held on 4 June in Blair, Nebraska. The construction of the $200 million facility is progressing on-time, according to plan. Commercial quantities of algal oil will be ready for delivery in mid-2019. Pilot scale quantities are already being supplied to select feed producers and farmers for market development. Read More

In the last couple of years, the crude oil prices, production and supply has seen many a swing between upward and downward movement. This uncertainty has led to many countries re-thinking their dependence on this liquid gold. Moreover, for any economy, the oil & gas industry has been and will continue to be its lifeline. Any fluctuation in the global markets can have the cascading effect on economies and various industries dependent on it. Is this uncertain environment a wake up call for countries to look for better alternates to meet their energy demands? This situation is also a concern for India, being the third-largest oil consuming nation in the world. Read More

By Shankar Karnik: The Plastic industry in India has been one of the major contributors of growth and development for various sectors such as automotive, construction, electronics etc. Today, the plastic processing sector comprises over 30,000 units involved in producing a variety of items. It has gained notable importance in different spheres of activity with an increasing per capita consumption. India’s plastics consumption is expected to increase from about 12 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) as in 2016 to 20 MMTPA by 2020. India, by that time is expected to deploy about 180,000 machines as opposed to 113,000 in 2016. Read More

Chemists synthesis biorenewable, biodegradable plastic alternative

Chemists synthesis biorenewable, biodegradable plastic alternative

Colorado State University polymer chemists have taken another step toward a future of high-performance, biorenewable, biodegradable plastics. The team led by Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen describes chemical synthesis of a polymer called bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) ­– or P3HB. The compound shows early promise as a substitute for petroleum plastics in major industrial uses. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. P3HB is a biomaterial, typically produced by bacteria, algae and other microorganisms, and is used in some biomedical applications. Read More


Brenntag AG has signed an agreement with Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd to acquire the company’s chemicals distribution business (CCC). Headquartered in Toronto, CCC offers a full-line portfolio with operations in the main industrial areas across all of Canada. CCC serves a highly diversified customer base in industries such as life sciences, water treatment, coatings, construction, energy and mining. CCC maintains well-invested, scalable and flexible facilities across Canada to store, blend and package industrial and specialty chemicals and products. Read More


Arlanxeo said that it is strengthening its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. Over the next three years, Arlanxeo will invest euro mid-double-digit million to modernize its production sites in Triunfo, Brazil and La Wantzenau, France.  Triunfo facility in Brazil: In Brazil Arlanxeo is investing in its facility in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, to make the production of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) more flexible. Currently, emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR), which is mainly used in car and truck tires, is produced there. Read More


Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Kordarna Plus as, the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe. The Kordarna acquisition from Jet Investment includes one production site in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia, with a combined tire cord and technical fabrics production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The company employs 786 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed during the second half of 2018. Tire cord fabrics (TCF) represent about 75 percent of Kordarna’s sales. Kordarna has a broad customer base and long-established relationship with major global tire companies. Read More

Typical chemical analysis of caffeine

Typical chemical analysis of caffeine

Caffeine is known as world’s most predominant drug, Caffeine (C8H10N4O2) is the general term for trimethylxanthine. The chemical is also recognized as coffeine, theine, mateine, guaranine and methyltheobromine. Naturally it is formed by quite a few plants, which includes coffee beans, guarana, yerba mate, cacao beans, and tea. The identification, isolation and synthesis of caffeine: Caffeine, is a crystallizable substance discovered by Mr.Pierre Jean Robiquet. However, researchers were examining for quinine in coffee since coffee is considered by some doctors to be a medicine that lessens diseases. Read More


BP plc has entered into agreements with ConocoPhillips that will significantly increase its holding in the Clair field, a core asset of BP’s North Sea business in the UK, while also selling its non-operating interest in the Kuparuk and satellite oilfields in Alaska. BP has entered into an agreement to purchase from ConocoPhillips a 16.5 percent interest in the BP-operated Clair field, west of Shetland in the UK, buying a ConocoPhillips subsidiary that will hold this interest in the field. As a result, BP will hold a 45.1 percent interest in Clair and ConocoPhillips will retain a 7.5 percent interest. Read More


BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) has acquired all the shares of Advanc3D Materials GmbH in Hamburg and Setup Performance SAS in Lyon. Advanc3D Materials offers advanced, tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) together with process knowhow. Setup Performance, which operates a production site in Lyon, is Advanc3D Materials’ most important partner in the development and manufacture of SLS materials. BNB is integrating both companies into its subsidiary BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH (B3DPS). The acquisition is an important step forward for BASF in its expansion in the field of 3D printing. Read More


AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has started design work for a second expansion of chloromethanes capacity at its site in Frankfurt, Germany. The project will take place in several steps over the next five years and will raise total capacity by up to 50 percent, supporting growth of customers that use chloromethanes in the manufacture of products such as pharmaceuticals. The company recently completed an initial chloromethanes expansion that increased capacity for the chloromethanes methylene chloride, chloroform and carbon tetrachloride. The new expansion phase will begin with an increase in capacity for methyl chloride, to be completed in 2020. Read More


What kind of drinks almost instantly breaks a Intermittent Fasting?

What kind of drinks almost instantly breaks a Intermittent Fasting?

There are several fitness trends that have been consistent over recent years. Out of those popular health and fitness trends, one of the fitness phenomenon and which is spreading like a slow poison is Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting pattern is not a new thing, it is the ancient secret of health. This pattern has been practised throughout all of human history and remained a secret because this powerful habit has been virtually forgotten. But now many people are re-discovering this dietary pattern. Read More


A team at MIT has come up with a promising solution: a coating that not only adds water-repellency to natural fabrics such as cotton and silk but is also more effective than the existing coatings. The new findings are described in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, in a paper by MIT professors Kripa Varanasi and Karen Gleason, former MIT postdoc Dan Soto, and two others. “The challenge has been driven by the environmental regulators” because of the phaseout of the existing waterproofing chemicals, Varanasi explained. But it turns out his team’s alternative actually outperforms the conventional materials. Read More


Sanitized AG is combining together its longstanding expertise in the area of antimicrobials for paints and coatings into a single company, the newly founded Sanitized Preservation AG. David Tierney, previously global business director, coatings at Lonza AG, will be taking over the management of the entity as well as the expansion of global business relations as CEO. Antimicrobial protection for paints and coatings – during production, storage and when in use – in accordance with the current regulatory provisions: This is exactly what the newly founded Sanitized Preservation AG is focusing its efforts on. Read More


ExxonMobil Corporation and Eni said that marketing efforts are underway for the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy and sell natural gas from the gas fields of the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique. Senior management representatives of the co-venture parties (ExxonMobil, Eni, CNODC, ENH, Kogas and Galp) met at the World Gas Conference to affirm marketing progress. The initial phase of the Rovuma LNG project will develop the Mamba reservoirs in Area 4 and help deliver reliable, affordable energy to customers and create long-term economic value for the people of Mozambique and the project’s co-venturers. Read More