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June 15, 2008
Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; is commercializing "ultrahighly active" catalysts, based on the catalyst technology developed by professor Yoshiharu Iwabuchi of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), which catalyzes the oxidation of alcohols into carbonyl compounds. Conventional catalysts, such as...
June 15, 2008
Researchers from the Organic Chemistry Dept. at Newcastle University (U.K.; have developed aluminium (salen) complexes that exhibit "exceptional" activity for catalyzing the synthesis of cyclic...
June 15, 2008
TubeMaster, Inc. (Louisville, Ky.; has filed U.S. and foreign patents for Dog-leg — claimed to be the world’s first articulating catalyst-loading...
May 15, 2008
Normally, only the ultraviolet (higher energy) component of the solar spectrum is usable for the photo-catalytic electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen, which takes place in photochemical cells with an anode made of single-crystalline, rutile-type titanium oxide and a platinum electrode. Now, water can be photolyzed into H2 and O2...
May 15, 2008
Researchers at Oxford Catalysts Ltd. (Oxford, U.K.; have shown that the method of preparation — rather than the identity or combination of metals used — has the greatest influence on the performance of hydrodesulfurization (HDS) catalysts. The results of laboratory trials, presented at the annual ACS meeting last month (New Orleans, La.; April...
April 15, 2008
  While it may be one of the oldest chemical processes known to mankind, fermentation is getting a high-tech face lift as industrial biotech firms put a fresh spin on the age-old technology in an effort to develop advanced products in a more environmentally friendly and less costly way. "The technology is generally the same — using microbial systems and metabolic fermentation — but by...
April 15, 2008
Nippon Steel Materials Co., Ltd. (NSM; Tokyo, Japan; has developed a new catalyst for combustion engines that contains 70% less precious metals than conventional catalytic converters. The catalyst is expected to not only lead to lower costs, but also outperform conventional catalysts...
April 15, 2008
In cooperation with several universities, Clariant International Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland; has developed a process to manufacture high-quality nano-sized zeolite L (Linde Type L) in technical quantities. This new range of nano-scale aluminosilicates, tradenamed Lucidot, open up a new range of possibilities in biochemical processes, including molecular sieves, ion...
April 15, 2008
A new nanomaterial which doubles as a filter and a reactor capable of destroying unwanted substances, has been developed by a team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU; Singapore;, and the Singapore Public Utilities Board. The material consists of nanosized crystals of titanium dioxide, which can capture unwanted matter in water and can act as a catalyst under the application of...
April 15, 2008
Unidym, Inc., (Menlo Park, Calif.; has entered into a joint development agreement with Nippon Kayaku (Tokyo, Japan;, to...
March 15, 2008
Next month, Taiyo Kagaku Co. (Yokkaichi, Japan; will start up a 20-m.t./yr plant — said to be the world’s first — for the production of mesoporous silica. Taiyo Kagaku developed the new production process based on technology first introduced by Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, Inc. (Aichi, Japan; CE, April 2004, p. 17). The commercial grade mesoporous silica...
March 15, 2008
Scientists from the Center Biology at University College Dublin (Ireland; and the University of Bologna (Italy; have developed an enzymatic process that can be applied to the synthesis of...
February 25, 2008
A new catalysis center ( has opened today in Aachen, Germany, for which the Bayer company provides more than seven million euros of funding. “To further boost our innovative strength, we support excellent performance and talent in science,” says Peter Vanacker, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience and head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit, at a...
February 15, 2008
Last month, Benefuel, Inc. (Mt. Prospect, Ill.; established an exclusive global agreement with Süd-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL; New Delhi) whereby SCIL will manufacture proprietary solid-acid catalysts for Benefuel’s biodiesel production facilities around the world. The patent-pending catalysts — developed by Benefuel in collaboration with the National Chemical...
January 15, 2008
As long as the chemical process industries (CPI) have existed, catalysts have been backstage supporting, if not leading, their progress. And, as much of the chemical industry’s current research efforts center around producing cleaner products, such as transportation fuels and energy sources in a greener way, the same can be said about catalyst development. Certainly, a major reason for the clean and...
December 15, 2007
Süd-Chemie Zeolites GmbH, a subsidiary of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; has begun to expand its production plant for new specialty zeolites, and also construct a new wastewater processing plant, at its Bitterfeld site in Germany. The...
November 23, 2007
Süd-Chemie Zeolites GmbH, a subsidiary of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; has begun to expand its production plant for new specialty zeolites, and also construct a new wastewater processing plant, at its Bitterfeld site in Germany. The investment amounts to double-digit...
November 1, 2007
BASF Catalysts (Iselin, N.J.; is expanding production at its facility in Tarragona, Spain, which manufactures catalysts used to make polypropylene. Once complete by September 2008, the project will increase capacity...
October 1, 2007
  The ability of titanium dioxide to absorb ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) solar radiation has been increased 25% by researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY...
October 1, 2007
Asahi Kasei Finechem Co. (Osaka, Japan; has commercialized a new type of catalyst for performing asymmetric oxidation reactions. The catalyst is based on ligands having the structure of a chiral-bis-hydroxamic acid (CBHA; diagram), which was first developed by Professor Hisashi Yamamoto at the University of Chicago; Asahi Kasei Finechem subsequently developed an industrial process...
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