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Volume proxy turns negative amid oil slump, US fed rate hike

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Janet Yellen

After a buoyant start to the year, the global chemical market is due for a pause. The recent sharp decline in crude oil values has put a halt to the big run-up in many chemical and polymers prices. Continue reading “Volume proxy turns negative amid oil slump, US fed rate hike” »

Process Plant Layout Revisited

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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I have more than 25 years of experience as a chemical engineer working in process design, but I also served as an associate professor at the University of Nottingham, coordinating the design teaching program for chemical engineering students. Continue reading “Process Plant Layout Revisited” »

Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

space-based solar

By ExplainingTheFuture [Content on YouTube], via YouTube

As good stewards to our environment, we owe it to current and future generations to minimize our impact on the planet supporting all life. Has our choice of a terrestrial platform for solar power generation however, doomed us to inevitable failure of a nonviable approach? Continue reading “Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous” »

Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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The natural soda ash market in the US is seeking to maintain its competitiveness relative to the Chinese synthetic soda ash industry, the main global competitor for US soda ash. Downstream, about 50% of soda ash goes into glass-making production, which is utilised in the automotive industry and building trades in the US and exported globally. Continue reading “Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness” »

Materials in Medicine: Hemodialysis and Prosthetic Vascular Grafts

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Depiction of an ePTFE Arteriovenous Fistula Graft in a Human Arm (left); and Needle inserted in a Graft (right) (Source: W. L. Gore & Associates, www.goremedical.com)

Human kidneys are very important because they keep the composition, or makeup, of the blood stable, which lets the body function normally Continue reading “Materials in Medicine: Hemodialysis and Prosthetic Vascular Grafts” »

Talking New Product Development with Paul Hodges

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Paul Hodges interview

Paul Hodges has been working in the chemical industry for over 30 years, and he has seen plenty of shifts during that time. In his current role as chairman of International eChem, he strategizes with businesses to help them navigate today’s volatile global markets. Continue reading “Talking New Product Development with Paul Hodges” »

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