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April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.materialscience.bayer.de) has been issued the permit for the expansion and operation of its hydrochloric acid facility in Dormagen. The Cologne district authority issued the corresponding ruling on Tuesday following a detailed appraisal. The company can now move forward with the European-wide marketing of hydrochloric acid, which occurs as a by-product in...
April 28, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is investing in the technology startup Algal Scientific Corp. (Northville, Mich.; www.algalscientific.com). Evonik is part of an investors’ consortium that is investing more than $3 million in Series A financing round. Under the trade name Algamune, Algal markets 1,3-β-glucan, a polysaccharide that strengthens immune response. It is used as...
April 24, 2014
Most chemical processes are born in the laboratory. The challenge for engineers is to then convert the laboratory method into a large and economically sound industrial process. Unfortunately, many promising technologies never see the light of day; some because of perpetual piloting programs aimed at solving minute process issues, others due to unanticipated technical problems resulting from fast-tracking...
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