Chemicals in Cigarettes and Tobacco: What's Burning?

| January 17, 2019

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Over 4,000 chemical compounds are created when you light up.  Learn about the dangers of smoking: Facts, 443,000 people die from smoking or secondhand smoke each year, Over 539 additives are used in the manufacturing of cigarettes.

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Plastic Energy Ltd.

Plastic Energy Limited is the world’s leading chemical recycling company with its technology HQ in the Innovation Centre in London, and industrial plants in Almeria and Seville, Spain. The company has a viable and proven solution to the global problem of plastic waste pollution. With their patented technology, they can transform end-of-life plastic waste destined for landfill and incineration, or that are leaked to the ocean into various oils – TACOIL – that can be used either as a feedstock to create clean recycled plastics and contribute to a circular economy (Plastic2Plastic) or as an alternative fuel with a low-carbon footprint (Plastic2Oil).

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When chemistry becomes intelligent

Article | March 5, 2020

Nowadays, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer programs have infiltrated almost every corner of our lives; from facial recognition, language translation, image and video production, to self-driving cars and personal care aides. Other applications that might not yet be mainstream knowledge have to do with scientific exploration and research and development. For example, AI has the potential to revolutionize medical practices through augmenting medical diagnosis and have found application in drug discovery. In many places, researchers have also attempted to use AI algorithms to manipulate biology, chemistry, and physics with different setup configurations that can detect DNA modifications caused during epigenetic regulation or gene mutation, choose the most optimal reaction pathways in synthesis, and search for exotic particles using adapted learning networks.

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Chemical Accidents Lead To Increase In Investigations

Article | February 17, 2020

In the last two years, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has launched investigations into seven separate chemical accidents or explosions in the Houston area. Prior to 2018, the CSB only conducted roughly one investigation per year. Investigators believe that the massive increase in accidents which require an investigation by the CSB is due to a variety of factors such as the large number of chemical companies in the Houston area, the age of the infrastructure, and companies being allowed to self-regulate. Many of these explosions and fires have directly led to the deaths of workers, bystanders, millions of dollars in property damage, and the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents who risk being exposed to toxic chemicals.

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Applications of Scratch Testing on Polymers

Article | March 5, 2020

Polymers have been used in many consumer and industrial areas for many years. They have several advantage compared to metals such as low density, chemical resistance and easy production. However, polymers have generally lower wear and scratch resistance than other materials and therefore these properties must be carefully controlled. Since the beginning of the 20th century polymers found their place in many applications in daily life and industry. Their production is relatively simple and they can be formed into many different shapes. The market of polymers is developing fast and new polymers appear very frequently.

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COVID-19’S IMPACT ON CHEMICAL SUPPLY CHAINS

Article | April 8, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant impact on chemical supply chains. Here we take a look at some of the chemicals that have been affected: Sanitization products such as Isopropyl Alcohol have experienced skyrocketing demand. Unfortunately, manufacturers are simultaneously dealing with problems that are preventing them from supplying at full capacity. While two US producers are experiencing production issues, another is having trouble with raw material Acetone supply. A fourth US producer is scheduled to restart production of IPA, but this material will take a few weeks to come online. Meeting this unprecedented demand is proving to be a challenge, and prices have increased sharply.

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Plastic Energy Ltd.

Plastic Energy Limited is the world’s leading chemical recycling company with its technology HQ in the Innovation Centre in London, and industrial plants in Almeria and Seville, Spain. The company has a viable and proven solution to the global problem of plastic waste pollution. With their patented technology, they can transform end-of-life plastic waste destined for landfill and incineration, or that are leaked to the ocean into various oils – TACOIL – that can be used either as a feedstock to create clean recycled plastics and contribute to a circular economy (Plastic2Plastic) or as an alternative fuel with a low-carbon footprint (Plastic2Oil).

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