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Our latest R&D and Manufacturing for Polymers, Fuels and Chemicals Symposium in Houston on July 24 was a success.  The event featured well recognized experts, including: Read more »

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Functional Polymers Chemical Materials

By Dominique Hebrault

Most chemists and chemical engineers know the use of ATR-FTIR to monitor multi-step complex chemical reactions. The technology has even become a staple for them in academic and industry labs over the past 20 years. Fewer people are familiar with the use in chemical material science, although they help provide a better understanding of the relationship between product structure and properties. Read more »

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Heterogeneous Catalyst Hydrogenation

By Dominique Hebrault

From the number of requests I recently received, it appears that many of you are interested in publications covering the use of ATR-FTIR, calorimetry, and/or gas uptake to monitor in real time and in situ heterogeneously catalyzed hydrogenation processes. Read more »

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Wired or Wireless

By Wes Walker

A field spectroscopic analyzer in an explosion hazard area is typically connected to a control PC in a safe area using optical fiber. A common choice for this is duplex 50/125 multimode fiber. Read more »

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Amgen Chemical and Process Development Event

By Dominique Hebrault

With about 80 participants, the Best Practices in Chemical and Process Development Information Sharing Event organized by METTLER TOLEDO and kindly hosted by Amgen in Cambridge, MA on April 10, was clearly a success. It featured best practices presentations around the theme of chemical development in the local pharma industry from Read more »

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Customer Shelters For Mid-Infrared Analyzers

By Wes Walker

A classified area mid-infrared analyzer designed for outdoor use will typically have a temperature range where it can operate without additional sheltering. Read more »

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Connecting a Modbus TCP Server To a DCS Client

By Wes Walker

When connecting a Modbus TCP server to a Distributed Control System (DCS) client, sometimes a mismatch becomes apparent due to the DCS’s reliance on a non-TCP protocol (most often serial RTU). This is easily overcome by Read more »

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Annual Life Sciences Panorama: Looking Ahead 2014

By Dominique Hebrault

I recently attended the Annual Life Sciences Panorama: Looking Ahead 2014 held at Genzyme in Cambridge, MA. Read more »

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Changing Temperature Control Parameters

By Dominique Hebrault

More and more scientists routinely use reaction calorimetry thanks to the wider availability and affordability of advanced process calorimetry instruments,  their larger volume range (from ml to multi-liter), and ease of use of intuitive software (iControl ). Read more »

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A Common Calorimetry Question

By Dominique Hebrault

A common calorimetry question I am asked is how a process can be red flagged for scale-up early on based on a small volume experiment. I just came across an example that illustrates the importance of:

  • High Instantaneous Heat Release
  • Delayed Initiation
  • Heat Accumulation Read more »
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