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5:52 AM, 21st January 2017
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13 global companies launch Hydrogen Council to meet climate goals

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND: Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have launched a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. In the first global initiative of its kind, the ‘Hydrogen Council’ is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition. Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier with favourable characteristics since it does not release any CO2 at the point of use as a ...

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11:00 AM, 21st January 2017
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Manganese oxides used in treatment system could be mixed blessing

RALEIGH, US: Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have found that some black sludge growing in a water-treatment site could have redeeming benefits. The black sludge coated water pump components at a superfund site in Raleigh. Normally, the presence of such material gums up the water-treatment site’s primary task of cleaning fouled water, said Owen Duckworth, an NC State associate professor of soil science and the corresponding author of a paper describing a study on the ...

7:26 AM, 21st January 2017
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Scientists develop new catalysed reaction using iron salts

HUDDERSFIELD, UK: Scientists at the University of Huddersfield have developed a new chemical reaction that is catalysed using simple iron salts – an inexpensive, abundant and sustainable alternative to costlier and rarer metals.  The research could lead to huge economic gains in the pharmaceutical and agrichemical sectors, and more affordable medicines for healthcare providers. The core reaction developed by the Huddersfield team has been patented, and research continues, with furt ...

6:31 AM, 21st January 2017
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PPG buys automotive refinish coatings company in China

PITTSBURGH, US: PPG Industries Inc said that it has acquired certain assets of automotive refinish coatings company, Futian Xinshi (Futian). With approximate sales of $15 million in 2016, Futian is a privately-owned company based in the Guangdong province of China. Futian distributes its products in China through a network of more than 200 distributors. PPG will acquire Futian’s trademarks, product technology and customer list. “The acquisition of Futian will further enhance PPG&r ...

5:52 AM, 21st January 2017
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13 global companies launch Hydrogen Council to meet climate goals

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND: Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have launched a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. In the first global initiative of its kind, the ‘Hydrogen Council’ is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition. Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier with favourable characteristics since it does not release any CO2 at the point of use as a ...

11:36 AM, 20th January 2017
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Chemists create new type of nanomaterial

EVANSTON, US: A team of chemists led by Northwestern University’s William Dichtel has cooked up something big: The scientists have created an entirely new type of nanomaterial and watched it form in real time — a chemistry first. “Our work sets the stage for researchers interested in studying the fundamental properties of interesting materials and applied systems, such as solar cells, batteries, sensors, paints and drug delivery systems. The findings have enormous im ...

11:12 AM, 20th January 2017
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FMC appoints new director for agricultural solutions, Latin America

PHILADELPHIA, US: FMC Corporation has appointed Ronaldo Pereira as vice president and business director, Latin America for agricultural solutions, and president, FMC Latin America, effective immediately. Pereira most recently served as general manager, Brazil, Agricultural Solutions. Pereira succeeds Antonio Zem, who retired from FMC after a 38-year distinguished career. Pereira is uniquely qualified to lead FMC's Latin America business having served extensively i ...

10:53 AM, 20th January 2017
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Quick ceramic-metal processing technology for superior composites

COLLEGE STATION, US: Recent advancements in automotive, aerospace and power generation industries have inspired materials scientists to engineer innovative materials. Ceramic-metal composites or cermets are an example of a new and improved class of materials that can enhance transportation and energy conversion technologies. Cermets combine useful properties from each of their primary constituent materials such as high-temperature stability of ceramics and machinability and ductility of metals. ...

10:19 AM, 20th January 2017
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Martin Pugh to retire as COO of Trinseo

BERWYN, US: Trinseo, a global materials company said that Martin Pugh, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), will retire, effective 1 March. The COO position was established as an interim role in 2015 while Trinseo integrated a number of strategic initiatives into the business. The company will not be replacing Pugh in the COO role, as these initiatives have been completed. Tim Stedman (senior vice president and Business President for basic plastics and feed ...

9:53 AM, 20th January 2017
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OMC: A new material to trap radioactive elements from water

HOUSTON, US/ KAZAN, RUSSIA: Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University (KFU) in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. They stated that their oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) material is low-cost and highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations, including cesium and stron ...

7:20 AM, 20th January 2017
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US Water names current VP as its new CEO

ST MICHAEL, US: US Water Services Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allete Inc has named current senior executive vice president of marketing and strategy, LaMarr Barnes as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Barnes replaces former CEO Allan Bly, who resigned his position after a 20-year career with the company. Barnes has more than 25 years of experience in industrial water treatment and technology management. Hired in 2010 as VP of marketing, Barnes assumed added responsibilities as VP of ...

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