New Levitation Technique Allows 'Touchless' Chemical Reactions

Interesting Engineering | June 25, 2020

When we think of levitation, most of us think of magic tricks and movies. In the lab, however, research is being carried out on methods of levitation that allow droplets of liquid to be suspended in midair, allowing for contact-free experiments without containers or handling that might affect the outcome.

A team has just reported in a paper published, in the American Chemical Society's journal Analytical Chemistry, that they have developed a method that can do just that.

Though researchers have long been trying to develop a levitation method for experiments, mixing the droplets and observing their reactions has been challenging. The team that has just revealed the findings of their research, claims to allow researchers to use this potentially groundbreaking method in a laboratory, a press release explains.

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We hear the stories too often: someone improperly mixes cleaning chemicals, which leads to a strange odor. Everyone evacuates the building. People are taken to the hospital for precautionary measures, but in a best-case-scenario, there’s no injury.But in some cases, there are injuries. Like the chemical mixing incident where an Idaho woman drank iced tea mixed with a cleaning solution and nearly died.


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Chevron Singapore Expands Relationship with PDI to Use Point-of-Sale (POS) Solutions Across the APAC Region

Chevron | February 11, 2022

PDI a global provider of leading software solutions for the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale industries, today announced it has signed an agreement with Chevron Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Chevron) to implement cloud-based PDI Point-of-Sale (POS) Solutions. The agreement provides support to multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and across the Chevron retail network, integrating with existing PDI back-office and home-office business solutions that simplify complex operations across all profit centers. PDI POS Solutions support convenience, fuel retail, and foodservice operations for Chevron with seamless integration across the company’s extensive retailer ecosystem. In November 2020, PDI announced it would implement the next generation of PDI Envoy back-office and home-office software solutions at corporate-owned Chevron sites across APAC. Today’s announcement enables Chevron to continue leveraging the global team of PDI experts to support the ongoing digital transformation efforts in the region. In particular, Chevron will rely on the powerful, intuitive, and reliable PDI technology stack to create a foundation for future advanced technology investments. “We’re excited to expand our longstanding relationship with Chevron in APAC. It’s a privilege to serve and enable customers like Chevron so they can benefit from PDI technology investments in the convenience petroleum industry. This announcement legitimizes the significant investments PDI is making in the industry, international markets, and our solution portfolio.” Brad McGuinness, Senior Vice President, POS Solutions at PDI PDI leads the market in delivering solutions that provide essential building blocks for digital transformation, both to expand and future-proof operations. Leading retailers, like Chevron, continue to invest in technology that optimizes business operations and helps improve the guest experience with innovative POS solutions. ”To enhance our customer experience and increase enterprise productivity, we are refreshing our POS solutions,” said Dean Gilbert, General Manager, Marketing and Sales Support, Chevron, APAC. “PDI is a dedicated and trusted partner with a proven track record of supporting us in the region. Deep industry expertise from PDI contributes to Chevron success within the Asia-Pacific region and we’re excited to extend this to POS.” With PDI POS Solutions, Chevron can increase customer-centricity with robust promotions and operations that also deliver better oversight of the business, including real-time updates on inventory, sales, pricing, and staffing. Sin Hin Wong, PDI General Manager and Vice President of Sales APAC, said, “Chevron is focused on enhancing the customer experience, and a modern, integrated POS solution helps them achieve that goal while increasing enterprise productivity. We look forward to working with Chevron across the various parts of their retail operations in Asia and throughout the Pacific region.” About PDI Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI) software helps businesses and brands increase sales, operate more efficiently and securely, and improve critical decision-making. Since 1983, PDI has proudly served the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale industries. Over 1,500 companies, representing more than 200,000 locations worldwide, count on PDI solutions and expertise to deliver convenience and energy to the world. About Chevron Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that enhance our business and the industry. We are focused on lowering the carbon intensity in our operations and seeking to grow lower carbon businesses along with our traditional business lines.

