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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” »

From Sour Milk to Advanced Sensing Materials

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

I’ve attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) three out of the last four years.  One of the trends that has persisted through the nearly schizophrenic shows has been the Internet of Things (IoT).  The idea is that a network of sensors communicating through the internet will open up an automated system Continue reading “From Sour Milk to Advanced Sensing Materials” »

The Innovation Sequence

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Innovation can be a new idea, a new product, or a new process. An innovation needs to solve a problem in a new way, saving time or money or creating a new opportunity, otherwise it’s only a novelty.  With this in mind, what role can chemicals and materials play in the innovation process? Continue reading “The Innovation Sequence” »

Tighter environmental regulation in China: an opportunity for India´s chemical industry?

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an Indian financial service provider. They asked me to speak at their Specialty Chemicals Investor day. I explained that my focus is on China – but it turned out that this was exactly what they were interested in. Continue reading “Tighter environmental regulation in China: an opportunity for India´s chemical industry?” »

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