Chemical Reaction

The Artificial Nose Knows That Smell

My co-worker loves beer. So much so that he took a class to earn his Cicerone certification. A Cicerone is the beer world's version of a wine Sommelier. Part of this program involves training the nose to know when something is amiss, afoul or just plain gross.

AkzoNobel Presents First North American Science Award

On June 6, I attended AkzoNobel's inaugural North American Innovation Conference, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The venue was an ideal setting to celebrate the company's achievements in science and industry, and honor Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, with the...

Hybrid Clay Could Be The Cost-Effective Answer To Water Purification

A study on “hybrid clay” that appears in the journal American Chemical Society (ACS) Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering suggests an inexpensive new material made of clay and papaya seeds removes harmful metals from water and could lower the cost of providing clean water to millions of people in the developing world.

Orange You Glad There's A Plan For Waste?

You've got to squeeze a lot of oranges to get a glass of juice. The lesson: It takes a lot of work to get to the reward. The fact: The reward leaves behind a lot of waste.

From Science Fair To Felony Charges

Has a need to be politically correct at all times brought us to our knees in terms of innovation and exploration? Are we doing a disservice to students by stymieing their curiosity for fear of getting in trouble?

Ending The Communication Breakdown For Signing Scientific Terms

Imagine trying to learn biology without ever using the word “organism.” Or studying to become a botanist when the only way of referring to photosynthesis is to spell the word out, letter by painstaking letter.

Horse Manure Key To Streamlining Biofuel Production

My sister-in-law owns a horse farm. She has up to 20 horses in her care at any given time. That many horses means a lot of manure. Not only do you have to muck the stalls to rid the area of waste, but you also have to take that waste...

Salary Survey Participants Sound Off

In Chemical Processing’s 2013 Job Satisfaction and Salary Survey, we asked participants to share their comments regarding the public’s negative perception of the industry, what can be done to change it, and what advice they’d give someone looking to go into the field.

World Water Day Celebrations Won't Get Flushed Down The Toilet

Tomorrow, March 22, is World Water Day. The day is dedicated as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.Official celebrations of World Water Day will be hosted by the Government of The Netherlands in The Hague.

How Do We Win The War For Talent?

The Economist recently conducted an interview with DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman. The focus of the 20-minute Q&A was how do we win the war for talent?I've been covering the manufacturing industry for 16 years and that question has been on the lips of nearly every manufacturing guru and leader.