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Nanodiamonds feel the heat

Nanodiamond sensor can act as both heat sources and thermometers, and may lead to a new set of heat-based treatments for killing bacteria or cancer cells

19-Jan-2021 A team of scientists from Osaka University, The University of Queensland, and the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering used tiny nanodiamonds coated with a heat-releasing polymer to probe the thermal properties of cells. When irradiated with light from a laser, the sens ... more

New and highly efficient method for SARS-CoV-2 mutation analysis

Mutations can be assigned directly without any intermediate mathematical steps

18-Jan-2021 The rapid spread of the newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus variant B.1.1.7 in Great Britain and other countries shows, changes in the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can lead to new biological properties.  Most of the approximately 12,000 mutations in the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that hav ... more

Why do metal oxide surfaces behave differently?

New research method answers important questions

15-Jan-2021 Metal surfaces play a role as catalysts for many important applications - from fuel cells to the purification of car exhaust gases. However, their behaviour is decisively affected by oxygen atoms incorporated into the surface. This phenomenon has been known for a long time, but until now it ... more

How does your computer smell?

Researchers create a highly sensitive biohybrid olfactory sensor

15-Jan-2021 A keen sense of smell is a powerful ability shared by many organisms. However, it has proven difficult to replicate by artificial means. Researchers combined biological and engineered elements to create what is known as a biohybrid component. Their volatile organic compound sensor can effec ... more

New contrast mechanism improves xenon MRI

Enhanced speed, contrast, and information

14-Jan-2021 Xenon magnetic resonance imaging offers deep insights into the human body and opens up new possibilities in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Physicists from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin have now achieved a considerable improvement of th ... more

Researchers report quantum-limit-approaching chemical sensing chip

Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals

13-Jan-2021 University at Buffalo researchers are reporting an advancement of a chemical sensing chip that could lead to handheld devices that detect trace chemicals -- everything from illicit drugs to pollution -- as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol. The chip, which also may have uses in f ... more

Leverage the huge potential that lies dormant in the vast amounts of lab data generated daily

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

12-Jan-2021 Labforward has closed a new financing round. The laboratory equipment manufacturers Tecan and 2mag as well as existing investor Peppermint Venture Partners are investing more than € 5 million in the laboratory software company with headquarters in Berlin. Laboratories face the challenge of ... more

Detecting COVID-19 antibodies in 10-12 seconds

12-Jan-2021 Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report findings on an advanced nanomaterial-based biosensing platform that detects, within seconds, antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to testing, the platform will help to quantify patien ... more

Detecting CRISPR/Cas gene doping

An initial step toward a test to pinpoint athletes trying to gain an unfair advantage

11-Jan-2021 All athletes want to be at the top of their game when they compete, but some resort to nefarious approaches to achieve peak muscle growth, speed and agility. Recent developments in gene editing technology could tempt athletes to change their DNA to get an edge. Now, researchers reporting in ... more

A prognostic Alzheimer’s disease blood test in the symptom-free stage

Memory deficit is a normal side effect of aging. At what point does memory loss become pathological?

08-Jan-2021 Using a blood test, a German-Dutch research team has predicted the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who were clinically diagnosed as not having Alzheimer’s disease but who perceived themselves as cognitively impaired (Subjective Cognitive Declined, SCD). The researchers analyzed blood ... more

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How does your computer smell?

Researchers create a highly sensitive biohybrid olfactory sensor

15-Jan-2021 A keen sense of smell is a powerful ability shared by many organisms. However, it has proven difficult to replicate by artificial means. Researchers combined biological and engineered elements to create what is known as a biohybrid component. Their volatile organic compound sensor can effec ... more

Researchers report quantum-limit-approaching chemical sensing chip

Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals

13-Jan-2021 University at Buffalo researchers are reporting an advancement of a chemical sensing chip that could lead to handheld devices that detect trace chemicals -- everything from illicit drugs to pollution -- as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol. The chip, which also may have uses in f ... more

