StepChange Innovations blog covering innovations and issues in chemistry.
Ionic liquids for the textile industry – part 2
Part 2 of this article reviews ionic liquids, a comparably new substance class, for applications in the textile industry. In particular, fibre manufacturing and coloration. Continue reading
Ionic liquids for the textile industry – part 1
The article reviews and discusses ionic liquids, a comparably new substance class, for the potential applications in the textile industry. This relates to fibre manufacturing and coloration. Continue reading
Carbon Concrete Researchers win German Future Prize 2016
Carbon Concrete researchers of Technische Universität Dresden in Germany win the German Future Prize 2016. The new material could possibly replace steel enforced concrete in the construction industry, due to better performance. Continue reading
Graphene, the wonder material for a new industrial revolution?
Graphene is the most promising new development of material sciences, due to its unique combination of properties, which opens a way for exploitation in a wide spectrum of applications. Yet there are many obstacles for the commercial exploitation of this new nano material. One of the greatest challenges today in commercializing graphene is how to manufacture high quality material, on a large scale, at commercially acceptable cost. Continue reading
Einstein´s theory of relativity explains why mercury is liquid
Scientists from New Zealand, France, and Germany have solved the old "mystery" why mercury is liquid at room temperature. The study used advanced computer models of theoretical chemistry to prove that the low melting point is due to mercury's special electron structure, something that can only be explained through Einstein's special theory of relativity. Continue reading
Nobel Prizes 2013 for natural sciences awarded
The 2013 Nobel Prizes in natural sciences have been awarded by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In physics, the Nobel Prize was awarded for the theoretical model which gives mass to all particles. In chemistry, the Nobel Prize was awarded for pioneering work in computational chemistry. In medicine, the Nobel Prize was awarded for discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in cells. Continue reading
Technical background of water and soil repellent finishing on textiles
Perfluorinated fluorocarbon (PFC) polymers provide the best performance for water and oil repellent finishing on textiles, but there are serious concerns regarding their environmental and toxic properties. In this article we discuss the technical and scientific background of water and oil repellent finishing on textiles, and will look into options for future, more sustainable technologies and chemical solutions. Continue reading
Increasing M&A activities expected in the chemical industry
In 2012 and Q1 2013, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the chemical industry was low. Now, according to consensus view of the world´s leading consultancy firms, M&A activities in the chemical industry are expected to take off. Continue reading
Nobel Prizes 2012 in science awarded
The Nobel prizes 2012 in chemistry, physics and medicine have been awarded Continue reading
CRAMS outsourcing in pharmaceutical and chemical research and manufacturing, part III.
In this article we discuss CRO offshore outsourcing in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, especially what drives outsourcing, the process for vendor selection, typical problems in CRO outsouring, and CRO Offshore Outsourcing to China and India. Continue reading