Brain Drops

The water cycle shapes all life on earth. But this precious resource is threatened by human activity and climate change. Smart water management and technological solutions can bring about a positive transformation.

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Wastewater treatment

Peracetic acid for clean water

How the city of Memphis purifies its wastewater using environmentally friendly peracetic acid instead of chlorine.

Water cycle

How can we protect water?

Hydrologist Johannes Cullmann on water consumption, climate change, and better water management.

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.

A good question

Curing diseases with clothing

Dr. Aldo Faisal uses smart clothing and AI to be able to better monitor and diagnose neurological conditions.


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.

Brain Drops

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