The world’s cleanest water droplet

What effect does water have on ultra-clean surfaces? Using a novel method, researchers at TU Wien and Cornell University have succeeded in demonstrating that smallest impurities can have a surprising effect. In nature, there is no such thing as a truly clean surface. Contact with normal air is sufficient to coat any material with a thin layer of molecules. This “molecular dirt” can change the properties of the material considerably, yet the molecules themselves are difficult to study. Some have speculated that this “dirt” is simply a single layer of water molecules. To test this idea, a new investigation method has been developed at TU Wien… Read More

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) requested the US Trade Representative (USTR) Section 301 Committee, to remove all Chinese-origin chemicals from the latest list of proposed tariffs because of the disproportionate impact they will have on the speciality chemical sector. Many, if not most, chemical supply chains touch China. Accordingly, SOCMA is increasingly concerned that the proposed additional 10-25 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese goods will have a profoundly negative effect on US speciality chemical manufacturing.  In testimony to the Section 301 Committee, Matt Moedritzer, SOCMA Manager of Legal and Government Relations, emphasized three particular aspects of speciality chemical manufacturing:..Read More

Covestro AG is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFRTP) by introducing Maezio as brand name. These innovative materials are set to tap into the growing demand worldwide for strong and light materials that contribute to resource conservation and energy efficiency. From mobility and electronics industries to consumer goods and medical products, OEMs and part suppliers can benefit from the high-performance capabilities of advanced composites while enjoying cost-effective and scalable manufacturing solutions offered by Maezio. “The brand gives us a clear and strong identity to further expand our expertise in thermoplastic composites. Read More

LEWA GmbH’s Ecoflow series is suited for metering a wide range of fluids – even hazardous, toxic, abrasive, viscous or critical media. The new drive unit model, LDZ, which is designed for a hydraulic output of 15 kW, is intended to close the gap between the LDG (6 kW) and the LDH (20 kW) sizes. It can be used as a single or multiplex drive unit and can be tailored as per customer’s needs. Among the five pump head types, there are also designs available for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries. During development, special attention was paid to optimizing the components with regard to the manufacturing process. Read More