Its Chemist Charles Macintosh’s 250th Birthday, Google Celebrates With Doodle

Its Chemist Charles Macintosh’s 250th Birthday, Google Celebrates With Doodle

doddle-1CALIFORNIA, US: Goggle celebrates chemist Charles Macintosh’s 250th birthday today by bestowing a doodle in his respect. He is the one who invented waterproof material. The doodle demonstrates a delineation of Charles Macintosh remaining in a raincoat and rain beads bobbing off him.  The world recalls him for his most prevalent development ‘Macintosh Raincoat’. Mr Macintosh’s childhood in Glasgow dedicated lot of his time to chemistry. Read More

How to make caustic potash?

potassium-hydroxidePotassium Hydroxide or caustic potash is an extremely versatile cleaning agent. It is highly basic, forming strongly alkaline solutions in water and other polar solvents.These solutions are capable of deprotonating many acids, even weak ones. In analytical chemistry, titrations using solutions of Potassium hydroxide are used to assay acids. Potassium Hydroxide is hygroscopic, so be sure to keep it in a sealed container in a cool dry place. Read More

High-performance additives to improve polymeric materials

products-plastic-additives-interviewIn an interaction, Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals, Asia Pacific, BASF with Chemical Today magazine discussed his views about the new generation of light stabilisers. The performance of the plastic additives business is tied to those of the plastics industry as a whole. In many instances, it takes high-performance additives to pave the way for polymeric materials to become what they are today. Read More

Greener benzaldehyde for sustainable future

academic-speak-benzaldehydeIn an interview, Dr Anjali Patel, a professor at the Department of Chemistry’s Polyoxometalates and Catalysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda, India with Chemical Today magazine opens up about her path-breaking research on manufacturing environment friendly benzaldehyde with promising ways of enhancing magnitude of industrial applications. She has bagged two Indian patents. Read More


Chemical suppliers keep pace with global personal care markets

Chemical suppliers keep pace with global personal care markets

insights-personal-careChemical companies are working hard to satisfy the growing demand for ingredients that go into personal care products for the skin, hair, oral care and other applications. As a large, rapidly expanding and increasingly diverse market, product ingredients represent special challenges for chemical companies. Today’s consumers want more, they want quality and they want it now. But opportunities are evident as well, driven by a growing middle class. Read More


New solution for GHS-compliant chemical container labels

innovation-synthetic-paperChemical manufacturers around the world have devoted considerable effort to adopting the globally harmonised system (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals. A new label stock, made from its proprietary Teslin substrate, that is engineered to make that job a little easier – PPG Teslin label stock, was introduced by PPG, a global manufacturer of coatings, paints and speciality materials. Manufactured exclusively at PPG’s plant in Barberton. Read More

The bigger role of Nanoemulsions

academic-speak-nanoemulsionsIn an interaction, Ankur Gupta, a PhD Candidate (2012-2017) in chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA with Chemical Today magazine explains the use of nanoemulsions in pharmaceuticals, food industry and how the unique properties of nanoemulsions can make smart foods. I am currently working on the formation and applications of nanoemulsions. We have recently published series of articles. Read More

Industry 4.0 and the chemical industry


With more than 20 million people employed and annual sales of $5 trillion, the global chemicals industry serves as the backbone of many end-market industries such as agriculture, automotive, construction, and pharmaceuticals. Changes in the chemicals industry — such as the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 —are thus likely to have a ripple effect on a number of other industries. Industry 4.0 brings together a number of digital. Read More

Sartime Horological at Surface & Coating Expo 2016

Sartime Horological at Surface & Coating Expo 2016

sartime-horological-at-sc-expoIn an interview, Dr V Ravichandran, Director, Business Development, Sartime Horological Pvt Ltd with Shivani Mody, Editor, WOC TV, talks about water recycling. We are in the business of recycling water from the plating as well as the painting industry. There is always water shortage in every industry. Instead of taking water from outside, the waste water generated is treated properly. Then we use the reverse osmosis process to reclaim almost 95 percent. Read More

Application Reader Technology: the art of innovation 

innovation-coatingsApplication Reader Technology (ART) device quantifies paint feel, helps manufacturers understand consumer preferences for architectural paints.  While paint colour is an important consideration for paint chemists and design professionals, paint application “feel” is key for those doing the painting. Paint producers understand that the ease or difficulty of rolling out the paint can form a lasting impression on consumers and strongly influence their perceptions. Read More

