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Open Innovation: You Don’t Have All Of The Answers

Posted on March 9th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about what’s coming next. We get caught up trying to optimize the products and processes we already have, or working out how to bring our ideas of what’s next into reality. We innovate. Whether it’s a prescribed part of your job Continue reading “Open Innovation: You Don’t Have All Of The Answers” »

4 Ways to Leverage Academia For Innovation

Posted on March 8th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Much of the foundational support that furthers innovation down the line stems from academic research. Continue reading “4 Ways to Leverage Academia For Innovation” »

Stop Crying Over Feedstock Supplies – Take a Tissue

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


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With all the recent issues issues in the oil markets from foreign exchange factors to uncertain demand growth and the return of Iran to the global market, are there lessons learned from manufacturers of other products – such as facial tissues – that chemicals companies can apply to improve certainty in their feedstock supply chain? Continue reading “Stop Crying Over Feedstock Supplies – Take a Tissue” »

Interview: The Effect Of Plastic In Our Oceans

Posted on March 3rd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


After our recent dive into sustainable development and a closer look at the impact our materials choices can have on the world around us, I’ve been talking with Dr Andrew Watts who is part of the CleanSea Project team.  Continue reading “Interview: The Effect Of Plastic In Our Oceans” »

How to Build and Maintain an Innovative Culture

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

Inovation in Chemical R&D

Many people talk about an Innovation culture as an aspiration – or point to examples such as Apple, Facebook, Google, etc. Continue reading “How to Build and Maintain an Innovative Culture” »

Fluorine (F) is the tiger of elements – tamed it is a friend!

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

Fluorine is the most reactive of all elements, capable of reacting with everything, even gold, often violently.  The exceptions are helium, neon and argon. Yet it has entered human life in quiet and vital ways Continue reading “Fluorine (F) is the tiger of elements – tamed it is a friend!” »

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This blog is a forum for a critical exchange of ideas on issues, trends and opportunities related to innovation and R&D in chemicals and new materials and applications, offering helpful perspectives in environmental health and safety, risk management, new product development and operational efficiency. This blog serves the chemicals and materials community specifically, heads of R&D, heads of Manufacturing and Engineering, and chemists and engineers involved in chemical and materials R&D from ideation to manufacturing and production at scale.

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