New water treatment method inspired by a sea creature

Inspired by Actinia, a sea organism that ensnares its prey with its tentacles, a team of researchers from Yale University have developed a method for efficiently treating water. The research, a collaboration of the labs of Yale’s Menachem Elimelech and Huazhang Zhao of Peking University, used a material known as a nanocoagulant to rid water of contaminants. By removing a broad range of contaminants in a single step, the discovery promises to significantly improve the centuries-old use of coagulants for water treatment. Actinia is a sea anemone with a spherical body that has tentacles that retract while resting and extend while catching its prey. Read More

Air Liquide SA said that it will build the first world-scale liquid hydrogen production unit in Western US. Dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, the company expects to invest over $150 million, with construction to begin in early 2019.  In addition, the company has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in US, to supply hydrogen to its retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California. The plant will have a capacity of nearly 30 tons of hydrogen per day — an amount that can fuel 35,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The new plant is the first large scale investment into the supply chain infrastructure needed to support hydrogen energy solutions for the energy transition… Read More

Henkel has entered into a strategic mobility alliance with RLE International, to drive automotive innovation and become the premier design-in engineering solution provider for mobility industry. Automotive megatrends and future mobility concepts driven by increasing environmental legislation, e-mobility and autonomous driving are shaping the engineering challenges of the industry. Besides, the integration and protection of batteries and electronic components play a crucial role in development and manufacturing. “To design new e-mobility concepts and lightweight innovations, the combination of material science and engineering expertise is a significant competitive advantage,” said Dr Christian Kirsten, corporate senior vice president, Henkel Transport & Metal. Read More

Following the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda and Narendra Singh Tomar were assigned additional portfolios of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, respectively. Gowda is currently in charge of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Tomar holds the portfolio of the Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines. The two ministers were given the additional portfolios which were earlier held by Ananth Kumar. Read More