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Hydrothermal synthesis of cobalt-free lithium-ion-battery cathodes

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; www.ornl.gov) have developed a hydrothermal-synthesis method for high-voltage lithium-ion battery cathodes that avoids several key issues with traditional battery processing. Key…

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Business News: February 2023

Plant Watch Entegris to expand production capacity of Electronic Chemicals facilities January 12, 2023 — Entegris, Inc. (Billerica, Mass.; www.entegris.com) plans to increase production and purification capacity for its Pueblo, Colo. and Hollister, Calif. sites to support the anticipated increase…

These mass flow controllers have three new certifications

This company’s SLA Series mass-flow controllers (MFCs; photo) and meters now have new global certifications, including those covering the cure dates and shelf life of the elastomers used in the assembly and the surface roughness of the flow path, as…

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Quantum-based tool searches quadrillions of materials to optimize catalysts

For the first time, a quantum-computing-inspired tool has been used for catalyst discovery — specifically for the investigation of a new catalyst for the production of hydrogen via electrolysis. Created jointly by scientists from Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo; www.fujitsu.com) and the…

Designing a Multi-Stage Thermal Oxidizer System

Thermal oxidizers can be used for the abatement of a wide range of air pollutants and volatile organic compounds. This article describes the custom design of a thermal oxidizer to treat three different waste streams from a biogas plant A…

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Scaleup for an ethanol-to-ethylene process

Last May, Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net) started up the first ethanol-to-ethylene pilot plant based on Axen’s Atol technology with Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp). The pilot plant, located at Sumitomo Chemical’s Chiba Works, will produce ethylene from ethanol.…

These temperature and vibration devices have new certifications

This company has recently received FCC, FM and IC certification for its NEON brand of temperature transmitters (photo) and vibration sensors. The NEON vibration sensor sends alerts to maintenance engineers as soon as assets, such as engines, conveyor belts and…

Get steam at its set pressure, nearly immediately

The MC-COS multi-control valve (photo) is a fully integrated device consisting of this company’s COS pressure-reducing valve, a separator, steam trap and a motorized actuator. It is designed for steam conditioning, as well as to control either the steam pressure…

Improve the connectivity of explosion-safety systems

Process equipment is usually connected by pipelines through which, if an explosion occurs, fire and pressure can spread very rapidly. Propagating explosions pose increased risks of secondary explosions. The intensity of the explosion in connected vessels is increased by pressure…

Focus on Packaging

SaaS integrates with packaging and labeling hardware PalletWorks 2.0 tracking and labeling software (photo) is a subscription-based software as a service (SaaS) that integrates seamlessly into any manufacturing environment. Not only does it integrate with packaging and labeling hardware on…