Nanomaterials under REACH: progress and opinion

The purely exploratory period for nanomaterial (NM) technologies is now over and they are becoming commonplace in industry due to their revolutionary potential. For a company to widely and sustainably release NM innovations into the...

Easier access to information and registration of chemicals

With the beginning of the new calendar year, the REACH deadline in 2018 is approaching even faster. The Euro­pean Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has repeatedly urged industry to prepare for the registration deadline. A number...

Safe chemicals through effective communication of REACH data

One of the main goals of REACH is to ensure the safe use of substances. This goal will only be achieved if the wealth of information on hazard and risks gathered into the registration...

Hydrogen Technology comes of age

There was a time in the 1950s when hydrogen was associated with threatening the planet in the form of the hugely powerful H-Bomb. The connotations were as negative as you can get. Today, though, it...

Staggering breakthroughs yet to be made

Many of the major scientific breakthroughs over recent centuries have been down to chemistry but where will the science be tomorrow? What challenges remain? We dusted off our crystal ball to predict where some of...

Chemistry for an urban world

More than three billion additional city-dwellers are expected to emerge in the next 40 years, driving up demand for a whole range of resources. To manage natural resources and cope with demand, cities will have...

Improving on nature

Photosynthesis may be a marvel of Nature but it is actually a relatively inefficient process, usually capturing only about five per cent of available energy. Scientists have long sought ways to increase the efficiency of...

Looking good

Away from the dire challenges of population, climate change and health, chemical companies have also played a key rule in the next generation of clothing. The industry has consistently come up with products such as...

Chemistry’s key role in health

Chemistry will play an increasingly major role in managing health, particularly as populations live longer. The challenge is staggering. It is projected that, by 2020, the USA alone will spend 685 billion USD per year...

On the right road

One of chemistry’s big challenges is the potential for increasing fuel efficiency in the transport, particularly for internal combustion engines. Although there is much talk about alternative fuel sources, it likely that 75% of all...