Chemical Technology Archive

Acumen (, in partnership with GE (, kicked off its fourth annual Collaboration Summit recently in Nairobi. Acumen, a non-profit impact investor, created the summit to bring social enterprises and international corporations together to catalyse inclusive business models that address Africa’s biggest social challenges.

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced the launch of its new high-performance ethyl benzene dehydrogenation catalyst StyroMax® UL3. Thanks to its proprietary design, the catalyst achieves outstanding activity and selectivity at conditions of ultra-low steam-to-oil ratio (also known as steam-to-hydrocarbon ratio, SHR). Thereby, it produces styrene monomer far more efficiently than many other state-of-the-art catalysts. StyroMax UL3 was officially launched at the Clariant Styrene Seminar 2016, which was held from October 12 to 14 in Xi’an, China.

Astraia Technology, a professional business process management consulting firm, will be hosting an informative business breakfast in conjunction with One Channel, a modern Cloud ERP solution provider. Industry leaders will discuss the digitisation, current and future trends in generating business value through ERP.

Twenty years after the technique was developed, a collaboration between scientists at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, and Stanford University has revealed the mechanism behind the direct conversion process of natural gas into methanol at room temperature. This discovery will have major for the future use of methanol in various everyday applications. The findings were published in ‘Nature’.

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Alpha emitters are small particles used in the treatment of cancer. They are nuclear particles that typically travel short distances and attack cancer cells only.
New research has produced alpha particles with a special coating enabling them to differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells. The coating identifies the cancer cell and focuses on the cell. When inside the cell, the alpha emitter gives off radiation and destroys the cancer cell. After 27 hours the alpha particle stops emitting, causing no collateral damage to the healthy cells.

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