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March 28, 2011
The HiQ 60 range of calibration gases includes pure gases and non-reactive gas mixtures that have an extended 60 month (5-yr) shelf life and flat-line...
March 28, 2011
In wall-hung condensing boilers for residential use, high-performance Noryl, Ultem and Cycoloy resins can replace traditional metals such as copper and brass used in boiler components, including condenser housings and manifolds. In high-efficiency condensing boilers...
March 28, 2011
The commercial purging componPurgex 461 Plus is effective for purging new biodegradeable and compostable polyethylene resins. The...
March 28, 2011
Silicone Lube is designed to provide lubrication and protection on a wide range of surfaces in heavy-duty applications. The product is highly concentrated and is...
March 28, 2011
Oxfilm 351 is a virtually odorless coalescing agent with a boiling point of 351°C, so it has negligible contribution to a coating’s VOC (volatile organic compound) content...
March 28, 2011
Contec Manufactured in France for the European market, Contec Sterile 70% Isopropanol (photo) is adapted for use in critical clean environments and...
March 28, 2011
This firm will launch two new innovations at the K-Show: Technyl eXten is an environmentally friendly polyamide 6.10 solution, produced in part from castor oil...
March 28, 2011
Among the new innovations launched at the K-Show are Edgetek AM Flame Retardant, Non-Halogen compounds, a new line of RoHS-compliant, high-temperature polyamide compounds...
January 1, 2011
A simplified and streamlined new process for producing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), trademarked as Compress PTA and co-developed by The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; and Davy Process Technology (DPT; London, U.K.;, requires 15% lower capital spending, 20% lower utilities consumption and allows a 25% smaller processing space than conventional processes.  ...
January 1, 2011
In recent years, a number of factors have further emphasized the importance of solvent selection in the chemical process industries (CPI). These include the increasing regulatory scrutiny leveled on industrial solvents, and an effort by CPI companies to reduce the environmental, health and safety (EHS) impact of their solvent use. In addition, specialized, high-performance solvents are available for some...
November 1, 2010
Much attention over the past two years has been focused on alternative energy and green chemistry. So it is particularly appropriate that Chemical Engineering’s (CE) 2010 Personal Achievement Award recognizes two individuals with expertise in those fields. Last month, at an award ceremony held at the ChemInnovations Conference and Exhibition in Houston, Tom McGowan, a longtime consultant in biomass...
March 1, 2010
The solubility of water in the hydrocarbons that comprise crude oil is an increasingly important issue in view of processing, safety and environmental considerations surrounding product quality and equipment sustainability. Water in the reacting hydrocarbon species may result in the formation of undesirable by-products. The presence of water in the product may be detrimental to quality. Water content at...
February 1, 2010
Many reactions, extractions, separations and other operations in the chemical process industries (CPI) involve the use of organic solvents. In addition to handling and disposal issues, organic solvents can pose a number of environmental concerns, such as atmospheric and land toxicity. In many cases, conventional organic solvents are regulated as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In addition, certain...
January 1, 2009
  Lummus Technology, a CB&I company (The Woodlands, Tex.; and SYN Energy Technology Co. (Dalian, China; have signed a global, cooperative market agreement to license a methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process. The technology, called DMTO, was developed by the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Dalian, China), which has a controlling interest in...
January 1, 2009
When completed in early 2010, Shell Chemicals’ B.V. (The Hague, Netherlands; 750,000-m.t./yr facility at the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore will be the world’s largest plant to produce mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) using Shell’s Omega process. This plant marks the fifth license of the Omega technology since the first commercial application came on stream...
December 1, 2008
Last month, Uralchem OJSC (Moscow, Russia; started production of a new fertilizer, called ASN 32:0:0:5, at Kirov-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OSJ. Granules of the new ASN formulation have a gradient structure with a high concentration of ammonium sulfate on the surface and a high concentration of ammonium nitrate...
October 15, 2008
  Although ammonia is still made by the near-century-old Haber-Bosch process, today’s ammonia plants bear little resemblance to those early units — now literally decorating the lawns outside BASF in Ludwigshafen, and Dechema in Frankfurt, Germany. For one thing, the efficiencies of this energy-intensive, brute-force reaction of hydrogen and nitrogen have increased dramatically, especially...
June 15, 2008
This summer, Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. (AKCC; Tokyo, Japan; plans to begin construction on a plant for producing 200,000 m.t./yr of acrylonitrile (AN) and a plant for making 70,000 m.t./yr of methyl methacrylate (MMA), at Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand. The $80-million investment...
June 15, 2008
Scientists from CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia; have succeeded in engineering the model plant Arabidopsis to produce 30 wt.% of vernolic acid, an unusual fatty acid (UFA), in its seed oil. The project’s leader, Allan Green — who presented the findings at the Fifth Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing (Chicago, April 27 – 30) —...
May 15, 2008
CLC bio (Aarhus, Denmark; and partners from Danish research institutions and crop-enhancing firms have started a project to develop potatoes into a...
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