Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 133 Subscribe FREE September 30, 2011 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Chemical business
Journals - Video
Reference works
The Alchemist pick


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2011 European chemical industry Facts & Figures
The 2011 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry released each year, the Cefic European Facts and Figures document provides the most up-to-date information based on currently available data about the sector, which produce 21 per cent of the world’s chemicals.

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Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new tool in life science publication and communication, with participation of scientists from leading research institutions. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research.

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Examining biofuels policy
So-called first-generation biofuels—ethanol from corn or sugarcane and biodiesel from rapeseed, soy, or palm oil—are meeting many of the mandates. But an NCB report on the ethics of biofuels production released last April acknowledges that in the rush to meet mandates, the large-scale production of first-generation biofuels presents problems. Read the full story at C&En.

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Mapping of science
Mapping the landscape of science is about to get easier than ever before. Google and Microsoft are rolling out free tools that will enable researchers to analyse citation statistics, visualize research networks and track the hottest research fields. The systems could be attractive for scientists and institutions that are unable — or unwilling — to pay for existing metrics platforms, such as Thomson Reuters' Web of Knowledge and Elsevier's Scopus database.

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QS World University Rankings® 2011/2012
QS World University Rankings® 2011/2012 - among the most trusted university rankings available, now including university fees information. View the world’s leading overall universities in the world, the best universities by subject rank area, and the best universities as voted by employers.

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Nitrous explanation is a gas
The greenhouse gas nitrous oxide undergoes partial decomposition depending on environmental conditions. Now researchers in Germany have determined the structure of an enzyme that breaks down the gas. Surprisingly, the team found that the active center of the N2O-reductase enzyme is made up of four copper atoms and two sulfur atoms, whereas biochemists had assumed incorrectly that it had only a single sulfur atom. The revelation has now led to a new mechanism that explains the decomposition of N2O. Nitrous oxide and nitrogen production on farmland and in forests depends on a multitude of opposing effects, the new study helps fill a gap in our understanding of the nitrogen cycle.
How the N2O Greenhouse Gas Is Decomposed

Read more hot chemistry news from's newsletter: The Alchemist.

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SCMchem, taking place October 31-November 2 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Georgia, is the only event specifically tailored to supply chain, logistics and sourcing executives in chemical and specialty manufacturing in North America. Manufacturers: Register online at or call 646-200-7530 and receive a 25% discount with code 10410XM79EN.

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The 67th API China 9-11 Nov 2011 Naining
API China is China's leading exhibition for the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector covering the complete spectrum of products from raw materials, fine chemicals, intermediates, ingredients, processing machinery and packaging machinery. It is an event for international buyers to meet Asian sellers especially Chinese ingredients manufacturers.
Venue: Nanjing International Expo Centre, China

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SpeChem China 2011 (Shanghai)
SpeChem China 2011 will be held at Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center on November 22-24,2011. Organized by CCPIT Sub-Council of Chemical Industry, the professional international trade promotion organization in China Chemical Industry, and Zhejiang Netsun Co., Ltd., which owns the famous chemical, SpeChem China is the leading exhibition in China Fine & Specialty Chemical Industry.

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2nd Unconventional Gas Asia Summit 2011 / 2nd World Clean Coal Series China Focus 2011
2nd Unconventional Gas Asia Summit 2011, which will be held on Dec 6th-9th, 2011, Beijing, China, is the international event focusing on Asia markets including policy change, technical innovation, and project updates.

2nd World Clean Coal Series China Focus 2011, featuring the top-level speaker panels and cutting-edge technology showcases, is ideally timed to examine the vital questions that will shape global clean coal future. The Series-China Focus 2011 is an event for you to attain deep understandings on China and other countries' clean coal initiatives, and roadmap.

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Informex is the leading meeting place for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry. The event is a marketplace for networking and doing business in the fine, custom and specialty chemical manufacturing industry. The mix of 4,000 chemistry professionals and 500 exhibitors makes Informex a must-attend event. Register today for InformexUSA.

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The 2012 China Surfactant and Detergent Exhibition will be held April 14-16.
According to show organizers, The 13th China International Exhibition on Surfactant & Detergents and The 12th China International Conference on Surfactant & Detergents will take place April 14-16 at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center. The exhibition will include more than 200 world-class suppliers of new and innovative surfactant and detergent ingredients and services, as well as leading testing laboratories, software providers, industry associations and publishing houses.

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