Potential Health Benefits of Limonene

limonineLimonene is a phytochemical which falls in the class of monoterpenes and cyclo terpene. Limonene name derived from the citrus fruit i.e., lemon and it is abundantly found in other plant sources like cherries, spearmint, dill, garlic, celery, maize, rosemary, ginger, basil, etc. This phytochemical generally occurs in two optically active forms, l-limonene and d-limonene. The d-limonene is the compound which is responsible for strong smell of oranges. Read More

Milk is a cocktail of nearly 20 chemical compounds

ss_dontmixmeds_milk_12-13-copyMilk is a nutritious liquid that is secreted by mammals and used to feed their young, and as food by human beings. Worldwide, dairy farms produced about 730 million tonnes of milk in 2011. Milk is a key contributor to improving nutrition and food security particularly in developing countries. Milk seemingly white beverage may look innocent, but the hidden ingredients packed into the liquid. According to recent studies on milk, scientists have found single. Read More

Colours: hues & shades take a shiny turn

Colors: hues & shades take a shiny turn

sector-view-high-performance-pigmentsColours are an integral part of life and have indisputably become an important factor in every industry to appeal to its buyers. Not just the hues, but today colours also need to qualify various other criteria such as texture, longevity, resistance to heat and light etc to be in sync with the changing market demand. While the pigments industry is catching up to these requirements, high performance pigments (HPP) is garnering special attention from various. Read More

Chemistry behind the sweet lure of chocolate

chocolateAre you chocoholic? Not yet! Are you passionate about chocolates and to get pleasurable feelings? Is it chocolates taste makes you feel good or is there any other factors responsible for that? Then one must know the chemistry behind the chocolate making and why chocolate is considered as the feel-good factor, mood-alternating factor etc. Chocolate contains more than 300 – 500 known chemicals, some of which react within the human brain to alter. Read More

8,400 – 10,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke!

PrintHow many chemicals could possibly be packed in one tiny cigarette that you so casually smoke every hour? Its 8,400 -10,000 chemicals present in cigarettes. Cigarettes look deceptively simple, consisting of paper tubes containing chopped up tobacco leaf and it will deliver a steady dose of nicotine. In addition to nicotine the following components also present Tobacco blend, Paper, PVA glue and Cellulose acetate-based filter. Additives are used Read More

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen with Borax?

boraxSome times when we are in a hurry to go out or at the end of the party; general human tendency will forget to keep food items like cakes, sweets or sugary items in the refrigerator. Eventually this makes ants to invade into our kitchen or hall, as ants are sugarholic. Ants have been much less annoying as fleas, cockroaches and other pests but still ants make us annoy in certain situations. Then we start to think about to get rid of them from our surroundings. Read More


Chemical safety in the circular economy is ‘non-negotiable’

Chemical safety in the circular economy is ‘non-negotiable’

safety-watchThe European chemical industry supports the transition towards a circular economy as part of a strategy to make Europe more resource efficient. This can be achieved both by avoiding unnecessary material and energy losses throughout the life-cycle of products and maximising value by keeping resources circulating in loops, after the first usage, many more times than today. Environmental reasons and business arguments suggest doing so. Read More

Digitalization of supply chains

logistics-digital-supply-chainsModern IT systems help to master the complexity of supply chains in the chemical industry. They manage the flow of information, which accompanies the physical flows of goods. And they deliver the infrastructure for the digitalization of processes in the new world of Logistics 4.0. But in order for processes to be able to be automated continuously from delivery call-off at the supplier up to delivery to the customer, it takes one basic requirement: Read More

Bromine synthesis in laboratory 

bromine-1Bromine being a nonmetal, positioned in group 17 of the periodic table. Its properties are thus similar to those of neighbouring elements like fluorine, chlorine, and iodine, and tend to be intermediate between those of the two neighbouring halogens, chlorine and iodine. Bromine has the electron configuration [Ar]3d104s24p5, with the seven electrons in the fourth and outermost shell acting as its valence electrons. Bromine has two stable isotopes. Read More

Chemistry behind love

chemistry-of-loveScientists say there is increase in levels of hormones neutrophins and dopamine when cupid strikes. When couples fall in love, outwardly they experience dizziness, flushed face, sweaty palms and most prominent of all a wildly beating heart. But, internally, the feeling of love is due to chemicals racing around the brain and body. The feelings, researchers found are due to dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine that human beings release. Read More

