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Reverse Osmosis – Unglamorous but Vital to Water Purification!

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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Admittedly basic chemical processes are not among the most glamorous topics of discussion. To most these processes have been around for a long time and are considered roads much traveled. Continue reading “Reverse Osmosis – Unglamorous but Vital to Water Purification!” »

Mfg 4.0: Innovation or Bottleneck?

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


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Just because the technology exists for my toaster to query my breadbox concerning the freshness, supply, and type of bread on hand before I get out of bed in the morning, should it? Continue reading “Mfg 4.0: Innovation or Bottleneck?” »

On Motivation: Autonomy In The Workplace

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


We’ve looked before at the impact our motivation (or lack of) can have on our work or that of the people around us. Last time I talked a little about some of the different things that can motivate people, and in particular the effectiveness of intrinsic motivators rather than extrinsic motivators (things like autonomy and purpose rather than money or extra vacation time). Continue reading “On Motivation: Autonomy In The Workplace” »

Panama Canal Expansion has Ripple Effect for Global Chemical Trade

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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The impact of the recent Panama Canal expansion project, which more than doubled the Canal’s shipping capacity, has rippled across the Latin America region.  The growth in American oil and gas and derivatives exports is straining the region’s trade capacity, Continue reading “Panama Canal Expansion has Ripple Effect for Global Chemical Trade” »

Alpha Innovator of the Year Awards

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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In the past 20 to 30 years, there has been an increasing trend of chemical companies becoming more and more guarded about putting their researchers in the spotlight. This is largely due to commercial and IP concerns. Continue reading “Alpha Innovator of the Year Awards” »

Cracking Open the Coconut Without Spoiling the Prize

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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A hammer is a good tool for cracking a coconut. When used properly it unveils the “milk” and “meat” of the coconut without unwelcomed pieces of the woody shell and its fiber.  Continue reading “Cracking Open the Coconut Without Spoiling the Prize” »

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