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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


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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” »

Engineers Need To Fail – And Fail Fast

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D


Chris Walker shows us why failing fast and spectacularly is essentialĀ to succeed inĀ Engineering. Continue reading “Engineers Need To Fail – And Fail Fast” »

The Tipping Point Between “What” and “How”

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Ken Klapproth discusses some of the challenges and considerations that companies must consider when attempting breakthroughs: Continue reading “The Tipping Point Between “What” and “How”” »

What About Organic (Growth)?

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D


On Tuesday of this week I had the pleasure of attending the Valence Group’s first Chemicals Industry M&A conference at the Langham Place Hotel in New York. It was a fantastic program, with 7 Chemical company Chairmen or CEOs presenting their stories, and lessons learned, on creating shareholder value through M&A in recent years. Continue reading “What About Organic (Growth)?” »

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