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China’s massive chemical plant relocations lack funding

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

China plans to complete a massive relocation of chemical plants away from cities by 2025, but financial constraints may hamper the project, which is estimated to cost Chinese yuan (CNY) 800bn ($121bn), industry sources said.

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Electric Cars in China: an ambitious stab at reducing pollution

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Polluted Shanghai Skyline (Source: B. Draxler, Discover, January 21, 2014)

I experienced real air pollution when I first traveled to China many years ago.  By the time we drove from Pudong International Airport to Shanghai I had developed a serious cough. Continue reading “Electric Cars in China: an ambitious stab at reducing pollution” »

Clariant Targets Improved Chemical Catalysts

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Clariant’s oxidation catalyst pilot reactor in Heufeld, Germany.

Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant is developing “optimized, improved versions” of catalysts to produce olefins, methanol, and ammonia, said the head of its catalysts research and development (R&D) department. Continue reading “Clariant Targets Improved Chemical Catalysts” »

R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

The chemical industry has served as a key driver of China’s “turbo-charged” GDP growth, which has remained above 7 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, R&D spending across Asia continues to increase, accounting for more than 32 percent of global spending on science. Continue reading “R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers” »

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