January 14, 2013 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
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January 14, 2013 Issue

Volume 91, Issue 2

January 14, 2013 Issue, Vol. 91 | Iss. 2

World Chemical Outlook 2013

(pp. 11-18)

The Chemistry Of A Solar Airplane

Helping to build Solar Impulse pushes two chemical makers to try new ways of doing research (pp. 23-25)
Science & Technology

Chemists Get Back To The Grind With Mechanochemistry

Force provides ways to run reactions in ball mills with little or no solvent (pp. 35-36)
Back Issues

Cover Story: World Chemical Outlook 2013

World Chemical Outlook
It looks like a chancy year, with winners and losers in different areas as supply, demand, and politics shift
Pharmaceuticals: Companies Will Focus On External Partnerships To Improve Productivity
U.S.: Domestic Manufacturing Slowdown Will Be Offset By Shale Gas Upside
Construction: The Action, Once Again, Is In Developing Countries
Europe: Economy And Chemical Industry Are Expected To Stagnate
Fine Chemicals: Optimism Prevails Over Uncertainty
Asia: Slowdown In China, Although Mild, Is Cause For Concern
Petrochemicals: The U.S. Will See A Boom As Europe And Asia Struggle
Cleantech: New Funding Will Be Scarce, But Scale-Up Plans Continue
Specialties: Growth To Be Fueled By Autos, Electronics
Canada: After A So-So 2012, Chemical Firms Prepare For A Brighter Future
Instrumentation: Firms Plan For The Long Term Amid Short-Term Uncertainties
Middle East: After Years Of Growth, A Profits Squeeze Lies Ahead
Advanced Materials: Carbon Fiber, 3-D Printing, Graphene To Make Inroads
Latin America: Policymakers, Industry Seek To Boost Competition

News of the Week

Robot Ribosome

Nanotechnology: Researchers make a small-molecule machine that can string together three amino acids

Illumina Makes Genetic Acquisitions

Diagnostics: Firm asserts its independence by acquiring two companies

Lake Data Reveal Oil Sands Impacts

Environment: Oil production is dispersing carcinogenic hydrocarbons across northern Alberta, study shows

Pharma Executives Aim At Small, Strategic Deals

Pharmaceuticals: Companies look to grow through focused acquisitions in 2013

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Stem Cell Case

High court ends lawsuit against federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research

Ancient Roman Medicine Analyzed

Cultural Heritage: Pills thought to treat eye ailments contain zinc, beeswax, and plant and animal fats

Spinning Superior Nanotube Fibers

Nanotechnology: Carbon-based threads possess remarkable strength and conductivity

China Spill Prompts An Apology

Citizens deserved better information about leak of toxic chemical in waterways, mayor says.

Moisture-Triggered Motions Of New Material Harnessed To Generate Electrical Power

Researchers develop composite material that could sustainably charge small electronic devices in the future



Strong progress in integrating Solutia makes Tennessee firm this year's choice
Newlight Technologies’ young founders plan to make inexpensive material from waste gas
(pp. 11-18)
Helping to build Solar Impulse pushes two chemical makers to try new ways of doing research
(pp. 23-25)
Concentrates(pp. 20-21)
  1. Indian Industrial Firm Buys Coal Tar Company Rütgers
  2. Dow Corning Cutting 500 Jobs
  3. Mitsui Forms Venture, Gets Out Of Resorcinol
  4. Bayer Acquires Pest Control Firm Prophyta
  5. Liveris To Get Industry Award
  6. Innospec, Post Oak In Oil-Field Deals
  7. BASF To Increase Hexanediol Capacity
  8. Lonza Will Boost Conjugate Capability
  9. BASF Divests Conica Sports Surfaces
  10. Oxford Nanopore Links To Universities
  11. Bind And Amgen To Inhibit Kinases
  12. Heptares, Cubist Join On GPCR Research
  13. Gilead, MacroGenics Join For Antibodies
  14. Business Roundup

ACS News

Awards(pp. 38-41)
  1. 2013 ACS National Award Winners
  2. ACS Award For Distinguished Service In The Advancement Of Inorganic Chemistry
  3. ACS Award For Research At An Undergraduate Institution
  4. ACS Award For Achievement In Research For The Teaching & Learning Of Chemistry
  5. ACS Award For Affordable Green Chemistry
  6. ACS Award For Creative Invention
  7. ACS Award In Applied Polymer Science
  8. ACS National Awards

Government & Policy

Report finds agency is adrift without clear goals, and U.S. leadership in space science will suffer
New chief navigates tough path forward through drug development bottleneck
(pp. 29-31)
  1. 2012 Sets Heat Record In U.S.
  2. FDA Proposes Food Safety Rules
  3. Ames Lab To Be Rare-Earth Hub
  4. Science Standards Up For Final Review
  5. Court Strikes Down EPA Rules For Soot

Science & Technology

Agent is the first small molecule found to trigger death receptor on cancer-cell surfaces
Force provides ways to run reactions in ball mills with little or no solvent
(pp. 35-36)
Concentrates(pp. 33-34)
  1. Breath Analysis For Search And Rescue
  2. Diabetes Drug Mechanism Found
  3. Choose Your Nitric Oxide Tests Carefully
  4. Tandem Cyclization And Fluorination
  5. Sticky Polymers Aid Silicon Anodes
  6. Chemists Make Cholesterol-Blocking Molecule Bisabosqual A For The First Time
  7. Simple Nanopowders For Electrolysis
  8. Radiocesium Intake Remains Safe In Japan



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