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ICIS Innovation Awards – blog post of Elsevier R&D Solutions

Posted on October 20th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

Innovation_Siluria_pilot plant

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes in the chemical industry, as today’s winners of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2016 clearly show. The overall winner, US-based Compact Membrane Systems is a small start-up but one with a big idea – a cheaper and more energy efficient way of separating lower olefins for paraffins. Continue reading “ICIS Innovation Awards – blog post of Elsevier R&D Solutions” »

Inside the iPhone 7 Plus

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


By Sam Lionheart [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA], via ifxit

Revolutionary, evolutionary, or just … “meh”? The only way to know for sure is to look under the covers of the iPhone 7 Plus. Continue reading “Inside the iPhone 7 Plus” »

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – chemicals and materials now on fire!

Posted on October 18th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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Burnt Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Source:

In October 2016 the auto-ignition and explosion of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones came to a head.  The Korean company walked away from the Note 7 at the cost of billions of dollars, but well worth preservation of the long-term reputation of Samsung Corp.  Here is a brief recount of the story. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – chemicals and materials now on fire!” »

Getting to Chemistry Breakthroughs Faster

Posted on October 17th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


What matters the most to scientific researchers? While there may be many answers to that question, one that stands out is the ability to better humanity through scientific discovery. Continue reading “Getting to Chemistry Breakthroughs Faster” »

Deepwater Horizon: Normalization of Deviance

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

deep water horizon

“Hope is not a strategy” – Mike Williams, as portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon.

I just saw Deepwater Horizon with my wife. Before going, I stumbled across a movie review that called it a “poor man’s Towering Inferno.” I’m not sure what I was expecting from the movie, but I didn’t expect to be in tears at the end. Continue reading “Deepwater Horizon: Normalization of Deviance” »

How can you improve your chemistry search?

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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Fast and fun chemistry search for all

Last week the ChemSearch Challenge opened for registration. Now running for a second year, the Challenge connects chemists across the world Continue reading “How can you improve your chemistry search?” »

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This blog is a forum for a critical exchange of ideas on issues, trends and opportunities related to innovation and R&D in chemicals and new materials and applications, offering helpful perspectives in environmental health and safety, risk management, new product development and operational efficiency. This blog serves the chemicals and materials community specifically, heads of R&D, heads of Manufacturing and Engineering, and chemists and engineers involved in chemical and materials R&D from ideation to manufacturing and production at scale.

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