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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” »

R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

Joe Chang on Dow-DuPont & American Innovation Jobs

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by in Chemical R&D

 

I called up Joe Chang of ICIS News today for a chat on the idea of a Dow DuPont Merger, and here’s what he had to say. Continue reading “Joe Chang on Dow-DuPont & American Innovation Jobs” »

Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by in Chemical R&D

What is meant when we toss around the term sustainability, in terms of chemicals production and innovation? In my view, out of all of the green chemistry principles from design for degradation to real-time pollution analysis, perhaps the most fundamentally significant shift toward greener chemistry will be the move toward a biofuel based economy. Continue reading “Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability” »