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March 15, 2008
Ateam of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, Argonne, Ill.; edlinks.che.com/7370-568) has developed a membrane capable of producing olefins from alkanes, and reducing wasted energy and pollutants while improving selectivity and yield. Steam cracking, or pyrolysis, has long been the widespread production method for olefins including ethylene, propylene, and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-Ceramic-ethane-to-ethylene-membrane-could-replace-pyrolysis_3740.html
March 15, 2008
Scientists from the Center Biology at University College Dublin (Ireland; edlinks.che.com/7370-576) and the University of Bologna (Italy; edlinks.che.com/7370-577) have developed an enzymatic process that can be applied to the synthesis of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/catalysis/Chementator-Chiral-synthesis_3746.html
March 15, 2008
On January 31, 2008, law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP held its "Nanotechnology, Law & Commerce" forum exploring "Business at One-Billionth of a Meter." A total of 18 invited speakers explored a variety of topics including the current state of nanotech R&D; public policy, politics and legal issues; the financing and underwriting of nanotech; and "nanoethics." George...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/biochemistry/Newsfront-Forum-Makes-a-Big-Deal-about-Nanotech_3718.html
March 15, 2008
Fuel cells and hydrogen economy are inevitably used in the same breath when talking about clean power and ways to wean us from our addiction to carbon-based fuels. That’s because H2 -based fuel cells make electricity and heat with only water in the exhaust. Unfortunately, realistic assessments of the current situation conclude that it will be awhile — perhaps decades — before hydrogen...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/electrochemistry/Newsfront-Fuel-Cells-Move-into-the-CPI-Plant_3717.html
March 15, 2008
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE; Freiburg, Germany; edlinks.che.com/7370-575) have developed a solar-cell prototype that is semi-transparent, color-tunable and (thus far) resistant to weather degradation. A "classical Grätzel cell" according to Andreas Gombert head of Fraunhofer’s Materials Research and Applied Optics department, the prototype is...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/electrochemistry/Chementator-Gratzel-cell_3745.html
February 25, 2008
A new catalysis center (www.catalyticcenter.de) has opened today in Aachen, Germany, for which the Bayer company provides more than seven million euros of funding. “To further boost our innovative strength, we support excellent performance and talent in science,” says Peter Vanacker, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience and head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit, at a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/catalysis/Bayer-invests-in-research-center-in-Aachen_3696.html
February 15, 2008
Valencent Products, Inc. (El Paso, Tex.; edlinks.che.com/7369-544) and Global Green Solutions, Inc. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada; edlinks.che.com/7369-545) are in the final stages of commercializing their patented Vertigro process, which includes the growing and harvesting of algae, and extraction of oil from...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-Algae-based-biodiesel_3692.html
February 15, 2008
Last month, Benefuel, Inc. (Mt. Prospect, Ill.; edlinks.che.com/7369-533) established an exclusive global agreement with Süd-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL; New Delhi) whereby SCIL will manufacture proprietary solid-acid catalysts for Benefuel’s biodiesel production facilities around the world. The patent-pending catalysts — developed by Benefuel in collaboration with the National Chemical...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/catalysis/Chementator-Commercial-production-and-debut-of-a-new-solid-acid-catalyst-for-making-biodiesel_3684.html
February 15, 2008
Biotechnology samples, such as proteins, nucleic acids, biological specimens and pharmaceuticals, are typically stored frozen to extend their shelf life. However, a problem that has plagued researchers for decades is that the buffers used to maintain the pH of the samples lose their efficacy as samples are cooled. Low-temperature biophysical and bioanalytical techniques can also be affected by pH...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/biochemistry/Chementator-Maintain-pH-even-at-cyrogenic-temperatures-with-this-buffer_3687.html
February 15, 2008
Technical innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) and photovoltaics have consistently reflected the similarities between the two technologies. In fact, research groups at many universities, such as  the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.; www.umich.edu) and the University of Southern California (USC; Los Angeles, Calif.; www.usc.edu), are studying both simultaneously. With pressing consumer...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/electrochemistry/Photons-to-electrons-and-vice-versa_3697.html
