Wesel/Widnes, November 2, 2017

Pickering workshop in London – powered by BYK

Wesel/Widnes, November 2, 2017 – BYK Additives & Instruments, one of the world’s leading suppliers of additives and measuring instruments, is key sponsor and co-organizer with the Royal Society of Chemistry of the one-day Commercialization of Pickering Emulsions workshop.

As a way to manufacture emulsifier-free emulsions, Pickering technology is especially interesting for the chemical industry, since they dispense without emulsifiers or surfactants and exhibit increased stability against external influences such as temperature changes or dilution.

One of the aims of the workshop, which will take place on November 23, 2017, is to improve the interface between universities and industry in order to evaluate the commercial potential and overcome the practical challenges of Pickering based technologies. From this industry driven workshop; a book of recommendations for achieving desired emulsion performance on an industrial scale will be compiled and published.
A side benefit of the event will be to provide a platform for young colloid scientists to mix with established chemical companies.

BYK will be sharing its knowledge of LAPONITE as a Pickering emulsifier. Dr. Neil Grant, a researcher at BYK‘s site in Widnes, will be presenting work on emulsion formulation with LAPONITE.

More information in terms of the workshop can be found here.


About BYK Additives & Instruments:

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments. Additives are chemical substances which, when used in small quantities, improve product properties such as scratch resistance or surface gloss. Manufacturing processes are also optimized by the addition of additives.

The coatings, inks, and plastics industries are among the main consumers of BYK additives. Yet with the production of oil and gas, the manufacture of care products, the production of adhesives and sealants, and construction chemistry, too, BYK additives improve the product characteristics and production processes. Testing and measuring instruments from BYK can effectively evaluate the quality of color, gloss, and appearance as well as the physical properties of paint, plastic, and paper products and are an important part of quality control.

As a globally operating specialty chemicals company, BYK has production sites in Wesel, Kempen, Moosburg, Schkopau and Geretsried (Germany), Deventer, Denekamp and Nijverdal (Netherlands), Widnes (UK), Wallingford, Chester, Gonzales, Louisville, Rochester Hills, Earth City (USA) and Tongling (China).

Today the company employs around 2,100 people worldwide and forms part of the ALTANA Group.