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October 1, 2006
Scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( have developed a catalyst that uses hydrogen to efficiently destroy harmful perchlorate in contaminated groundwater. The catalyst is composed of palladium and rhenium supported on activated carbon. The rhenium removes an oxygen atom from the perchlorate...
August 1, 2006
Merck (see item above) received the Greener Synthetic Pathways Award for discovering a catalytic synthesis for sitagliptin (a chiral β-amino acid derivative), an active ingredient for the...
August 1, 2006
Professor Suppes received the Academic Award (see item above) for developing a process to convert glycerin - a byproduct of biodiesel production - into propylene glycol, which can replace ethylene glycol in...
August 1, 2006
Two chemicals producers have recently reaped the benefits of high-throughput-screening technologies, through research collaborations with Symyx Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara...
June 1, 2006
At last month’s Achema conference (Frankfurt; May 15–19), Norbert Ullrich, chief engineer at Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; announced a first customer for and presented details about a new hydrogen-peroxide-based propylene oxide (HPPO) process, developed by Degussa AG (Düsseldorf, Germany; and Uhde (CE, February 2001, p. 17). The process...
June 1, 2006
Professor Yasutaka Ishii, and colleagues from the Dept. of Applied Chemistry, Kansai University (Osaka, Japan;, has developed a three-step production process to make epsilon-caprolactam (CPL) from cyclohexane. Compared to alternative methods, the process has a higher CPL yield, generates less waste, and avoids the use of corrosive reagents, says Ishii. The convectional route to...
May 1, 2006
First commercial results for a new reforming catalyst (R-98) of UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; were reported last month. Hunt Refining...
May 1, 2006
Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, Mo.; has commercialized an air- and water-stable palladium catalyst for performing intermolecular cross-coupling reactions, aminations and intermolecular Heck...
May 1, 2006
    Advances in catalytic cracking technologies are improving efficiency, product selectivity and environmental emissions. Optimum performance, reliability and flexibility of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units is essential for the continued competitiveness of refineries and their ability to meet market demands for refined products. FCC traditionally converts gas oil and heavier residual oil to...
April 1, 2006
    Liquids are accumulated and stored in tanks of various shapes and sizes throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). A small number of companies have made the design, fabrication and erection of these vessels their specialty. Initially, however, it is the process engineer who sizes and specifies tanks according to a specific application’s needs. In order to develop a data sheet for...
March 1, 2006
A heterogeneous catalyst for producing the solvent methyl isobutyl ketone has been developed by graduate student Ferry Winter, who defended his chemistry Ph.D. thesis last month at Utrecht University (Netherlands...
February 1, 2006
Haldor Topsøe (Lyngby, Denmark; has introduced two new hydroprocessing catalysts, which are based on its proprietary BRIM technology. Both catalysts are nickel-molybdenum types that optimize both hydrogenation at so-called brim sites (situated on the basal-plane of the catalyst) and the Type II active sites (edge sites) for direct...
February 1, 2006
Lanxess Deutschland GmbH (Leverkusen, Germany; has commissioned a parallel reactor for the screening of catalysts use in hazardous reactions, such as phosgenation and chlorination, which are commonly used to make...
February 1, 2006
Biotage AB (Uppsala, Sweden; has signed two agreements with Reaxa Ltd. (Manchester, U.K.; to develop and market new catalyst packages for development of fine chemicals. The first agreement is to develop an...
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