Strategies for the Design of New Chemical Products
Warren D. Seider
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
First, the kinds of chemical products are reviewed including commodity and specialty chemicals, devices, functional and formulated chemical products. Key concepts include the chemical supply chain, business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) products, and the chemical business hierarchy. The role of technical inventions in satisfying consumer needs, either technology- or market-driven, is covered next. Strategies for carrying out product design are reviewed, beginning with the principal textbooks. Strategies include the Stage-Gate Product Development Process – beginning with the concept stage, through the feasibility, development, manufacturing, and product introduction stages. Examples will involve the design of: (1) simple solvent and refrigerant products, (2) chemical devices – small unit operations, (3) functional products – e.g., herbicide granules, and (4) formulated products – e.g., skin-care lotions.
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