Read all the latest news about the movers and shakers in the chemical industry for June 2022.
The Covid pandemic has led to a reassessment of globalisation in the life sciences, especially in the US. Neil Eisberg reports from CPHI
Virtual reality is big in the world of video games. Now the technology is being used to view – and potentially touch – chemistry in a way it has never been approached before. Katrina Megget reports
India’s pharmaceutical exports have soared by 103% since 2013-14, establishing the nation as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From $11.82bn in 2013-14, India’s pharma exports jumped to $24.46bn in 2021-22 – the country’s best-ever performance.
In a world first, researchers in Germany have made and analysed materials under pressures approaching one terapascal (1x1012Pa). Before now, materials have been squished beneath tiny diamond anvils at pressures of around 200GPa, but the new record-breaking pressures are 600-900GPa.
The same protein target for sulfonylurea drugs in diabetes may be promising as a target for treating Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers believe.
Some of the smallest gears ever created have been made in a lab – and made to rotate using light as the energy source (Nature Chemistry, doi: 10.1038/s41557-022-00917-0).
A new nano-enzyme can depolymerise lignin to generate low molecular weight products under mild conditions. Lignin is the second most abundant renewable carbon source on earth, but it is frequently burnt as fuel due to difficulties in degrading it to useful chemicals.
A simple-to-make fibre has been made to work as an actuator, like those in human muscles. The fibre is 75% more efficient at converting energy to movement, can handle 80% more strain, and stretch to more than 900% of its length before it breaks, compared with similar materials.
The days of dirty marine fuel are over, and the ships of the future will be powered by biofuels, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen or wind, reports Jasmin Fox-Skelly