Spider silk strength enhanced by graphene-based materials

Spider silk strength enhanced by graphene-based materials

Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have demonstrated that graphene-based materials can be used to boost the properties of spider’s silk.The silk – produced naturally by the spiders, incorporating graphene and carbon nanotubes (rolled up graphene sheets) introduced in their environment – had enhanced mechanical properties of up to three times the strength and ten times the toughness of the unmodified silks.Read More


Velocys plc, a renewable fuels company has entered into a partnership to prepare the business case for a commercial scale waste-to-renewable-jet-fuel plant in the UK.Velocys will lead this initial feasibility stage of the project, for which all members of the partnership are providing funding.The members include:British Airways, UK’s largest international airline, which intends to fly with the jet fuel made in the plant. Read More

A combined study by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and NASA have found a layer of aerosol, sub-micron size particles suspended in air, over the Asian region.The pollutant which was found after the study examined into satellite images, confirming the existence of the sub-micron size particle.Aerosol is produced from a variety of man-made and natural processes such as vehicle exhaust, waste-burning, windblown dust, volcanic eruptions and etc. Read More

AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business is studying plans to build a world-class plant for its Bermocoll business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries.The study which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 – is focused on creating a new facility to increase production capacity for ethyl hydroxyethyl cellulose ether (EHEC) cellulosic ethers to help meet growing global demand.Read More


New 3D printed structures can fold itself

New 3D printed structures can fold itself

A team of researchers from MIT’s computer science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and colleagues have reported something new: a printable structure that begins to fold itself up as soon as it’s peeled off the printing platform.The study appears in the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces.One of the big advantages of devices that self-fold without any outside stimulus, the researchers said, is that they can involve a wider range of materials and more delicate structures.Read More

Industry trends: Leather chemicals market size was more than $6 billion in 2016 and is estimated to witness growth over 6 percent over the forecast timespan, according to a report by Global Market Insights Inc.Escalating leather demand across the globe for manufacturing footwear, apparels etc. will positively influence the leather chemicals market size over the projected timeframe. The product is majorly used in leather processing in order to produce fine finished products.Read More


By Dominik Seeger: Whether in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics or Food Industry, the costs for raw materials is permanently increasing all over the world and in all fields.Manufacturing companies search for new processes and new possibilities to remain competitive and distinguish themselves from their competitors. Occasionally, they are successful by, for example, substituting expensive raw materials with cheaper ones.Another possibility for savings is to reduce the raw materials consumed in production.Read More

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has made a significant oil discovery to the west of its prime Mumbai High fields in the Arabian sea, a senior official said.The discovery in the well WO-24-3 is estimated to hold an in-place reserve of about 20 million tonnes, he said.Mumbai High, India’s biggest oil field, currently produces 205,000 barrels of oil per day (just over 10 million tonnes per annum) and the new find would add to that production in less than two years’ time.Read More

Few interesting things about Arsenic you didn’t know

Few interesting things about Arsenic you didn’t know

Arsenic and its properties:Arsenic is a chemical compound with atomic number 33 and symbolised as “As”.Arsenic is a metalloid with various allotropes, the common one are yellow, black and metallic gray, but industries use only gray part the most.It has metallic grey appearance.It is the element of group 15 in p-block. Arsenic is of group called pnictogens.It has boiling point of 614 degree Celsius and melting point of 817 degree Celsius.Read More


A solution is defined as a mixture of two or more substances with uniform chemical and physical properties. Every solution consists of two basic components as solvent and solute. The main purpose of the solvent is to convert substances into a suitable form for a particular use, with its ability to dissolve, suspend or attract other materials. Solvents once used can be discarded, reused or recycled in an eco-friendly manner, according to a report by Future Market Insights.Read More

By Nilotpol Kar:Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer – Great Britain, famously said, “To those who say our country cannot afford to invest in infrastructure, I say we cannot afford not to invest in our future.” This statement holds true today, more than ever.According to the UN Global Health Observatory’s findings, cities across the world will witness a high population growth in the forthcoming years. By 2050, almost 70 percent of the global population2 will live in cities.Read More 


In an Interview Dr Nemkumar Banthia delves into the grave environmental menace of tackling disposed tyres ending up in landfill by diverting it as a sustainably efficient ingredient for the construction industry. His research is based on extracting fibers from tyres and utilizing them as reinforcement in concrete.Dr Banthia is a Professor, Distinguished University Scholar & Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation at the Department of Civil Engineering in The University of British Columbia, Canada. Read More

World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation

World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a massive 3D printer capable of printing immense objects – and it’s currently creating the world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be installed this month in the small Dutch town of Gemert, and it will be the first of its kind with an innovative printing technique that reduces waste.Technically, Madrid introduced the world’s first 3D-printed bridge earlier this year – but the Gemert bridge will be built using a special process that reinforces the concrete layers with steel cables as the concrete blocks are formed.Read More

