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November 15, 2007
A program to develop ionic liquids and formulations to improve the performance and efficiency of solar cells has been initiated by BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and G24 Innovations, Ltd...
November 7, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has announced that The Cooper Union, took top honors at the national Chem-E-Car competition in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday. The team’s car, “Cooper Shooter”, was powered by baking soda and vinegar and defeated 28 other shoebox-size cars. The Chem-E-Car competition was created in 1999 as a fun and...
October 31, 2007
While the Pennant ECS can be put to multiple applications, multi-bagger benefits accrue with its ability to convert both saturated and superheated steam into clean electrical energy. Typically, the ECS is used in parallel with a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) or Pressure Reducing Desuperheater Station (PRDS) situated downstream of the boiler. The ECS, configured in the above arrangement is able to smartly...
July 1, 2007
Global Resource Corp. (GRC; West Berlin, N.J.; is commercializing a technology that converts auto shredder residue (ASR) into combustible gases, liquid fuels and scrap metal using microwaves. The use of microwaves to achieve this goal has been attempted in the past, but GRC is one of the first to succeed at an economically viable level, says GRC’s chief engineer Hawk Hogan. Unil...
June 1, 2007
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a commercially available biodegradable polymer used in many nonfood products as an alternative to petrochemical-derived polymers. However, PLA's physical properties limit its use in many applications. Scientists at the USDA’s Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC; Wyndmoor, Penn....
May 1, 2007
            Many coal-fired power plants make gypsum and construction materials. But they should also consider manufacturing hydrochloric acid and ethanol. Furthermore, they should consider substituting biomass and waste organics for up to 10% of the coal. The combination of these initiatives would make coal plants much “greener.” Coal is the cost effective way to...
May 1, 2007
Metabolix, Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.; and ADM Co. (Decatur. Ill.; will jointly produce Mirel Natural Plastics — a...
April 1, 2007
Together with four partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT; Pfinztal, Germany; has developed an insulation material that is made...
March 1, 2007
The rise of the salty water table in many areas of Australia is threatening a large area of agricultural land. In a two-year research, development and demonstration project, scientists have been looking for ways to solve the problem by producing fresh water as a valuable byproduct of salinity mitigation. The Renewable Energy Group of RMIT University's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing...
February 1, 2007
Advanced Excelsior Co. (Houston, Tex.; has launched Bio-Bubble, claimed to be the world’s first 100%...
February 1, 2007
Akzo Nobel (Amsterdam; has commercialized a biodegradable chelating agent, Dissolvine GL, as a cost-effective, green alternative to the two most frequently used agents, ethylenediamineetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and nitrotriacetic acid (NTA). The product contains...
January 1, 2007
With the aim to commercialize a new process for making solar-cell grade (SOG) silicon, Chisso Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; is negotiating the possibility of establishing a joint-venture company with Nippon Mining Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo) and Toho Titanium Co., Ltd. (Chigasaki, both Japan). Chisso plants to begin conformation tests of the process this year. The Chisso SOG-Si (CSS)...
December 1, 2006
    For companies in the chemical process industries, water is an indispensable utility. But the growing scarcity of quality industrial water, combined with stricter environmental regulations and the rising cost of wastewater treatment, have encouraged the conservation of water as a key utility in process plants. Concurrently, the development of systematic techniques for water reduction has made...
December 1, 2006
For the first time, polyols derived only from castor oil can be used to produce tough coatings, flexible adhesives, soft sealants and elastomers. The Polycin GR Series is the latest polyol line from Vertellus Performance...
October 1, 2006
      Biomass has come center stage in the pursuit of reduced dependence on finite - not to mention geopolitically sensitive - quantities of fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and natural gas. And while ethanol produced from corn is one promising path for biomass, it is by no means the only one. The number of known viable raw materials is vast, and the assortment of feasible downstream...
October 1, 2006
Most of today's solar cells are made from silicon wafers cut from blocks of crystals. The wafers are typically 0.2-0.25-mm thick, yet most of the photon-to-electricity conversion takes place in the outermost 0.02 mm of the wafer. In an effort to reduce the amount of Si required (and thus the cost) for solar cells, BP Solar (Frederick, Md; is supporting a three-year research...
October 1, 2006
Richard Milner, a Honary Fellow at CSIRO Entomology (Canberra, Australia;, has developed a rare native fungus, Metarhizium, into an environmentally friendly control for grass-hopper-type (including locust) agricultural pests. Metarhizium is a naturally occurring soil fungus that is...
October 1, 2006
Stefan Jaronoski, an insect pathologist at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (Sidney, Mont....
March 1, 2006
    Solvents have been used for centuries and in all type of industries for the processing, manufacturing and formulation of goods. In the chemical process industries (CPI), solvents are used in various process-operation steps such as separation (of gas, liquid and/or solid), reaction (as reaction medium, reactant, and carrier), degreasing, washing and many more. As part of product formulations...
March 1, 2006
    Fuel costs rose sharply in 2005 because of hurricane damage to U.S. interests in the Gulf of Mexico, and international developments in the oil supply market. Competing fuels — coal and natural gas — rose in price in lockstep. Natural gas has risen in cost, and has been reported to be as much as $17/MM Btu in December 2005 for industrial use in the northeastern U.S. As operating...
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