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Outcome Focused: From “Out of the Box” to “There is No Box”

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Issue or outcome? As engineers charged with the responsibility of maintaining and growing our company’s profitability through its product line, dowe focus too much on incremental improvement at the expense of breakthrough innovation? Does the necessity of addressing very real day-to-day issuesContinue reading “Outcome Focused: From “Out of the Box” to “There is No Box”” »

Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

Nasa Carbon Study

What is meant when we toss around the term sustainability, in terms of chemicals production and innovation? In my view, out of all of the green chemistry principles from design for degradation to real-time pollution analysis, perhaps the most fundamentally significant shift toward greener chemistry will be the move toward a biofuel based economy. Continue reading “Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability” »

The Beauty of Blue Sky Thinking (And why we find it so hard)

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D


We’ve all been in those meetings. The ones where we’re trying to be “creative”. Everyone sits in a circle and comes up with idea after idea after idea. We’re told that “anything goes”, that we should “just shout out any idea we think of” and that “there’s no such thing as a bad idea”. It’s Blue Sky thinking, where we’re supposed to capture absolutely every idea, no matter whether it’s good, bad, relevant or absolutely absurd. This is just about capturing ideas, and anything goes. Continue reading “The Beauty of Blue Sky Thinking (And why we find it so hard)” »

Computing + Experimentation = Faster, Better Solutions

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications


Supercomputing technologies and similar solutions have been fueling a rise in computing-based science and engineering for years. With the exponential increase of available research and technical data, the demand for solutions that take all that content and process it to add a layer of decision-support capabilities such as descriptive, semantic, comparative and predictive analytics is palpable in research-intensive markets. Continue reading “Computing + Experimentation = Faster, Better Solutions” »

Making Responsible Materials Choices

Posted on November 9th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications


Chris Walker discusses the importance of making responsible materials choices:

For more than 20 years, the term “climate change” has been on our radar. Fossil fuels, power stations, passenger vehicles. They’re all labeled as the main culprits. But there are plenty of other big offenders that most of us tend to simply overlook. Continue reading “Making Responsible Materials Choices” »

Biodegradable Plastic: Hero New Material

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications


Source: SelfEco, September 2013 (

It’s rare that entirely new compounds are developed in industrial chemistry, perhaps a handful per year. Compared with the pharmaceutical industry, this can make progress in the development of new materials appear slow. Continue reading “Biodegradable Plastic: Hero New Material” »

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