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Economics, Safety and Green Chemistry

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


“Going green” is a laudable goal in industry. Looking at the impact of the human industrial activity on the environment, it’s clear that companies must become more conscious of their footprint and take steps towards sustainability. Continue reading “Economics, Safety and Green Chemistry” »

Initial Analyses Point to Significant Value Growth for DowDuPont

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

dowdupont logo

For the time being DowDuPont is a “diversified chemical giant”, an “industry behemoth”. But the merger of the two most iconic names in the US chemical industry has been designed to create three leaner and more focused enterprises. Continue reading “Initial Analyses Point to Significant Value Growth for DowDuPont” »

SpaceX’s Explosive Road to Reuse

Posted on September 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage

Image (crop from original) by SpaceX [Content on YouTube] via YouTube

Despite engineers at SpaceX having many innovation firsts to share, the millions of viewers of their latest video proves sharing what not to do can be as just valuable and entertaining. Continue reading “SpaceX’s Explosive Road to Reuse” »

ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

ICIS Top 100

Preparing a list of the leading chemical companies by sales always highlights some trends worthy of note. Perhaps this year, the annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies listing emphasizes the struggle for growth and the ways in which companies have used mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to achieve their goals, the pressure on organic growth being widely apparent globally. Continue reading “ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth” »

Taking Stock: Drones help Inventory Management and More

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


Source: SupplyChain 247, Walmart Testing Warehouse Drones to Catalog and Manage Inventory,, June 3, 2016

By now most have heard about companies like Amazon and Walmart planning to deliver packages using drones.  Just imagine hundreds of bird-like machines buzzing while carrying packages to you and to your neighbors. Continue reading “Taking Stock: Drones help Inventory Management and More” »

Fast-tracking a bio-based product while saving research costs

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


An R&D team needed to create a new bio-based monomer with specific properties (molecular weight, viscosity, and color) and with purity of 99.99%. However, as the first in the world to work on this type of project, they were working in uncharted territory. Continue reading “Fast-tracking a bio-based product while saving research costs” »

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