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CB&I and Clariant's Polypropylene Catalyst Production Plant on Schedule to Begin Production

CB&I and Clariant's Polypropylene Catalyst Production Plant on Schedule to Begin Production

CB&I and Clariant announced today its new Ziegler-Natta (ZN) polypropylene catalyst production plant in Louisville, Kentucky, is on schedule to begin production in 2015. The plant is part of a long-term strategic partnership between Clariant's Catalysts business unit and CB&I's Lummus Novolen Technology business. [More]
Novel Method Improves Catalysis of Water-Splitting Reactions for Storing Wind and Solar Energy

Novel Method Improves Catalysis of Water-Splitting Reactions for Storing Wind and Solar Energy

Scientists at EPFL have developed a method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions used for storing wind and solar energy. The method chemically peels off the outermost surface of a catalyst, thereby maximizing its active surface for the reaction. [More]
ANGUS’ Multifunctional Paint Additive Receives EPA’s Volatile Organic Compound-Exempt Status

ANGUS’ Multifunctional Paint Additive Receives EPA’s Volatile Organic Compound-Exempt Status

ANGUS Chemical Company today announced that AMP, a multifunctional specialty chemical that’s widely used in latex paint formulations, is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) under a final rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [More]
Simple, Inexpensive Test to Detect Fake Malaria Drugs

Simple, Inexpensive Test to Detect Fake Malaria Drugs

Chemists and students in science and engineering at Oregon State University have created a new type of chemical test, or assay, that's inexpensive, simple, and can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine – an enormous and deadly problem in the developing world. [More]
Neutron Crystallography Helps Solve Mystery of Ferryl Heme Compound I Structure

Neutron Crystallography Helps Solve Mystery of Ferryl Heme Compound I Structure

The controversy centres around a family of enzymes known as heme enzymes, due to the presence of a heme group in their active site. At the centre of the heme cofactor is an iron (Fe) atom, which becomes oxidised (ferryl) when a reacting heme is in an intermediate state called Compound I. [More]
Kemira Reaches Preliminary Agreement to Acquire AkzoNobel's Paper Chemicals Business

Kemira Reaches Preliminary Agreement to Acquire AkzoNobel's Paper Chemicals Business

Kemira has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's global paper chemicals business. The parties will also enter into a distribution agreement for AkzoNobel's colloidal silica business for retention and drainage applications for the paper industry. [More]
New Grade of High-Purity Laboratory Acids Optimized for Trace Metal Analysis from Avantor

New Grade of High-Purity Laboratory Acids Optimized for Trace Metal Analysis from Avantor

Avantor™ Performance Materials, a global manufacturer of performance materials and chemicals, has launched a new grade of high-purity laboratory acids optimized for trace metal analysis and designed to meet the needs of customers in environmental, food, quality control and other testing applications. [More]
Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 Measures ‘Chemical Footprint’ of Plastics

Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 Measures ‘Chemical Footprint’ of Plastics

By switching the type of plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals – the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane -- out of the environment, according to a new analysis that measures the "chemical footprint" of plastics. [More]
BASF Sponsored Blue Ridge School Student Finishes Fourth Place in National Chemistry Challenge

BASF Sponsored Blue Ridge School Student Finishes Fourth Place in National Chemistry Challenge

Students from across the country proved that they are chemists in the making at the 10th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge ® on June 23, 2014. BASF sponsored student Varun Mosur competed against 29 other 5th – 8th grade students and finished in fourth place. Mosur received a $1,000 scholarship to use towards his higher education. [More]
TCEQ Approves Permit for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Expansion of Texas Cedar Bayou Plant

TCEQ Approves Permit for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Expansion of Texas Cedar Bayou Plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) is pleased to announce it received Board of Directors approval and obtained the necessary environmental permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to expand normal alpha olefins (NAO) production capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas. This investment will provide an additional 100,000 metric tons per year of capacity. [More]