“As one of the leading company for specialty chemicals in personal care, Clariant continues to invest and support the latest trends in the sector. Mild surfactants are a growing sector driven by consumers seeking new mildness claims, invaluable in helping formulators to answer needs for mild cleansing hygiene, sensitive skin solutions, solid formats and more natural ingredients,” comments Christian Vang, Global Head of Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties.
“We are pleased to announce this long-term strategic investment. Together with our introduction in recent years of Glucamides sugar surfactant technology, it further positions Clariant as one of the innovative leaders for the future of mild surfactants, as they become increasingly popular among our personal care customers in their development of milder and healthier solutions,” adds Ralf Zerrer, Global Head of Strategic Marketing and Innovation Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties.
To be more energy efficient, many people have replaced their incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. However, those currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which has been linked to eye troubles and sleep disturbances. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed a prototype LED that reduces — instead of masks — the blue component, while also making colors appear just as they do in natural sunlight. Read More
Chocolate is a beloved treat, but sometimes the cocoa beans that go into bars and other sweets have unpleasant flavors or scents, making the final products taste bad. Surprisingly, only a few compounds associated with these stinky odors are known. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have identified the two compounds that cause musty, moldy scents in cocoa — work that can help chocolatiers ensure the quality of their products. Read More
Cologne, April 29, 2021 – Ultra-high-performance concretes (UHPCs) are reckoned to be the construction material of the future. When they are colored, however, you have to ensure that the prescribed compressive strength of more than 150 megapascals is still achieved. The iron oxide pigments from LANXESS’s Bayferrox brand are perfect for UHPCs, as has been verified by the association of German cement manufacturers (VDZ) based on an analysis of compressive strength conducted to DIN EN 12390-3. Read More