Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 134 Subscribe FREE October 31, 2011 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Chemical business
Chem apps
Open innovation
The Alchemist pick


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Starting salaries of chemists and chemical engineers
Chemistry and chemical engineering graduates in 2009 faced a tough job market and falling median salaries. The results from the ACS survey of employment and starting salaries also show that these recent graduates had a more difficult time finding permanent employment than did their predecessors. Read the full story here:

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Chemical Compatibility Database By Cole-Parmer
One of the most comprehensive chemical compatibility databases in the world, the Cole Parmer compatibility database, is now available for iPhone and iPad. Every day thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians need to determine chemical compatibility for storage, transport and use. Finding the right material compatibility is key to safety and saving money. This app leverages years of research on chemical compatibility for plastics, metals, Elastomers and ceramics. It contains more than 24,528 entries covering 584 chemicals and 42 materials.

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SpecialChem open innovation
SpecialChem assists companies looking for Solvers or Partners to accelerate their product development by submitting Requests For Proposals to its on-line Network.

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Cornfields vs. Oilfields
An Infographic by Timothy Hurst: With today's ever increasing gas prices, it's a wonder why we don't push harder for alternative sources of fuel. But at the same time, these alternative sources aren't as amazing as you would think. We've highlighted the pros and cons regarding corn ethanol, and presented information about just how effective an energy source it really is.

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Directory of open access journals
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 6225 journals in the directory. Currently 2656 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 515870 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

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Biobutanol boost
Scientists in the Academy of Finland's Sustainable Energy (SusEn) research program have successfully converted waste from the food and paper pulp industry into a biobutanol a potentially useful fuel compound. "Butanol is a very energy-efficient alternative and, like ethanol, lends itself well for industrial-scale production," explains Ulla Lassi of the University of Oulu, who hopes to develop biobutanol as a transport fuel. The fermentation process can take in waste streams from a variety of industries and generate the energy-dense compound as a potentially sustainable alternative to bioethanol generated from crops grown for the purpose.
Industrial by-products upgraded into fuel

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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13th China International Agrochemical & Crop Protection Exhibition
On March 16~18th, 2011, the 12th China International Agrochemical & Crop Protection Exhibition (CAC 2011) achieved a complete success, attracting 760 exhibitors, including 55 international companies and almost 25,000 visitors from 100 different countries. As the largest agrochemical exhibition, CAC contains the historical missions of setting up a better international trade platform, and leading global agrochemical enterprises move past the low point and recreate the glory. Let's meet in Shanghai in 2012!
Venue: Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center
Date: 6-8 March 2012

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Lubrizol Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation is an international fluid technology company concentrating on high performance chemicals, systems and services for industry and transportation. Visit

Malvern Instruments Ltd.
Malvern is a leading supplier of analytical solutions for particle characterization (size, shape, zeta potential, molecular weight) and rheological applications. Advanced technologies are combined with robust mechanical designs and comprehensive software to provide on-line, at-line and off-line solutions for QA/QC, control and development applications. An extensive support service facilitates the exploitation of any given system.

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