Summit 2018

Chemists’ work leads to diagnostic device

Work in a chemistry laboratory has allowed University of Bath spin-out biotechnology company Atlas Genetics to win approval from the EU to sell a device that detects the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. The Atlas io® system...

Collaboration to develop new surfactant manufacturing techniques

A project is under way to develop a novel method for the continuous production of a range of market-leading surfactants. The Teesside-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is working with speciality chemical manufacturer Croda Europe,...

Confidence high in sector

Businesses in the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industry, who are Britain’s leading manufacturing exporters, are looking forward to another year of growth in 2016, according to a survey. The survey of business confidence for members...

Mystery solved by researchers

Chemistry researchers have made a key discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables, which reveals how sulphur is harnessed by living organisms. The work may inform strategies...

REACH is working but we must look to the future

Trade body the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)  admits that REACH is challenging for businesses but also believes that it is working. However, it is keen for greater clarity about what happens after the current...

Expanded plant opens

BASF has opened an expanded Littlehampton production site to meet the growing global demand for biological solutions for agriculture and horticulture. The move means that BASF can increase its production volumes of beneficial nematodes and...

Researchers develop catalyst to increase the yield of biodiesel

Researchers develop catalyst to increase the yield of biodiesel Using catalysis, the Cardiff University researchers have been able to recycle an unwanted by-product created when biodiesel is formed from vegetable oil and convert it into...

Major opportunity to recover materials from waste within the UK bioeconomy

Best practice has simply demonstrated risk mitigation of environmental impact of landfill and incineration. But these controls are not necessarily practiced around the world. Instead of burying the problem or turning it to carbon dioxide...

Carbon capture comes under scrutiny

A UK university team is helping to investigate ways to improve monitoring of carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites, work that has implications for the chemical industry as it increasingly embraces the technology. The University...
Team observes super-fast process

Team observes super-fast process

A team of researchers combining chemistry and bioscience have observed how a light-activated compound alters the structure of DNA, which could lead to new cancer treatments. Photo-dynamic therapy, a form of treatment for conditions including...