12/04/2019A research team from the University of Greifswald and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of an important enzyme (MHETase) at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and, together with a second enzyme – PETase –, is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks.
28/03/2019Fritz Klatte, one of the pioneers of plastics chemistry, was Born on 28. March 1880. The patents he obtained in 1912 and 1913 formed the basis for the first thermoplastic polymers, particularly polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Klatte did not live to experience their global success – his death at the age of 53 meant that others enjoyed the benefits of his research and that his reputation faded at times.
24/03/2018If it did not exist already, it would need to be invented – the windscreen wiper. When cars still had to manage without windscreen wipers, frustrated drivers all over the world racked their brains trying to come up with a way to make it easier to see the road ahead in rainy weather and when the windscreen was dirty. So plenty of different people can claim to have invented the windscreen wiper. ...
23/03/2019Hermann Staudinger, "Pioneer of Polymer Research" and "Founder of Polymer Chemistry", was a quarrelsome man from a scientific as well as a political point of view. On March 23, 1881, 138 years ago, the chemist and Nobel Prize winner was born in Worms/Germany.
17/03/2018173 years ago, on 17. March 1845, the London industrialist Stephen Perry was granted the patent for the production of elastic bands from vulcanised natural rubber. Since then, he has been considered the inventor of the rubber band, although he benefitted from the work done previously by one of his compatriots. The English-speaking world still continues to dominate the headlines where rubber ...
12/03/2019On March 12, 1933, scientists at British Imperial Chemical Industries succeeded in producing polyethylene for the first time, one of the most versatile thermoplastic polymers.
13/03/2018On March 19 and 20, 2019 producers, users, experts from government agencies and independent experts meet for the “21th Conference on Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials“ at the University of Kassel Institute for Material Technology.
16/02/2019On February 16, 1937, the US chemical company Du Pont applied for a patent on the synthetic fiber "nylon". Nylon was the first fully synthetic fiber to lay the groundwork for exploring more synthetics, offering the textile industry completely new possibilities in product design.
15/02/2019On 15.2.1936, IG Farben presented the first car tyre made from synthetic rubber (styrene butadiene rubber / SBR) to the public. In doing this, the company demonstrated in practice that natural rubber is not needed to produce car tyres. What was designed to be part of an emergency plan conceived by the Nazi regime in case there was a ´...
11/02/2019If there is a plastic that has the ability to fuel emotions, then it is polyvinyl chloride, better known by its abbreviation PVC. Although the German chemist Fritz Klatte (1880-1934) was not the person who discovered PVC, he did play what was an economically significant role in that he laid the foundations for the industrial production of the third most important plastic in the world today.