University of Toronto researchers have discovered that applying cooking oil to stainless steel surfaces can repel foodborne bacteria, reducing the risk of cross-contamination during food processing, according to a study published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. The study only looked at the effect in laboratory conditions.
Borregaard says its SenseFi product was created by converting raw wood materials into a substance that can mimic the texture, thickness and stabilization of fat in cosmetics and food, including beverages, fillings and dairy products. "Due to SenseFi's colloidal nature, SenseFi's particles disperse in water and are not soluble in water, like soluble hydrocolloids," says Per Ivar Heier of Borregaard.
The American Chemistry Council says it supports Environmental Protection Agency efforts "to ensure risk evaluation of asbestos is scientifically accurate and continues to be protective of worker and environmental health."
Plastics manufacturers are expanding along the Gulf Coast and in Pennsylvania and the Midwest because of high demand, low costs and technological innovation, writes Dan Emerson. Packaging, automotive and housing are all areas of growth for plastics.
Cabot Microelectronics will pay $1.6 billion in cash and stock to purchase KMG Chemicals. The deal's value minus debt is $1.23 billion.
BASF recently held a three-day workshop to help engineering faculty incorporate process safety into lessons and equip students to be chemical engineers. BASF designed the event with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Center for Chemical Process Safety.
SABIC has partnered with design group Nottingham Spirk to find new roles for its line of specialty thermoplastics.
The Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards have helped the US build a strong culture for chemical safety while deterring attacks, says David Wulf, head of DHS' Infrastructure Security and Compliance Division. CFATS expires this year unless reauthorized by Congress.
Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to make key science-related decisions in the weeks to come, including nominations for advisory boards. Wheeler could also revisit former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's rule affecting the use of science when creating regulations.
A reformed North American Free Trade Agreement must retain provisions that protect US jobs and investments, such as the Investor State Dispute Settlement, writes Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund.