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The far reach of the CPI To determine the impact of the chemical industry’s contributions to… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS A Bright Future for Quantum Dots The novel performance characteristics and tunability of quantum dots make… Distillation Column Internals: It's What's on the Inside that Counts New column internals boost efficiency and improve reliability of distillation… CHEMENTATOR
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Zeolite membranes to undergo large-scale testing for CO2 capture In late February, construction began on a test facility that… Nanostructured catalyst converts CO2 to ethanol electrochemically Reducing carbon dioxide to useful fuel molecules is a highly… Mechanochemistry performs cross-coupling reactions Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions are one of the most powerful and… CO2 scrubber supplies raw material for oxalic acid production A novel carbon-capture project at Michigan Technical University (MTU; Houghton,… Chementator Briefs ‘Green’ steelmaking Seamlessly following the successful completion of the GrInHy… This P-recovery process is market-ready At PowTech 2019 this month (Nuremberg, Germany), Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH… A new membrane for forward osmosis Many desalination technologies have been developed, but they usually require… A new catalyst for making renewable feedstocks The compound 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is an attractive raw material… BUSINESS NEWS Business News - April 2019 Plant Watch Asahi Kasei plans LIB separator capacity expansions March… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL U.S. Patent Rights: Think Twice Before Disclosing Your Invention These cautionary tales provide insight that can lead to best… FEATURE REPORT Field Performance Testing for Centrifugal Compressors Determining the field performance of centrifugal compressors can benefit operation… Protecting Instruments from Overpressure Overpressure in a process can damage the seals in a… Prevent Product Release with Pressure Protection Systems Closing off pressure upstream can minimize the need for pressure-relief… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: Convection versus Conduction Drying in Industry Adjustment and control of moisture levels in solid materials is… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Production of Polyacrylonitrile Fibers This column is based on “Polyacrylonitrile Production – Cost Analysis,”… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Key Considerations for the Use of Portable Gas Detectors Recent advances in gas-monitoring technologies can greatly increase worker connectivity… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Analyzers A proportional level-output detector for pilot plants The Dynatrol CL-10GP… NEW PRODUCTS
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A comprehensive line of vacuum metrology equipment The VacTest line of vacuum measurement equipment comprises a comprehensive… Easily detect level in challenging powder materials The CL-10 G Series of level detectors (photo) are designed… A tablet makes data available, even in hazardous zones The new Tab-Ex 02 industrial tablet (photo) is ATEX/IECEx Zone… Anti-cavitation valve trim helps improve plant availability, safety The Fisher Vee-Ball rotary control valves are now available with… A new digital service to transform engineering in the CPI This company’s Advanced Modelling and Simulation (AMS) service can help… This magnetic separator is automatically cleaned Introduced at Powtech this month, the Easy Clean magnetic separator… New pumps with a patented cyclone seal chamber This company has expanded its ISO Series of process pumps… A new modular economizer heat exchanger An economizer is a type of heat exchanger that recovers… Universal control extends security to individual devices The Xage Enforcement Point (XEP) platform extends network security to… Diaphragm valves for a large biopharmaceutical plant Valves from the SISTO-C series (photo) have been ordered for… Measure roughness directly in the production process Whether a surface must be very smooth or show a… New polymer powder for 3-D printing This company has developed a new polymer powder for applications… This vacuum-tray dryer features a unique CIP system The Model E1S fixed-shelf vacuum-tray dryer (photo) has a chamber… These flow controllers support many user-created mixtures The DPC Series of precision digital mass-flow controllers for process… Remote tank-level monitoring with cellular connectivity TankScan TSU1000 (photo) is an IIoT-enabled ultrasonic tank-monitoring system with… A new digital service to optimize maintenance This company has expanded its Digital Enterprise portfolio to include… A dense-phase conveying system for sensitive products The Pulse-Flow PTA dense-phase pneumatic conveying system (photo) directs air… New options for this biogas flowmeter The Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter (photo) for the measurement… Efficiently reduce agglomerates into particles The Model LB550 lump breaker (photo) can reduce agglomerates as… This boundary monitor now includes VOC emissions data The new Guardian2 site boundary monitor (photo) is designed to… Effective utilization of unused device data At the 2019 Hannover Messe (April 1–5), this company highlighted… Backpressure valves and pulsation dampeners combined New Fusion dampeners (photo) combine the technologies of this company’s…
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December Chementator Briefs Catalyst recycling A new process for selectively dissolving either palladium… Miniature ESR spectrometer facilitates study of free radicals A miniaturized electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer developed by Active… A more efficient use of renewable thermal energy A team of engineers from the Center for Energy Technology,… Biocatalysts for biodiesel production Researchers from the Department of Environmental and Applied Chemical Engineering,… Scaleup for a new process to make Bio-Alkylate Next spring, Exelus, Inc. (Livingston, N.J.; www.exelusinc.com) plans to pilot… A new catalyst reduces SO2 emissions from H2SO4 plants At last month’s Sulfur 2010 Conference (November 1–4; Prague, Czech… Microbes convert stack gases to fuels and chemicals A demonstration plant for a biological process that produces ethanol… New catalyst approach for methane-to-ethylene conversion A nanotechnology-based, bottom-up approach to synthesizing catalysts for converting natural… Commercialization may be in the works for a ‘cleaner’ gold-recovery process A green hydrometallurgical process for recovering gold from ore, developed… Nanoclusters that selectively catalyze oxidation reactions Professor Shu Kobayashi, University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan; www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp), has… BUSINESS NEWS
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JGC awarded hydrotreater project in Singapore
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.co.jp) has been awarded a contract… Outotec: Aluminum project in Saudi Arabia
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotech.com) and Hatch Ltd. (Mississauga, Ont.,… KBR Acquires Roberts and Schaefer
KBR Inc. (Houston; www.kbr.com) has acquired Roberts & Schaefer Co,… Principal Aker Solutions’ P&C to transfer to Jacobs
Aker Solutions (www.akersolutions.com) has entered into a share purchase agreement… SNC-Lavalin/Hatch: New smelter for Rio Tinto Alcan
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal; Canada; www.snclavalin.com) has now received the go-ahead… EPA sets first national standard to reduce mercury emissions from gold production
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) is… JGC sells affiliate interests to KBR JGC Corp. (Japan; www.jgc.co.jp) today announced that it will be selling… Styron: New SSBR production line in Schkopau
Styron (www.styron.com) today announced that the company will expand its… F-T µ-technology scales up towards the pilot phase
Following the successful operation of a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) demonstration plant… Oxea increases carboxylic acids production
Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; www.oxea-chemicals.com) has successfully completed the first… Second blast furnace fired up at ThyssenKrupp CSA in Brazil
Blast furnace 2 at the ThyssenKrupp CSA steel mill in… Aker Solutions: Gasification/liquefaction plant in U.S.
Medicine Bow Fuel & Power LLC has awarded Aker Solutions… Haldor Topsøe to supply tail-gas treatment catalysts to BASF Haldor Topsøe S/A (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) has entered into an… BASF & Sinopec to further expand Nanjing JV On the eve of the 10th anniversary of BASF-YPC, BASF… BASF expands superabsorbent polymer plants
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) plans to expand its existing… Stamicarbon urea technology for China
Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, the Netherlands; www.stamicarbon.com), the licensing and IP… Bechtel selected for first-of-its-kind nuclear project
Bechtel Corp. (San Francisco, Calif.; www.bechtel.com) will provide design and… Dow plans new PG plant in Thailand
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) plans to build… Borealis upgrades at Porvoo PE plant
At yesterday’s meeting in Vienna, the Borealis (www.borealisgroup.com) supervisory board… Fluor and Sibur sign MoU
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) has signed a memorandum of… Foster Wheeler acquires sulfur-recovery technology
Foster Wheeler AG, (Zug, Switzerland,; www.fwc.com) announced today that its… Lanxess to acquire DSM Elastomers
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) and Dutch company Royal DSM… Solvay mulls construction of epichlorohydrin production plant in China
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) is studying the construction of… Dynasol to produce and sell rubber in China Dynasol, a subsidiary of Repsol (www.repsol.com) and the Kuo Group,… Fluor named project management consultant for new refinery in Turkey
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) announced today that Socar &… Evonik plans capacity expansion in isophorones
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) intends to construct a… Yule Catto to purchase PolymerLatex
Yule Catto & Co. plc (Harlow, U.K.; www.yulecatto.com) has agreed… FWC: Contract for two grassroots refineries in Brazil Foster Wheeler AG (FWC; Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) announced today that its… Wacker: New polysilicon-production facility in Tenn.
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) will build a new… Shaw: Contract for new ethylene plant in India
The Shaw Group Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.; www.shawgrp.com) it has… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL Did somebody say pilot plant? During the first three days of last month’s AIChE Annual… Filtration Centrifuges: An Overview To solve the task of solid-liquid (S-L) separation in the… Heat Transfer Fluid Leaks: Break the Fire Triangle Management of process plants requires the understanding and application of… Chemical Lifecycle Management Chemicals in production and laboratory environments alike have three distinct… Optimizing Reciprocating Compressors for CPI Plants Reciprocating compressors — the most commonly used type of compressor… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Project design decision-making: Option lists Most of the more than $100 billion in capital spending…
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