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The LOVED coat and the HOT coat: ePTFE’s Simplicity and Sophistication

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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Winter is arriving in the Northeast US. It is time to put on warmer coats and clothes.  I have some favorite ones and a few jackets I do not like as much.  It is all about comfort, and to me, that means a good coat does not soak in rain and overheat me after a little physical activity.  You may have some of those jackets too.  A good coat like any other one, but there is more to it than just the cool brand names.
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Safety Culture: Have You Checked Your Organization Lately?

Posted on December 16th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Years ago, during one of my very first customer visits working for Elsevier, I was having a friendly chat with a scientist at an Oil and Gas company while walking to a meeting room in their office facilities. Continue reading “Safety Culture: Have You Checked Your Organization Lately?” »

Invented in Shanghai? Chemical R&D in China

Posted on December 16th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

Made-in-China

The period of about 2005-2010 saw a huge increase of chemical research done by multinational companies in China, particularly in Shanghai, where dozens of companies opened R&D centers. Continue reading “Invented in Shanghai? Chemical R&D in China” »

Breakthrough Innovation: Lessons & Paths to Success

Posted on December 15th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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In this excerpt from our white paper, Breakthrough Innovation in Material Science and Engineering, discover how academic research and market dynamics impact innovation, and valuable lessons for taking projects from concept to commercialization. Continue reading “Breakthrough Innovation: Lessons & Paths to Success” »

DuPont making another foray into the biosciences sector

Posted on December 15th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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DuPont has already established itself as a leader in the biosciences sector, particularly in terms of biofuel production and its leading Sorona material line. Now, the company is taking its efforts to another level through a purchase of the C1 Continue reading “DuPont making another foray into the biosciences sector” »

Handling the Invisible

Posted on December 14th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

How do you manufacture something that you can’t even see? One of the challenges in manufacturing – at any scale – is material handling. Not just the moving of the raw material between the variety of operations on the shop floor, but the placement and fixturing of the work in process during each manufacturing step. Continue reading “Handling the Invisible” »

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