Alessandro Volta: Discoverer of Methane

Alessandro Volta: Discoverer of Methane

alessandro-voltaAlessandro Volta (Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta) was an Italian physicist born on February 18, 1745 – died on March 7, 1827. Volta was considered as a pioneer of electrical science and inventor of voltaic pile. Alessandro Volta’s invention of the electric battery provided the first source of continuous current. In 1775 Volta’s interest in electricity led him to invent the electrophorus, a device used to generate static electricity. Read More

A greener option to petrochemicals

feature-oleo-chemicalsThe natural resources for fuel generation are fast depleting giving rise to an urgent need to share the burden of global petrochemical demands with renewable energy sources. Amidst various researches happening globally, oleochemicals are rising as a potential fuel alternative in the industry. With growing urbanisation, the demand for petrochemicals is on the rise. On the other hand, oil fields will eventually reach a point where they will. Read More

Pollution is there, but the skin can now be protected

innovation-cosmeticsAlarming levels of environmental pollution are widely present around the world. Besides, the deleterious effects of contaminants on the skin are very clear and consumers are more and more aware of those. In order to minimise these negative consequences, Pollushield functional ingredient has been developed, helping to prevent accumulation of particles in the epidermis and to replenish the skin with antioxidants, increasing its capacity to resist damage. Read More

Sodium hydroxide uses

chromato-cleaningSodium hydroxide is the principal strong base used in the chemical industry. In bulk it is most often handled as an aqueous solution, since solutions are cheaper and easier to handle. Sodium hydroxide is also used for the manufacture of sodium salts and detergents, for pH regulation, and for organic synthesis. Sodium hydroxide is employed to digest tissues, such as in a process that was used with farm animals at one time. Read More

New lactase improves production of lactose-free dairy products

New lactase improves production of lactose-free dairy products

rd-corporate-lactaseA new enzyme Saphera, by Novozymes, is a lactase enzyme that sets a new standard for production and quality of a wide range of lactose-free products, including milk and fermented dairy products such as yogurt. Originated from Bifidobacteriumbifidum, Saphera differs considerably from traditional lactases made from yeast and is the first, major innovation in this growing industry for years. With Saphera, the desired lactose level can be more precisely. Read More

How chemicals can help insects to recognize their comrades are dead?

smellofdeathInsects have an unbelievable power called sense of smell. They can able to detect just a few molecules of a certain scent present in the air. These molecules called pheromones. A pheromone is nothing but a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species. Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting outside the body of the secreting individual to impact the behavior of the receiving individual. Read More

True potential of marijuana can be unlocked by mangoes

mangoes-1Numerous phytochemicals are present in mango peel and pulp, such as the triterpene, lupeol which is under basic research for its potential biological effects. Pigments that are present in mango peel include carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene, and polyphenols, such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins and tannins. Mango contains a unique xanthonoid called mangiferin. Read More

Hydroquinone can be effective for Tatoo Removal, but in appropriate proportions

Hydroquinone Tattoo RemovalHydroquinone, also benzene-1,4-diol or quinol, is an aromatic organic compound that is a type of phenol, a derivative of benzene, having the chemical formula C6H4(OH)2. Hydroquinone has a variety of uses principally associated with its action as a reducing agent that is soluble in water. It is a major component in most black and white photographic developers for film and paper where, with the compound Metol, it reduces silver halides. Read More

William Ramsay – discoverer of four nobel gases

William Ramsay – discoverer of four noble gases

william-ramsayWilliam Ramsay was a British chemist and Nobel laureate born on October 02, 1852 – died on July 23, 1916. Ramsay was credited with the discovery of four important nobel gases. His work led to the isolation of inert gaseous elements like argon, helium, neon, krypton, xenon and led to the development of a new section of the periodic table. William Ramsay made several important discoveries and wrote many scientific papers regarding the oxides of nitrogen. Read More

Sulfuric acid / oil of vitriol / king of chemicals – industrial production

sulphuric-acidSulfuric acid molecular formula written as H2SO4, with other names includes oil of vitriol, battery acid, and king of chemicals. Sulfuric acid composed of hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur and available forms include dilute sulfuric acid, concentrated sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid is formed naturally by the oxidation of sulfide minerals, such as iron sulfide. On earth, sulfuric acid does not exist in a natural form. But on the planet Venus, there are lakes of the sulfuric Acid. Read More

