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New Product Announcement: Blue Pigment

Pigment company Shepherd Color recently announced the launch of its new specialty cobalt aluminate Blue 20G599 pigment.


Researchers Develop Plastic Catalysts for Coatings

A group of chemists from the University of Konstanz in Germany have reportedly developed a new class of catalysts that enable the manufacturing of polyethylene dispersions directly in water,...


UIC Researchers Develop Frost-Resistant Coatings

Researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago recently announced that they have developed environmentally safe, frost-resistant coatings for the aerospace industry.


Pipeline Coating Removes Mercury from Water

Researchers from Flinders University in Australia recently developed a smart coating for pipelines that can remove mercury from water while preventing corrosion and solvent damage.


Paint Accounts for Majority of Ocean Microplastics

A new study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for 58% of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways.


MIT Develops Strong, Lightweight Material

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently developed a new material using a novel polymerization process.


NASA Testing University’s Coatings Research

Polymer coatings research conducted by the University of Idaho was recently launched and installed at the International Space Station, with hopes to minimize bacterial transmission.


Police Locate Stolen OH Pedestrian Bridge

A 58-foot-long, 10-foot-wide and six-foot-high pedestrian bridge in Akron, Ohio, has been found after disappearing in November, but investigators are still unclear as to why it was stolen.


New Product Announcement: Epoxy Adhesive

International manufacturer of industrial protective coatings and composites Belzona (Harrogate, North Yorkshire) recently added a high-performance epoxy structural adhesive to its polymeric ...


Nature-Inspired Coatings Could Benefit Medical Testing

Prior to the end of the year, researchers from the University of Toronto reportedly developed a new coating that allows for certain liquids to move across surfaces without experiencing fluid...


Nouryon Production Supports Polymer Industry

At the beginning of the month, global specialty chemicals company Nouryon announced that it had launched full-scale production at its organic peroxide greenfield site in Tianjin, China.


Wacker Increases Polymeric Binder, Resin Prices

Munich-based Wacker Group recently announced that it has increased prices up to 20% for its polymer and resin products.


New Product Announcement: Polymer Sealants

Baltimore-based construction product company DAP recently announced the release of a new advanced hybrid sealant that the company says combines attributes from traditional silicone and polyu...


Nouryon Opens New China Production Facility

To meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the packaging, paints and coatings and construction end-markets, global specialty chemicals company Nouryon has recently lau...


Study: Polymers to Accelerate CO2 Conversion

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba and Osaka University in Japan have recently developed a polymer coating that when applied to a standard metal catalyst accelerates the electrochemi...


Norner Receives Approval to Test Marine Coatings

Industrial polymer research and development services company Norner (Norway) has recently announced that it received certificates recognizing approval for marine coating testing.


Engineer Assists FL Bridge with GFRP, Sensors

To fulfill President Joe Biden’s goal of ramping up the nation’s infrastructure, Christian C. Steputat, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Engineering at the University of Miami, was brough...


Nouryon Introduces New Polymer System

Last month, specialty chemicals company Nouryon introduced its latest polymer system for advance water treatment, LumaTreat. The polymer line is reportedly a global patent-pending smart-tagg...


UK Trials Anti-Aging Cream for Roads

Not quite the anti-aging cream your grandma might use, United Kingdom-based Highways England Company has announced at the beginning of the week that it would be trialing Total UK’s new polym...


China REACH Takes Effect for New Chemicals

China’s new Measures on Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances went into effect earlier this year and have an aim to streamline the registration process for new che...


Researchers Create Ammonia-Capturing Polymer

Just before the year’s end, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and the Department of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen announced their designs of a porous polymer that aimed to ca...


Scientists Use Polymer Coating to 'Power' Bricks

Chemists from Washington University, in St. Louis, have reportedly developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks,” that they say can store energy until required for powering devices. Th...


Serpentine Pavilion Arrives in Los Angeles

Traveling from Europe to the United States, the SelgasCano-designed Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is coming to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.


Polymer Prevents Leakage from Solar Cells

In a study by scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, research shows that a protective layer of epoxy resin applied on perovskite solar cells hel...


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


Covestro Launches Research Project

A new research project for waterborne raw materials is being conducted by the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Cologne in collaboration with Covestro.


Researchers Coat Smallest Pixels with Polymer

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed the smallest pixels ever created. With the help of a thin coating, the researchers say the development could be used for ne...


Study Finds Clear Droplets Produce Iridescent Colors

According to findings from a combined research team from Penn State University (University Park, Pennsylvania) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts), under...


Evonik Acquires Polymer Powders Company

Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) announced that it has acquired Structured Polymers Inc. (Austin, Texas) for access to its new patented technology in specialty polymer powders.


Dow Expands EMEA Distribution Agreement

Safic-Alcan, independent specialty chemicals distributor (La Défense, France) and Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced the extension of their existing agree...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technnology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the coating to strengthen its...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Taking a cue from plants, chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the ...


Researchers Create New Cooling Coating

In a warming world, the demands for cooling solutions are increasing. In response to the demand, Columbia University researchers created a white polymer coating that reflects more than 96 pe...