February 11, 2008
On the international chemicals markets, hazardous chemistry and custom synthesis for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and their precursors represent an attractive combination. Besides the additional capacities, however, customers are also calling for an increasing flexibility regarding the dimensioning of the production facilities. Demand has been identified in particular in the segment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Three-mobile-reactors-for-hazardous-chemistry_3657.html
January 15, 2008
Toyo Engineering Corp. (TEC; Narashino, Japan; edlinks.che.com/7368-532), Modec Inc. (Tokyo, both Japan) and Velocys Inc., (Plain City, Ohio) have agreed to jointly develop a commercial gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant to be installed on a mobile platform or ship for monetizing small-to-medium sized natural gas fields. The project has the potential to utilize more than 3,000-trillion ft3 of natural gas that is...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-A-New-Offshore-GTL-Production-System-Takes-Advantage-of-Microchannel-Reactors_3613.html
January 15, 2008
A prototype solar reactor that will break carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen, or split water into hydrogen and oxygen, will be started up this spring by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.; edlinks.che.com/7368-535). The ultimate goal of the so-called "Sunshine to Petrol" project is to recycle sequestered CO2 and combine the CO product with H2 to synthesize...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-This-Solar-Reactor-Will-Recycle-Carbon-Dioxide_3616.html
January 15, 2008
As long as the chemical process industries (CPI) have existed, catalysts have been backstage supporting, if not leading, their progress. And, as much of the chemical industry’s current research efforts center around producing cleaner products, such as transportation fuels and energy sources in a greener way, the same can be said about catalyst development. Certainly, a major reason for the clean and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/catalysis/Newsfront-Cleaning-up-with-Catalysts_3599.html
December 15, 2007
The amount of crude oil remaining in depleted oil fields has been estimated to be about 50 – 80% of the total estimated oil reserves. In the past, CO2 has been injected into such wells for enhanced-oil recovery — a technique that displaces the oil and stores the greenhouse gas. Now, a completely different approach to monetizing the carbon is being considered by Inpex Holdings Inc. (Tokyo...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-A-Way-to-Convert-Depleted-Oil-Wells-into-Natural-Gas-Wells_3578.html
December 15, 2007
Süd-Chemie Zeolites GmbH, a subsidiary of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; edlinks.che.com/6902-539) has begun to expand its production plant for new specialty zeolites, and also construct a new wastewater processing plant, at its Bitterfeld site in Germany. The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-New-Zeolite-Catalyst_3581.html
December 15, 2007
The blood-cholesterol-lowering effects of beta-glucan — the soluble oat fiber — is well known, but up to now it has been difficult to obtain beta-glucan-rich fractions that are feasible for food applications, according to VTT Technical Research Center (Espoo, Finland...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-Beta-Glucan-Separation_3582.html
December 15, 2007
In Malaysia, the raw material for biodiesel production has been palm oil. However, making biodiesel can conflict with the oil’s use as food, and growing palm oil (even for food) has caused the destruction of tropical forests in Borneo, Sumatra and other regions. A team from the Dept. of Chem. Eng. at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, (Perak, Malaysia...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/Chementator-Fuel-from-Rubber-Seeds_3584.html
November 30, 2007
Yesterday, Lonza AG (Basel, Switzerland; www.lonza.com) formally launched its newly acquired plant in Shawinigan, Canada. The facility is dedicated to the production of Pro-KTM — a new addition to Lonza's nutrition portfolio. The plant recently passed its ISO-9001-2000 and FAMI-QS...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/electrochemistry/Lonza-inaugurates-Shawinigan-Facility_3528.html
November 23, 2007
Süd-Chemie Zeolites GmbH, a subsidiary of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.sud-chemie.com) has begun to expand its production plant for new specialty zeolites, and also construct a new wastewater processing plant, at its Bitterfeld site in Germany. The investment amounts to double-digit...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/reaction_engineering/catalysis/Sud-Chemie-to-expand-catalyst-production_3523.html
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