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Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

In the beginning, it was mostly about women’s stockings. As the early 20th century progressed, women’s hemlines were getting shorter, and old-fashioned undergarments were going out of style. Continue reading “Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success” »

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” »

Molecule to Market in Less Time

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Time in the lab can be costly, so any method that helps researchers uncover solutions rapidly can be very valuable. A contract research organization (CRO) had a project for its chemists that required them to develop a series of molecules that could be used to do coupling reactions with ring systems – and the company’s business director hoped Continue reading “Molecule to Market in Less Time” »

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” »