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A new packaging foam

Nova Chemicals (Pittsburgh, Pa.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-548) has launched Arcel, a new foam resin that enables retailers to reduce the cube size of packaging by as much as 40% compared to traditional foam packaging, without sacrificing the protective qualities. As a result,…

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The Evolution of Power

    Environmental regulations, the economy, an aging infrastructure and the always growing demand for energy are well-known factors driving the need to reshape today’s power generation industry. But how the pending changes will impact the chemical process industries (CPI)…

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Antibody-drug pair

Lonza Group Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-549) plans to start large-scale production of antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), an emerging class of products utilized mainly for the treatment of cancer. The plant, located in Visp, Switzerland, will have an initial production capacity…

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Wound dressing

Last Month, Bayer Innovation GmbH (Leverkusen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-551) started a pilot plant for producing a bioresorbable wound dressing in sufficient quantities to enable clinical trials to be carried out. Once the clinical phase of development is sucessfully completed, regulatory approval…

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Dow cooperations

The Shenhau Group (China) and the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-552) signed a cooperative agreement last month and plan to study the feasibility for building a world-scale coal-to-chemicals complex in Shaanxi Provence, China. The study is expected to take…

Honoring Innovation

    Bringing recognition to high-quality chemical engineering performance has been a priority for this magazine since its founding more than 105 years ago. To signify this, Chemical Engineering will present its Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering  Achievement at a…

Improving the biodegradability of plastics with whey-based ingredients

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a commercially available biodegradable polymer used in many nonfood products as an alternative to petrochemical-derived polymers. However, PLA's physical properties limit its use in many applications. Scientists at the USDA’s Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC; Wyndmoor,…

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Good Times for Refiners

    Improved profitability in the refining industry has brought a wave of investment aimed at raising capacity, boosting product quality and operating flexibility, and increasing refiners’ ability to deal with difficult feedstocks. Greater integration with petrochemical complexes and, in…

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A new process for making TDI slated for its commercial debut

When a 300,000-m.t./yr plant starts up in 2010 at Bayer’s integrated site in Shanghai, China, it will be the first world-scale application of a new process for producing toluene diisocyanate (TDI) developed by Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6895-531).…

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Hydrogasification project aims to produce clean energy from coal, wind and biomass

An integrated energy scheme that combines the generation of substitute natural gas (SNG) from coal, coproduction of biofuel and electricity and near-zero emissions of carbon dioxide, is being developed by Arizona Public Service (APS, Phoenix; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6895-532), Arizona’s largest utility, with…