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Creating Chemistry Magazine: Issue six 2017

Naturally good? Searching for new bio-based raw materials for industry

Worldwide, the bioeconomy is gaining traction. But a lot of research and development still needs to be done. When are renewable resources truly good?

3 questions for Nikolaus Raupp

BASF project manager Nikolaus Raupp, PhD, explains how the biomass balance approach certified by technical inspection board TÜV SÜD works.

Using nature to protect plants

We take a look inside a BASF production site in England that breeds nematodes – tiny worms that can be used in plant protection to control pests.

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Circular economy: A visionary roadmap?

In a world of limited resources, new economic models are needed. The circular economy is an idea that is gaining ground. What does it mean and how does it work?

Circular vision in the East

Professor Du Huanzheng, Director at Tongji University, believes China has a few things to learn but also a lot to share about circular economy.

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Clear messages

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) in Oldenburg, Germany, have developed a software that significantly improves speech intelligibility.

How polymer beads cut utility costs in laundry

Researchers at the pioneering start up Xeros in the United Kingdom have developed a revolutionary solution addressing saving potential as well as quality improvements in laundry.

Personal wind power

A wind turbine you can pack in the back of your car and take with you – nemoi, developed by Argentinean company Semtive.

Harvesting water from the air

A tower invented by Italian designer Arturo Vittori can collect an average of 50 to 100 liters of drinking water per day. But how does it work?

Light from saltwater

Bringing light into Philippine huts and houses with saltwater is an idea developed by Aisa and Raphael Mijeno and their Asian startup SALt.

The color of hope

The parasites from the Plasmodium genus that cause malaria, have developed resistance to most current medicines. A 19th century dyestuff, methylene blue, could provide an answer.

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Does free trade still matter?

Karl Brauner, PhD, World Trade Organization, and Professor Daniel Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D. C., USA, talk about the right approach to meet the challenges for international trade.

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Why free trade matters

Teressa Szelest, President, Market and Business Development North America for BASF Corporation, explains why trade creates wealth and leads to better products and lower prices.

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Shuttling between the Atlantic and Pacific

In January 2016 the world’s longest bus line, the Transoceánica, started offering service between Rio de Janeiro and Lima. It takes 102 hours to travel the 6,200 kilometer route between the two cities.

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Completly refurbished headquarters of the UN

It is the most expensive renovation of a public building ever: It cost $2.15 billion to update the U.N. headquarters in New York.

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Award-winning restoration

Like a castle adorned with battlements, towers, columns and little round arches, the JN Petit Institute with its library and reading room is a jewel in the historical center of Mumbai.

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Long-term treatment against aging

The clear, cubist forms of the gleaming white Fundació Joan Miró building soar into the blue skies over Barcelona. However, the quality of the concrete, compounded by its exposure to the salty sea climate, caused the building to age rapidly.

Keeping it real

Fake goods are often hard to tell apart from the genuine article. Companies come up with innovative ways to keep one step ahead of the counterfeiters.

Seized counterfeit Viagra phamaceuticals

„A significant threat to our economy, health and safety”

Michael Walsh, Director at U. S. Customs and Border Protection, wants to stop counterfeits entering the country. He describes some of the main challenges.

The chemistry of apples

Apples have rightly gained a reputation as healthy food because a “fruit pharmacy” is lurking in and just below the peel.

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Storing sunshine

Solar thermal power plants can convert the sun’s energy into electricity when the sun is not shining. Experts foresee a great future for this is environment-friendly technology.

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A very special compound

Salt is much more than just a condiment. And food is not the only thing that needs a pinch of salt: It is also found in soap, glass and plastic containers.

A big supporter of little scientists

Among other things, SAP founder Dietmar Hopp supports educational projects, including the “Little Scientists’ House.”

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Pioneering thinker – then and now: electricity from chemistry

In 1800, Alessandro Volta described the first-ever functioning battery. Michael Thackeray, PhD, later paved the way for lithium battery technology.

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Maintaining a healthy flight environment

Removing ozone from the cabin air makes air travel more comfortable.

Creating Chemistry Issue six 2017

Creating Chemistry Issue six 2017