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Discovering a substitute for tin as a catalyst

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

When new regulations limited the use of tin catalysts for silicone-based consumer products, an R&D team in a global specialty chemicals company had to seek viable alternatives. Continue reading “Discovering a substitute for tin as a catalyst” »

Producing Blue Denim: A Process Using 92% Less Water

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Blue jeans are about as basic as it gets when it comes to clothing. They’re great for work wear, or just to relax – that’s why most people own a few pairs. But they also happen to be extremely taxing on our natural resources. Continue reading “Producing Blue Denim: A Process Using 92% Less Water” »

Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Many of the synthetics that we rely on today were developed because the popular, natural products they were created to mimic and replace became too expensive. Further, in addition to cost, the synthetics offered unique properties and durability that the natural products lacked. Continue reading “Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber” »

Coating Polymer for Extreme Conditions

Posted on May 12th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Off-shore oil rigs are in constant need of re-coating due to the corrosive effects of the salty sea. It’s a significant problem, but one that chemicals innovation is uniquely positioned to resolve. All it takes is the dedication to get to Alpha. Continue reading “Coating Polymer for Extreme Conditions” »