Physicists at Lancaster University are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology.Renewable hydrogen can already be produced by photoelectrolysis where solar power is used to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen.But, in spite of significant research efforts over the past four decades, fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency and lack of cost-effectiveness.Dr Manus Hayne from the Department of Physics said: “For research to progress, innovation in both materials development and device design is clearly needed.”Read More

In an interview, Bhaskar Patil, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), delves into his research on plasma assisted nitrogen fixation and the wonders if it can work for the world.Insight into the research.Our current research focuses on developing an alternative energy driven (such as plasma) chemical production, where energy is selectively delivered to the reaction channels which yields higher energy efficiency.Read More

Growing urbanization is setting construction industry at pace, thereby giving rise to raw material industry such as construction chemicals market. In general construction chemical is one of the chemical compounds in specialty chemicals segment of the chemical industry,” according to a report by Future Market Insights.Construction chemicals are widely used in construction of residential, nonresidential as well as non-building infrastructural activities such as roads, highways and expressways. Read More

Scientists make methanol using oxygen

Scientists make methanol using oxygen

Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures into hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide before reassembling them – expensive and energy-intensive processes known as ‘steam reforming’ and ‘methanol synthesis.’But researchers at Cardiff Catalysis Institute have discovered they can produce methanol from methane through simple catalysis that allows methanol production at low temperatures using oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.Read More


Researchers from the University of Houston and China have described a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere.The work holds promise for eco-friendly disposable personal electronics and biomedical devices that dissolve within the body. There are also defence applications, including devices that can be programmed to dissolve in order to safeguard sensitive information, said Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and lead author of the paper.Read More

A research team from the University of Delaware (UD) has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.This bio renewable feedstock could serve as a cheaper, sustainable substitute for the petroleum used in manufacturing tons upon tons of consumer goods annually — goods that consumers want to be greener.Read More



By Sonal Srivastava: Economic development in Japan thrives on growth of its manufacturing industry. Previously, the manufacturing industry of Japan was known for its competitive strength globally. Chemical sector accounts for a significant section of GDP in Japan. However, emergence of electronic companies in developing countries including South Korea and China has posed significant challenges for the manufacturing industry of Japan. Striving to maintain competitive pace with other countries, the companies in Japan significantly rely on its chemical sector for integrating technological development. Read More

Fine chemicals market to reach $191 billion by 2021 – Report

Fine chemicals market to reach $191 billion by 2021 – Report

The fine chemicals industry is a typical processed and intermediary materials industry that procures basic chemicals to supply raw materials and auxiliary materials to the downstream industries. Fine chemicals manufacturing is typically carried out in batch processes, with synthesis being followed by separation and purification steps. Pharmaceutical sector has always been the largest market for fine chemicals industry, according to a report by IndustryARC. Read More


Impossible Foods Inc announced the launch of production the company’s first large-scale plant. The plant in Oakland, California, is now ramping up production and will eventually have the capacity to produce 1 million pounds of plant-based meat per month. That’s enough to serve about 1 million quarter-pound Impossible Burgers per week.As the 68,000-square-foot plant scales up production, more and more restaurants will be able to serve the plant-based Impossible Burger on their menus. Read More

By Debarati DasEvery industry is constantly trying to reduce its damaging impact on the environment. And this has led companies to explore bio alternatives. As part of this, companies are discovering the plant Soy. It is a versatile plant with hundreds of uses. Apart from being a staple food item in many parts of the world, it is also being used to develop biodegradable biofuel, plastics, cosmetics, paints & coatings etc. making it a better alternative for petrochemical derived products. Read More

By Debarati Das: A building made of bricks and mortar has lot more science involved than we can imagine – a science to make these structures sturdier than ever, a science to make them ecologically compliant and a science to make them economical. And this is what every construction chemicals manufacturer is aiming for.Various advancements in new-age construction chemicals are constantly raising the bar of construction industry itself. Read More

AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel NV has officially opened the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint plant in Ashington, UK.The hi-tech facility – which cost more than €100m to build – represents the largest ever global investment by the company’s decorative paints business. It will become the new centre of production for Dulux, the UK’s leading decorative paint brand.The Ashington plant uses a variety of renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic cells and a biomass boiler, alongside a highly automated manufacturing process which saves water, waste and energy.  Read More


SABIC continued its global expansion with the inauguration of a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and also announced new investment in a PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location. The highly automated PP extrusion line is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, and the Dutch minister of economic affairs, Henk Kamp, were present at the opening ceremony for the pilot plant. Read More

BioAmber Inc said that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has notified the company that it is no longer in compliance with NYSE listing standards because the price of its common stock has fallen below the NYSE’s share price rule. The NYSE requires the average closing price of a listed company’s common stock to be at least $1 per share over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. The 30 trading-day average closing price of the stock was $0.90, as of 6 September. Read More
Aligning with the manufacturing strengths of the worldIn an interview, Allen Antao with Chemical Today Magazine talks at length about the global dynamics of the process equipment market. He also delves into the opportunities offered by India to strengthen the country as a global powerhouse.Process equipment landscape in Indian chemical industry: We manufacture equipment for the process industry. Read More