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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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Desalination becoming important contributor in drought-stricken California

Desalination is a technology that has been around for a long time (a classmate of mine at MIT became one of the founders of Ionics Corporation shortly after he graduated) but it has had little impact on life in the United … Continue reading

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Chemicals Manufacturing: New Technologies, New Thinking

Consider this quote from a high level Chinese spokesman: As supply of capital, land and other factors is on the decline and resource and environmental restriction become more serious, the proportion of first and second industries, which consume capital, land … Continue reading

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Looking toward a technology future

The end of the year is a good time both for reflection and look-ahead, I thought that an article from yesterday’s New York Post, taken from publications by scholars from Stanford and Duke, is worth covering in this blog, though some of this … Continue reading

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Unusual forms of carbon: Growing Commercial Uses

 Richard Smalley’s team’s discovery of Buckyballs( Fullerene) at Rice University in 1985 was a breakthrough in the knowledge of so-called allotropic forms of carbon. Thirty years have now gone by, but commercial applications of these interesting shapes of carbon are still … Continue reading

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3D Printing comes of age

This blog is about chemical and energy developments of interest to me and, I trust, also to readers following these posts. Since I have wondered for some time about how 3D printing works, I decided to investigate and this is the result. (Full disclosure: … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology Breakthroughs or Conversation Pieces?

 This is a subject that is perennially mysterious, because it is hard to get your arms around. It is about atomic-sized particles able or targeted to do things that were never done before.  It has been around for many years, yet seems … Continue reading

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