Chemical Reaction

Offer Your Solution To September's Process Puzzler

We overhauled our isobutene/n-butane fractionating column during a recent turnaround. We cleaned its sieve trays, replaced the reboiler (a circulating thermosyphon) and slightly lowered the suction nozzle to avoid splashing the bottom tray. The bottom-most thermocouple failed during start-up total reflux; it went full-scale.

Plastic, Heal Thyself

Scratches, dents and dings could be things of the past if futuristic science has anything to say about it. Indeed, a recent episode of Bytesize Science explores materials that mimic the human skin's ability to heal scratches and cuts.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Will Never Be The Same

I knew it! I knew there was a way to cheat at rock, paper, scissors. For years I've always fell victim to "champion" players – those so agile, adept and calculating that I could never seem to pick the right object to beat them at their own game.

Lights, Camera, Periodic Table Of Elements And Action

Never say chemists lack creativity.

Bayer Creates Plastic With A Memory

Bayer MaterialScience and BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing have developed shape memory plastics. Zap the plastic with heat and it goes back to its original shape. How cool is that? And I must admit that while I was reading the release, I started daydreaming about technology that...

Dow Corning Makes A Vision Statement

I've worn glasses since I was in the second grade. I have very poor eyesight. Indeed, I was the only 7-year-old with bifocals in my class. I'm so fortunate that my teachers and parents realized at an early age that I needed help seeing the world around me.

Put Your Sustainable Foot Forward

We recently revealed our findings from the 2012 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey. As many folks know, a good job is much more than the money. Being proud of the work you do is equally rewarding.

Help your Peers Make the Right Choice

In today’s economy, people and businesses alike are uber conscious about where they spend their hard-earned money. I’m no exception to that. Nowadays, any purchase I make, whether it be a baby stroller or a high-definition TV, I make sure I get the most “bang for my buck.” I factor...

File This In Your Very Own Paperless Filing Cabinet

I love Reader's Digest. There, I said it. I love a digest magazine that attracts an older demographic. I've loved it for a long time. For as long as I can remember my mother has had a subscription and as a gift several years ago, she ordered me my own subscription.

Light Shines On Cleveland After 100 Years

Call me Cleveland proud. My city may not have winning sports teams and we still have to deal with jokes about our lake catching on fire, but there is a lot to love about Cleveland. It's the home of many great manufacturers – pillars of industry that have pushed the...