Project seeks to create new fuel

University of Nottingham scientists are partnering with the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and CPL Industries to produce a facility capable of converting biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties. The new facility is being financed...

Liability for closed landfills

Many chemicals companies will have an asset portfolio containing one or more closed landfills, which have perhaps been operated to dispose of process residues or which have been inherited from third parties through land...

Crystal puzzle solved

A decades-old mystery of why a naturally-occurring organic crystal fluoresces blue under ultra-violet light, yet when grown under laboratory conditions fluoresces with an intense green has been solved by scientists from the University of...

Winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Chemical Industry Awards were announced at a celebration dinner held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. They were: ABB Manufacturing & Resource Efficiency Award Johnson Matthey, Edinburgh BASF Young Ambassador Award Stephen Donnelly, Dow...

Plan seeks new ways of working

Leeds University’s plans for advancing engineering and physical sciences have been approved by the city council’s planning panel. The £96m investment aims to provide an environment for students and researchers from across engineering and physical...

Confidence high among North East firms

Business confidence amongst the North East’s chemical-processing sector remains high, according to a new survey Industry body NEPIC surveyed its 300-plus member companies, comprising of major North East manufacturers, downstream producers and supply chain...

Cambridge Research Biochemicals to licence novel fluorescent dyes

Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB), which is based in the North East of England and supplies peptides and antibodies for life science research and development, has signed a licence agreement with Edinburgh Innovations, the Innovation...

New technique unveiled

Scientists have developed a new way to genetically engineer bacteria called Clostridia. While certain Clostridia are the causative agents of diseases such as antibiotic-associated diarrhoea or food-borne botulism, the vast majority are harmless and can...

Strong EU ‘crucial to UK chemical industry’

Chemical businesses across the UK have voiced their need for a strong European Union economy to their manufacturing operations. The latest Chemical Industries Association (CIA) survey of member companies, showed that total sales volumes and...

Cable development

A team of scientists has developed a new approach for the preparation of a coaxial cable 50,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair. The miniscule wire – comprising a carbon nanotube located...