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Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Many of the synthetics that we rely on today were developed because the popular, natural products they were created to mimic and replace became too expensive. Further, in addition to cost, the synthetics offered unique properties and durability that the natural products lacked. (more…)

The Small Steps of Innovation

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


We often think of innovation as huge, disruptive and significant shifts in products or processes. We latch on to the idea that real innovation takes a spark of genius and a re-imagination of the way we see the world. While I’d agree that sometimes that perception is true, more often than not, innovative happens in small steps. (more…)

Prepare Yourself for PSM Modernization

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Those of us who are sensitive to developments in the chemical and downstream oil & gas processing industries are well-aware that serious changes are underway. (more…)

Molecule to Market in Less Time

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Time in the lab can be costly, so any method that helps researchers uncover solutions rapidly can be very valuable. A contract research organization (CRO) had a project for its chemists that required them to develop a series of molecules that could be used to do coupling reactions with ring systems – and the company’s business director hoped (more…)

Looking Closer: New Nanostructure Fabric Mops Ocean Oil Spills

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

April 20th marked the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 crew members onboard the offshore drilling rig and caused the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. (more…)

Ancient Ales and Chemicals Innovation: Finding Opportunity Among Regulation

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Think back to the last time you cooled off with a beer on a warm day, or toasted family and friends during the holidays. Aside from noticing the occasional wheat stalk or conspicuous orange slice on the bottle label, were you ever curious about the ingredients used to brew and formulate your beverage?  (more…)

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This blog is a forum for a critical exchange of ideas on issues, trends and opportunities related to innovation and R&D in chemicals and new materials and applications, offering helpful perspectives in environmental health and safety, risk management, new product development and operational efficiency. This blog serves the chemicals and materials community specifically, heads of R&D, heads of Manufacturing and Engineering, and chemists and engineers involved in chemical and materials R&D from ideation to manufacturing and production at scale.

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