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October 1, 2012
The EM20-100-HC and EM60-100-HC 100-mL Hastelloy Pressure Reactors are designed for use with this company’s EasyMax synthesis workstation. These reactors expand the use of EasyMax to both autoclave-like organic synthesis and...
July 1, 2012
There might be as many categories of catalysts as there are chemical processing applications. And, no matter what the specialty or application, most catalyst producers are in a constant state of research and development in order to meet the demands of their chemical processing customers, as well as to develop innovative catalysts for new applications and growing market areas. Recent efforts of some of the...
July 1, 2012
It probably isn’t going to solve all the world’s energy needs, but producing biogas from waste can help slash the energy bills at some production plants, sewage-treatment plants and even farms. And for those companies offering biogas technology, business is booming. For example, Eisenmann Anlagenbau AG & Co. KG (Böblingen, Germany; has been active in the biogas...
April 1, 2012
The closure of several U.S. petroleum refineries over the past few months carries a simple message: petroleum refining is a tough business to be in these days. Paradoxical as it may seem to consumers, the recent rapid increase in fuel prices does not represent higher profits for refiners, which are generally operating with low margins, but is simply due to the higher cost of crude oil. Sunoco, Inc...
April 1, 2012
One additive intended for use in lead-acid batteries for micro-hybrid gasoline engines, and another for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, can improve battery performance. PBX51 is a...
March 1, 2012
Thermodynamics cannot yield any information about the intermediate states of a given reacting system. These intermediate states are the subject matter of chemical kinetics, which studies reaction rates and mechanisms. Chemical kinetics will predict what chemicals are present while thermodynamics will predict the limits of distribution of those chemicals in the different phases [1]. The design and analysis...
January 24, 2012
Rhodia (Paris, France;,) member of the Solvay Group, and Avantium (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; have entered into a partnership to jointly develop a range of new bio-based polyamides targeting a variety of applications. This partnership expands and completes the previously announced development agreement in the field of bio-based engineering plastics between Solvay and Avantium...
January 20, 2012
Green Biologics Ltd. (GBL; Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K.;, an industrial biotechnology company has merged with Butylfuel Inc., a U.S.-based renewable chemicals and biofuels company. The new company will operate under the Green Biologics name and will continue to be...
January 6, 2012
DuPont  (Wilmington, Del.; and NexSteppe (Malibu, Calif.; have entered into a collaboration to develop advanced feedstocks for biofuels and other bio-based products. The collaboration will focus on...
January 1, 2012
EasyMax is a synthesis workstation designed to replace the traditional round-bottom flask. It is simple to use, efficient, safe, requires no cryostat or PC and takes up only minimal fumehood...
October 20, 2011
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; plans to produce phthalate-free plasticizers from bio-based succinic acid from 2012 onward. Its strategic partner, BioAmber, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.,, is a global leader in succinic acid generated on the basis of renewable resources. Under the terms of their joint-development agreement, Lanxess and BioAmber are developing a portfolio of...
October 1, 2011
Velocys Inc. (Plain City, Ohio;, a part of the Oxford Catalyst Group (Abingdon, U.K.;, has been awarded the Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering Achievement from Chemical Engineering. The company’s winning technology features microchannel reactors for producing synthetic fuels. The award was announced at a reception September 12 in Houston. The...
September 21, 2011
H.C. Starck GmbH (Goslar, Germany; and Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut GmbH (Cutec; Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany; have joined forces to successfully develop a completely new generation of catalysts and process technology for the production of substitute natural gas (SNG) from biomass as a renewable energy...
September 1, 2011
The Asia 220 flow-chemistry system operates over a wide range of temperatures (–15 to 250°C), pressures and flowrates, and can perform chemical syntheses on the milligram...
August 1, 2011
A new Gas Addition Module has been introduced for this company’s FlowSys and other continuous flow reactors. The new module enables fast, controllable pre-saturation of liquid reagents with a wide range of gases and so promotes efficient gas-dependent...
August 1, 2011
This company has developed its CSR family of latent acid catalysts to create formulations suitable for production of stable phenolic and furan-based polymeric mixes with more than...
July 1, 2011
UniVessel SU (photo) is a single-use bioreactor with 2-L working volume for small-scale protein expressions or process-optimization studies involving mammalian, insect and plant-cell cultures. The reactor is...
July 1, 2011
Last month, Corning SAS (Avon, France), a subsidiary of Corning Inc. (Corning, N.Y.;, introduced the Advanced-Flow G4 Ceramic Reactor — the latest addition to the company’s line of glass flow reactors. The G4 is made of sintered-ceramic fluidic modules based on the...
July 1, 2011
OptiMax (photo) is a powerful synthesis workstation optimized for pharmaceutical, fine-chemical and specialty-chemical product development. The design and intuitive interface improve...
July 1, 2011
Grace Davison (Columbia, Md.; has commercialized a set of catalysts and additives for fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) that contain either zero or low rare-earth metal content. The new product family, known as Replacer, includes new catalysts for processing both hydrotreated and residual-fuel-oil (resid) feed, as well as environmental additives for sulfur treatment. The product family employs...
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