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April 17, 2012
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  Business Update 
  • Chemical, plastics exports get boost from natural gas production
    U.S. natural gas production is helping states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Louisiana generate jobs and improve their economies, writes Andrew Browning, executive vice president at the Consumer Energy Alliance. U.S. exports of plastics and chemicals increased 28% in 2010 as a result of natural gas production, Browning writes. DailyCaller.com (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Delta turns to JPMorgan as it explores refinery deal
    Delta Air Lines continues to explore a bid for ConocoPhillips' shuttered Pennsylvania facility, and it may rely on JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s commodities expertise and financing ability in any such deal, according to media reports. "The sales process for the Trainer refinery is confidential and I'm not able to discuss any of the details," said ConocoPhillips spokesman Rich Johnson. CNBC (4/11), Bloomberg (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biobased-chemicals makers expand share of chemical market
    Renewable-chemicals producers are making headway in the U.S. market with biobased offerings that are considered "drop-in" replacements for some petroleum-based products. "Renewable chemicals can be considered to de-risk the chemical supply chain from persistently high petroleum costs," said John Quealy, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity. CNBC (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Chemical Technology News 
  • Dow Chemical, Ford to explore efficient carbon fibers
    Dow Chemical's automotive-systems unit and Ford Motor will seek to co-develop a low-cost carbon fiber production method for mass-produced vehicles. "Reducing weight will benefit the efficiency of every Ford vehicle. However, it's particularly critical to improving the range of plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles," said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer at Ford. Reuters (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy, Sustainability & Safety 
  • The secrets behind DuPont's zero-waste success
    DuPont's buildings unit eliminated all waste to landfills in just four years, which required tracking 15 facilities and numerous waste products, says DuPont executive Dave Walter. "There was a belief that it was going to cost us money. People were quite pleasantly surprised when it didn't," Walter says. Marc Gunther (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Biological Engineering & Pharmaceuticals 
  • Experts discuss stem cell transplant as first-line therapy for myeloma
    Two myeloma experts express differing views on the role of autologous stem cell transplant as a first-line treatment for multiple myeloma. Dr. Vincent Rajkumar of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said current data are not sufficient to support the use of stem cell transplant as the standard first-line therapy. Dr. Philippe Moreau of the University Hospital Hotel-Dieu in Nantes, France, said current data support the use of routine transplant and that research should focus on which patients will benefit the most from this treatment. The article was published in the journal Leukemia Research. MyelomaBeacon.com (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Materials & Nanotechnology 
  • Chemists develop high-performance vessels with 3-D printing
    Synthetic chemistry may enable labs to replace glass reaction containers with computer-designed models produced with a three-dimensional printer. "It is likely that 3-D printing will be attractive to a range of groups because of the customization aspect; that is, the inherent control over size, shape and integrated function," says chemist Daniel Johnson. Royal Society of Chemistry (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Education & Government Update 
  • Obama forms task force on natural gas development
    The Obama administration is creating a high-level task force that would coordinate with federal agencies on the oversight of domestic natural gas development. The task force would ensure that natural gas drilling techniques, particularly hydraulic fracturing, are conducted safely and responsibly. "[I]t is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised," said an executive order signed by President Barack Obama. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Focus 
  • 10 ways to find the path to success
    No one is going to look after your career like you do, so develop a plan for short- and long-term goals, network with influential people, and decide how to take action that will help your company, Antoinette Oglethorpe writes. She offers a list of 10 ways to take control of your future. AntoinetteOglethorpe.com (U.K.) (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Institute News 
  • Last call for discount on Process Development Symposium
    Register today for AIChE's Process Development Symposium, scheduled for June 5 to 7 at the Hyatt House in King of Prussia, Pa., and save $100. Registration rates rise on April 18. Focused on the theme, "From Concept to Commercialization: Plan for Success from the Beginning," the symposium features keynote speaker Mauricio Futran, former VP of process R&D for Bristol-Myers Squibb and now chair of chemical and biochemical engineering at Rutgers. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Web forum focuses on air quality in shale development
    To assist shale-gas developers in responding to air-emission regulations, AIChE and the Air & Waste Management Association are joining forces to look at policies and best practices. On May 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, "Shale Development: Air Quality Permitting Challenges and Compliance Strategies" will offer the opportunity, over 90 minutes, to pose questions via electronic chat to engineering and legal experts. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year."
--Peter Drucker
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