The movers and shakers in the chemistry industry in March 2023.
The opinions expressed in John Hands’ book stand in striking contrast to those of other commentators on the situation. He accepts that significant changes are now taking place on our planet but claims that these are neither unmanageable nor do they constitute an existential threat.
According to his book, our next big mistake was allowing these parallel narratives of science to foster almost unchallenged for the next 60 years. One of the best examples is Andrew Wakefield’s paper on the ‘link’ between autism and the MMR vaccine that single-handedly launched the anti-vax movement and, despite having no scientific credibility, took 12 years to be retracted.
German chemical major BASF is restructuring production at its Ludwigshafen HQ to make it ‘better equipped for the intensifying competition in the long term’. The company plans to close the caprolactam plant, one of two ammonia plants and associated fertiliser facilities. The toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant and the precursor plants for dinitrotoluene and toluene diamine will also be closed.
A new database detailing the genomes of 19 global crop pests is now publicly available. It’s hoped that the contents will accelerate novel pest control approaches that are more species-specific and less likely to trigger resistance in their targets, as well as non-chemical methods that involve manipulating insect behaviour.
Microorganisms, wood pulp cellulose and aerogels are just some of the novel technologies helping to improve the process of dyeing textiles, Lou Reade reports – cutting the use of energy, water and toxic chemicals.
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Chinese researchers have developed a bionic ‘finger’ that can create 3D maps of the shapes and textures of complex objects lying beneath a surface – useful in medicine and electronics.
Physicists in the US have proposed a new mechanism for superconductivity that arises when electrons slow in twisted bilayer graphene. This could open a route for designing new superconductors or improve existing materials.