Research & Innovation

The researchers at Evonik are looking for innovative solutions as well as innovative ideas. That’s why they spend every day searching for potential products and new directions for development. We report on the latest research activities in chemistry and related disciplines.

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The recycling economy

Tire test

Vestenamer plays a key role in the manufacture of asphalt from old tires. Now it’s possible to verify the additive’s life cycle assessment with data.

Catalysis

Enter Macbeth

To date, catalytic membrane reactors have shown what they can do only in laboratories. Researchers in Marl are working to change that in the future.

Plastic

Turning emissions into raw materials

Evonik researchers are working to use emissions of the steel industry for the production of plastic.

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Recycling

Long live plastic

Evonik researchers are working to develop a process for chemical recycling that will make it possible to recycle PET plastic waste.

Medical history

200 years of vaccination

Vaccination saves lives. A look back at over 200 years of successful struggle against viruses, bacteria, and deadly diseases.

Recycling

The plastic cycle

On the path to achieving a true circular economy: Evonik is working on innovative processes in order to reduce plastic waste.

Collagen production

A versatile helper

A biotechnological breakthrough: A new type of platform makes it possible to manufacture different collagens by means of fermentation.

Vaccination

Reliable Transport

Special protection vehicle: Lipid nanoparticles envelop mRNA vaccines and enable their passage through the cell membrane.

The energy transition

Hydrogen fuels hope

Hydrogen has the potential to fundamentally change the economy. What challenges are the researchers up against?

Tablets

Robust and fast-dissolving

ODTs are practical, but they crumble easily. The auxiliary material RXCIPIENTS improves their properties.

Hydrogen

Extremely useful

From power storage to aviation: Where hydrogen could play a major role in the future—and where it’s already being used today.

Fresh chili vacuum packed

Additives

Good inside and out

A lot of food is thrown away or lost. Coatings and additives in plastic packaging are helping to reduce food waste.

Beetroot in a mincer

Nutrition

A Plentiful and Sustainable Diet

Nearly ten billion people will be living on the planet in 2050—but what will all these people eat?

Soy sauce in a fishing net

Omega-3 fatty acids

Small Algae, Big Effect

Many people do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids. What can help? Microalgae from the ocean.

The energy transition

An overview of energy storage systems

The illustration shows the main high-performance storage technologies—and what they can do.

Hand in protective glove disinfects surface with a cloth

Chemical production

Disinfection – what does it mean?

Disinfection puts dead or living material in a state where it can no longer infect. What does this mean in practice?

Cosmetics

Unadorned Facts

Facts and figures about the global beauty business, which continues to grow.

Cosmetics

Green Force

A French researcher puts plants under stress to develop active ingredients for cosmetics.

Knowledge Storage

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