Hard-magnetic coatings for high-precision microscopy

Examination of minuscule cell structures in precise detail and at great speed

07-Jan-2021 Microscopy is at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus. Special microscopes, which enable scientists to view minute cell structures, are an indispensable tool in the development of vaccines and new therapies. Such equipment comprises not only a microscope with high optical reso ... more

A clear path to better insights into biomolecules

3D images with record-breaking resolution

06-Jan-2021 An international team of scientists, led by Kartik Ayyer from the MPSD, has obtained some of the sharpest possible 3D images of gold nanoparticles. The resuts lay the foundation for obtaining high resolution images of macromolecules. The study was carried out at the European XFEL’s Single P ... more

Frozen: Cutting-edge technology reveals structures within cells

05-Jan-2021 New methods enable scientists at IST Austria to take a look at the innermost of cells: high-resolution images of deep-frozen cells show structures that previously could only be guessed at. Temperatures of minus 196 degrees Celsius enable high-resolution imaging of the cell’s interior. Resea ... more

The Mechanics of the Immune System

Novel microcopy methods allow scientists to study the mechanical interaction of T-cells and particles

04-Jan-2021 When T-cells of our immune system become active, tiny traction forces at the molecular level play an important role. They have now been studied at TU Wien. Highly complicated processes constantly take place in our body to keep pathogens in check: The T-cells of our immune system are busy se ... more

Resolve Biosciences Launches New Era in Single-Cell Spatial Analysis

Start-up announces $24 million Series A financing and appoints Jason T. Gammack as CEO

18-Dec-2020 Resolve Biosciences, the pioneer in Molecular Cartography™, announced the completion of a $24 million Series A financing round and the appointment of Co-founder Jason T. Gammack as Chief Executive Officer. The company’s Molecular Cartography platform is a groundbreaking multi-analyte and hi ... more

Three-dimensional View of Catalysts in Action

Operando X-ray Spectroscopy Brings New Opportunities for Materials and Reaction Diagnostics

18-Dec-2020 For understanding the structure and function of catalysts in action, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with colleagues from the Swiss Light Source SLS of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) ... more

Catalytic activity of individual cobalt oxide nanoparticles determined

Using a robotic arm

16-Dec-2020 Analyzing nanoparticles individually is a challenge precisely because they are so small. A new technique using electron microscopy and a robotic arm could make the process much easier. Precious metal-free nanoparticles could serve as powerful catalysts in the future, for example for hydroge ... more

Waters Collaborates with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to Advance Precision Analysis of Complex Chemical Compounds

10-Dec-2020 Waters Corporation has formally expanded its long-standing, collaborative relationship with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to further explore the use of Waters’ cutting-edge ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) in the investigation of compounds in complex mixtures. Identifying ... more

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Why do metal oxide surfaces behave differently?

New research method answers important questions

15-Jan-2021 Metal surfaces play a role as catalysts for many important applications - from fuel cells to the purification of car exhaust gases. However, their behaviour is decisively affected by oxygen atoms incorporated into the surface. This phenomenon has been known for a long time, but until now it ... more

Researchers report quantum-limit-approaching chemical sensing chip

Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals

13-Jan-2021 University at Buffalo researchers are reporting an advancement of a chemical sensing chip that could lead to handheld devices that detect trace chemicals -- everything from illicit drugs to pollution -- as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol. The chip, which also may have uses in f ... more

Exploding water jet in X-ray beam

X-ray laser sheds light on ultrafast processes in physics, biology and material sciences

05-Jan-2021 An interdisciplinary team of scientists has used ultrashort X-ray pulses to image extremely rapidly exploding jets of water. The experiments, carried out at the European X-ray laser facility European XFEL, aim to study ultrafast events that occur in a very small region by means of X-ray hol ... more

Three-dimensional View of Catalysts in Action

Operando X-ray Spectroscopy Brings New Opportunities for Materials and Reaction Diagnostics

