Chemical Reaction Blog

Brenda Large, College of DuPAge
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STEM Camps: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

July 5, 2024
Industrial workforce shortages are driving initiatives such as upskilling and STEM camps that attract new workers. Discover how one hands-on program is inspiring the next generation...
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Chemical Industry Helps Me Navigate the Winding Road to an Eco-Friendly Vehicle Upgrade

May 20, 2024
As I bid farewell to my trusty old Honda CR-V, the quest for a new, environmentally friendly vehicle begins.
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What Do Ben Franklin, Miss Muffet And Espresso Martinis Have In Common?

April 10, 2024
A recent American Chemical Society video details a complicated process to craft a well-rounded martini.
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Engineering: Hone Soft Skills to Combat Work Woes

April 5, 2024
Chemical Processing’s Job Satisfaction and Salary Survey helps us keep tabs on how everyone feels about the state of engineering. What we’ve found is workforce challenges keep...
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Engage Your 2028 Workforce Now

March 6, 2024
Finding operators and engineers to continue where Baby Boomers left off is a contest-winning proposition.
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Batteries, Bladders and a Golden Stream of Innovation

Feb. 23, 2024
Researchers from India and Sweden say urine could be the secret ingredient in efficient battery recycling.
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Someone to Watch: A Musician with a Love for Star Trek… and Engineers

Feb. 9, 2024
Meet Elle Cordova, a musician and video creator with a knack for humorously tackling advanced technology concepts and more.
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Chemical Industry: Key Trends to Track in 2024 and a Review of 2023

Jan. 9, 2024
Recapping the IndustryWeek 'Production Pulse' livestream chat, including key points about the outlook for the chemical industry
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Promote Gender Pay Equality in Chemical Engineering

Dec. 6, 2023
My daughter’s school project prompted me to take a closer look at how female chemical engineers’ salaries compare to their male colleagues.
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Sustainability in Chemicals: No Politics, Just Reality

Aug. 1, 2023
The old saying that "knowledge is power" holds true when it comes to environmental regulations. That's why we write about it.
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Unveiling the Veil: Chemical Industry's Silence Threatens Transparency and Trust

June 20, 2023
We can’t help the industry improve its existing processes if the people running processing plants won’t share best practices, obstacles and tough lessons learned.
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An intense X-ray beam (in pink) is focused into a small spot on a single nanoscale grain of a platinum electrode (highlighted within the droplet). Diffraction interference patterns from that grain were collected on an X-ray detector (the black screen). (Illustration by Dina Sheyfer, Argonne National Laboratory.)

X-Ray Vision for Clean Hydrogen

May 12, 2023
I recently posted an article about a research project at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to explore more efficient ways to produce hydrogen. The project...
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Gregory See Hoye, market manager for Dedert, gets ready to speak about the need for partnerships among process solutions providers, ingredient producers and other key players in the supply chain to deliver on new market demands, including lithium battery powders.

Field Notes From the Powder Show

May 2, 2023
Tips and insights from the The International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition.
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Knowledge Is Power Then and Now

April 28, 2023
The story of Rachel Carson’s contributions to environmental conservation has long stuck with me and now comes full circle as a new generation learns about her work.
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Chemical Engineering Career Offers Myriad Job Opportunities, Stability

April 5, 2023
Resources delve deeper into what a future career in the chemical industry might look like from the eyes of seasoned chemical engineers.
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Did a Norfolk Southern Train Take a ‘Spill’?

March 24, 2023
Words matter, especially when an industry's reputation is at stake.
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Vessels from the embalming workshop © Saqqara Saite Tombs Project, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. Photographer: M. Abedlghaffar

Ancient Egypt’s Chemists

Feb. 2, 2023
Call it a morbid curiosity, but I’m always fascinated when I see an article about about well-preserved ancient remains. In fact, the other day I sent a friend a picture from a...
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Sweet Discovery Fuels Renewable Resource

Feb. 1, 2023
Researchers have sped up the slowest step in processing sugar into a chemical called isobutanol.
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2023 Economic Trends to Watch

Jan. 13, 2023
A summary of key economic indicators that will impact the chemical industry this year from Endeavor Business Media.
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What is Chemical Computing?

Jan. 2, 2023
If the concept becomes reality, it could lead to smarter, more efficient computers.
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Process Safety: Winter Is Here

Dec. 29, 2022
It's not too late to mitigate risks associated with freezing temperatures.
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Is a Career in Chemical Engineering Low Stress?

Dec. 20, 2022
Our job satisfaction and salary survey points to happy engineers, but the job isn’t without its challenges.