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  • Ford and DowAksa Partner on Automotive-grade Carbon Fiber Research

    A partnership between Ford and DowAksa is aimed at developing automotive-grade carbon fiber composite parts, which could make future vehicles lighter.

  • Changing Regulations and Energy Costs Impact the Global Chlor-alkali Industry

    Concerns about the environmental impact of using mercury or asbestos have encouraged companies to convert to lower-cost alternative chlor-alkali production processes. This article talks about the old and new technologies in chlor-alkali production.

  • U.S. to Emerge as Largest Exporter of Light Naphtha by 2020, Key to Gasoline and Chemicals Production, IHS Says

    Global production of light naphtha, an essential steam-cracker feedstock for the production of gasoline and numerous chemicals, is increasing and could create a global surplus that exceeds market demand by as much as 14 million metric tons (MMT) by 2020.

  • 3D Printing Process Allows Objects to Grow

    A process for 3D printing allows objects to rise continuously from liquid rather than the conventional approach of building objects layer by layer. The technology called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) may open opportunities for faster and more consistent quality 3D printing.

  • Technique Uses Carbon Nanotube Film to Heat and Cure Composite Materials

    Aerospace engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) have developed a carbon nanotube film that can heat and solidify a composite without using ovens.

  • Liquid Metal Property Could Lead to Shape-Shift Robots

    A team of scientists at Tsinghua University in China has found a liquid metal alloy with self-propulsion and shape-shifting abilities.

  • Oil Spill Dispersant Found to Be Toxic to Coral, Researchers Say

    A Temple University study finds that the dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is toxic to cold-water corals.

  • NASA and Aerospace Companies to Research Lightweight Composites for Aeronautics

    U.S. space agency NASA has established a public-private partnership—the Advanced Composites Consortium—to improve composite materials research and certification.

  • Awards Spotlight Chemical Industry Winners’ Use of Information, Analytics and Expertise

    IHS announced that two companies were honored with IHS SPECTRUM Excellence Awards at the 2015 World Petrochemical Conference in Galveston, TX.

  • Recycling Standards May Need Revision as 3D Printing Expands

    Buying plastic filament for 3D printing can be expensive, says Joshua Pearce, the lead researcher in the Open Sustainability Technology group at Michigan Technological University.

  • Researchers Develop Cool-temperature Process to Make Better Graphene

    A technique invented at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to produce graphene--a material made up of an atom-thick layer of carbon--at room temperature could help pave the way for commercially feasible graphene-based solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

  • A Low-Cost and Efficient Water-Splitting Electrode

    Scientists from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water.

  • Bioelectrochemical Processes Could Replace Petrochemistry Lysine Production

    Industrial chemicals made from yeast, molds, bacteria and plants that are "fed" with electricity may prove to be an economical alternative to synthetic, petroleum-based materials, say researchers in Germany and Australia.

  • Carbon Spheres May Cut Engine Friction and Improve Performance

    Researchers have found that when small, smooth carbon spheres are added to motor oil, they can reduce friction and wear typically found in engines by as much as 25%.

  • Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions with a More Effective Carbon Capture Method

    One significant way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions entails trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries.

  • Are Growth Prospects Stunted for Plant-based Chemicals?

    Crude oil and natural gas have long been the primary feedstocks for the global chemical industry. But renewable feedstocks such as sugar (from corn or sugarcane) and glycerin (from vegetable oils) have recently challenged the dominance of fossil fuels.

  • U.S. Chemical Production Rose in January for 10th Month

    The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.4% in January, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

  • Abrasion-resistant Surfaces Inspired by Desert Scorpions

    Researchers at Jilin University in China are looking to the natural world to solve the problem of material erosion by solid particles. Dr. Han Zhiwu and his team are turning to the deadly Androctonus australis, the yellow fat-backed scorpion, for inspiration, as reported in Design News.

  • Catalyst Aids in Creating Chemicals from Biomass

    Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass rather than petroleum.

  • Producing More, Cleaner Bioethanol with Nitrogen Gas

    Indiana University (IU) biologists believe they have found a faster, less expensive and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas in place of more costly industrial fertilizers.

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