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

The internet of things and the chemical industry

The internet of things and the chemical industry

it-in-chemicals-internet-of-things-1Chemical companies are investing heavily in connected devices to capture, process and use data, attracted by huge commercial opportunities and potential returns on investment. However, a full realisation of those benefits depends on awareness and management of the risks that come with the “Internet of things” (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical objects containing embedded technology gather and communicates data concerning their internal states. Read More

India Chem 2016: A confluence of ideas and innovation

curtain-raiser-india-chem-1The three-day event aims to bring Indian and international players of the chemical industry on the same platform to encourage technology transfer, investment and joint ventures. The Indian chemical industry demonstrates a potential to grow at 9 percent per annum to touch $214 billion by 2019, according to Tata Strategic Management report. This highly diversified sector has more than 80,000 chemicals and currently accounts for 15 percent. Read More

Advanced paper whitening with higher sustainability and cost control

innovation-paper-whiteningArchroma’s new concept brings a reduced OBA dosage, which means fewer chemicals in the process and a reduced environmental footprint. There is every reason to believe that optical brightening agents (OBAs) will have a bright future, despite the highly competitive market in which we find ourselves today. After all, whilst there is a steady decline in production volumes of office papers, there has been a continued interest worldwide in producing papers. Read More

How sniffer dogs can spot diabetes?

snifferdogs-1Do you ever think, can a sniffer dog can able to spot the patients with specific disease? Once you read this question, as an immediate reaction in your mind one question will arise within no matter of time and you will be start thinking.  How it is possible? How it can able to spot? All this ability came to sniffer dogs by a chemical found in your breath, that could provide an indication to warn of dangerously low blood sugar levels in patients. Read More

Impact of GST on India’s chemical industry

Impact of GST on India’s chemical industry

gst-chemical-industry-1The time has come for India Inc. to buckle up and get ready for a momentous transformation in the nation’s industrial infrastructure. The Goods & Services Tax (GST) was passed on the 3rd of August and is projected to be one of the most compelling tax reform in the post-Independence India. Touted as one of the most poignant Constitutional Amendment Bill (122nd) passed by the Government of India (GOI), the GST will be recognised. Read More

Surface & Coating industry challenged by buyer’s choices

m-k-ganesan-prism-surfaceIn an interview, M K Ganesan, Managing Director, Prism Surface Coatings (P) Ltd with Chemical Today magazine, discusses the trends and challenges in the surface & coating industry. As per 2014 estimate, the global paint consumption market is $137 billion. Out of this 57 percent is industrial paints and balance decorative paints. In the year 2008, Asia Pacific region consumed approx 40 percent of global paint consumption. Read More

Surface & Coating Expo 2016: a confluence of technological excellence

surface-coating-expo-1The three-day expo aims at empowering, enriching and engaging Indian industries with global technological advancement in surface and coatings business. Corrosion is eating away around Rs 3.6 lakh crore every year in India. Rising pollution levels are resulting in faster deterioration of metals. However, the Indian industry is yet to wake up to this reality. Globally, surface preparation, treatment and coatings are becoming an integral part. Read More

George Wald – discoverer of function of vit-A role in retina

george_waldGeorge Wald was an American scientist and Nobel laureate born in New York City on November 18, 1906 – died on April 12, 1997. He shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and Ragnar Granit. Wald was also the winner of Eli Lilly Award for Fundamental Research in Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society in the year of 1939, Proctor Medal of the Association for Research in Ophthalmology. Read More

Chewing gum from 3D printers

Chewing gum from 3D printers

wacker-candy2gum-technologyMUNCHEN, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG said that it will unveil the world’s first novel confectionery technology, CANDY2GUM. With CANDY2GUM, it is possible to produce innovative chewy candy that turns into chewing gum after a short time – the mouthfeel and chewing experience are absolutely unique. The new technology does not only modify the texture of confectionery (sweet). It also opens up new opportunities for flavours and ingredients. Read More

Food Browning by Maillard Reaction

steakWhen you chopped onion and fried on pan, and added the onions together with a pinch of baking soda did anybody taste of the browned onions are remarkably sweet and caramel-like, and compared with conventionally browned onions, they were softer! When you cook meat have you wondered why the meat changes color at different stages of cooking? But this was observed 102 years back itself by Louis-Camille Maillard. Read More

Rapid lead compounds discovery through high-throughput screening

hts-procedureHigh-Throughput Screening (HTS) is an approach to drug discovery that has gained widespread popularity over the past few years and expanded its applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research laboratories et al. The technology includes screening of large chemical libraries for activity against biological targets via the use of automation, miniaturized assays and large-scale data analysis. Read More

Chemical makeup of sports equipment

chemicals-in-sports-equipmentSports and physical activities have been part of the natural endeavors of humans in earth. The primeval records of sports activities date back to the First Olympics Games in 776 B.C. in Greece. Since then, the human yearning for participating in sports activities and this activity has pushed civilisations to create more structure to more sports games. The design of sports equipment must rely on the knowledge of materials science, engineering, physics, physiology, and biomechanics and must consider various possible characteristics. Read More


Baby teethers may contain harmful chemicals

Baby teethers may contain harmful chemicals: study

baby-teethersWASHINGTON DC, US: Bisphenol-A (BPA), parabens and antimicrobials are widely used in personal care products and plastics. Most governments across the globe have banned or restricted some of these compounds used in certain products for babies and kids. But a new study warns that most popular baby teethers contain hormone-disrupting chemicals in them, though these chemicals are banned from use in products for children. Read More

New discovery may lead to development of gasoline

university-of-illinois-yang-zhangILLINOIS, US: In opposing a theory that’s been the standard for over eighty years, a group of University of Illinois researchers have made a discovery holding major promise for the petroleum industry. Led by Yang Zhang, assistant professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the researchers has revealed that in the foreseeable future products such as crude oil and gasoline could be. Read More

Make Drinking Water From Sunlight And Humidity

selfilling-bottleAny time has you ever dreamt of life on the open road on that adventurous long distance bicycle tour! Irrespective of age, people with different backgrounds, national and international worlds, all choose the bicycle as their favorite means of travel. The bicycle trek is interesting for many reasons: it’s an exciting challenge that allows us to explore varied sceneries, meet new people, build physical fitness and most importantly experience the joy of. Read More

Global chemical industry stock outlook – Dec 2016

chemical-industry-generalThe chemical industry is in the process of gradual healing after being badly shaken by the Great Recession. Aside from a flurry of challenges, the industry put up a decent performance in the first three-quarters of 2016, benefiting from healthy demand across automotive and housing sectors- two major end-use markets for chemicals. In a still-difficult global economic backdrop, chemical makers are gradually looking for cost synergy opportunities. Read More