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.

Chemical production

A Fantastic Shortcut

No diversions: Researchers from Evonik and the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis have succeeded in converting butadiene directly to adipic acid.

The energy transition

Hydrogen fuels hope

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

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.

Water electrolysis

The membrane is the key

AEM electrolysis is expected to produce large amounts of green hydrogen. A new membrane will make it possible.

Senada Schaack

Additive manufacturing

The printed plant

Good for the environment and for cost-efficiency: Evonik is using plant components created by 3D printers to construct its own facilities.

3d-printer prints miniature-cars

Additive manufacturing

3D printing now in series production

How Evonik is shaping the growing market for 3D printing and promoting the development of future-oriented technologies.

marbles roll into a glass

Chemical production

The Direct Route

Evonik plans to use a new method to make the production of propylene glycol more sustainable.

Batteries

Stored Power

Researchers are working on innovative energy storage systems—and discovering new potential in established technologies.

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?

Heat-Insyde's thermal energy storage system

The energy transition

Salt solar heat store

How researchers from Eindhoven intend to use potash to revolutionize heat storage systems for buildings.

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.

Chicken egg in front of camera

Animal nutrition

A Close Look

How the use of big data and biotech in poultry farming improves animal welfare—and reduces the use of resources.

Cosmetics

Tomorrow’s Beauty Care: The cosmetics market

Only the best for the beauty sector: How to make discriminating customers happy.

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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