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Neste acquires stake in chemical recycler Alterra Energy

Neste (Espoo, Finland; www.neste.com) announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Alterra Energy, an innovative chemical recycling technology company. Neste’s equity investment supports Alterra Energy’s expansion. The collaboration between the companies will include joint technology development and global…

Yara divests fertilizer business stake in Libya

Yara International ASA (Oslo, Norway) has entered into an agreement with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) on 31 December 2020 to divest its full ownership interest in the Libyan Norwegian Fertiliser Company (LIFECO). Yara’s…

Saipem-Clough JV wins EPC contract for Perdaman urea project in Western Australia

Saipem S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese, Italy), leading an equally shared joint venture with Clough, has reached the EPC agreement with Perdaman Chemical and Fertilizers Pty Ltd for the development of the Burrup Urea Project. It consists of a Urea Fertilizer…

A breakthrough in artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery

A groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, dubbed CAMEO (Closed-Loop Autonomous System for Materials Exploration), rapidly identified a potentially useful new material — a germanium-antimony-tellurium alloy (Ge4Sb6Te7) that is optimized for phase-change applications in data storage and photonic-switching devices. Tasked with…

Membrane extraction improves biofuel yield

Typically, the production of fuel-grade chemicals, such as butanol, from biomass fermentation processes involves low-yield batch processes and high energy costs. Now, researchers from Imperial College London (ICL; www.imperial.ac.uk), in partnership with bp plc (London; www.bp.com), have demonstrated a new…

January Chementator Briefs

MDI Production Late last year, Covestro AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.covestro.com) started up a pilot plant for the production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based on the innovative AdiP (adiabatic-isothermal phosgenation) technology at its Brunsbüttel site. The new technology promises to…

Enhancing photocatalytic activity by tuning wall thickness of TiO2 nanotubes

Titanium dioxide is well known as a photocatalyst, and is especially promising for degrading organic-based contaminant molecules in wastewater. Researchers from China and Australia have reported, in a recent issue of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, that controlling…

Immobilizing enzymes for biosensors

A new technique for making less-expensive, more-efficient biological enzyme hybrids could have widespread applications, including in water recycling, drug manufacturing and molecular biology. The technique, developed by a team from Australia and the U.S., involves using a vortex fluidic device…

Radiative cooling: A coating for windows that also cools

A Korean team has proposed an approach for passive radiative cooling. The team, which includes professors Junsuk Rho and Jin Kon Kim of Pohang Universiy of Science and Technology (Pohang, South Korea; www.postech.ac.kr) and professor Heon Lee of Korea University…