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Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Thin films crop up all over the place in our daily lives. They appear as the antireflection coatings on our glasses, on CDs and DVDs, on magnetic tapes and in lasers. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. Continue reading “Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows” »

Back to Basics for R&D

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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The chemical industry is beginning to spend more on basic research again, in the search for step-out innovations. In part, this is being driven by a need to improve returns from innovation efforts, and in part it is being stimulated by the need for advanced materials in areas such as batteries, electric vehicles, 3D printing, space exploration and satellites, robotics, electronics, and the like. Continue reading “Back to Basics for R&D” »

Fast, Cheap, Molten Metal 3D Printing

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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If the logistics and cost hurdles of powdered metals has kept you in the evaluation phase of additive manufacturing technology, newly available liquid metal 3D printing could get you in the flow. Continue reading “Fast, Cheap, Molten Metal 3D Printing” »

Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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Capturing growth in petrochemicals has to also be about capturing value, whether you are a standalone player or a producer integrated back to the refinery or other source of feedstocks. Making money down the chain has never been assured and typically runs in cycles. Feedstock cost volatility and the fluctuation of supply and demand see to that. Continue reading “Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations” »

How Corrosion Impacts Operations and How to Mitigate the Effects

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Corrosion on the surface of a metal occurs at first as the result of an unwanted or unintended chemical reaction. The deterioration then continues from there, often with metal loss and cracks or crevices developing. Continue reading “How Corrosion Impacts Operations and How to Mitigate the Effects” »

2017 ICIS Innovation Awards – Meet the Winners

Posted on November 11th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Now in its 14th year, the International Chemical Information Service (ICIS) Innovation Awards seek to recognize companies and individuals that show high levels of innovation in products and processes, as well as those that are leading sustainability progress. The judges of the Innovation Awards have spoken, and the overall winners for 2017 awards have been announced.

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