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New 3D Printing Technique Produces High-Performance Composites

3D Printing

New 3D Printing Technique Produces High-Performance Composites

A team of researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Seas) has demonstrated a novel 3D printing method that yields unprecedented control of the arrangement of short fibers embedded in polymer matrices. They used this additive manufacturing technique to program fiber orientation within epoxy composites in specified locations, enabling the creation of structural materials that are optimized for strength, stiffness, and damage tolerance. read...

Syngenta Announces Appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer

Switzerland: More Sustainable Agricultural Production

Syngenta Announces Appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer

Syngenta has appointed Alexandra Brand, previously Regional Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East, to the new position of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). read...

Environmentally Friendly Microplastic Alternatives in Cosmetics

Cellulose Particles Instead of Plastic

Environmentally Friendly Microplastic Alternatives in Cosmetics

In a research project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and its partners have tested materials that can replace microplastics in cosmetic products and are biodegradable. read...

Unhealthy Diet Makes the Immune System Aggressive

Germany: Nutrition Science

Unhealthy Diet Makes the Immune System Aggressive

Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Even after a change to a healthy diet, the body's defenses remain hyperactive, the scientists say. read...

Akzo Nobel Launches 2018 Imagine Chemistry Challenges

The Netherlands: Business Opportunities in Chemistry

Akzo Nobel Launches 2018 Imagine Chemistry Challenges

Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals has announced the challenges for its latest Imagine Chemistry program. read...

Abzena Opts for Sartorius to Equip Integrated CDMO Facilities

USA: Biotechnology

Abzena Opts for Sartorius to Equip Integrated CDMO Facilities

Abzena has selected Sartorius Stedim to equip its integrated CDMO facilities in Bristol for the development and GMP manufacture of antibody drug conjugates and San Diego for the development and GMP manufacture of monoclonal antibodies and other recombinant proteins. read...

Nanobodies Reduce Number of Laboratory Animals

Germany: Immunobiology

Nanobodies Reduce Number of Laboratory Animals

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry present a sustainable alternative that can replace secondary antibodies directed against primary ones from mice or rabbits. It relies on so-called nanobodies and may drastically reduce the number of animals used for antibody production. read...

Watching Brain Cells at Work in Living Organisms

Germany: Fibre-Optic Probes

Watching Brain Cells at Work in Living Organisms

In order to obtain high-resolution images from regions of the body difficult to reach, such as the brain, without causing extensive damage to it, hair-thin endoscopy probes are required. read...

New Theory Describes Properties of Polymeric Material Used in Soft Electronics

Sweden: Organic Electronics

New Theory Describes Properties of Polymeric Material Used in Soft Electronics

Pedot:PSS is one of several polymeric materials that act in the same way. Increased understanding of the material and its unique properties is a major advance for researchers in several areas of organic electronics. read...

Conversion of Waste into Butanol and Hydrogen

The Netherlands: Biobased Chemicals

Conversion of Waste into Butanol and Hydrogen

The application of high pressure and steam is a proven method for the mobilisation of valuable components from biomass. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is contributing to the project "Production of butanol and hydrogen by fermentation techniques using steam treated municipal solid waste (MSWBH)" with its expertise on fermentation and the use of anaerobic bacteria for the production of biobased chemicals. read...