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July 15, 2008
Plant Watch Evonik to close its orthoesters plant in Niederkassel... June 11, 2008 — Evonik Industries AG will be shutting down its production plant for orthoesters in Niederkassel (Germany) in the 3rd Q of this year. It has been forced to take this step due to overcapacity, the difficult competitive situation and high raw material prices. The site’s most important products are alcoholates...
July 15, 2008
Ethanol could be produced for less than $1/gal through a new process developed by ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.; The company has piloted the process (flowsheet) and plans to start up a 1.5-million-gal/yr full-scale demonstration plant at the end of 2009, says Jim Imbler, chief executive officer. The process starts with acid hydrolysis of biomass to obtain sugars, as in standard...
July 15, 2008
Single crystals of high-purity, anatase titanium dioxide with a high percentage of reactive (001) facets are said to have promising applications in solar cells, photonic and optoelectronic devices, sensors and photocatalysis. However, it is the (101) crystal facets of anatase TiO2 that are thermodynamically stable, make up about 95% of a...
July 15, 2008
BASF IT Services (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has developed a voice-activated IT system that can be used by those involved in hazard-containment. The application was pilot tested together with BASF SE’s fire department, as part of the...
July 15, 2008
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; has commercialized its new Resid Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) PetroRiser technology for the production of high yields of propylene. This new resid-to-propylene technology is part of the FCC Alliance between Axens, The Shaw Group, Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.), Total S.A. (Paris) and IFP...
July 15, 2008
Alkylglyceryl ethers (AGEs) are biodegradable nonionic surfactants with excellent foaming and moisturizing properties. Up to now, AGEs have been made in batch reactors whereby the corresponding alkyl glycidyl ether (GE) is hydrolyzed in a solvent (alcohol or ethyleneglycol monoalkyl ether) with a homogeneous acid or base as a catalyst. Such conventional routes leave catalyst residue and solvent in the product...
July 15, 2008
Current silks tend to lose performance in water and yellow in sunlight. Few of the silk-producing species of insect or spider are amenable to domestication, their silks are difficult to produce using biotechnology, and it is difficult to spin those recombinant silk proteins. The difficulty of reproducing those silks is due to factors...
July 15, 2008
Titanium, the ninth most abundant metal in the world, has some desirable properties — the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal and high-temperature and corrosion resistance. However, its high production cost has so far restricted its use mainly to aerospace applications. A combination of process steps that promises to cut the cost by 50% is being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory...
July 15, 2008
Researchers at the U.S. Dept.of Energy’s Ames Laboratory (Iowa; have developed a new method for synthesizing various magnetic nanoparticles by mimicking bacteria that produce nano-scale magnetite (Fe3O4) naturally. Despite commercial applications ranging from localized...
July 15, 2008
A simple, fast and clean process to make esters without a catalyst is being developed by Chemicrea Inc. (Tokyo; with the support of New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (Kawasaki), and Gifu University (Gifu, all Japan). The process uses microwaves to continuously drive off the water byproduct, thereby shifting the reaction equilibrium to the right...
July 15, 2008
A method for manufacturing porous-wall, hollow-glass microspheres (PWHGMs) over an adjustable range of pore sizes promises to substitute the doped-ceramic packing material employed in various processes, by delivering improved kinetics and a denser, more uniform arrangement of active materials. The research — conducted by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL; Aiken, S.C....
July 15, 2008
The use of palladium on carbon powder supports (Pd-CP) has traditionally been a commercially viable means of catalyzing deprotection reactions, despite also requiring substantive quantities of precious metal and limiting the selection of solvents due to low hydrogenation activity. However, with a new series of Pd-CP catalysts, BASF’s catalyst division (Iselin, N.J.; has...
July 15, 2008
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has developed a new class of enzymes, called enoate reductases, which can be...
July 15, 2008
Chemists at Stanford University (Calif.; have constructed a field-effect transistor (FET) with graphene that can operate at room temperature. Previous graphene FET...
July 15, 2008
Researchers at TU Delft ( and the FOM Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (Utrecht, both Netherlands) have demonstrated the so-called avalanch effect, where...
July 15, 2008
Industrial designer Tore Christian Bjørsvik at Sintef Health Research (Trondheim, Norway; has developed a safety helmet with a soft, flexible inner layer that...
July 15, 2008
The Dow Performance Fluids, a business of Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; has introduced a new high-temperature cleaning solvent for cleaning polymer-process reactor vessels...
July 15, 2008
Last month, a Dutch consortium composed of Akzo Nobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands;, energy firm Essent, algae producers Ingrepo and Wageningen University, received a...
July 15, 2008
Scientists at Rice University (Houston, Tex.; have shown how baton-shaped nanoparticles of metal and carbon can trap oil droplets in water by spontaneously assembling into tiny sacs. The particles — composed of hollow carbon nanotubes (hydrophobic) with a short segment of gold (hydrophyllic) attached to...
June 15, 2008
At 2,064 ft as of this past April, the unfinished Burj Dubai skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates is the tallest man-made structure on earth. "A structure of this kind is only possible if the right [concrete] mixture is guaranteed," as BASF’s executive director for research Stefan Marcinowski has pointed out. In fact, "a chemist with an analytical laboratory is constantly monitoring...
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