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April 1, 2011
Traditionally, most students have learned about chemical reactions in laboratories using test tubes, beakers and flasks. Those who have gone on to discover and develop new products have typically done so using these batchwise techniques. This mind-set has continued through the piloting and scaleup phase, so that today, many chemical products are produced batchwise in large, continuously stirred reactors...
March 1, 2011
This book examines global patent law as it affects the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical industries. Rather than taking a legal case-study approach, it provides a practical discussion of everyday issues and decisions faced by global patent practitioners in these complex industry segments. Focusing mainly on the patent systems in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, the five-section book effectively summarizes...
March 1, 2011
M Technique Co. (M Tech; Osaka, Japan; has commercialized the Ulrea SS-300, a scaled up version of the Ulrea SS-11 — a forced thin-film microreactor. With a production capacity nearly ten times higher than its predecessor, the Ulrea SS-300 is suitable for mass production of organic, inorganic and biochemicals as well as for producing micro- and nanoparticles and crystals. The...
March 1, 2011
In spring of this year, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM; Decatur, Ill.; plans full operation of a chemical plant based on soybean and canola oils as renewable feedstock. Products of the plant will include refined glycerin, propylene glycol and ethylene glycol. Crude vegetable-derived oils are obtained through a process in which soybeans and canola seeds are crushed, dehulled and conditioned, and...
March 1, 2011
Improvements in the design of ethylene oxide (EtO) scrubbers made by The Clean Air Group, Croll Reynolds Co. (Parsippany, N.J.; have helped users meet increasingly stringent regulations for EtO emissions, as well as meet tower height restrictions. “Our designs have achieved efficiencies of 99.99% or greater for removal of ethylene oxide, compared to 99–99.9% with alternative...
March 1, 2011
A research team from the University of South Australia (Adelaide; and the East China Normal University (Shanghai; has developed a capacitive deionization technology (CDI) that uses graphene-like nanoflakes as electrodes, instead of conventionally used activated carbon (AC) materials. The team claims that the graphene-based electrodes offer better performance than...
March 1, 2011
A desalination system developed by Watervap LLC (Marble Hill, Ga.; separates saltwater of any concentration into highly purified water and dry solid minerals with high efficiency. The company’s Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) process represents a low-cost alternative to brine waste disposal in oil and natural gas production, as well as other industries, such as processed meats and mining...
March 1, 2011
Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. (TCI; Tokyo; is planning full-scale production of a new palladium-complex catalyst, trade-named SingaCycle-E1, for performing Heck-Mizoroki carbon-carbon coupling reactions and the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction — both reactions of importance for producing pharmaceuticals. TCI says SingaCycle-E1 offers enhanced activity and improved stability...
March 1, 2011
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI, Des Plaines, Ill.; has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with CRI/Criterion Inc. (Houston; to commercialize a GTI process for converting biomass directly into cellulosic gasoline and diesel fuel blendstocks. The technology, called Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH2), is a two-step, continuous...
March 1, 2011
Energy Fuels Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.; has been granted a radioactive materials license by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the first uranium mill to be built in the U.S. in 30 years. Energy Fuels says the approval of the license is “the most significant hurdle” to be passed before it builds the Piñon Ridge Mill near Naturita, Colo. The...
March 1, 2011
  CO2 for plastic Last month, a pilot plant that produces an intermediate for polyurethane, using carbon dioxide as feedstock, started up at Chempark Leverkusen, Germany. The plant — designed, built and operated by Bayer Technology Services GmbH (Leverkusen; — is part of the so-called Dream Production project, a €9-million collaboration between Bayer, RWE...
March 1, 2011
Ingersoll Rand This compressor matches output to demand The Nirvana R190-225ne (photo) is a variable-speed-drive rotary-screw air compressor with an advanced motor design that allows users to match compressor output to required demand. In particular, the Nirvana R190-225ne features a patented modular drive, and a hybrid permanent-magnet motor design. Its variable-speed cooling system ensures consistent...
March 1, 2011
Contact-based temperature sensors, such as thermocouples and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), have demonstrated accurate and cost-effective operation throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). However, there are many applications and settings where they are simply not practical. In those cases, engineers can turn to a host of non-contact temperature measurement devices, many of which are...
March 1, 2011
Considering that Fractionation Research, Inc. (FRI) has been performing distillation research since 1954, don’t we have all the answers yet? Not according to the membership. The vendors of trays and packings have had very aggressive R&D programs. New and interesting products have appeared annually. In addition to the testing of such products in hydrocarbon service and at commercial diameters, the...
March 1, 2011
Process plant operators continuously face the pressure of having to increase productivity by improving equipment reliability and plant availability, a goal seemingly at odds with the everyday realities of decreased operating budgets, rising energy costs and increasing operations costs. And, when it comes to energy consumption and maintenance costs, chemical process pumps are possibly the most notorious...
March 1, 2011
North America’s largest event for the pharmaceutical- and biopharmaceutical-manufacturing industries, Interphex 2011 ( will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York from March 29-31. The event will feature more than 650 exhibitors, including 100 vendors exhibiting for the first time at Interphex, as well as 30 technical sessions and several special events. Meeting...
March 1, 2011
Chemical protective garments are available in a wide variety of fabrics and designs that provide varying levels of protection for chemical process industries (CPI) workers, who may be exposed to chemicals in the form of vapors, liquids and particles. While other forms of personal protective equipment — such as safety glasses and hard hats — are highly regulated in the U.S. and Canada, the...
March 1, 2011
Agility, reliability, reporting and sharing of business information are among the key ingredients that have been dictated to modern-day control systems by the competitive pressures facing today’s manufacturers. In short, production must be faster, more efficient and provide actionable data for operators. And the last thing anybody in this situation needs is a server failure. Where does that leave the...
March 1, 2011
Genzyme to build additional biologics manufacturing plant in Belgium January 22, 2011 — Genzyme Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; plans to build an additional manufacturing plant in Geel, Belgium, to support the longterm growth of Alglucosidase alfa, known as Lumizyme in the U.S. and as Myozyme in the rest of the world, for Pompe disease. The new €250-million plant will include 8,000 L...$3-billion-acquisition-of-Dresser-Inc-and-more-business-news_6447.html
March 1, 2011
Removing very fine metal particles from milk powder Goudsmit Magnetic Systems Developed in collaboration with Friesland Campina Doma, this improved version of the rotating clean-flow magnet removes very fine metal particles from whey powder. And due to its renewed dynamic seal, the system is also dust-proof at an overpressure of up to 0.4 bar. The magnets move in a fully enclosed, rotating stainless-steel...
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