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1 in 3 Scientists and Engineers May Not Be Doing Their Best Work

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

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In just about any company that develops or manufactures products, scientists and engineers are at the heart of creating what’s next, producing highly-skilled analyses and recommendations that can make or break that new product or process, maximize profits, and minimize EHS risks in production processes. Continue reading “1 in 3 Scientists and Engineers May Not Be Doing Their Best Work” »

3D Printing Materials Breakdown: ABS vs PLA

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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The innovative possibilities for 3D Printing usage are seemingly endless. A key component that impacts usage, however, is the material used in the printing process. The most popular material is plastic, with Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) being the long-standing material of choice. Several renewable sources, including Polylactic Acid (PLA), are gaining ground due to their many environmental and health-related benefits. Continue reading “3D Printing Materials Breakdown: ABS vs PLA” »

The Unanswered Questions for R&D and Engineering Teams

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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Advanced materials are revolutionizing how humans interact with each other and the planet. While the use of advanced materials offers a wide variety of potential benefits for the consumer, many companies in R&D intensive industries struggle to keep pace with accelerated market demands while maintaining profitability and EHS compliance. So, how do companies ensure that new concepts become commercial successes? Continue reading “The Unanswered Questions for R&D and Engineering Teams” »

Lessons from the Field – The Value of Interdisciplinary Research

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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A researcher in Materials Science describes the importance of reading and researching outside standard fields of research – talking about his results of combining materials science, biology and medicine.

Anthony B. Brennan, Ph.D., D.Sc. is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, where he leads the Brennan Research Group. But he also has a strong interest in biology and has a joint appointment to the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Much of his research, therefore, lies at the intersection of materials science, biology and medicine.”

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Polymer waste recycling over “used” catalysts

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Plastics are among the best ‘fruits’ of the chemical process industry and are used extensively in our lives. Unfortunately, every year, the UK produces 29 million metric tons of municipal waste and in 1999, 4 million metric tons of plastic packaging and 2 million mertic tons of plastic were landfilled. Learn the different ways that Municipal and industrial plastic wastes are treated here.

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The Ingredients Of Innovation

Posted on October 27th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

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“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Steve Jobs

Chris Walker discusses how we can innovate innovation:

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