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Identifying the Right Material to Resist Corrosion

Posted on November 10th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Something as dangerous as nuclear fuel cannot be effectively contained by just any material. It happens that zirconium is the optimal metal for cladding nuclear fuel rods, partly because it is so resistant to heat and chemical corrosion. Continue reading “Identifying the Right Material to Resist Corrosion” »

Chemicals in Arizona: nanoparticles in sunscreen creams

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Most of us do not think about sunscreen (sunblock) all of the year round except for when we go to the beach.  Aptly, questions about sunscreen occurred to me while vacationing in central Arizona in March 2017.  Although the spring had barely begun the sunlight was intense and hot. Continue reading “Chemicals in Arizona: nanoparticles in sunscreen creams” »

Process Plant Layout Revisited

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

I have more than 25 years of experience as a chemical engineer working in process design, but I also served as an associate professor at the University of Nottingham, coordinating the design teaching program for chemical engineering students. Continue reading “Process Plant Layout Revisited” »