Chemists make historic fluorine discovery

A groundbreaking discovery by chemists at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will have a significant impact on how pharmaceutical companies develop new drug treatments. The breakthrough involves fluorine, which forms the second strongest carbon bond (C-F) known to science, after the carbon-silicon (C-S) bond. Fluorine is one of the most fundamental elements of life. In its fluoride form, it’s a mineral with anti-acid properties used in toothpaste and drinking water to prevent dental cavities. This small, non-toxic element is also widely used by medicinal chemists in cancer treatment, antibiotics, anti-depressants, steroids and other drugs. Fluorine is prevalent in modern drugs because it stabilizes drugs and improves their biological activity. Read More

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and partner firm Photanol BV are going to build a demonstration plant for a groundbreaking technology to produce chemicals from sunlight. The plant will be built at AkzoNobel’s site in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The companies formed a partnership in 2014 to jointly work on a technology using cyanobacteria that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis to produce chemical building blocks such as organic acids from carbon dioxide (CO2). These have applications in biodegradable plastics, personal care products and as intermediates for the chemical industry. Photanol has closed a financing round with a group of Dutch investment firms that will allow the construction of the unit to go ahead; completion is expected in 2020. Read More

Grauer and Weil (India) Ltd or Growel said that it has showcased a host of stellar products mostly related to the automotive industry, recently at an event in Chennai, India. Among the products were zinc and zinc alloys which included zinc and zinc-nickel plated components that meet the stringent automotive specifications of OEMs like Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Maruti, TATA, Volkswagen, Nissan, Renault, Mahindra, TAFE and others. Other products were Trivalent passivated components in different shades like blue, yellow and black, Geomet-coated fasteners and other parts related to Bharat Benz, Hyundai and other industries like windmills etc. Plating on plastic components of the car and motor cycle industry, Electroless nickel mostly related to oil drilling and pipelines, Hard chrome related to earth moving equipment… Read More

BASF SE has started a stepwise capacity increase of its production plant for alkoxylation – a downstream technology of ethylene oxide production – in Antwerp, Belgium. The first additional capacities will be available from as early as the 3rd quarter of 2018. Alkoxylation is used for example in the manufacture of surfactants for the home care industry and in industrial and institutional cleaning applications. BASF customers use surfactants in the formulation of laundry detergents, surface cleaners and dishwasher detergents, for instance. Alkoxylates are also used in technical applications for industrial solutions.Examples include raw materials for the manufacture of plasticizers, emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization, crop protection additives, and polyurethane foams for the rubber industry. Read More