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The Polyurethane Blog is reporting that Dow Chemical and Dan Loeb, the activist investor and operator of Third Point LLC., have reached a ceasefire. Loeb will lay down his weapons for a full year including taking down his flashy website [1]. On the other side,...
Efforts to convert plastics to oil have been getting a lot of good press lately. People seem to like the ashed-to-ashes, dust-to-dust approach of taking petroleum-based plastics and turning them back into oil. (This is all done via the miracle of anaerobic...
This appears to be the week to lose things. I lost my job, the only known sample of ε-polypropylene was lost and now the world's smallest 3D-sculptures are lost too. Granted, these sculptures would be pretty easy to lose. Take a look at one:There are...

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Crystalline polypropylene (PP) has always been one of the more interesting polymers because it is polymorphic - there are multiple crystalline phases that can form. Without any special processing, the α- phase dominates. This is the one that melts at...
A novel family of polymers is featured in Science today. The polymers have an interesting range of properties, but as you might expect, they have been hyped far beyond recognition. The research paper is a mess. There is way too much material jammed into a small...
My wife and I were able to use our chemical knowledge this past week to solve a perplexing problem. I'll post first what we observed and then let you try and figure it out. We have a gas cooktop in our house here in Minnesota. A couple of weeks ago, the flames...

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Derek Lowe has a link to a rather amusing inadvertent addition to a paper, John Spevacek has noted an equally amazing admission, but one that's on purpose. (2nd page, first paragraph)Tien Nguyen has written a really nice "successful assistant professor candidates...
The New York Times has a great opening for its story on IBM's new polymer discovery that has been published in Science: As a research chemist at an IBM laboratory, Jeannette M. Garcia spends her days mixing and heating chemicals in pursuit of stronger...
Hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break. We're mostly back to work here:I thought this gift of 3-D printed molecules was nice. A fascinating chemical mystery from John Spevacek. (That's a very educated household, btw.)C&EN's year-end issue, lots...