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XENDEE Partners with Idaho National Laboratory for Net-Zero Carbon Microgrid Program

XENDEE Corporation and Idaho National Laboratory | January 15, 2022

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Jazeera Paints participates in the International Petroleum Technology Conference organized by Aramco

Jazeera Paints | February 22, 2022

Jazeera Paints, the leading Saudi company in the field of paints, colors, and construction solutions, will participate this week in the International Petroleum Technology Conference in its 12th session in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Monday February 21-23, 2022, at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center in Riyadh. This participation comes out of the interest of Jazeera Paints in presenting its contributions related to the industrial and construction aspects to the visitors of the conference, employing its expertise and research summary to develop this field in cooperation with other parties participating in the conference. About IPTC Founded in 2005, the International Petroleum Technology Conference is the leading multidisciplinary technical event in the Eastern Hemisphere. The scope of the conference program addresses technology and related industry issues that challenge industry and management professionals around the world. This edition of the IPTC will be held 21–23 February 2022 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Aramco serving as the Exclusive Host.

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PEAK ROCK CAPITAL AFFILIATE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF XENON ARC

Peak Rock Capital | December 22, 2021

An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital ("Peak Rock"), a leading middle-market private investment firm, announced today that it has completed an acquisition of Xenon arc Inc. in partnership with the management team of the Company. Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled provider of managed services to food & beverage, industrial, and chemical producer clients. The Company manages its clients' long tails of thousands of SMB customers collectively through its service offering including technical sales, support, technology and distribution services. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, with operations across the United States, Europe and South America, the Company has built a strong reputation in the industry for exceptional service, technical capabilities and driving clients' revenue growth. "Xenon arc represents a unique opportunity to invest in a technology-enabled services platform with a strong leadership position in managed services to materials producers. We are impressed with the Company's track record of growth and look forward to partnering with the Company to accelerate the execution of its business plan, which includes strategic growth investments that would expand Xenon arc's service capabilities, technology offerings and geographic coverage." Steve Martinez, President and Managing Director of Peak Rock Paul Warburg, President and CEO of Xenon arc, commented, "We are excited to partner with Peak Rock as we embark on our next phase of growth. Peak Rock has a deep understanding of our business, and a compelling track record of supporting companies and management teams in driving innovation and building leading platforms. We look forward to our partnership, which will position the Company to accelerate its rapid growth by expanding its service capabilities, geographic footprint, and empower Xenon arc to continue to invest in its technology and leading talent." "This transaction exemplifies Peak Rock's commitment to invest in high growth technology-enabled services businesses. We continue to seek tech-enabled platforms that we believe can benefit from our ability to drive transformational growth through organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions," added Anthony DiSimone, Chief Executive Officer of Peak Rock. ABOUT XENON ARC Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled services provider of technical sales, support, technology and distribution solutions to clients and their SMB customers across the food & beverage, industrial, and chemical industries. Xenon arc's direct-to-market solutions provide end-customers with direct contact with a customized extension of clients' sales, marketing, and technical capabilities. The Company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Xenon arc also serves South America and Europe through its teams in Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands. ABOUT PEAK ROCK CAPITAL Peak Rock Capital is a leading middle-market private investment firm that makes equity and debt investments in companies in North America and Europe. Peak Rock's equity investment platform focuses on opportunities where it can support senior management to drive rapid growth and performance improvement, with expertise in corporate carve-outs and partnering with families and founders seeking first-time institutional capital. Peak Rock's credit platform invests across capital structures, with a broad mandate to provide flexible, tailored capital solutions to middle-market and growth-oriented businesses. Peak Rock's real estate platform makes equity and debt investments in small to mid-sized real estate assets in attractive, growing geographies.

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We hear the stories too often: someone improperly mixes cleaning chemicals, which leads to a strange odor. Everyone evacuates the building. People are taken to the hospital for precautionary measures, but in a best-case-scenario, there’s no injury.But in some cases, there are injuries. Like the chemical mixing incident where an Idaho woman drank iced tea mixed with a cleaning solution and nearly died.

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