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July 1, 2014
The potential usefulness of 1,1-di-substituted alkenes for making performance polymers has been recognized for some time, but commercialization has been elusive because of the reactive nature of the monomers. Startup company Sirrus Inc. (Loveland, Ohio; has developed technology to stabilize monomers in this chemical class, as well as the intermediates that precede them, enabling...
August 1, 2013
Last month, Southwest Research Institute (SWRI; San Antonio, Tex.; was awarded $1.5 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA; Arlington, Va.; for a three-year project to develop alternative technologies for depositing thin films. The project is part of...
July 1, 2013
GE Power & Water (Trevose, Pa.; has introduced a novel, dual-pronged approach to corrosion inhibition for boiler and steam-condensate systems in petroleum refineries. The technology is designed to prevent attack by acidic species on steam-system surfaces, providing reliability to the refining process and helping to maximize profitability. Tradenamed Steamate Low Salt Amine (LSA), this new...
May 1, 2013
Two new coating products for sand proppants used in hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry overcome the challenges of traditional phenolic coatings, which can leach environmentally hazardous chemicals. The coatings, developed by Preferred Sands LLC (Radnor, Pa.;, are based on a specialized polyurethane developed over the past three years with partner The Dow...
February 1, 2013
The surface engineering company MesoCoat, Inc. (Euclid, Ohio; recently started up a facility for manufacturing clad pipe for the oil-and-gas industry that uses the company’s proprietary fusion-cladding technology to apply corrosion-resistant alloys to carbon-steel pipes. Because the cladding can be applied to large areas at very high speeds, the technology can be used to coat much...
January 1, 2013
Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Gaithersburg, Md.; have developed a relatively simple, fast and effective method of depositing uniform, ultrathin layers of platinum atoms onto a surface. The technique may lead to a reduction in the amount of precious metal needed for catalyst applications, such as catalytic converters in automobiles and hydrogen...
September 1, 2012
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; has commercialized a solvent-free coating for electrical insulators. Powersil 570 Plus is said to be the world’s first insulator coating based on a patented silicone-in-water emulsion technology. Its viscosity displays a strong dependence on its shear rate, which makes it...
December 1, 2011
A novel mesh for oil-water separation with opposite wettability to traditional materials has been developed by a group of researchers from Beijing, China — the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (; School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University (; Dept. of Chemistry, Tsinghua University...
August 1, 2011
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; announced the winners of the 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Winners of the Challenge, which promotes R&D of less hazardous alternatives to existing technologies that reduce or eliminate waste in industrial production, are selected by an independent panel convened by the Americal Chemical Soc...
May 1, 2011
Last month, PJI Contract Pte Ltd. (Singapore; opened a production facility for the manufacture of titanium dioxide solution — a self-cleaning, nanocoating material developed at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech;, a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology...
November 1, 2008
Tantaline (Lyngby, Demnark; has developed a process that creates a surface alloy of tantalum on a metal substrate (typically stainless steel). As a result, the surface acquires the corrosion resistance of tantalum — the most corrosion resistant metal commercially available — without having to fabricate complicated parts from the expensive metal. Unlike alternative...

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