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April 14, 2009
Brooks Instrument (Hatfield, Pa.;, a flow measurement and control provider, has acquired Key Instruments, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Key Instruments is a flowmeter manufacturer that offers precision-machined acrylic, molded-plastic, glass-tube and...
April 1, 2009
As CRTs become an obsolete form of video display technology, recycling their lead-filled glass is increasingly important Earlier this decade, liquid crystal display (LCD) and plasma screens surpassed cathode ray tubes (CRTs) as the visual display of choice in computers and televisions. While the production of CRTs has dwindled to nearly nothing, we will still deal with end-of-life (EoL) units for years to...
April 1, 2009
Project management can be a messy, complex issue for all involved parties and, likely, the most hair-raising aspect of all is project handover from the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor to the chemical processor. In the past, this literally involved a truck pulling up with cartons and boxes chock full of engineering documents, drawings, operations manuals and catalogs. From there, the...
April 1, 2009
  The current economic recession has hit trade show attendance especially hard. A number of events for 2009 have been cancelled, while others are implementing contingencies. Discounted registration fees are common, while at least one event offered to cover attendees airfare before finally deciding to postpone altogether. Some of the more resilient organizations are offering the alternative of live...
April 1, 2009
With the exception of Oslo-type crystallizers, the main commercial crystallizers are agitated systems that use an agitator [agitated tank or draft-tube baffle (DTB)] or a circulation pump [forced circulation (FC) crystallizers]. In such systems, however, large crystals become damaged by the pump or impeller, which leads to the generation of fines, says Michel Malfand, president of Crystal Evap consult...
April 1, 2009
Many methods have been developed for the encapsulation of "active" materials within a carrier nanoparticle, such as a polymer. These composite structures can be used in many biomedical, cosmetics, and food processing applications for the controlled release of pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, and flavors. However, most of the proposed encapsulation methods developed so far involve multiple steps...
April 1, 2009
Aqueous Recovery Resources, Inc. (ARR; Bedford Hill, NY;, has developed the Suparator, an oil/water separation system that involves no moving parts or media, for low operational costs and minimal maintenance. The separator (diagram) is based on the Bernoulli effect, whereby increased stream velocity in a fluid results in internal pressure reduction, which enables liquids of different...
April 1, 2009
Cambrios Technologies Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.; has formed a strategic partnership with Chisso Corp. ( and Sumitomo Corp. (both Tokyo; for commercialization of Cambrios’ first product, ClearOhm coating material. Targeted for the liquid crystal display (LCD) market, ClearOhm is seen as a solution to some of the problems with the currently...
April 1, 2009
The American Society of Testing Materials (Conshohocken, Pa.; has developed a new standard for measuring viscosity: ASTM D 7483-08, Determination of Dynamic and Kinematic Viscosity of Liquids by Oscillating Piston Viscometer (OPV). The new ASTM method is part of a brand new product line to be launched this month by Cambridge Viscosity (Medford, Mass.; OPVs are...
April 1, 2009
Arkema (Colomes, France; and hte (Heidelberg, Germany; have successfully concluded a research collaboration aimed at identifying new catalysts for the conversion of glycerol — a byproduct of biodiesel production — to acrolein (2-propenal) and acrylic acid. The collaboration, which started last year, utilized hte’s proprietary parallel testing technology...
April 1, 2009
Primary amines are made in high yield by a palladium-catalyzed allylic amination reaction developed by Shu Kobayashi, a chemistry professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan; The reaction uses aqueous ammonia as the nitrogen source — the first time this has ever been achieved, disproving a 30-year old theory that allylic...
April 1, 2009
Last January, Chiral Photonics, Inc. (Pine Brook, N.J.; was awarded $500,000 in a Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF; Washington, D.C.). The grant will be used to develop a new optical-fiber-sensor platform capable of measuring temperature, pressure, strain axial twist, liquid levels and other variables. The company has...
April 1, 2009
ABB Instrumentation (Warminster, Pa.; has cut the cost of installing orifice-plate flowmeters by up to half with the launch of its OriMaster compact orifice DP flowmeter. The latest in the company’s FlowMaster range, the OriMaster comes fully factory configured and pressure tested, solving many of the problems...
April 1, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Washington D.C.) plans to set up the first U.S. national system for reporting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The proposal marks the first step toward a program for climate control. "Through this new reporting we will have comprehensive and accurate data...
April 1, 2009
Calibration-free pH The world’s first continuously self-calibrating pH measurement system was previewed at the Interphex show in New York last month by Sensorin (Burlingame, Calif; According to the manufacturer, all currently available pH sensors including glass, optical and ion-selective field effect transistors (ISFET) require calibration, whereas Sensorin’s approach, which...
March 1, 2009
Nearly 30 years ago (May 6, 1979), U.S. President Jimmy Carter made the following prophetic statement at the inauguration of a solar-thermal water heater installed on the White House roof: "In the year 2000, the solar heater behind me will still be here, supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not...
March 1, 2009
Despite various studies and process automation supplier suggestions that wireless sensing technologies cost less and provide tighter control than their wired counterparts, chemical processors are still proceeding with caution when it comes to implementing wireless instrumentation. Wireless supporters hope the introduction of WirelessHART and the eventual publication of ISA 100 will help break down the...
March 1, 2009
A process that produces hydrogen from coal with close to 80% energy conversion efficiency, plus coproduction of a carbon-dioxide-rich stream for sequestration, is being developed at Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio; This compares with around 60% conversion efficiency for traditional coal gasification processes, says Fanxing Li, a research associate and co-inventor of the process along...
March 1, 2009
In the framework of the Impulse project (Integrated Multiscale Process Units with Locally Structured Elements; CE, April 2005, p. 19), researchers from the Industrial Chemistry Group at RWTH Aachen University (Germany; have developed a continuous production plant capable of producing 20 kg/d of an ionic liquid (IL). Normally, this IL is manufactured by a semi-batch process via the...
March 1, 2009
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo, Japan; has developed a new technology for producing 1,3-butadiene (butadiene) from waste butenes using a self-developed, proprietary catalyst. The process has been pilot tested (200-ton/yr capacity) at MCC’s Mizushima site in Japan, and the firm plans to complete process design this year with the aim to commercialize the technology by 2010...
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