There is strong demand and expansion occurring for the US chemical sector, but China, tariffs and higher raw-material prices are ongoing challenges, according to this Zacks Equity Research analysis.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down on efforts to find new high-throughput methods for predicting the effects of chemicals on estrogen receptors, androgen receptors and other parts of the endocrine system. The agency's Ron Hines said the team working on the initiative is ahead of schedule and has developed a new ER model and AR model that will replace some of its previously used assays.
Plastic items stay damp for longer after going through a dishwasher cycle because they hold less heat than denser items during the washing process and they also retain the heat for less time after washing. "The kinds of plastic typically used in plastic containers, like polypropylene, have a lower surface energy and are called hydrophobic," which causes water to form "comparatively large droplets instead of spreading out," this Q&A notes.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's Mass Balance module is the most common certification module for oleoderivatives, and new guidance from the RSPO makes it easier for manufacturers to use it, writes BASF executive Rita Koester.
She writes that palm kernel oil-based oleochemicals are of high importance for the chemical industry, and understanding the MB is key for industrywide adoption.
The Environmental Protection Agency's draft strategic plan for reducing and replacing chemical testing on animals has entered a 45-day comment period ahead of an April 10 public meeting. The EPA draft identifies the need to develop and verify new approach methodologies and outlines short-, intermediate- and long-term goals and activities.
The Green Chemistry Alliance, a coalition representing the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups, has filed comments with California regulators calling for clarity on how chemicals will be prioritized under the state's Safer Consumer Products program. ACC's Center for the Polyurethanes Industry also noted the "overly broad" scope of product categories.
Manufacturers and other organizations argue that focusing on improving plastics waste collection and reducing litter are more productive than banning types of plastics. "Once people have gotten used to packaged foods, they are not going to give that up just because someone in an office in New York City thinks they should," says Jeff Wooster of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.
Lubrizol and the University of Pittsburgh have received a four-year grant to continue their work on innovative methods for modernizing chemical facilities. Lubrizol's Cliff Kowall said the team has been exploring efficiencies in producing the oil additive succinimide, among other efforts.
Multiple research efforts are focused on using catalysts to convert carbon dioxide and other waste gases into chemicals and fuels. CO2 Value Europe is investing in related R&D with more than 40 members, including Solvay and Praxair.
Researchers are exploring new ways of using solar radiation to produce syngas, hydrogen and other chemicals and fuels.