18-Dec-2020 For understanding the structure and function of catalysts in action, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with colleagues from the Swiss Light Source SLS of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) ... more

Catalytic activity of individual cobalt oxide nanoparticles determined

Using a robotic arm

16-Dec-2020 Analyzing nanoparticles individually is a challenge precisely because they are so small. A new technique using electron microscopy and a robotic arm could make the process much easier. Precious metal-free nanoparticles could serve as powerful catalysts in the future, for example for hydroge ... more

The Missing Step in the Water Warmup: First Bend and then Turn

New insights into how and how quickly the energy stored in a bent water molecule is dissipated into heat

11-Dec-2020 The water on Earth makes our planet inhabitable. It absorbs the Sun’s energy and releases it in the form of heat. An international research collaboration headed by the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) has now shown how and how fast the stored energy in the water molecules i ... more

Waters Collaborates with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to Advance Precision Analysis of Complex Chemical Compounds

10-Dec-2020 Waters Corporation has formally expanded its long-standing, collaborative relationship with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to further explore the use of Waters’ cutting-edge ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) in the investigation of compounds in complex mixtures. Identifying ... more

Ice on gold

Breakthrough in material science: analysing frozen water atom by atom

09-Dec-2020 How to analyse ice down to its atomic scale? And how to analyse objects embedded in ice without melting it? An international team of material scientists mainly from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) found a way to analyse micron-thick layers of ice by atom probe tomography ( ... more

The next phase of the proton puzzle

New milestone in frequency comb spectroscopy

30-Nov-2020 Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have succeeded in testing quantum electrodynamics with unprecedented accuracy to 13 decimal places. The new measurement is almost twice as accurate as all previous hydrogen measurements combined and moves science one step closer ... more

New test to better assess environmental impact of substances

Researchers developed a test that investigates whether substances can cause inheritable changes in the genome of multicellular organisms such as insects

24-Nov-2020 Researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics hope to increase the reliability of environmental impact tests of substances. To this end, they developed a test that investigates whether substances can caus ... more

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Microplastics transport metallic pollutants

Pursuing the Trojan horse: Scientists are developing methods for measuring metal in microplastics

27-Jul-2020 There are a relatively large number of studies on the accumulation and transport of persistent organic pollutants by microplastics, which has resulted in good data in this regard. Data, however, on the accumulation of metals that are toxic to the environment are very rare and sometimes scie ... more

When every particle counts

Comprehensive guidelines for microplastic extraction from environmental samples developed

12-May-2020 Today, microplastics can be detected in almost every ecosystem in the world. Despite intensive research into this massive environmental problem, it is still a challenge to identify and quantify these synthetic particles made of various types of plastic in environmental samples. A team of re ... more

How to program materials

Predict the properties of composite materials

23-May-2019 Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry. Ali Gooneie ... more

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Study fails to link phthalates and increased breast cancer risk

Epidemiologist says more research is needed looking at younger women

15-Feb-2019 In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, a University of Massachusetts Amherst cancer epidemiology researcher found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, m ... more

New light shed on intensely studied material

21-Jan-2019 The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world's most intensely studied materials. Despite this, researchers at Linköping University have now demonstrated that the material functions in a completely different manner than previously believed. The result has huge significance in many ... more

New flexible, transparent, wearable biopatch, improves cellular observation, drug delivery

Minimally invasive patch delivers exact doses directly into cells, lessens pain, toxicity

12-Nov-2018 Purdue University researchers have developed a new flexible and translucent base for silicon nanoneedle patches to deliver exact doses of biomolecules directly into cells and expand observational opportunities."This means that eight or nine silicon nanoneedles can be injected into a single ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

Biological signalling processes in intelligent materials

Innovative biohybrid systems with information processing functionality

20-Jul-2018 Scientists from the University of Freiburg have developed materials systems that are composed of biological components and polymer materials and are capable of perceiving and processing information. These biohybrid systems were engineered to perform certain functions, such as the counting s ... more

Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor a range of health conditions

27-Jun-2018 An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases. The sensor can measure the amount of critical metab ... more

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Leverage the huge potential that lies dormant in the vast amounts of lab data generated daily

Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

12-Jan-2021 Labforward has closed a new financing round. The laboratory equipment manufacturers Tecan and 2mag as well as existing investor Peppermint Venture Partners are investing more than € 5 million in the laboratory software company with headquarters in Berlin. Laboratories face the challenge of ... more

analytica China 2020 concludes successfully

More than 1,000 new products point to future trends

24-Nov-2020 analytica China 2020 came to a successful conclusion on November 18, 2020 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show brought together 1,009 exhibitors (2018: 950) and 112 represented companies and partners. 23,652 professional visitors attended. With six exhibition halls, eight ... more

analytica 2020 with very good results in the digital format

Largest virtual platform of the laboratory industry

27-Oct-2020 analytica 2020 successfully concludes five days of virtual trade fair and presentation formats: A total of 21,641 participants (unique users) from 152 nations took part in the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology, which was held for the first time ... more

Strong profitable growth at Sartorius

Positive development of the Lab Products & Services Division

21-Oct-2020 Sartorius closed the first nine months of 2020 with significant double-digit growth rates in sales revenue and earnings. “In the third quarter, we saw high demand for nearly our entire product range,” said Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO. “On top of overall strong organic growth, additional momentum ... more

analytica Vietnam 2021 postponed from April to October

Exhibitors thus will be able to better plan their trade fair participation

20-Oct-2020 analytica Vietnam, the most important meeting place for the laboratory industry in the country, will be postponed from April 2021 to the autumn and now takes place at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City from October 7 to 9, 2021. Against the background of the ongoi ... more

analytica 2020: The world’s largest virtual trade fair for analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology

Market figures: German laboratory industry in the coronavirus year with winners and losers

13-Oct-2020 For the first time in its more than fifty-year-long success story, from October 19 to 23 analytica 2020 will take place in purely digital form. This year, no other format offers such a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in analysis, biotechnology and laboratory technology. 26 ... more

analytica conference 2020 for the first time virtual

Topics in focus: Antibiotic resistance and the “laboratory of the future”

09-Oct-2020 Current questions and approaches in analysis are in the focus of the analytica conference, which will take place from October 19 to 23, 2020, in the context of analytica virtual in a purely digital manner. In 31 sessions, which will be broadcast repeatedly in order to enable participation i ... more

Purification specialist BIA Separations to become part of Sartorius

BIA Separations will be Sartorius’ center of excellence for purification of cell and gene therapeutics

05-Oct-2020 Sartorius announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge purification specialist BIA Separations into its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech in a transaction totaling 360 million euros of which 240 million euros will be paid in cash and 120 million euros in Sartorius Stedim Bi ... more

analytica 2020: World’s leading trade fair to be held virtually

analytica virtual to take the place of the presence fair in Munich

02-Sep-2020 This year, Messe München is hosting the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology as a virtual event. The new format analytica virtual will enable exhibitors to book digital trade fair booths for October 19 to 23. Furthermore, it offers all customers a ... more

analytica 2020: The world’s leading trade fair extends its reach with analytica virtual

First complementary laboratory fair

13-Aug-2020 analytica gets a digital extension. With the new format analytica virtual, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology also enables those exhibitors and visitors to participate who due to travel restrictions cannot come to Munich. In addition, parts ... more

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Hunting out hidden hydrogen: novel holey nanosheets for detecting hydrogen gas leaks

Scientists develop hydrogen sensors with holey zinc oxide "nanosheets" to prevent accidents from hydrogen gas leaks

15-Dec-2020 In recent years, hydrogen (H2) has emerged as the best option for clean energy in our pursuit of an alternative fuel for mitigating environmental problems such as global warming. Hailed as "batteries of the future," H2 fuel cells are touted as the fuel for the future generation. While this ... more

BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

14-Dec-2020 ZEISS and BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY (BOSELLO) announce that the Italian supplier of solutions for industrial X-ray systems, is now fully part of the ZEISS Group and will operate under the name Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl. In 2018, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in BOSELLO to strengthen ... more

New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

Light-activated sensor delivers precision results at room temperature: For medical applications and hydrogen economy

07-Dec-2020 Inspired by the surface of butterfly wings, researchers have developed a light-activated hydrogen sensor that produces ultra-precise results at room temperature. The technology can detect hydrogen leaks well before they pose safety risks and can measure tiny amounts of the gas on people's b ... more

Keep safe and cool in the pool

Novel chip sensor quickly and continuously does all the work of a chemistry laboratory

03-Aug-2020 A new microchip that enables continuous monitoring of pH and chlorine levels in swimming pools will vastly improve water safety and hygiene for more than 2.7 million Australians as new research shows it can deliver consistent and accurate pool chemistry for reliable pool management. Develop ... more

Major extension of Metrohm International Headquarters

Metrohm makes long-term commitment to customers and employees

20-Jul-2020 In 2018, Metrohm AG celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. Only two years later, in the middle of the current global pandemic, Metrohm makes a long-term commitment to its global customers and employees announcing a major extension of the premises of Metrohm International Headquarters in ... more

Merck acquires a French company

Merck Advances Bioprocessing Capabilities with Raman Technology Sensor Acquisition

02-Jul-2020 Merck enhanced its advanced bioprocess portfolio through the acquisition of RESOLUTION Spectra Systems, a Meylan, France-based leader in bioprocess analytical monitoring. The company offers Raman spectroscopy analysis through its GMP-ready instrumentation and software. Financial details of ... more

A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

UMass Amherst team introduces high-performing 'green' electronic sensor

15-May-2020 Writing in the journal NanoResearch, a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports that they have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geob ... more

Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds

Ultra-fast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects

06-Mar-2020 Automatic image recognition is widely used today: There are computer programs that can reliably diagnose skin cancer, navigate self-driving cars, or control robots. Up to now, all this has been based on the evaluation of image data as delivered by normal cameras - and that is time-consuming ... more

Use of low-energy electrons for innovative biotechnology processes

21-Feb-2020 The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has been utilizing electron-beam technology for decades in the development of cleaning, sterilization, and surface-modification processes and systems. Fraunhofer researchers from the Medical and Biotec ... more

Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row for ZEISS

Revenue increases by 11 percent to 6.4 billion euros

13-Dec-2019 The ZEISS Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11 percent, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects ... more

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Use of low-energy electrons for innovative biotechnology processes

21-Feb-2020 The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has been utilizing electron-beam technology for decades in the development of cleaning, sterilization, and surface-modification processes and systems. Fraunhofer researchers from the Medical and Biotec ... more

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Cross-species cancer comparison uncovers new drug targets

Drug targets for a form of melanoma from genetic mutations found in humans, dogs and horses

13-Feb-2019 New drug targets for a rare form of melanoma may result from the discovery of similar genetic mutations found in humans, dogs and horses under a first-ever tri-species DNA sequencing study involving a University of Guelph researcher. Melanoma is a cancer that most commonly occurs in the ski ... more

New 'chemical noses' to rid the environment of industrial pollutants

11-Feb-2019 Scientists from five European countries have joined forces to develop next-generation 'chemical noses' to remove industrial pollutants from the environment. The European Commission allocated 2.9 million euros to finance the Horizon2020 FET-OPEN project INITIO that will bring together resear ... more

Broadband achromatic metalens focuses light regardless of polarization

New design doubles the efficiency of the metalens

23-Jan-2019 We live in a polarized world. No, we aren't talking about politics -- we're talking about light. Much of the light we see and use is partially polarized, meaning its electric field vibrates in specific directions. Lenses designed to work across a range of applications, from phone cameras to ... more

