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Pressure to Reduce Wasteful Production of Animal Products Creates Opportunities for Efficient Ag Chem

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

One third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide – an amount ranging between 1.3 and 2.1 billion tons – is wasted or lost annually. The majority of these losses are a result of over-consumption, consumer waste and production inefficiencies. In aggregate, the costs of food waste total more than $680 billion in industrialized nations and over $310 billion in developing countries. Continue reading “Pressure to Reduce Wasteful Production of Animal Products Creates Opportunities for Efficient Ag Chem” »

Revisiting “Seven chemical separations to change the world”

Posted on July 4th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

In an earlier post I covered a recent article published in the journal Nature[1], listing what Georgia Institute of Technology chemical engineers Ryan Lively and David Sholl believe are the top seven industrial chemical purifications with the highest potential to lower energy use, emissions, and pollution at a global scale. Continue reading “Revisiting “Seven chemical separations to change the world”” »

Common Pitfalls in Conversion of Units in Chemical Engineering Calculations

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Chemical engineers need to clearly understand units of measurement to be able to apply them in so-called pseudo-empirical equations correctly as well as to convert, express, document and communicate the units in correspondence, operating instructions and publications. Continue reading “Common Pitfalls in Conversion of Units in Chemical Engineering Calculations” »