Making Plastics: From Monomer to Polymer

Back To Basics
Pete Sharpe
Versatility, ease of manufacture, and relatively low cost make plastics some of the most useful materials for a wide range of applications. This article explains the chemistry and production processes behind two of the most popular plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene.

Crystallization Operations

Public (classroom) Course
A practical overview of the basics of crystallization and precipitation and how to apply the fundamentals of crystal growth and nucleation to...

Material Matters: Robots Enhance Inspection

Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
On July 4, 1997, the Mars Pathfinder delivered a six-wheel rover, named Sojourner, to the red planet to explore the terrain and demonstrate the feasibility of low-cost landings on the Martian surface. NASA completed that successful mission with...

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

Hazardous Material Transportation Perceived Risks & Risk Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Overview of presentation: •Transportation Supply Chain & Network •Expansion of the System •Perceived Risks •Accident Rates •Transportation Risk...

Petrochemical Technology Trends: Looking Beyond the Short Term Fix

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
The petrochemical industry is both driven by fundamental raw material and product supply-demand factors, and enabled by technologies that open the...

Playing with Fire in Outer Space

December 2, 2011
Scientists aboard the International Space Station are playing with fire, literally. As part of the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX), scientists are studying how flames react...

2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Dan Shechtman

October 6, 2011
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science has awarded Dan Shechtman of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel , the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of...

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

July 18, 2012
German researchers unveiled to the public the world's lightest material, which they call Aerographite. The material weights just 0.2 mg per cubic centimeter, making it 75 times...

Nanotechnology Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger

February 19, 2015
"Stronger than steel" has just taken on a new meaning, thanks to the work of a Seattle-based company called Modumetal. The company's process relies on a type of advanced...

Closing the Lifecycle Loop on Critical Materials

November 5, 2012
The U.S. is highly dependent on foreign countries for rare earth elements (REEs) and strategic and critical materials (S&CMs). Dr. Tedd Lister and Dr. Eric Peterson of the...

World's First 3D-Printed Plane Takes to the Skies

July 28, 2011
Scientists have successfully flown the world's first 3D printed plane. Created entirely with printing technology, the plane went from design to completion in one week. Thanks to...

DOE Lab Opens Access to New Materials Database

April 8, 2015
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has just given materials science an enormous gift that is expected to help researchers...

Metals that "Breathe"

December 5, 2012
Doris Kim Sung focused on the relationship between the human skin and the skin of buildings to create a new smart material. Check out the video at right to see her new material in...

Tattoos as Diagnostic Devices

August 15, 2011
There's not much sexy—let alone unobtrusive—about many of today's medical monitoring devices, given the many wires and electrodes that are often needed to collect data from a...

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...

Rare Earth Elements: Vital and in High Demand

January 9, 2013
It's not so much that the rare earth metals (also known as the lanthanides) are rare; there is actually a relative abundance of them. The real issue is that it's difficult to find...

Where Kevlar Fails, a Liquid Succeeds [VIDEO]

September 8, 2011
Kevlar is an incredible material for stopping bullets, but when it comes to a knife, it fails spectacularly. The addition of a milky white liquid, however, changes everything. The...

Record Energy Storage from New Sol-gel Material

July 31, 2015
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that...

The Future of Glass

November 8, 2011
The engineers and scientists at Corning envision a brilliant future with extraordinary uses for glass, and some may surprise you. Check out the video at right and read the...

Why Is Erbium So Important to the Internet?

March 29, 2012
What makes erbium so important for websites like YouTube and ChEnected? The professor goggles up to explore this silvery white element and its applications as he continues his...

Will Graphene's Promises Pan Out?

May 23, 2011
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001) (Nathan Guisinger, EMMD Group). Researchers,...

Self-Cleaning Buildings

September 19, 2011
As society continues to evolve and it becomes more of struggle to find spare time to do daily chores like cooking and cleaning, wouldn't it be nice if things simply cleaned...

Composite Materials from Natural Coconut Fibers

April 16, 2012
During the poster session at the Spring Meeting in Houston, we spoke with Ryan Vano of Natural Composites Inc. He shared with us his company's work with coconut fibers and the...
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