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Ellen Kullman’s big win needs applause

After a long, bruising battle with hedge fund Trian Partners and Nelson Peltz, Dupont’s management headed by CEO Ellen Kullman soundly defeated an attempt by the investment fund to gain seats on the DuPont board with the stated purpose of … Continue reading

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Maximizing crop yields: Technology and Chemistry are helping

 I have not for some time posted anything relating to the overhanging problem of increasing the world’s food supply as the global population keeps growing and the amount of arable agrarian land keeps declining due to land development and coastal flooding.  But several recent articles  on how … Continue reading

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Shale gas: huge ammonia turnaround

In reporting on the “renaissance” of domestic manufacturing we have not stressed the resurgence of the domestic ammonia industry. Over recent years, fertilizer companies have imported very large amounts of liquid ammonia, as well as solid ammonia-based fertilizers, from countries … Continue reading

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Good news! Ethanol Subsidy Expires

On December 31st, the Federal Government subsidy of 45 cents per gallon given to refiners who blend ethanol into gasoline expired by act of Congress. A rare bipartisan vote, which paired environmentalists (who opposed use of corn for making the … Continue reading

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Visualizing the industry

I’ve talked to a number of university and high school science and chemistry teachers  to find out to what extent students with an interest in chemical engineering get exposed to actual industrial plants. It has always seemed to me that if … Continue reading

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Versatile Ethanol

Who would have thought twenty years ago that a humdrum chemical like ethanol would become the focus of major new commercial activity in ways not even imagined at that time. It all started when the U.S. government mandated that an … Continue reading

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Defying Malthus: Chem. E’s are helping

Recently, I was privileged to attend a conference :Feeding the World” sponsored by the Chemical Heritage Foundation in conjunction with the International Year of Chemistry 2011. A range of eminent speakers from universities, NGO’s and companies involved in agricultural chemicals … Continue reading

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