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Imminent Challenges Threatening The Supply Of Lithium Ion Batteries

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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With their high energy density and excellent longevity, lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are the obvious choice for engineers, powering everything from children’s toys to the most innovative electric vehicles. Continue reading “Imminent Challenges Threatening The Supply Of Lithium Ion Batteries” »

3D Printing Bacteria to Create Living Material

Posted on December 6th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Researchers and engineers at ETH ZĂĽrich and University College Dublin create “Flink” a functional living ink getting one step closer to creating the living tissue over the metal endoskeleton necessary for the T-800 Model 101 Terminator. Continue reading “3D Printing Bacteria to Create Living Material” »

Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 11 – Project Justification

Posted on December 4th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Previous posts systematically described the process and modifications necessary to substitute compressed air in place of steam to atomize liquid wastes in a hazardous waste incinerator. Subsequent posts quantified the economic ramifications of these changes. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 11 – Project Justification” »

Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017

Posted on December 1st, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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Margin data supplied by Shell to investment analysts show why petrochemical producers continue to ride high. In the third quarter, most other petrochemical sector players joined the energy major in reporting still healthy cracker margins. Continue reading “Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017” »

3D Printing Offers Advantages to Companies and Consumers

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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It looks like manufacturing is coming back to the United States, but not in the way you might think. Although it felt like a futuristic novelty only a few years ago, 3D printing has exploded as a viable way to make products in all shapes, sizes and materials. Continue reading “3D Printing Offers Advantages to Companies and Consumers” »

Membrane Offers Promise for Greening Planet and Wallets

Posted on November 29th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new system potentially offering electrical power plants a way to simultaneously green their emission while delivering an additional revenue stream. Continue reading “Membrane Offers Promise for Greening Planet and Wallets” »

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