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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” »

Joe Chang on Dow-DuPont & American Innovation Jobs

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

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I called up Joe Chang of ICIS News today for a chat on the idea of a Dow DuPont Merger, and here’s what he had to say. Continue reading “Joe Chang on Dow-DuPont & American Innovation Jobs” »

Renewable Energy In 2015

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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It’s a commonly held view that the world is at a tipping point for renewable energy. Renewable sources are now making up a significant proportion of all new power capacity added around the world. Continue reading “Renewable Energy In 2015” »

Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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On December 1, 2015 investigators studying the crash of an AirAsia flight the previous December released their report, in which they concluded that the crash stemmed from an upset caused by pilot error.  This, despite the fact that a control system had malfunctioned because of a cracked solder joint and that records showed the system had malfunctioned 23 times in the year before the crash.  Continue reading “Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations” »

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