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The Chemical Manufacturing Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about process equipment and control, biotech & environmental, specialty chemicals and nano-engineering. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

New Method to Gauge Water Content of Drugs

Posted September 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Quantifying the water content of solid drugs is one of the most commonly performed chemical tests, with an estimated more than 130 million processes carried out annually worldwide. Now, chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have invented a new method of performing this test that they say is faster, cheaper, and more accurate than the traditional method, known as Karl Fischer titration. The new system can also be automated, thus reducing labor costs for pharmaceutical companies with potential economic benefits for consumers, researchers said.


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Green Chemistry Gets Electric Jolt

Posted August 14, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A common chemical reaction that typically involves using either toxic or costly reagents can now be achieved using safe, inexpensive chemicals and good old-fashioned electrochemistry. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and pharmaceutical chemists at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Asymchem Life Science of China teamed up to develop an easily scalable method to achieve allylic oxidation, a chemical reaction widely used in the pharmaceutical, flavor, and fragrance industries. The method relies on a simple electric current to drive the reaction.


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REACH Called "Threat" to Chemical Innovation

Posted July 18, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Are the European Union's extensive REACH regulations governing all things chemical an over-REACH? That's what some industry members are now claiming as additional mandates loom calling for up to 70,000 more chemicals to undergo safety screening and authorization procedures by 2018. Leaders of Europe's chemical industry association complain the regulations threaten to stymie innovation and overly burden small- and medium-sized enterprises at a time when Europe is struggling to compete globally.


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EPA Seeks to Ban Some HFCs

Posted June 16, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Seeking to spur adoption of more climate-friendly alternatives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons, a class of greenhouse gases commonly known as HFCs, widely used in air conditioners, refrigerators, and fire extinguishers. The EPA proposes listing as unacceptable certain flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants and blends for retrofitting existing residential central air conditioning equipment designed for non-flammable refrigerants, as well as propylene and the hydrocarbon blend R-443A in specific end uses in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors in favor of safer alternatives.


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New EPA Scrutiny for Chemical Makers

Posted May 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Chemical makers, already heavily regulated, will face added U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scrutiny come October as a result of two new enforcement initiatives. The EPA has announced beefed up efforts to keep industrial pollutants out of the nation's water supplies and to reduce risks of accidental releases specifically at chemical and industrial sites. The first initiative involves bringing plants into compliance with the Clean Water Act and reducing pollution discharges while the second focuses on preventing leaks of hazardous substances into the air, ground, or water.


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