BP and DuPont team up for biofuels
BP and DuPont have partnered to develop and market advanced biofuels and will reportedly commercialize biobutanol for gasoline in 2007.
Nanosponge soaks up mercury
The first commercial use of a novel sponge-like material dubbed Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports (SAMMS) has begun at several sites.
Microwave use with chemicals to grow
The use of microwaves by the chemical industry is set to grow as the National Centre for Industrial Microwave Processing (NCIMP) is evaluating the economics of microwave technology for specific applications and, for promising ones, developing industrial-scale equipment.
Ionic liquids boost cellulose as feedstock
Ionic liquids, now being pioneered by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, for acid scavenging in reactors, also promise to play an important role in expanding the use of cellulose as a chemicals feedstock.
Automation Federation launched
The Automation Federation, an umbrella organization for societies involved with process control and automation, now is being formed.
Active sensors make drums smart
Chemical plants, already increasingly relying on intelligent field devices tied into control networks, may benefit from a different type of smart sensor for goods and equipment.