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Demographic insights drive Chemical R&D

Posted on June 6th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Aging baby boomers are the wealthiest generation in history, and they spend most of their money on food, housing and healthcare. Continue reading “Demographic insights drive Chemical R&D” »

Outsourcing Pharmaceutical Research and Development – pros and cons

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


There is hardly anyone who has not heard of outsourcing – add nausea – a manufacturing strategy that has become commonplace since the early 1990’s.  The public thinks of outsourcing as manufacturing goods, that were once made domestically, in the developing economies and then importing them for sale.  Continue reading “Outsourcing Pharmaceutical Research and Development – pros and cons” »

Asia’s next shift in petrochemicals to be led by China and India

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


While a good amount of buzz at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Sapporo, Japan, on 18-19 May was on the coming wave of US ethylene and derivatives capacity and its potential impact, Asia itself is undergoing major structural shifts with implications for global markets. Continue reading “Asia’s next shift in petrochemicals to be led by China and India” »

Next Step In Solid State Batteries

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Lithium-ion battery in phone

Solid-state battery technology has been in the news for a while, becoming increasingly relevant with the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and the unending growth in usage of portable electronic devices.

Continue reading “Next Step In Solid State Batteries” »

DARPA Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ to Boeing’s Phantom Express

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Phantom Express Artist Concept

Phantom Express Concept by Boeing [cropped from original] via

DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) steps closer to realization with the Agency selecting the Boeing Company as partner. A new class of reusable hypersonic aircraft, success of the Phantom Express will require advancements in both technical capabilities and ground operations. Continue reading “DARPA Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ to Boeing’s Phantom Express” »

Feeding 10 billion people: trends, challenges, climate and natural resources

Posted on May 29th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


The World population is growing by about 80 million per year.  The forecast puts the total population at 9-10 billion by 2050, a number at which it is projected to level.  Meeting the needs of so many people will put significant stress on the natural resources and climate. Continue reading “Feeding 10 billion people: trends, challenges, climate and natural resources” »

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