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Scaleup for a process to make a cobalt-free alternative for Li-ion batteries

Phostech Lithium Inc. (St. Bruno, Canada; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-533), an affiliate of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany), has completed construction of the first large-scale production plant for making lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) - a replacement for lithium cobalt oxide that allows larger, safer…

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Organic semiconductors

BASF Future Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-536) has entered a licensing and joint-development agreement with Rieke Metals, Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-537) and will soon start the industrial-scale production and sales of organic semiconductors (OSCs; polythiophenes). High-purity polythiophenes will be made…

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Make more olefins economically with this new catalytic-cracking process

SK Corp. (Seoul, South Korea; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-542) has developed a new process to increase the yield of olefins from the catalytic cracking of paraffinic feeds (paraffins-rich naphtha). The Advanced Catalytic Olefin (ACO) process uses a proprietary zeolite-type granular catalyst in a…

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Cellulosic ethanol

  Last month, Diversa Corp. (San Diego, Calif.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-546) and Celunol Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-547) signed a definitive merger agreement to create what is claimed as a new leader in the emerging cellulose-based ethanol industry. The combined company will be…

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GTL/CTL cooperation

  Last month, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Beijing; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-549) and Syntroleum Corp. (Tulsa, Okla.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-550) signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint technology-development effort tor advanced natural gas-to-liqquids (GTL) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) technologies. Syntroleum will provide its…

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Reducing PFOA

DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-553) has commercialized a patented process that removes more than 97% of trace levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), its homologues and direct precursors meeting the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA; Washington, D.C.) 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship program…

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Shaw-Saudi JV

Stone & Webster International, a business unit of the Shaw Group Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-554), has formed a joint venture with Sofcon Consulting Engineering Co. (AI Khobar, Saudi Arabia; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-555). The JV, called Shaw Sofcon, combines the process technology…

We mourn the passing of a friend and colleague

Readers of this publication will be saddened to learn that Nicholas P. Chopey, Chemical Engineering's Editor-In-Chief, passed away February 26th at the age of 74 in Elizabeth, N.J. The cause was complications with lymphatic cancer. Mr. Chopey, who was known…

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Siemens lands a new coal-gasification contract

Siemens Power Generation (Erlangen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6892-542) has received a €-30-million contract from Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd. (China) to supply two entrained-flow gasifiers — each with a thermal capacity of 500 MW — and further key equipment for…

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New biofuels

U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp. (Natchez, Miss.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6892-543) has developed a new biofuel, SoyMazia 128, that is claimed to be the first 100% renewable and environmentally friendly replacement for diesel fuel with none of the negative traits associated with traditional biodiesel.…