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Achema WAS more global than ever

  Anyone who has ever attended the Achema exhibition-congress, which showcases products and know-how for chemical engineering, environmental protection and biotechnology in Frankfurt, Germany, every three years, is aware from personal experience of the vast scope and high stature of…

Job Hunting? Avoid These Ten Blunders

During career coaching to hundreds of individuals, I’ve come to realize that the people who take longest to find meaningful employment tend to commit the same blunders. Singled out here are ten of the most egregious career-stalling maneuvers. If you…

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Chementator: A continuous route to HI generates less effluent

Nippoh Chemicals Co. (Tokyo; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5830-539), is developing a continuous, vapor-phase process to produce hydroiodic acid as an alternative to the conventional liquid-phase batch process. Over the next few months, the company will test the new process in a 30-m.t./yr pilot…

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Chementator: This biodiesel reactor is made of duplex

Although many new biodiesel plants are sprouting up around the world, Perstorp Oxo AB’s (Stenungsund Sweden) 160,000 m.t./yr rapeseed-methyl-esters (RME) facility, now under construction at Stenungsund, will be the first to have a reactor made from duplex stainless steel. The…

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Chementator: New TDI process

Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5830-546) has developed a new process for producing toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a precursor for making flexible polyurethane foam. Without disclosing details, BMS says the process reduces investment costs by 20–30%, and energy consumption by…

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Chementator: Disposable bioreactors

ATMI Life Sciences (ATMI; Hoegaarden, Belgium; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5830-549) and Pierre Guérin SAS (Mauze sur le Mignon, France; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5830-550) have formed an alliance to design, manufacture and market disposable fermentors and bioreactors. ATMI’s proprietary mixing system (which features a paddle integrated into…

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How to Prepare a Process Design Basis

    Intelligent — and thorough — preparation of a process-design-basis document can make the difference between a high-quality design for a chemical-process project and a poor one. The process-design-basis document represents the owner’s instructions to the design engineering organization…

June Calendar: North America

1st International Congress on Ceramics. The American Ceramic Society (Westerville, Ohio). Phone: 614-890-4700; Fax: 614-899-6109; Web: ceramic.org Toronto, Canada June 25–29   Principles of Process Safety Technology. ABS Consulting (Knoxville, Tenn.). Phone: 865-675-2580; Fax: 865-671-5851; Web: absconsulting.com Knoxville, Tenn. June…

June Calendar: Europe

  OAPEC/IFP Joint Seminar: The Importance of Conversion Processes in Oil Refining and Their Role in the Production of Clean Fuels. IFP (Rueil-Malmaison, France). Phone: +33-147-526000; Fax: +33-147-527000; Web: ifp.fr Rueil-Malmaison, France June 20–22   16th European Symposium on Computer…

June Calendar: ASIA & ELSEWHERE

Interphex Asia. Reed Exhibitions (Singapore). Phone: +65-6789-8800; Fax: +65-6789-7711; Web: reedexpo.com.sg Singapore June 27–29   12th Annual China Chemical Industry Conference. Chemical Week (New York, N.Y.). Phone: 212-621-4978; Fax: 212-621-4970; Email: [email protected] Shanghai, China Sept. 12–14