Doomsday chemical seized in India, US-hating scholar arrested

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 is finally revealed. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Medicine jointly to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. James P. Allison was born 1948 in Alice, Texas, US. He received his PhD in 1973 at the University of Texas, Austin. Since 2012 he has been Professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and is affiliated with the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Tasuku Honjo was born in 1942 in Kyoto, Japan. He received his PhD in 1975 at Kyoto University. Read More

In an operation spread over a week, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a team of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal laboratory in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and recovered 9 kg of a deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl, that could have potentially killed 4-5 million people. Run by a local businessman and a “US-hating” PhD “scholar chemist”, the fentanyl seizure, first in India, has raised security concerns in Delhi as the chemical can cause large-scale casualties if used in chemical warfare, a scenario reminiscent of the plot in Alistair Maclean’s thriller “Satan Bug”. A Mexican national has also been arrested. Read More

A team of researchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (CCST) has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis. CO2 electrolysis is a chemical reaction driven by electrical currents that can aid in the production of valuable chemicals and fuels. The study was published in the journal Nature Catalysis.  The research team, consisting of Feng Jiao, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate students Matthew Jouny and Wesley Luc, obtained their results by constructing a specialized three-chambered device called an electrolyser, which uses electricity to reduce CO2 into smaller molecules. Read More

Ascend Performance Materials to showcase a new grade of its Vydyne PA66 designed for automotive lightweighting. The new grade, Vydyne R433H, is designed to reinforce down-gauged steel and aluminium used in vehicle body in white (BIW) structures, helping reduce weight without sacrificing safety or comfort. Vydyne R433H has improved energy absorption over traditional glass-filled PA66, reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and absorbing impact energy from crashes. Using the new grade in the BIW structure reinforces sheet metal, helping manufacturers shave substantial weight and improve efficiency. Read More