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CPI now accepting entries for the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award

For more than 75 years great minds have contributed to the advancement of the polyurethanes industry. Are you one of those innovators? The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council sponsors an award program to honor your innovation before hundreds of your polyurethanes industry peers. CPI is now accepting 2014 Polyurethane [...]

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Chemistry to help lift winter athletes to peak performance in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics, just three shorts weeks away, will showcase high-speed skiing, super-skilled snowboarding, and high-stakes ice hockey, among many other sports. But did you know that the products of chemistry help world-class athletes perform at their peak? Chemistry is behind each and every pair of skates, goggles, knee pads, and footwear — though [...]

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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois [...]

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Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert of BASF shares value of free CPI training program

Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert has weighed in on the value of the Center for Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) Spray Foam Chemical Health and Safety Training Program for professional home performance contractors in an exclusive Q&A with American Chemistry Matters. Robert is a member of BASF’s Environmental, Safety and Health team and chair of CPI’s SPF [...]

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How can chemistry help keep you warm and save you money this winter?

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and for many Americans, the coldest months of winter are still ahead. But don’t crank up the heat just yet! There are other ways to stay warm and keep those seasonal energy costs down. And they have a lot to do with chemistry. Comfortable at home A typical [...]

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Celebrating 75 years of innovation at the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

75 years ago, renowned German scientist Dr. Otto Bayer invented the basic process that would pave the way for the modern polyurethanes industry, ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley told a crowd of 850+ at the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Atlanta, GA. At the time, Dooley said, Dr. Bayer was struggling to make ends [...]

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ACEEE conference examines energy efficient buildings, chemistry solutions

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is hosting a conference on the west coast this week to the tone of “Fueling Our Future with Efficiency,” with a focus on solutions for reduced energy use in buildings. According to the conference website: What the discussion boils down to is this. 40 percent of energy [...]

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Chemistry and sports: Innovations that are changing the game

Tonight is the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. As we cheer on the incredible athletes from around the globe, it’s amazing to think about all the advances chemistry has enabled in sports at the Olympic level and beyond. Many types of sports equipment rely heavily on chemistry to help athletes reach [...]

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BASF arrives in Motor City to showcase energy-efficient products made possible by chemistry

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about an auto show? Carousels of cutting-edge concept cars? Sweeping suicide doors? Custom wheels and rims? Whichever images comes to mind, the latest innovations in energy efficiency – plastic wheels, lightweight thermoplastics and polyurethanes – are likely not among them. Yet, energy efficiency – [...]

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Blowin’ in the wind: Stronger, longer and lighter turbine blades made possible by chemistry

Imagine you’re a scientist standing in a laboratory next to a 100-ft turbine blade with a note that says, “Make it longer, make it stronger and, while you’re at it, make it lighter, too.” As it turns out, a development team led by Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), when presented with a blade and a challenge not [...]

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