Costco Debuts Edible Coating

Costco recently started selling avocados covered in an invisible, edible coating made from leftover plant skins and stems intended to lock in moisture and keep out gases that catalyze the ri...


UTA Professor Develops Drainage-Pipe Polymer

Mohammad Najafi, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received $400,000 in funding to research methods for the application of a linin...


Researchers Develop Plastic Out of Pond Scum

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros are adding to the world of biopolymers by taking algae out of the ponds and into our homes, so to speak.


AkzoNobel Announces China Facility Expansion

Earlier this week, AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business announced that it is entering the next part of the expansion at its Ningo, China, organic peroxides facility.


AkzoNobel Gives Update on China Facility Expansion

Coatings company AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business announced on Tuesday that it is entering the next phase of its major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China.


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AkzoNobel Strikes Bio-Based Polymers Deal

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation announced this week they have finalized an agreement to work together to incorporate bio-based poly...


AkzoNobel Announces Bio-Based Polymer Agreement

The joint venture between paints and coatings company AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation has finalized its first bio-based polymer application agreement.


New Apple Store Gets 'MacBook Roof'

Eagle-eyed Chicago residents recently got a glimpse of the final touches on the new Apple store’s roof—and it looked familiar.


Polymer Emulsion Made for DTM Coatings

Coating manufacturer Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio) recently introduced ProHere A 03010, a new waterborne, low-VOC polymer emulsion for direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings.


Coating Development to Debut at Paris Air Show

Coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced last week that it will unveil a new sprayable secondary fuel vapor barrier for aircraft at the upcoming International Paris Air Show.


Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer giant Covestro announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


Polymer Giant Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer company Covestro (Leverkeusen) announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


Coatings-Industry Veteran Brysacz Dies at 77

David P. Brysacz, a coatings-industry veteran who concluded his 54-year career with AkzoNobel in 2016, died on May 4. He was 77.


Chemistry Honor Will Go to Dow Coatings Team

Scientists at Dow Coating Materials are getting the title "Heroes of Chemistry" for their developments in acrylic resins and pre-composite polymers, according to a major scientific society.


Dow Coatings Team Receives Chemistry Honor

Developments in acrylic resins and pre-composite polymers have earned scientists at Dow Coating Materials the title of “Heroes of Chemistry,” according to a major scientific society.


Polymer Firm, UN Team Up for Environmental Contest

German polymer company Covestro and the United Nations Environment Program announced Monday that they have teamed up to launch the “Young Champions of the Earth” sustainability competition.


Ashland Opens Corrosion Center

Chemical manufacturer Ashland Inc. has established a new North American center for the study of corrosion vis a vis fiber reinforced polymers.


Engineers Develop New Cooling Material

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have invented a scalable metamaterial, which can cool objects that are under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.


Chemical Handbook Debuts

A Pennsylvania manufacturer of silicone, silane and metal-organic compounds has announced the publication of a chemical handbook focuses on metal-organic materials for many applications, inc...


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Firm Debuts Coatings Stabilizers Line

A new range of stabilizer products for the coatings industry has been introduced by polymer stabilizers manufacturer SONGWON Industrial Co. Ltd. (Ulsan, South Korea).


Not Your Average Camouflage

When it comes to camouflaging military vehicles, standard procedure is to paint the vehicle in the appropriate colors and patterns for the environment in which it will serve.


New VAE Dispersion Touts Low Emissions

Global polymers manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG has released a new binder for use in formulating low-odor and low-emissions interior coatings.


Polymer Billed for Low-Odor Paints

Arkema Coating Resins has introduced an opaque polymer for use in low-odor interior and exterior architectural coatings.


Polymer to Self-Heal at Body Temp

Scientists at the University of Reading have come up with technology that could eventually be developed into self-healing coatings for buildings as well as other applications.


New Binder Touts Stain Resistance

A new copolymer emulsion from Michelman boasts stain resistance and scrub resistance when used as a binder in architectural paints, wood primers and other coatings, the company says.


Polymer Self-Repairs at Body Temperature

Scientists at the University of Reading are at work on a self-healing polymer that may find use in automotive coatings, as well as other industrial and biomedical applications.


UK Firm to Acquire Hexion Coatings Unit

British chemical company Synthomer says it will acquire the performance adhesives and coatings business of Ohio-based Hexion.


New Binder for EIFS Applications

Synthomer has added a water-based binder for use in EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing system) or ETICS (external thermal insulation composite systems) applications.


Team Lauds ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Coatings

Scientists at a Swiss university have developed a polymer coating they say is so versatile they compare it to the iconic Swiss army knife, with future applications cutting into the wastewate...


Evonik to Increase Production Capacity

In a move it says will "solidify" its position as a powder coating powerhouse, specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries plans to build a new production line for special polyamide 12 pow...


Coating Signals Critical Unseen Damage

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye ...


Evonik Plans PA12 Production Increase

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries will build a new production line for special polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl, Germany, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 10).


Polymers Introduced in Indian Market

BASF has launched two new polymer dispersion products in the Indian market.


UK Paint Company Joins Polymer Project

A coatings manufacturer in the UK has joined a European Union project to develop stronger and more flexible materials using graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.


Coating Remade to Reduce Abrasions

A.W. Chesterton Company has introduced a reformulated ARC MX1 that the company said will help reduce high-impact and extreme sliding abrasions.


Copolymer for Concrete Coatings Debuts

Omnova Solutions has introduced an epoxy-modified acrylic copolymer for 1K (one part) garage floor and concrete coatings.


Graphene Tops Polymer for MIC

In its ongoing investigations into graphene coatings and corrosion prevention, a global science team has determined that the graphene coatings minimize corrosion better than commercial polym...


Firm Touts Top Tech of 2015

Anti-corrosion coatings are among the top technologies expected to show the most advancement and influence this year, a new research report indicates.


Polymer Material Registers Impacts

A team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on the strength of impact.


MIT Serves Up Surfaces on Demand

CAMBRIDGE, MA--Given a squeeze, ship hulls could self-clean, camouflage could transform itself, and surface friction could adjust with a new printable material now in development.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


Court Rejects AkzoNobel Patent Suit

Dow Chemical Co. did not infringe upon AkzoNobel's patented extrusion process in developing its own coatings, a federal judge has ruled.


Dow Prevails in Akzo Patent Suit

A federal-court judge has cleared Dow Chemical Co. of claims that it infringed upon a 2004 patent by coatings giant AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


Coated Drones to Combat Pollution

Researchers in Hong Kong say they have developed drones capable of collecting pollution and turning it into fuel.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


Tank Coating Cures without Heat

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced a cargo tank coating for less severe cargoes.


Coating Makes for Smarter Surfaces

A new polymer coating that would allow surfaces to respond instantly to changes in environmental conditions is under development by a multinational team of researchers.


Coating a Smarter, Faster Surface

Smart surfaces that can instantaneously change properties in response to their environment could be the wave of the future, with a new coating developed by a multinational team of researcher...


Garland Adds Infrastructure Division

Citing "an increasing need" to address "numerous infrastructure problems" in the U.S. and worldwide, Garland Industries Inc. has launched a division aimed at structural strengthening and res...


Cladding Panels Meet Fire Standard

A new, ultra-lightweight cladding panel system combines fire safety with the design versatility of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), the manufacturer says.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Dow Bows Two Paint Innovations

Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new polymer technologies: one designed to tackle an indoor air pollutant; the other, household stains.


Low-Cost Polymer Heals without Help

A simple new polymer made from off-the-shelf materials can knit itself back together repeatedly without an external catalyst, University of Illinois researchers report.


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


Edwards Coating Research Center Opens

Tomorrow’s coating technology is now in the pipeline at the new $2.5 million California Polytechnic State University research center honoring the late Kenneth N. Edwards.


Power Polymer Self-Heals Solo

Hollywood’s “Terminator” is hardly known as a healer, but a new polymer namesake has gained a tough reputation for doing just that: healing itself—hard, fast, and without any help.


‘Terminator’ Polymer Heals Without Help

Taking a cue from early ’90s movie magic, scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that “spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.”


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

AkzoNobel will phase out a chemical plant in the Netherlands as the paint and coating maker's markets shift from Europe to Asia and North America, the company announced Friday (Aug. 30).


Axalta Scales Up Coatings R&D

Axalta Coating Systems (the old DuPont Performance Coatings business) has announced a fresh $5 million infusion into its global research and development headquarters in Wilmington, DE.


Axalta Invests $5M in Coatings Center

The old DuPont Performance Coatings business is making a new push into scaling up its coatings research and development, with a fresh $5 million infusion into its Coatings Technology Center ...


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Global Polymers Acquires Perlastic

Global Polymer Solutions has announced the acquisition of the global rights to Perlastic industrial protective coatings products.


Bayer MS to Sell Off Resins Units

Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to sell its global powder polyester resins business and its U.S.-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company.


$1M Chemical Blaze Guts Coating Plant

Fire ripped through a polymer coating facility in Canada over the weekend, causing $1 million in damage and requiring 60 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.


ITW Polymers Coatings Opens New Plant

ITW Polymers Coatings North America has announced the grand opening of its newest manufacturing plant, in Houston, TX.


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


Royal Holdings Buys Adhesives Packaging

Adhesives Packaging has been acquired by Royal Packaging, with intentions of operating the company as a standalone business in packaging, mixing and applying adhesives.


International Paint Bows 3 Antifoulings

International Paint has launched three new-technology fouling-control coatings that it says offer "a sea change in hull performance" not available since the era of tributyltin coatings.


Polymer Chemist Wins AkzoNobel Award

The ability to tailor make finely tuned materials for specific applications one molecule at a time has earned a Carnegie Mellon researcher AkzoNobel's first North America Science Award.


Nanocoating to Ward Off Flames

Flame-retardant research is heating up in Texas, where researchers report the development of an environmentally friendly nanocoating that can be used on fabrics and foams.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


 
 
   

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