Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 141 Subscribe FREE May 31, 2012 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Chem apps
Reference works
Chemical industry
The Alchemist pick


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Europe’s Energy Portal
Europe’s Energy Portal is specialized in price data for fuels, gas and electricity. Energy publishers generally depend on government bodies for their data input. Europe's Energy Portal utilizes the leverage of European consumers. The Portal was founded in 2005 and has grown into a real online beacon, a trusted environment accessible to anyone with an interest in energy. In particular, energy related to Europe and the member states of the European Union.

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Chemistry handbook
This free Android app Provides easy access to info about chemicals and fundamental constants, as well as calculations for preparing solutions. The app uses an online search engine, so make sure you are not charged for the data transfer. This handbook allows you to look up info without having to type, and without storing large databases on your phone. It uses the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine to look up and calculate the information you are looking for.

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Nanomaterial-Biological Interactions Knowledgebase
The NBI Knowledgebase is intended to offer industry, academia, the general public, and regulatory agencies a mechanism to rationally inquire for unbiased interpretation of nanomaterial exposure effects in biological systems. The two main sections of this tool are: "Nanomaterial Library" and " Biological Interactions Database."

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A free open source algorithm (Open Parser for Systematic IUPAC Nomenclature, OPSIN) that interprets the majority of organic chemical nomenclature in a fast and precise manner. This tool was developed by: by Daniel M. Lowe, Peter T. Corbett, Peter Murray-Rust*, and Robert C. Glen.

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First ever Cefic sustainability report
The Cefic sustainability report is a first step towards achieving the vision approved at the highest level of the European chemical industry. It has come about through the recognition that we have not only the capability but also the responsibility to address societal challenges of sustainability such as energy, water, raw materials or, more broadly, resource efficiency.

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Ain't what you do...
When it comes to polymer films, it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that the method use to produce thin polymer films can significantly affect the structure of the resulting film. The findings have important implications for a wide range of products from high-tech mirrors to computer memory devices, according to NIST's Jack Douglas. Flow coating and spin casting produce rather different final films, for instance, with self-assembling block copolymers. Manufacturers need to know more about controlling the stresses present as a film forms to ensure that it behaves in a predictable way. "It's an important question because some proposed applications intend to take advantage of these effects," Douglas says.
Fabrication Method Can Affect the Use of Block Copolymer Thin Films

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

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The World HPAPI Summit is only meeting for anyone working on the manufacture, containment and handling of highly potent drug compounds. 16 expert speakers will address issues surrounding handling, specialized equipment, hazard management and personnel protection. New therapeutic applications for highly potent compounds will also be discussed. Visit the website.

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AgrochemEx 2012 (20-22, October 2012)
AgrochemEx is an annual agrochemical symposium and exhibition in Shanghai,China. It brings purchasers to the Chinese pesticide manufactures directly rather than middle man. 500+ exhibitors and 25,000 visitors from 78 countries attended it in 2011. It's slogan is, "Meet the right person, at the right time, in the right place."

Venue: Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center

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The 69th API China 7-9 Nov 2012 Xiamen
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.

Place:Xiamen,China International Conference & Exhibition Center

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