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Chemical Industry Innovation News Round-up, Feb. 2
February 2, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT
Discussions on innovation and the chemical industry this past week have centered on the launch of the International Year of Chemistry. Chemists, including Jean-Marie Lehn, professor of chemistry and a Nobel laureate, and Helene Longevin-Joliot, a professor of chemistry and the grand-daughter of Marie-Curie, highlighted at a launch meeting in Paris how far chemistry has come and how much potential it has for solving the world’s key issues. Chemistry’s full potential must be fostered if it is to solve key issues including the production of food, potable water and energy, and mitigation against climate change, said speakers including Rajendra Pachauri, chairman/UNIPCC, and Jerome A. Peribere, Dow Chemical’s CEO/Advanced Materials. BASF board member Hans-Ulrich Engel says a “step-change” in mentality is required from innovators, regulators and the public if chemistry is going to be fully enabled to solve the world’s key issues. All articles relating to IYC are available on CW.
Informex USA, the specialty chemicals expo, will run next week at Charlotte, NC. As part of the program of events UBM, the event’s organizers are holding a sustainable technology competition. CW has reviewed the entries. They reflect a surge of activity across the chemical industry to introduce more efficient processes-including continuous processes; reduce and replace solvents, and introduce step-change technologies that use sustainable raw materials instead of petrochemicals. Some of the entries have the potential to change the way chemistry is performed across the industry.
Other news written by CW’s journalists includes Pfizer’s announcement that it will reorganize R&D and slash jobs.
Keyuan Petrochemicals (Ningbo, China) has signed an agreement with Ningbo Institute of Technology, an affiliate of Zhejiang University, to jointly develop technology and commercial applications for K-resin, a styrene butadiene copolymer.
CW will run a FREE webcast on Thursday Feb. 5 on the issues relating to water scarcity that are projected to occur as a result of climate change. Three expert speakers on the webcast will discuss the technology options for chemical manufacture in water-scarce areas.
North Carolina State University: New technique boosts the high-power potential for gallium nitride electronics
Eureka Alert!: Tuning graphene film so that it sheds water.
Domestic fuel.com: Kent bioenergy touts low cost algae harvesting system.