First intermetallic double salt compound made with platinum

First intermetallic double salt compound made with platinum

ames-double-saltAMES, US: Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are being credited with creating the first intermetallic double salt with platinum. Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterise the compound. Cesium platinide hydride, or 4Cs2Pt⋅CsH, forms a translucent ruby red crystal and can exist only in an inert environment similar to conditions.  Read More

Strong domestic growth in Indian chemical market

feb-cover-page-1The Indian chemical industry is expected to reach $224 billion by 2017, up from the current $144 billion, while the value of the global chemical industry is estimated at $3.26 trillion. This suggests that there is excellent potential to increase our share in the global trade. Also in the last decade, the industry has seen an increasing shift towards Asia, where Indian chemical industry stands out to be the third largest producer and 12th in the world in terms of volume. Read More

Lead, heavy metals have been found in soft drinks: Govt of India

govt-soft-drinksNEW DELHI, INDIA: Lead and other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks manufactured by two major multinational companies in India, the Rajya Sabha informed. “Samples of five different cold drinks–Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca-Cola were chosen by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to National Test. Read More

Paraxylene – production through toluene methylation

paraxyleneParaxylene or the Jesus Molecule is one amongst the isomers that structure xylenes. Among the xylene isomers paraxylene plays important role in production of terephthalic acid and dimethyl terphthalate. Paraxylene is a flammable, colorless aromatic hydrocarbon that exists as a liquid at ambient pressure and temperature. In p-xylene the p stands for para, identifying the location of the methyl groups as across. Read More