Australia's industrial chemical law delayed another year

Chemical Watch | January 17, 2019

Australia’s government has announced that the expected introduction of its Industrial Chemicals Law, planned for 1 July, will be delayed by 12 months. Implementation of the law, which includes six bills and would see the replacement of the country’s chemical agency Nicnas with the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), was intended to begin in July last year. But that date has been delayed twice and the law is now scheduled to come into force on 1 July 2020. A ban on testing of cosmetics on animals, part of the new law, has also been postponed.

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A machine learning strategy is presented for the rapid discovery of new polymeric materials satisfying multiple desirable properties. Of particular interest is the design of high refractive index polymers. Our in silico approach employs a series of quantitative structure-property relationship models that facilitate rapid virtual screening of polymers based on relevant properties such as the refractive index, glass transition and thermal decomposition temperatures, and solubility in standard solvents.

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Repsol Selects Univation’s UNIPOL PE Process for New PE Plant in Portugal

Repsol | September 08, 2021

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