Classic double-slit experiment in a new light

New X-ray spectroscopy method based on the classical double-slit experiment

22-Jan-2019 An international research team led by physicists from Collaborative Research Centre 1238, 'Control and Dynamics of Quantum Materials' at the University of Cologne has implemented a new variant of the basic double-slit experiment using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the European Sync ... more

New light shed on intensely studied material

21-Jan-2019 The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world's most intensely studied materials. Despite this, researchers at Linköping University have now demonstrated that the material functions in a completely different manner than previously believed. The result has huge significance in many ... more

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

Technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew

09-Jan-2019 High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed conti ... more

PerkinElmer appoints President & Chief Operating Officer

12-Dec-2018 PerkinElmer announced that its board of directors has named Prahlad Singh president and chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2019. In his expanded position, Dr. Singh will have responsibility for both the Discovery and Analytical Solutions (DAS) and Diagnostics operating divisions ... more

Using graphene to detect ALS, other neurodegenerative diseases

06-Dec-2018 The wonders of graphene are numerous -- it can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles and revolutionize batteries. Now, the "supermaterial" may one day be used to test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS -- a progressi ... more

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    BOSELLO now fully part of the ZEISS Group

    BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY becomes Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl

    14-Dec-2020 ZEISS and BOSELLO HIGH TECHNOLOGY (BOSELLO) announce that the Italian supplier of solutions for industrial X-ray systems, is now fully part of the ZEISS Group and will operate under the name Carl Zeiss X-ray Technologies Srl. In 2018, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in BOSELLO to strengthen ... more

    ZEISS Invests by Acquiring Majority Stake in arivis AG

    ZEISS further expands its imaging technology capabilities for research microscopy with 3D and big image data software expertise

    08-Dec-2020 ZEISS is expanding its imaging technology capabilities with 3D and big image data software by acquiring a majority stake in the imaging business of arivis. With this investment, ZEISS is further strengthening its software competencies and market position in 3D image visualization, image pro ... more

    analytica China 2020 concludes successfully

    More than 1,000 new products point to future trends

    24-Nov-2020 analytica China 2020 came to a successful conclusion on November 18, 2020 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show brought together 1,009 exhibitors (2018: 950) and 112 represented companies and partners. 23,652 professional visitors attended. With six exhibition halls, eight ... more

  • Career

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

    Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

    The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

    06-Apr-2018 As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, anal ... more

    Tracking Down Genetic Influences on Brain Disorders

    28-Nov-2017 New findings will help to identify the genetic causes of brain disorders: researchers at the Universities of Basel, Bonn and Cologne have presented a systematic catalog of specific variable locations in the genome that influence gene activity in the human hippocampus. Individual differences ... more

  • Cooperation

    Waters Collaborates with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to Advance Precision Analysis of Complex Chemical Compounds

    10-Dec-2020 Waters Corporation has formally expanded its long-standing, collaborative relationship with Dr. Sunghwan Kim of Kyungpook National University to further explore the use of Waters’ cutting-edge ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) in the investigation of compounds in complex mixtures. Identifying ... more

    Merck Collaborates with Mammoth Biosciences to Scale New SARS-CoV-2 Test

    Once approved, new test will help laboratories increase testing capacity and decrease turnaround time for results

    02-Nov-2020 Merck announced a collaboration with Mammoth Biosciences Inc., of South San Francisco, California, USA, for the development, scale-up and commercial production of Mammoth’s CRISPR-based SARS CoV-2 diagnostic test. Mammoth’s high-throughput systems will be compatible with both nasal swab and ... more

    InnoME and Etaluma Announce Imaging Strategic Partnership

    Very simple time lapse experiments in 24 and 6-well microplates as well as flasks and dishes

    14-Jul-2020 InnoME, Gmbh and Etaluma, Inc. announced a partnership to bring entry level incubator cell imaging to the Americas.  Etaluma will exclusively offer InnoME’s zenCell technology as the “lumanette”. The lumanette provides 24 individual 10x imagers for very simple time lapse experiments in 24 a ... more

