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Sulfur Spurs Methane Conversion to Ethylene

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Researchers will be examining different catalysts, different operating conditions and also other soft oxidants.

Prospects Brighten for Chemical Industry

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A variety of signs point to sustained growth by the U.S. chemical makers.

Electricity Produces Methane

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Bacteria play key role in direct generation of gas.

Just call it alchemical engineering

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Technology really can transform worthless materials into gold.

Thanks for the memories...

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As the end of the year approaches it's always tempting to look back and review what’s happened over the past 12 months. For Mike Spear though, he's about to head off into the welcoming arms of retirement.

Biodegradable plastics fit with recycling strategies

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Truly disposable biodegradable plastics could change people’s perceptions on recycling, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in November's End Point column.

PAT isn’t standing pat

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Traditional laboratory-based analytical techniques more and more are moving online and even being replaced by the virtual analysis offered by soft sensors and inferential measurements.

November 2007

October 2007

It’s a slow road to alternative energy

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Government delays force BP to pull plug on a carbon dioxide project, reports Mike Spears, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

September 2007

Industry needs to swim with the tide of regulation

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Controls on chemical use and manufacture are increasingly global in nature, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

Know where to go for know-how

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Live auctions can liven up the buying and selling of intellectual property, says Mike Spears, in this month's End Point column.

Diagnostics dig deeper

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Today’s plants come ready equipped with their own team of doctors in the shape of the many diagnostic and monitoring systems incorporated into instrumentation and other process equipment. And, like any good doctor, today’s plant diagnostics can look beyond the symptoms of poorly performing ...

August 2007

Get your message across very fast

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Blink and you might miss it, but sponsoring an IndyCar makes sound sense, says Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

New seals get their turn

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As pressure rises on plants to improve productivity and equipment reliability levels, seals and gaskets are being called upon to provide even better performance. Their challenge no longer is simply to prevent leaks but also to play an important role in the life-cycle management of the plant.

Chemical makers tackle biodiesel byproduct glut

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A rash of plans to produce glycol from glycerin is good news for green chemistry.

Gamma scanning seeks an inside edge

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Many companies decide not to build up certain capabilities in-house mainly because they don’t have sufficient regular demand for them. Gamma scanning of distillation columns is a case in point, but on-site scanning specialists may be the wave of the future.

May 2007

Distillation deserves a high profile

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Columns often present abundant opportunities for improvement, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column.

Dow aims to gas up methane conversion efforts

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Mike Spear, editor at large discusses how researchers can submit simple proposals but must forego royalties in this month's End Point column.

What’s in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?

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More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.

April 2007

Wireless technology conquers industry conservatism

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Potential applications at chemical plants just grow and grow, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in his End Point column.

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