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Reaction Engineering: Addressing Inefficiency in Chemistry

Posted on August 15th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Professor Alexei Lapkin of the University of Cambridge is an expert in reaction engineering. He leads one of a cluster of research groups in the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department, all focused on different aspects of the field. Continue reading “Reaction Engineering: Addressing Inefficiency in Chemistry” »

Clariant Targets Improved Chemical Catalysts

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


Clariant’s oxidation catalyst pilot reactor in Heufeld, Germany.

Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant is developing “optimized, improved versions” of catalysts to produce olefins, methanol, and ammonia, said the head of its catalysts research and development (R&D) department. Continue reading “Clariant Targets Improved Chemical Catalysts” »

Dow and DuPont Approach Merger and Spin-Offs from Positions of Strength

Posted on August 11th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The DowDuPont merger and subsequent spin-offs are all about value creation: value for shareholders and value for customers. And, not unsurprisingly, the clamor for more is growing louder, as the short-term gains expected from the series of transactions possible following the merger are scrutinized. Continue reading “Dow and DuPont Approach Merger and Spin-Offs from Positions of Strength” »

Answering Compound Synthesis Requests

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


When potential client approaches a chemicals company with a production request, they want to know if the company can fulfill the request, how quickly and at what cost. That seems like a fairly straightforward question and response, but there’s a lot to consider when answering a compound synthesis request. Continue reading “Answering Compound Synthesis Requests” »

Bigger Bucks for Additive Manufacturing in the Stuff That Makes the Stuff

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Molding Die Set

Image by Arne HĂĽckelheim [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Additive manufacturing is certainly bending down the cost and time curve for part production. Can it do the same for production of tooling used in traditional manufacturing techniques? Continue reading “Bigger Bucks for Additive Manufacturing in the Stuff That Makes the Stuff” »

Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 4 – Atomization Reliability

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Previous posts discussed sustainability as related to process control, the incineration process and the atomization process, whereby discussion indicated that it might make sense to atomize with air instead of steam. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 4 – Atomization Reliability” »

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