Air Products to showcase at Specialty & Agro Chemicals America

gasworld | August 29, 2019

Air Products will showcase its advanced industrial gas solutions for the agrochemical and specialty chemical manufacturing markets next week at Specialty & Agro Chemicals America. The US company offers advanced industrial gas solutions for a variety of applications, including inerting and blanketing, hydrogenation, reaction cooling, oxygen enrichment, particle size reduction, water treatment, VOC recovery and more. Due to growing hydrogen demands in chemical processing and other markets, the company has announced plans to build two new liquid hydrogen plants in Texas and California. The plants are scheduled to come onstream in 2021.

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On this day in 1941, Teflon, the polymer commonly found in non-stick pans, was patented. Its discovery actually occurred a few years previously – here’s a quick look at the story behind it, as well as the science behind its non-stick effect.The discovery of PTFE actually happened completely by accident. When working in a team trying to develop non-toxic refrigerants in the 1930s at chemical company Dupont, Dr. Roy Plunkett was using a compound called tetrafluoroethene. Tetrafluoroethene is a gas, so it needed to be stored in small cylinder. Upon opening one of these cylinders, Plunkett found that the gas had disappeared, and in its place was a white, waxy solid. This solid was PTFE.

Spotlight

On this day in 1941, Teflon, the polymer commonly found in non-stick pans, was patented. Its discovery actually occurred a few years previously – here’s a quick look at the story behind it, as well as the science behind its non-stick effect.The discovery of PTFE actually happened completely by accident. When working in a team trying to develop non-toxic refrigerants in the 1930s at chemical company Dupont, Dr. Roy Plunkett was using a compound called tetrafluoroethene. Tetrafluoroethene is a gas, so it needed to be stored in small cylinder. Upon opening one of these cylinders, Plunkett found that the gas had disappeared, and in its place was a white, waxy solid. This solid was PTFE.

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