  • Finances

    Leverage the huge potential that lies dormant in the vast amounts of lab data generated daily

    Laboratory SaaS provider Labforward closes Series-B

    12-Jan-2021 Labforward has closed a new financing round. The laboratory equipment manufacturers Tecan and 2mag as well as existing investor Peppermint Venture Partners are investing more than € 5 million in the laboratory software company with headquarters in Berlin. Laboratories face the challenge of ... more

    Resolve Biosciences Launches New Era in Single-Cell Spatial Analysis

    Start-up announces $24 million Series A financing and appoints Jason T. Gammack as CEO

    18-Dec-2020 Resolve Biosciences, the pioneer in Molecular Cartography™, announced the completion of a $24 million Series A financing round and the appointment of Co-founder Jason T. Gammack as Chief Executive Officer. The company’s Molecular Cartography platform is a groundbreaking multi-analyte and hi ... more

    Deep learning for faster, more accurate and safer MRI analysis

    International pool invests ~ 2 Mio € in medicine start-up mediaire

    17-Dec-2020 HTGF, primeCROWD and LIFTT are part of an international round for the development of “Deep learning diagnostic” which allows faster, more accurate and safer MRI analysis. Expansion into European markets will start in 2021 accompanied by a significant expansion of product portfolio  mediaire ... more

  • Laws

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    Carl Zeiss Meditec AG wins patent infringement action on trifocal intraocular lens

    29-Mar-2017 The patent protects a special aphakic intraocular lens (IOL), with which light can be focused on three focal points (near, intermediate and distance vision). The patented trifocal lens reduces the impact of pupil shrinkage and lens eccentricity. VSY Biotechnology BV and its exclusive suppli ... more

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

    29-Nov-2016 The causes of accidents can be diverse, whether it is an explosion in a chemical plant or a fire on a dangerous goods freighter. Prevention starts in the laboratory where chemicals are tested for their hazardous properties. Safety experts, haulage contractors or traders must be able to rely ... more

  • Manufacturing

    WITec Begins Expansion of its Headquarters Facility

    Increased capacity required to meet growing demand for Raman imaging microscopes

    12-Jun-2020 WITec GmbH is expanding its headquarters building in Ulm. The new addition will offer more space for production and quality assurance, laboratories for development and customer demonstrations or sample measurements, larger conference rooms and greater logistical capability. When complete, t ... more

    QIAGEN dramatically ramping up global production capacity for RNA extraction kits for use in detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

    18-Mar-2020 QIAGEN announced plans to dramatically ramp up global production capacity of RNA extraction kits that are used as part of workflows around the world to detect nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. QIAGEN has historically allocated global production capaci ... more

    Eppendorf significantly expands production site in Oldenburg

    27-Sep-2019 The Eppendorf Group is boosting its production capacity at its site in Oldenburg in Holstein by building two new production halls. Operations at the two sites will begin in the second half of 2020, significantly increasing the overall capacity of Eppendorf Polymere GmbH, a wholly owned subs ... more

  • Market

    M&A in chemicals and life sciences slowed down by global lockdowns

    Race for COVID-19 vaccine

    13-Jul-2020 In the first half of this year, the transaction volume of mergers and acquisitions in the chemical and life sciences industries has decreased dramatically. The volume of deals announced in the first six months is only $84 billion. Compared to the previous year (389 billion dollars), this is ... more

    SOPAT GmbH and Malvern Panalytical announce a distribution agreement for US market

    09-Oct-2018 SOPAT GmbH announced a distribution agreement with Malvern Panalytical. Malvern Panalytical is now the exclusive distributor for a complete range of SOPAT photo-optical image analysis instrumentation and software in the United States of America. “We are thrilled to be working together with ... more

    Clariant enhances capabilities at Clinton, Oklahoma

    Inaugural event sees opening of state-of-the art laboratory to support customer growth

