Getting to Work

The path to a fossil-free future: In order to be able to produce more sustainably, the chemical industry must put its raw material base and energy sources on a sustainable foundation.

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Planning and prioritization for climate neutrality

Chemistry professor Ferdi Schüth on reaching the climate targets and the role of the chemical industry.


Are phages the new antibiotics?

An old method rediscovered: Pages are viruses that kill bacteria—and work where antibiotics don’t.

In my element

“We are closing regional cycles”

Phosphorus is an important raw material that can be recovered from sewage sludge. Tim Bunthoff knows how this is done.

In my element

“When you're free-diving, your strength comes from serenity”

The apnea diver Herbert Nitsch talks about the pitfalls created underwater by the element oxygen.

The Microbe of the Year 2023

The diversity of Bacillus subtilis

From self-repairing concrete to the reduced use of antibiotics: A tiny bacterium with a big impact.


Perspectives in overview

Research for a better future: Our Perspectives illuminates pioneering ideas and innovations from around the world.

All focal areas

An overview of the dossiers

Reports, interviews, and graphics: Our dossiers bring together everything worth knowing about the main themes of ELEMENTS.

From the sections
Research and Innovation
Science that fascinates—we report on the latest research and innovations in chemistry and related disciplines.
Markets and Regions
Evonik operates in 100 countries all over the globe. In this section we show how the future is being invented in these locations—and why it’s happening there.
People and Visions
Innovations don’t emerge from a vacuum. They are born inside our heads. A report about people who promote their visions with passion.
Opinion and Debate
Progress becomes possible when we criticize the world as it is. That’s why we offer this space for exciting debates—and controversial positions.

Getting to Work

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