Innovations

Perspectives in overview

The world of science is full of good ideas, inspirations, and innovations. Our Perspectives directs the gaze at pioneering research work being carried out around the world. Photo: Colin Anderson/stocksy.com

The world of science is full of good ideas, inspirations, and innovations. Our Perspectives directs the gaze at pioneering research work being carried out around the world. Photo: Colin Anderson/stocksy.com

Startup

Real or digital

The startup Element Analytics has developed a digital twin that represents real conditions in production plants.

Space travel

A lubricant for space

Researchers in Vienna have discovered that the dry lubricants called MXenes work reliably under extreme conditions – such as those in space.

Good question

Bacteria that eat plastic

Peter Deines from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research explains how bacterial strains recycle plastic in the ocean.

Recycling

Biofuel made of wood waste

Her work protects the climate and forests: Carolina Barcelos has developed a process for transforming biological waste into fuel.

Startup

High-precision digital printing

The Israeli startup Velox, in which Evonik has held shares since 2018, has developed an especially innovative printing process.

Good question

Bio-ethanol from apple residues

Doreen Kaiser explains the special potential held by press residues from apple juice production.

The circular economy

Transformation with light energy

Alexandra Tavasoli has developed a process that transforms carbon dioxide and organic waste into new chemicals.

High-performance fibers

A coating that sends a heat warning

Swiss researchers have developed a coating for high-performance fibers that turns white when subjected to heat.

Perspectives

Of precious liquids and distant planets

What role are chemical elements playing in the investigation of outer space? How can peptides be produced sustainably?

Perspectives

Of chicken eggs and Antarctic vegetables

A researcher is growing vegetables in the Antarctic, Europe is producing less waste, and 3D printing keeps on growing.

Perspectives

Of plant sensors and protective tattoos

Could tattoos help to protect against the sun? Will algorithms be able to predict the results of chemical reactions?

Modern Meadow, leather-like-material

Perspectives

On solar recycling and cooling with wood

Vegan imitation leather, CO2 storage units on truck roofs, and plastic recycling by means of sunlight: Innovations from research.

Perspectives

Of effervescent tablets and printed steaks

Is the 3D printer soon going to be serving steaks? Does blockchain make food safer? And which country is home to the most vegetarians?

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