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February 19, 2013
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  Business Update 
  • Denbury uses trapped CO2 emissions in Gulf drilling operations
    Denbury Resources is using carbon dioxide captured from a Texas industrial facility to coax oil from old wells along the Gulf Coast. Denbury typically targets wells that are about 60 to 80 years old and are not producing much oil, said Jack Collins, Denbury's executive director of investor relations. "This project illustrates our unique ability to use and store anthropogenic [carbon dioxide] that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere," said Phil Rykhoek, the company's president and CEO. American City Business Journals/Dallas (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chemical Technology News 
  • New glass would turn buildings into solar cells
    A special glass that generates electricity from the sun and can be made in most colors is closer to commercial use for construction, effectively turning buildings into photovoltaics. The glass would add about 10% to the costs above the price of traditional construction materials. The Guardian (London) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MIT researchers find new way to passivate silicon
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report they can passivate silicon at room temperature, a development that promises to lower costs in producing solar cells and other silicon-based semiconductor devices. The passivation process currently requires heating a silicon surface to 400 degrees C. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy, Sustainability & Safety 
  • Obama wants $2B oil revenue invested in alt-fuels program
    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to steer $2 billion from oil and natural gas revenues into a new fund aimed at promoting cleaner vehicle technologies, according to a White House memo that adds details to a proposal in Tuesday's State of the Union address. "This $2 billion investment will support research into a range of cost-effective technologies -- like advanced vehicles that run on electricity, homegrown biofuels and domestically produced natural gas -- (and) will be funded by revenue generated from federal oil and gas development," the memo said. Reuters (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Biological Engineering & Pharmaceuticals 
  • Creating therapies with macrocycles could spur biologics development
    Comparatively few biologic drugs are making it to the market, and many of those are for rare diseases, writes Nick Terrett, chief science officer at Ensemble Therapeutics. Part of the reason is the difficulty of developing biologic drugs, but the industry could use a paradigm shift in how it develops drugs, Terrett writes. Combining small-molecules and biologics could create a new therapy option, the macrocycle, he writes. Xconomy/Boston (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Materials & Nanotechnology 
  • Researchers work to improve lithium ion battery safety
    Lithium ion batteries can be made safer through multiple efforts under research. Scientists are working to reduce the reactivity of the materials that electrically insulate the positive and negative electrodes, to reduce the flammability of the electrolyte solution that transports lithium ions through the battery, and to improve battery-management systems. Chemical & Engineering News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 tech advancements to watch for this year
    Ten technologies are likely to help deliver sustainable growth in 2013, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. Among the most promising: 3D printing, self-healing materials, nanoscale-level drug delivery, and electric vehicles that draw power wirelessly from cables buried beneath the road. World Economic Forum/Blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Education & Government Update 
  • Commentary: Government needs more scientists and engineers
    Only two U.S. House members hold Ph.D.s in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. "Not surprisingly, federal funding for life science research seems perpetually on the brink of budget cuts or stagnation," writes Kumar Sukhdeo, a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There are many obstacles to scientists making the leap to politics, but they should try, Sukhdeo writes. The Scientist online (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Focus 
  • How to steer your career toward sustained success
    To be proactive in managing your career and achieving your goals, you've got to make sure you're sharing your accomplishments with your network through online chats and lunchtime conversations, as well as interacting at industry events, writes Jayne Mattson of Keystone Associates. She also suggests quarterly meetings with the boss to discuss professional development. Mashable (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Institute News 
  • Safety and "essentials" are focus of courses in New Orleans
    From Feb. 25 to March 1, AIChE is offering four courses in New Orleans at the Pan American Conference and Media Center. The courses are: HAZOP Studies and Other PHA Techniques for Process Safety and Risk Management, Essentials of Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers, Advanced Concepts for Process Hazard Analysis, and a combination of the HAZOP and Advanced Concepts courses. AIChE members receive substantial discounts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wednesday webinar: "Leadership Is Everyone's Responsibility"
    Tomorrow, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. EST, AIChE's ongoing series of webinars is spotlighting the "hidden leadership opportunities" that are woven into everyday work. The program is designed to be especially helpful to young professionals. Greg Shaffer, a performance advisor for TDS with more than 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, will present "Leadership Is Everyone’s Responsibility." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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