    28-Jun-2018 Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be hosting a Grand Opening Event for their new facilities based in Clinton, Oklahoma, today. The site, for which Clariant has made a significant investment, is a strategic location to support the growing oil and gas industry within the M ... more

  • People

    Waters Corporation Names Udit Batra President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell

    17-Jul-2020 Waters Corporation announced that Udit Batra, Ph.D. has been named the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2020. He will also join Waters’ Board of Directors at that time. Dr. Batra succeeds Christopher O’Connell who will remain in his current roles as Pr ... more

    FRITSCH Change of Generations

    20-Mar-2020 After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bit farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, economic growth and success. In 1920 the medium-sized family business was fund in Idar-Oberstein as a technical preciou ... more

    Applied Photophysics board appoints Tim Flanagan as CEO

    04-Feb-2020 Applied Photophysics Limited has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tim Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Additionally, Marc Neglia has been appointed President of Applied Photophysics Inc. to lead operations in ... more

  • Politics

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    06-Sep-2016 The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

    The REACH regulation as an effective way of regulating nanomaterials

    A new concept is to ensure safety in the supply chain and life cycle of nanomaterials

    07-Feb-2013 There is currently a need for better  identification and assessment of potential hazards arising from nanomaterials for humans and their environment in the future. With this aim, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) ... more

  • Products

    New and highly efficient method for SARS-CoV-2 mutation analysis

    Mutations can be assigned directly without any intermediate mathematical steps

    18-Jan-2021 The rapid spread of the newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus variant B.1.1.7 in Great Britain and other countries shows, changes in the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can lead to new biological properties.  Most of the approximately 12,000 mutations in the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that hav ... more

    Mini-laboratory delivers results in about 40 minutes at the point of care

    Startup completes EU market approval for PCR rapid COVID-19 test

    18-Nov-2020 Spindiag GmbH, a fast-growing medical technology startup that developed a point-of-care testing system to detect bacterial and viral pathogens, announced that it has successfully completed the market entry assessment of its PCR rapid SARS-CoV-2 test. Spindiag’s Rhonda is now rolled out in p ... more

    Precise diagnostics with artificial intelligence

    BIH Digital Health Accelerator guides Aignostics GmbH through its spin-off

    27-Apr-2020 The usual way to determine if a suspicious lump is cancerous involves microscopic examination in a pathology laboratory. To ease the workload of pathologists who face a rising number of cancer cases and increasingly finer molecular details and to enable tailored treatments, scientists at th ... more

  • Research

    Nanodiamonds feel the heat

    Nanodiamond sensor can act as both heat sources and thermometers, and may lead to a new set of heat-based treatments for killing bacteria or cancer cells

    19-Jan-2021 A team of scientists from Osaka University, The University of Queensland, and the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering used tiny nanodiamonds coated with a heat-releasing polymer to probe the thermal properties of cells. When irradiated with light from a laser, the sens ... more

    Why do metal oxide surfaces behave differently?

    New research method answers important questions

    15-Jan-2021 Metal surfaces play a role as catalysts for many important applications - from fuel cells to the purification of car exhaust gases. However, their behaviour is decisively affected by oxygen atoms incorporated into the surface. This phenomenon has been known for a long time, but until now it ... more

    How does your computer smell?

    Researchers create a highly sensitive biohybrid olfactory sensor

    15-Jan-2021 A keen sense of smell is a powerful ability shared by many organisms. However, it has proven difficult to replicate by artificial means. Researchers combined biological and engineered elements to create what is known as a biohybrid component. Their volatile organic compound sensor can effec ... more

  • Technology

    Growth factors in single cells counted for the first time

    26-Feb-2019 Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For example, growth factors tell the cells to divide, move, and when to die--a process known as apoptosis. When growth factor ... more

    Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

    Invention adds new dimension to fluorescent microscopy

    20-Feb-2019 Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researcher ... more

    Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

    18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

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