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October 22, 2012
The first international “Science Award Electrochemistry” from BASF SE (Ludwigshafen; and Volkswagen AG (Wolfburg; both Germany; goes to Dr.Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science, Institute for Science and Technology (Tokyo, Japan). The jury of experts from BASF, Volkswagen and representatives from the world of science selected Yabuuchi for the outstanding...
April 1, 2012
One additive intended for use in lead-acid batteries for micro-hybrid gasoline engines, and another for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, can improve battery performance. PBX51 is a...
March 1, 2012
Thermodynamics cannot yield any information about the intermediate states of a given reacting system. These intermediate states are the subject matter of chemical kinetics, which studies reaction rates and mechanisms. Chemical kinetics will predict what chemicals are present while thermodynamics will predict the limits of distribution of those chemicals in the different phases [1]. The design and analysis...
November 1, 2010
One of the biggest factors hindering widespread adoption of polymer exchange membrane fuel-cells (PEMFCs) is the high price of the platinum metal needed to catalyze the reduction-oxidation chemistry in the fuel cell. In a step toward reducing platinum content, a Florida State University (FSU; Tallahassee, Fla.; researcher has demonstrated...
September 1, 2009
Efforts toward large-scale production of lithium-ion (Li-ion)-based car batteries got a big boost in early August, when the Obama Administration announced $2.4 billion in U.S. government investment aimed, in part, at dramatically ramping up the supply chain for advanced batteries for the auto industry. A majority of this funding is funneling directly into the chemical process industries (CPI), which are...
August 1, 2009
Earlier this year, NSR Technologies (Decatur, Ill.; commercialized its patented process for producing potassium hydroxide (45–50 wt.%) and dilute hydrochloric acid via a membrane separations technology. The company’s flagship production facility in Decatur, Ill. is the first commercial application of this process says Dr. Kris Mani, NSR’s president and CEO. Current...
May 15, 2008
Small-scale chemical producers that use chlorine often rely on larger producers, which sell them the excess Cl2 produced by dedicated chlor-alkali plants. However, such Cl2 supplies are being threatened on a number of fronts, at least in Europe, where new legislation forbidding the import or export of mercury (after 2010) could force older Hg-based chlor-alkali plants to convert to membrane technology or...
April 24, 2008
Uhdenora S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; received a contract from AO KAUSTIK for  the new membrane chlor-alkali plant to be erected in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. The new plant will have a capacity of 91 m.t./d of sodium hydroxide, and is scheduled to come on stream  in...
April 15, 2008
Unidym, Inc., (Menlo Park, Calif.; has entered into a joint development agreement with Nippon Kayaku (Tokyo, Japan;, to...
March 15, 2008
Fuel cells and hydrogen economy are inevitably used in the same breath when talking about clean power and ways to wean us from our addiction to carbon-based fuels. That’s because H2 -based fuel cells make electricity and heat with only water in the exhaust. Unfortunately, realistic assessments of the current situation conclude that it will be awhile — perhaps decades — before hydrogen...
March 15, 2008
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE; Freiburg, Germany; have developed a solar-cell prototype that is semi-transparent, color-tunable and (thus far) resistant to weather degradation. A "classical Grätzel cell" according to Andreas Gombert head of Fraunhofer’s Materials Research and Applied Optics department, the prototype is...
February 15, 2008
Technical innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) and photovoltaics have consistently reflected the similarities between the two technologies. In fact, research groups at many universities, such as  the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.; and the University of Southern California (USC; Los Angeles, Calif.;, are studying both simultaneously. With pressing consumer...
November 30, 2007
Yesterday, Lonza AG (Basel, Switzerland; formally launched its newly acquired plant in Shawinigan, Canada. The facility is dedicated to the production of Pro-KTM — a new addition to Lonza's nutrition portfolio. The plant recently passed its ISO-9001-2000 and FAMI-QS...
November 15, 2007
A program to develop ionic liquids and formulations to improve the performance and efficiency of solar cells has been initiated by BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and G24 Innovations, Ltd...
May 1, 2007
    The highly diversified field of industrial electrochemistry includes processes to synthesize organic and inorganic compounds, the conversion and storage of energy, galvanic deposition of metals and alloys. Electrochemistry also plays a lead role in corrosion protection, sensor devices, and other kinds of technology where charge transfer takes place at an electrified interface. Today, research...
May 1, 2007
    A detailed follow up of the cations present in the wastewater of the Monsanto Europe site in Antwerp, Belgium, has led to an increased understanding of changing wastewater treatment plant performance. The chemical process industries' (CPI) other wastewater treatment plants that handle continuously changing mixtures of different manufacturing plant effluents should also consider routine...
May 1, 2007
A paper-thin battery, with an electrode made from a redox-active organic polymer film (200 nm thick), has been designed by researchers at Waseda University (Tokyo; The polymer has nitroxide-radical groups that act as charge carriers. According to professor Hiroyuki Nishide, this “organic radical" battery presents several advantages over alternative, organic-based...
May 1, 2007
BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and voestalpine Stahl GmbH (Linz, Austria; have developed a steel...
March 1, 2007
Phostech Lithium Inc. (St. Bruno, Canada;, an affiliate of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany), has completed construction of the first large-scale production plant for making lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) - a replacement for lithium cobalt oxide that allows larger, safer and more-environmentally benign batteries for portable...
March 1, 2007
BASF Future Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has entered a licensing and joint-development agreement with Rieke Metals, Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.; and will soon start the industrial-scale production and sales of organic semiconductors...
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