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December 15, 2007
A plastic membrane that allows CO2 and other small molecules to move through its pores while largely preventing the movement of larger molecules like CH4, has been developed by a team of researchers from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship (Melbourne, Australia;; the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, the Department of...
November 29, 2007
Yesterday, SGL Group ( — The Carbon Company — signed definitive agreements to acquire Aldila Inc.’s interest in Carbon Fiber Technology LLC (CFT; Evanston, Wyoming), a joint venture (JV) between SGL and Aldila. Since 1999, SGL Group and Aldila — the world’s leading producer of composite golf shafts — each held a 50% in the JV. The purchase price was...
November 15, 2007
A plasma-based waste-treatment process will be installed in Dow Corning Corp.’s silicon-products-manufacturing plant in Midland, Mich., where it will recycle chemical wastes, help lower the site’s consumption of natural gas by 400-billion Btu/yr and help reduce the plant’s total emissions by 75%. The installation will mark the first use of the technology in a chemical process plant, says...
November 15, 2007
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is acquiring a 20% stake in Li-Tec Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG (Kamenz, Germany). With its participation in Li-Tec, Evonik...
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...
October 1, 2007
Click here for full pdf version of this article - includes all graphs, charts, tables, and author information   This fourth in a series of articles* on piping for process plants examines two topics that may, at first, seem to fall outside the scope of chemical engineering — piping codes and the pipe fabrication. Obviously chemical engineers will not be welding pipes together, but understanding the...
September 1, 2007
Blasch Precision Ceramics (Albany, N.Y.; has commercialized one-piece hex-head ferrules made of 99.6% alumina for applications in steam-methane reformers. The high-purity alumina is becoming popular as an alternative to high-grade metal alloys...
September 1, 2007
Technology for producing nanowires from titanium dioxide, and for fabricating the wires into free-standing membranes and other shapes, is being offered for sale by Intellectual Property Partners LLC (IP2; Atlanta, Ga.; The membranes are chemically inert and thermally stable up to...
September 1, 2007
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Racah Institute of Physics (Israel; have succeeded in programming polymer sheets to bend and wrinkle by themselves into prescribed...
August 1, 2007
A research team from Austria and Sweden have demonstrated that nanowires of a nickel-rhodium alloy exhibit a suprisingly high reactivity to oxygen. Using physical vapor deposition, the researchers have produced quasi one-dimensional rows of Ni atoms on a single-crystal rhodium substrate, which has Rh steps...
August 1, 2007
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; plans to build the first commercial-scale plant for the production of granular polysilicon for the solar industry at its Berghausen, Germany, site. The 650-m.t./yr facility...
August 1, 2007
Solvay Solexis, a subsidiary of Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium;, and Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway) are cooperating to develop materials for...
July 1, 2007
    Glass-lined steel equipment is used in a wide range of chemical processes that involve harsh chemicals, including the production of pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, agricultural products and polymers. One of the reasons for the attraction is that glass is resistant to attack from most chemicals and to mixtures of corrosive materials. In addition, it has a smooth, anti-stick surface, is...
July 1, 2007
Linde Gas (Murray Hill, N.J.; and partners have developed a high-pressure gas-delivery system that allows coating powders to be sprayed using liquid nitrogen at temperatures that do not melt the powder particles. The system has been optimized to support a new, cold spray gun technology, called Kinetiks 4000, manufactured by CGT GmbH (Ampfing, Germany). Such a system is being...
July 1, 2007
At the end of May, Teijin Twaron B.V. (Arnhem, Netherlands; opened a new pilot-production plant for producing a new generation of Twaron para-aramides pulp using a new jet-spinning process. The company did not disclose process...
June 1, 2007
    Most assets depreciate, losing value over time as a result of wear and tear, age, or obsolescence. Corrosion, like depreciation, results in the often hidden cost of a non-cash expense — measurable in terms of reduced operating life — that reduces the value of assets. Many engineers in the chemical process industries (CPI) see corrosion on a “straight-line basis” in...
June 1, 2007
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Md.; invites companies to license a new non-destructive test (NDT) method for evaluating the degree of cure, variations in chemical composition and defect states in resin-based composites and metal oxides — data that is currently...
May 1, 2007
BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and voestalpine Stahl GmbH (Linz, Austria; have developed a steel...
January 1, 2007
    A wake-up call for plant maintenance The new Simatic Teleservice Adaptor IE (photo) facilitates cost-effective remote maintenance of machinery and plants. In acute service cases or emergencies, an email can be sent via the device. The engineer then scans the plant status via remote connection and carries out modifications. A new version of the adapter with Industrial-Ethernet interface has...
January 1, 2007
Two specimens made from Basell Corp.’s Hostalene GM5010 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that were installed in October 1956 are still in service, according to Ulrich Schulte, head of the application and technical service for Basell’s Pipe...
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