Feedstocks: Forestry

Forestry feedstocks utilized in the renewable industry include woody biomass such as: logging residue (e.g. slash, saw dust), forest management waste (e.g. wildfire mitigation, diseased tree removal), and dedicated energy forestry crops (e.g. poplar trees and willow stands).  A sustainable future requires solid forest management practices to maintain habitats for wildlife and minimize the devastating…

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Methane

Methane (CH4) is a chemical compound with one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen.  It is the simplest alkane and is the main constituent of natural gas.  The abundance of methane makes it an attractive fuel, although capturing and storing can pose challenges.  Naturally occurring methane is found both below ground and under the…

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Carbon Black

Carbon black is an essential industrial chemical used to impart special properties to finished goods. It is composed of nucleated clusters of elemental carbon adding color, UV stabilization, heat dissipation and anti-static properties to plastic films, electrical parts, inks, and strength and wearability to automotive tires to name a few of its ubiquitous applications. The…

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Catalysis Consultant

Catalysis is the process of increasing the rate of some chemical reaction by adding a substance known as a catalyst. In today’s world many different things like petroleum products, plastics, textiles, pharmaceutical products, and various other chemicals are prepared through some catalytic processes.  Catalysts speed up chemical reactions but can be recovered unchanged at the…

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Polyurethane Expert

Polyurethane is a polymer composed of organic units joined by urethane links. Polyurethanes are one of the most versatile plastic materials.  Polyurethanes can be molded into unusual shapes and to enhance industrial and consumer products, and are used in such items as foam seats, foam insulation, seals, gaskets, sprays, durable elastomeric wheels and tires (such as those found…

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Polymer Expert

What is a polymer expert? Polymer science is the study of all types of polymers and plastics, including both thermosets and thermoplastics and their applications.  Examples of the applications of these low-cost, high performance materials that we use in our everyday lives include medical implants, packaging, insulation, automobile and airplane composites, adhesives, protective coatings and…

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Polyurethane Science

Polyurethane science is the study of all types of polyurethanes, including both thermosets and thermoplastics and their applications.  Polyurethane chemistry is incredibly versatile, allowing the incorporation of recycle content and bio renewable content, while at the same time providing materials as diverse as flexible foams that used in automotive seating to composites used in rigid…

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Climate Change Experts

So, what exactly is climate change and what do climate change experts do?  Climate change is defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns.  It is most pronounced from the mid to late twentieth century and forward and is largely attributed to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere produced by the…

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