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November 7, 2007
Total chemical-deal value for the first three quarters of 2007 exceeded total deal value for all of 2006 ($88 billion versus $51 billion, respectively), says a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers entitled Chemical Compounds. The quarterly report on the state of transactions in the global chemicals industry cites that deal volume has been consistently high through the first three quarters of...
October 31, 2007
The technology — now being demonstrated at the company’s booth with its lab-scale version (LabRAM) — generates acoustic waves via the resonant vibration of a simple, mechanically driven  agitator. At an 11:00 a.m. press conference today, Resodyn Acoustic Mixers Inc. of Butte, Montana (Booth 211) will be hosting a demonstration of its new, impeller-free mixing technology, which...
October 31, 2007
“This is the first time since the early 1970s there have been four strong years in a row; every piston of the economic engine was running,” says Dr. Thomas K. Swift, chief economist for the American Chemistry Council “We have just come off of four years (2003–2006) of very strong global economic growth,” says Dr. Thomas K. Swift, chief economist and managing director...
October 31, 2007
The winner of the 39th Kirpatrick Award is Axens Group Technologies. Pictured here at the award ceremony are (left to right) Charles Cameron, Director, Business Development (Axens); Manual Herrera, Principal Process Engineer (Axens); Rebekkah Marshall, Editor-in-Chief (CE); Nella Veldran, Publisher (CE); James MacArthur, Vice President, Engineering (Axens); J.L. Ross, Technology Manager (Axens) At Monday...
October 24, 2007
Chemical Engineering announced today the release of its new beta website.  The completely retooled site and online information service will provide up-to-the-minute news and in-depth technical expertise from Chemical Engineering’s global team of chemical engineers, CPI professionals and journalists.  “The new site simply capitalizes on Web-based technology to improve how...
October 1, 2007
Genencor, the enzymes division of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen; and DONG Energy (Fredericia, both Denmark) are collaborating to...
October 1, 2007
  Silverado Green Fuel, Inc. (Vancouver BC, Canada; has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson) to build a demonstration plant in Choctaw County to produce a clean-burning “green” liquid fuel from the state’s plentiful lignite reserves. Scheduled for startup in 2009, the plant will convert 30,000 ton/yr...
October 1, 2007
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (Washington, D.C.) has launched a new Internet resource to help smaller...
October 1, 2007
  The ability of titanium dioxide to absorb ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) solar radiation has been increased 25% by researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY...
October 1, 2007
Metabolic Explorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand; and IFP (Rueil-Malmaison, both France; signed an agreement last month to accelerate the scaleup of Metex’s proprietary technology for...
October 1, 2007
The Chemical Business Area of Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is the new identity of what was formerly known as Degussa...
October 1, 2007
DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; has acquired hydrotreating technology for desulfurizing motor fuels and hydrocracking intermediate refinery streams from Process Dynamics, Inc. (Fayetteville, Ark.). The IsoTherming Hydroprocessing Technology differs from other hydrotreating processes in that hydrogen is dissolved in the liquid feed before the liquid enters the reactor, so the reactors...
October 1, 2007
Rotec Design Ltd. (Brisbane, Queens-land, Australia; 6900-539), has filed a provisional patent application for an “Improved low heat rejection, high efficiency engine.” The engine is an improvement on the company’s Rotec EnviroDiesel Design (REDD), claimed to be the world’s first at-source diesel retrofit solution that simultaneously reduces particulate matter (PM)...
October 1, 2007
Although halons (brominated or chlorinated fluorocarbons) are widely used as fire suppressants and foaming agents, they also contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion. However, halons are potentially valuable chemicals that should not be destroyed, but rather converted to reusable chemicals, says Bogdan Dlugogorski, professor of chemical engineering in the school of...
October 1, 2007
Asahi Kasei Finechem Co. (Osaka, Japan; has commercialized a new type of catalyst for performing asymmetric oxidation reactions. The catalyst is based on ligands having the structure of a chiral-bis-hydroxamic acid (CBHA; diagram), which was first developed by Professor Hisashi Yamamoto at the University of Chicago; Asahi Kasei Finechem subsequently developed an industrial process...
October 1, 2007
The Spanish subsidiary of the Global Power Group of Foster Wheeler, Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; has signed an...
October 1, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany; is opening a second production facility for Baytubes, its carbon nanotubes product, at H.C. Starck GmbH (Laufenburg, Germany). When...
October 1, 2007
  Daicel Chemical Industries Ltd. (Osaka, Japan; is further developing an oxidation catalyst based on N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI), which was first discovered by Professor Yasutaka Ishii of Kansai University several years ago (CE, September 2000, p. 23). The catalyst, together with a small amount of metal salts (Mn or Co), can be used for the...
October 1, 2007
The world’s power plants, industrial companies and mines will spend $6.1 billion in 2007 for fabric filter equipment, systems and elements to clean up stack gases, according to a report by McIlvaine Co...
October 1, 2007
Lanxess (Leverkusen, Germany; has won a large contract to supply ion-exchange resins to Goro Nickel S.A.S. (Noumé, New Caldedonia), which will use the resins in future mining operations. Goro...
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