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As Living Organisms Take Over the Role of Fertilization, Chemical R&D Needs to Diversify

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Chemical fertilizer

The days of chemical fertilizers may be numbered. A growing number of labs are actively investigating the use of microbial inoculants – bacteria and fungi that promote plant growth – as  alternatives. Continue reading “As Living Organisms Take Over the Role of Fertilization, Chemical R&D Needs to Diversify” »

Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference Coming Up May 14-17

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Green and sustainable

Big green ideas will be in the spotlight from May 14-17 as the second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany. This conference aims to create a forum for a broad dialogue that encompasses many different fields, and is particularly focused on engaging in discussion around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Continue reading “Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference Coming Up May 14-17” »

R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

DowDupont merger

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

Less Red Tape + More Shared, Structured, and Normalized Data = Faster Chemical Innovation

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Chem plant

Chemical innovation in Europe and the US has become less friendly to fundamental research-based breakthrough innovation in recent years – but leading chemical organizations are pushing back. Continue reading “Less Red Tape + More Shared, Structured, and Normalized Data = Faster Chemical Innovation” »

Sintering Innovations To Be Seen

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

3D Printing Glass

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Whether in technique or application, innovations in additive manufacturing continue at a record pace. Recent material developments could now have you seeing better. Continue reading “Sintering Innovations To Be Seen” »

Can old herbicides save glyphosate?

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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An epidemic of glyphosate-resistant weeds is ending the revolutionary impact of glyphosate in glyphosate-tolerant crops. Can using glyphosate with new formulations of herbicides over a half-century old save it? Continue reading “Can old herbicides save glyphosate?” »

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