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...

Fusion reactors ‘economically viable’ say experts

Fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policy-makers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations, according to research. Researchers...

Chemical industry award winners are announced

The winners of the 2015 Chemical Industry Awards were announced at a dinner held at The Newcastle Gateshead Hilton. The winners were: ABB Manufacturing & Resource Efficiency Award – Winner: LyondellBasell Carrington - LyondellBasell are dedicated...

Research could make batteries safer

A team from UCL has discovered what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause a dangerous chain reaction of events is important to improve their design to...

‘Chemical harpoons’ could tackle antiobiotic problem’

The global threat of widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest challenges facing science and medicine. Now, the discovery of bacterial “chemical harpoons” could pave the way for a new approach to...