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‘Spectacles’ Achieve Record Solar Panel Output for Startup

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Insolight Optical Array

Image by EPFL/Alain Herzog [crop of original] via EPFL

When it comes to photovoltaic cells – converting sunlight into electricity – size does matter. But by thinking functionally, a recent startup out of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) proves double the output is even achievable with smaller surface areas. Continue reading “‘Spectacles’ Achieve Record Solar Panel Output for Startup” »

Training to be Unsafe

Posted on June 13th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“When you gamble with safety, you bet your life.”  Slogan on an industrial entrance mat

The biggest obstacle to getting people to heed safety training is that unsafe behavior does not result in certain death. The problem with a safety slogan like, “When you gamble with safety, you bet your life,” is that most people, most of the time, win the bet. We all learn from experience.  Continue reading “Training to be Unsafe” »

ICIS Innovation Awards: The benefits of winning go beyond the award

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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“Being a small company, it’s hard for us to actually convince larger companies to use our technology,” reports Sudip Majumdar, Chief Technology Officer of Compact Membrane System. “This award gave us a lot of credibility.” Continue reading “ICIS Innovation Awards: The benefits of winning go beyond the award” »

Agriculture In Urgent Need of Synthetic Chemicals That Don’t Harm Bee Populations

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Wild bee populations are in drastic decline, just as rising crop yields are demanding more pollination than ever before. The first-ever study to map populations of wild bees found that bee populations are in steep decline throughout the United States – and that the loss of pollinators poses a dire threat to U.S. crop production. Continue reading “Agriculture In Urgent Need of Synthetic Chemicals That Don’t Harm Bee Populations” »

Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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The time was ripe to strike a merger of equals, with two global specialty chemical companies well into their portfolio transformation plans shedding commoditised assets, with similar goals and valuation multiples, the CEOs of Huntsman and Clariant said on Monday 22 May. Continue reading “Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger” »

GE Patents Have a Novel Ear for Validating 3D Printing Quality

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Airbus conventional versus additive part

Image by Airbus via GEreports.com

3D printing may have revolutionized part design and manufacture, but uses a deposition process sensitive to consistent material delivery. By ‘listening’ to parts during the additive manufacturing cycle, engineers at GE have devised a new method of assuring parts are free from defects and voids which could cause premature failure. Continue reading “GE Patents Have a Novel Ear for Validating 3D Printing Quality” »

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