Why do onions make us cry?

cooks-cutting-guardOnion is a good source of nutrients, vitamins B, C and G, protein, starch. It also contains amino acid sulfoxides that form sulfenic acids in the onion cells.As part of chemical defense onions release some gases which makes us cry. Mechanism:  As the onion plants grow, they absorb the sulphurous compounds in the soil; can then break down to form amino acid sulfoxides like S-propenyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide. The enzymes which are responsible for chemical. Read More

Prism Surface at Surface & Coating Expo 2016

prism-at-sc-expoIn a conversation, M K Ganesan, Managing Director, Prism Surface Coating Pvt Ltd, with Shivani Mody from WOC TV speaks about sustainability and challenges in the paint industry.  For the last 100 years, the paint industry is using compressed air as the force for atomising the paint. When used at 6 bar pressure there’s a wastage of 50-60 percent of paint and only 30 to 40 percent of air goes to the component. So, after 100 years, we have launched. Read More

Investments from across the globe-exploring opportunities

Investments from across the globe-exploring opportunities

event-coverage-india-chemThe Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals of the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly hosted the ninth edition of ‘India Chem 2016 – Exploring Opportunities’ in Mumbai from 1 to 3 September. The three-day event aimed to strengthen the Indian chemical and petrochemical industries and enhance trade between India and foreign partners. Read More

1500 chemicals in Coffee!

coffee-1Did anyone know where coffee plant was originated? Coffee plant originated in Africa and Madagascar.Coffee has become a universal and almost indispensable beverage in the modern dietary.It is a very reliable friend, the kind of friend who plays an important role in the various activities we perform during the day. Recent evidence suggests coffee could help prevent type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer disease. Different groups of chemicals present in coffee are. Read More

WAGNER at Surface & Coating Expo 2016

wagner-at-sc-expoIn an interview, Rajendra Mainkar, Business Development Manager-West, WAGNER Industrial Solutions, with Shivani Mody from WOC TV, talks about the coating industry’s challenges, trends and opportunities. Wagner is a German company – more than 50-years-old. We started our Indian operations since 2007. Our activities are basically into powder and liquid coatings – including, right from handle guns, upto booths and recovery, as far as. Read More

Role of chlorine in day to day life

chlorine-tablets-1Chlorine is the most abundant member of the halogen family of periodic table elements. Chlorine is an important chemical in our day-to-day life. Chlorine is a clear amber-colored liquid about 1.5 times heavier than water. Gaseous chlorine is greenish-yellow, about 2.5 times as heavier than air, which will cause it to initially remain near the ground in areas with little air movement. Chlorine has a pungent odor. Chlorine is a powerful oxidizing agent. Read More

New novel method to trap hazardous gases

New novel method to trap hazardous gases

ut-dallas-kui-tanDALLAS, US: A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has developed a novel method for trapping potentially harmful gases within microscopic organometallic structures.  These metal organic frameworks (MOFs), are made of different building blocks composed of metal ion centres and organic linker molecules. Together they form a honeycomb-like structure that can trap gases within each comb or pore. Read More

Preparing Ethylene Oxide by Chlorohydrin Process

ethylene-oxide Ethylene Oxide also called as epoxyethane, oxirane. It is cyclic ether, simplest epoxide with faintly sweet odor and colorless flammable gas at room temperature. Ethylene oxide is important to the production of detergents, thickeners, solvents, plastics, and various organic chemicals such as ethylene glycol, ethanolamines, simple and complex glycols, polyglycol ethers and other compounds. It is extremely flammable and explosive and is used. Read More

Surface & Coating Expo 2016: global technological excellence

event-coverage-surface-coating-expoThe Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised the 2nd edition of Surface & Coating Expo (SCE) in Chennai. The three-day expo, held from August 26 to 28, 2016, focused on surface engineering, preparation, finishing, coatings and corrosion protection technologies. The biennial expo was attended by over 150 exhibitors from India and abroad, with over 8,000 business visitors and more than 750 delegates from across the globe this year. Read More

Investments from across the globe-exploring opportunities

event-coverage-india-chemThe Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals of the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly hosted the ninth edition of ‘India Chem 2016 – Exploring Opportunities’ in Mumbai from 1 to 3 September. The three-day event aimed to strengthen the Indian chemical and petrochemical industries and enhance trade between India and foreign partners. Read More