Catalysts streamline biodiesel process
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., have developed a series of solid acid nanocatalysts that promise to avoid some post-reaction steps in the production of biodiesel.
Membrane combines thinness with stability
Membranes that consist of only a single layer of carbon atoms called graphene have been created by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
Green company to offer totally biodegradable chemical solutions
BioAmber, a joint venture of Diversified Natural Products (DNP), a U.S.-based biotechnology company, and France-based Agro Industries Recherche et Developpement (ARD) announced plans for a new facility to produce a green, bio-based replacement for oil in the chemical market.
Fluids make light work of viscosity changes
Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed what they call a simple, relatively inexpensive class of fluids that undergoes significant changes in viscosity when subjected to light.
Sulzer Chemtech expands separation business
Sulzer signed an agreement with KnitMesh Ltd., based in the UK, to take over their separation technology business. The acquisition includes the company Enhanced Separation Technologies (EST) LLC., based in the U.S.
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Nanoparticles boost water treatment
Super-hydrophilic nanoparticles dispersed in a conventional polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) membrane allow dramatically better water permeability than possible with conventional membranes while maintaining comparable salt rejection, according to researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).