German science and technology firm Merck has reported record results for 2015, with net sales rising by 13 per cent to €12.8 billion ($14bn) compared to € 11.4bn ($12.5bn) the previous year. The company puts this down to the acquisitions of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) and Sigma-Aldrich, as well as a favourable exchange rate.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE). The NUS says that the material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food such as bread.
The US state of California has placed a ban on care products that contain plastic microbeads, with the hope that it will prevent 38 tonnes worth of plastics pollution entering into its water every year.
Research project The Polymark Consortium has published its preliminary technical results outlining the development of food-contact approved chemical markers. The project is aiming to develop a new technology that will enable the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream.
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