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Bringing a Business Mindset to R&D

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Chemical R&D is under heavy pressure to show business results these days. Often viewed more as a “wish list” item that just isn’t providing big money results, exploratory research is getting sidelined in order to put money into projects that will provide short-term gains. Continue reading “Bringing a Business Mindset to R&D” »

Designing With Constraints In Mind

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

When taking on any new project, a smart first step is to clearly define what you’re trying to achieve. What does success look like? What does failure look like? Where are the lines that you cannot or will not cross? What are your boundary conditions? Continue reading “Designing With Constraints In Mind” »

Seeds of Innovation – Part 2

Posted on December 20th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

In my previous blog I explored the “fuzzy front-end” of innovation and discussed the somewhat mysterious process for ideation practiced across much of the chemical industry.  Continue reading “Seeds of Innovation – Part 2” »

You Can’t Force Innovation

Posted on October 27th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Innovation is often held up as a yardstick by which companies are measured. There’s a need to always be creating something new, to be regularly launching an exciting product or development and to be seen by the world as innovative. Continue reading “You Can’t Force Innovation” »

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