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May 15, 2008
Because parts made from boron carbide have a higher rigidity and lower weight compared with those made from silicon carbide and alumina, boron carbide parts are important components for semiconductor manufacturing equipment and other components requiring high-temperature and abrasion resistance, including nozzles, mechanical seals and hard-disc substrates. However, making boron carbide parts with complex...
April 15, 2008
CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia; and China’s Thermal Power Research...
April 15, 2008
High-pressure die-cast (HPDC) aluminum alloys cannot normally be heated to high temperatures due to the presence of pores containing entrapped gases, which lead to the formation of surface blisters. CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (Melbourne, Australia; has found that blistering can be avoided by using shorter solution-treatment times at lower temperatures. CSIRO says its...
March 15, 2008
Despite challenges created by a building frenzy in the Middle East and Asia, E&C firms continue to deliver new chemical facilities around the world Anyone with an ear to the door of the chemical process industries (CPI) knows that the rising cost of raw materials is forcing processors to chase the cheap feedstocks. The relatively low price of oil and natural gas is making plant investments in the...
February 15, 2008
Nanostructured microporous carbons containing well-dispersed metal nanoparticles have the potential to improve the performance of fuel cells or catalysis. However, traditional techniques for embedding metal particles in porous carbons (post-synthesis treatment either by impregnation, adsorption, or ion exchange) can lead to uncontrolled growth of metal particle size, shape and aggregation, which can cause...
February 15, 2008
Transfield Services Ltd. ( and WorleyParsons Ltd. (both North Sydney, Australia; have been selected to construct two mobile-desalination units (MDU) for contingency use in the Brisbane River. The project is expected to provide 100-million...
January 15, 2008
Metallic nanoparticles are usually produced by wet chemical methods, often using toxic and flammable substances, or by physical methods such as evaporation and laser ablation. A group from the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at the University of Sydney (Australia;, has been experimenting with the synthesis of nanoparticles of...
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...
December 15, 2007
Megtec Systems (Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia; has announced the first power plant fueled by methane emissions from coal-mine ventilation air. Traditionally, CH4 released during coal excavation requires...
November 15, 2007
A new process to produce titanium, called the TiRO process, has been developed by a team from CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia; through its Light Metals Flagship. The process is said to halve the cost of producing titanium metal components by: 1) Replacing the conventional Kroll-batch process with a more continuous process based on fluidized-bed (FB) technology; and 2) Using Ti’s...
October 24, 2007
Chemical Engineering announced today the release of its new beta website.  The completely retooled site and online information service will provide up-to-the-minute news and in-depth technical expertise from Chemical Engineering’s global team of chemical engineers, CPI professionals and journalists.  “The new site simply capitalizes on Web-based technology to improve how...
January 1, 2007
Researchers from the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney (Australia; have produced spiral and straight carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a fluidized bed (FB) by adjusting the synthesis temperature, catalyst compostion, and carbon source. The process has the potential to produce large quantities of high-quality CNTs...
December 1, 2006
An innovative design of a pulsed-electric-field (PEF) treatment unit for the inactivation of Escherichia coli bacteria has been developed by associate professor Mohammed Farid and Sally Alkhafaji at the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department of the School of Engineering, the University of Auckland, New Zealand; The system includes multipass PEF treatment chambers that were...
November 1, 2006
  A promising method for producing hydrogen involves the gasification of biomass with steam. To enhance the concentration of Hâ‚‚ in the ensuing mixture of combustible gases, a carbon dioxide sorbent can be used in situ; calcium oxide is commonly used. A research team from the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, at the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering...
October 1, 2006
A new-type of polymer composite has recently been commercialized by Ceram Polymerik Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia; for passive fire-protection applications. Passive fire protection consists of using a material or structure that confines fires, giving people more time to escape while reducing structural damage. The new composite is based on technology that transforms plastics and...
October 1, 2006
Richard Milner, a Honary Fellow at CSIRO Entomology (Canberra, Australia;, has developed a rare native fungus, Metarhizium, into an environmentally friendly control for grass-hopper-type (including locust) agricultural pests. Metarhizium is a naturally occurring soil fungus that is...
May 1, 2006
Over the next four years, EnvoSmart Technologies B.V. (Roosendaal, Netherlands; plans to install 31 ThermoFuel systems throughout Europe for converting plastic waste into low-sulfur diesel fuel. The first six systems are to be located near Berlin, Germany, where they will produce 38 million L/yr of diesel from 42,000 m.t./yr of plastic when started up in mid 2007. Subsequent...
March 1, 2006
A patented moisture-control technology (MCT) developed by CSIRO Plant Industry (, with cooperation from Stellar Films Group (both Melbourne, Australia;, has shown it can maintain field freshness of selected fruit and vegetables during extended periods of storage and shipping. In a recent export trial of oranges to the U.S., the MCT liner not only...
March 1, 2006
The presence of arsenic minerals, such as enargite and tennantite, in some copper-bearing ore bodies, can be a problem for those wishing to recover the copper. When delivering copper concentrates to smelters in Australia, for example, miners are subjected to substantial penalties if...
February 1, 2006
A gas-liquid nozzle that reduces the size of the gas bubbles blown into a liquid — thus increasing the rate at which the gas is absorbed into the liquid — has been developed by a research team led by Jie Wu at CSIRO Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology Div. (, in collaboration with CPE Ltd (Chemical Plant & Engineering; both Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...
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