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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” »

Lights, Camera, 3D Print

Posted on September 21st, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


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Additive manufacturing not only enables production of part geometries and configurations previously unattainable using traditional manufacturing techniques, but also those not of this world. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, 3D Print” »

Party On!

Posted on September 20th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“You must not discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness.” –29 CFR 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) Continue reading “Party On!” »

What Motivates Us

Posted on September 19th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Motivation plays a huge part in determining how well someone will perform. Whether it’s an athlete, a musician or an innovator, their motivation will directly affect how well they do their job. Continue reading “What Motivates Us” »

Can You Save Money Safely?

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


A definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster provides important insight into the disparity between process safety and saving money. Ask the average person what caused the Bhopal disaster and he or she will likely tell you that it all came down to economics. Continue reading “Can You Save Money Safely?” »

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