In conjunction with the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, AVALON Industries is launching a research project to replace formaldehyde in phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins with biobased, nontoxic platform chemical 5-HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural).
AkzoNobel is launching Imagine Chemistry, an opportunity to partner with start-up firms, students, research groups and career scientists from across the world to jointly exploit the knowledge of chemistry and solve several real-life chemistry-related challenges.
Specialty chemicals distributor Azelis announced an extended distribution agreement in which the company will offer Lonza’s Materials Protection ingredients to market segments that include coatings, inks, and adhesives and sealants.
Vencorex announced the completion of industrial projects that include the expansion of monomer (HDI and IPDI) capacity in France (Pont de Claix site), a new derivatives unit (Tolonate™) at its Rayong, Thailand, plant, and a new waterborne derivatives (Easaqua™) production chain at its Freeport, Texas, site.
Our February issue features a simplified method for producing high-performance solvent-free waterborne acrylic polyols with glycidyl neodecanoate technology, the effects of different curing methods on tack-free curing, the science of smart hydrophobic coatings, and more.