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The Economics of Recycling

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Last time we briefly looked at the European Commission’s (EC) recently published roadmap for its Strategy on Plastics under the Circular Economy Initiative. One of the key problems the EC is looking to tackle is the low rate of recycling and reuse of plastics. Continue reading “The Economics of Recycling” »

Synthetic Rubber Producers Under Pressure As Butadiene Prices Climb

Posted on February 16th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The recent rapid and, since August, relentless increase in butadiene prices in Asia is forcing some consumers to think about cutbacks. Continue reading “Synthetic Rubber Producers Under Pressure As Butadiene Prices Climb” »

Nurture, Nature, or Just Chemicals?

Posted on February 15th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

brain synapse

By Allan Ajifo [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Is there more to the old adage ‘there is no greater bond than between a mother and her child’ than merely conventional wisdom? Seems science has a thing or two to say on the matter. Continue reading “Nurture, Nature, or Just Chemicals?” »

Solid State Battery Technology

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Batteries have been in more headlines that many would have liked over the last twelve months. Samsung in particular have had a difficult time. But while recent events have focused attention on some of the shortcomings of current batteries, they’ve also got many of us looking to the future of battery technology. Continue reading “Solid State Battery Technology” »

Vaccine Purification – A Look Back at Multicomponent Shaped Fibers

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Winged fibers

Winged Fibers (Courtesy: Allasso Industries, Rayleigh NC)

With complex processes requiring specialized equipment and the need to increase yields and lower the cost, there has been a strong drive in industry to find a solution. Replacement of resin with a low-cost thermoplastic fiber in a Chromatography-based purification process can be one such area.  Continue reading “Vaccine Purification – A Look Back at Multicomponent Shaped Fibers” »

Is today’s non-stick cookware safe?

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


Nonstick coatings have been used on cookware for over 50 years. It’s amazing that its safety continues to be debated. Continue reading “Is today’s non-stick cookware safe?” »

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