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China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

China's chemical industry

Covering the years 2016 to 2020, China’s new Five-Year Plan is a road map designed to guide national development, and it includes plans for the country’s chemical industry. Although proud of its success in this sector, China believes that to pursue its goal to be a great chemical power, Continue reading “China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation” »

World Climate Report Card for 2016 – more warming and more pollution

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

global climate change

A map of the February 2016 land-ocean temperature index (LOTI) anomaly shows that most of North America and Siberia were much warmer than the 1951-1980 base period. Much of the rest of Asia was also relatively warm*.

Reading fiction can be quite enjoyable.  Generations have been reading Jules Vern, H. G. Wells, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling and others.  Fiction contains elements that are not realistic such as talking animals, magical powers and fictitious laws or theories of science set in other worldly environments.  Continue reading “World Climate Report Card for 2016 – more warming and more pollution” »

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


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

soda ash (002)

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” »

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