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CW's Weekly Innovation News Round-up, Oct. 7
8:43 AM MDT | October 7, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT
Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical's v.p./sustainability and environment, health and safety for Dow Chemical in an opinion piece this week for CW explains how collaboration in R&D is no longer a luxury but essential if chemical companies are to position themselves to tackle the key sustainability issues of today and tomorrow. Hawkins's article provides insights into how R&D has been and continues to change across the chemical industry.
It has taken 10 years and you wonder why it hasnt been done before but researchers from two U.K. universities have developed a model that takes out the trial and error of developing the perfect plastic recipe for a given application. It is interesting to note that comapnies including Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell also have been involved in this project. The innovation is likely to have a significant impact on the formulation of plastics and could be most important in the formulation of biopolymers as more are rolled out into the commercial arena.
Evonik has begun building two innovation centers at Esssen, Germany focused on paint and coatings, and cosmetics.
Beyond Chemical Week....
Periodic Table of Videos reviews the importance of the work by Daniel Shechtman who this week was announced as the 2011 laureate for the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Chemical Week reports on the award in text format.