Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 149 Subscribe FREE January 31, 2013 

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


BRENDA - Enzyme Information System
"BRENDA is the main collection of enzyme functional data available to the scientific community. … The data collection is being developed into a metabolic network information system with links to Enzyme expression and regulation information."

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Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
An interactive textbook covering the usual topics treated in a college sophomore-level course. Links are offered to advanced discussions of selected topics. By William Reusch (most recent revision 6/2010).

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Solar power by country
An article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Solar power by country, covers countries from all continents.

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"EQUIPMENT COSTS" is an interactive tool, accompanying Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers, 5th edition, Peters, Timmerhaus, and West

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2012 chemical industry review
"The chemical industry had been hoping that weak demand in the second half of 2012 would start to pick up towards the end of the year and then strengthen in the early months of 2013. Instead, the outlook suddenly became gloomier as forecasters predicted a much deeper slowdown lasting well into 2013." Read the full story by RSC here:

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Seeding biofuel idea
Could seeds of common trees found across India act as a new and sustainable feedstock for biofuel production? That's the question addressed by Sukumar Puhan of the GKM College of Engineering and Technology in Chennai and colleagues there and elsewhere. Writing in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, they report that vast quantities of seeds from the deciduous mahua (Madhuca indica) and semi-deciduous sal (Shorea robusta) trees are simply left to rot on the forest floor. These seeds, rich in oils, could be converted to cleaner biofuels without recourse to planting fuel crop plants and exploiting fertile soil and water that could better be used to grow food. "Biodiesel production from tree seeds in India will not only reduce the dependence on crude oil imports, but also reduce the environmental impact of transportation and increase employment opportunities," the team says.
Tree seeds offer potential for sustainable biofuels

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

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Informex, taking place February 19-22, 2013 in Anaheim, CA USA is the premier meeting place for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry for a broad range of applications. Each year the event brings together an international mix of more than 4,000 fine and specialty chemicals professionals and 450 exhibitors. Register today for InformexUSA.

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The 70th API China 25-27 April 2013 Wuhan
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: Wuhan International Expo Center

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Meet the Chinese pharma world at CPhI China 2013
Join us in Shanghai for CPhI China 2013, the pharmaceutical networking event with 29,000 visitors from 108 countries and over 2,200 exhibitors. Gathering movers, shakers and emerging new comers of the Chinese pharma industry, CPhI China is the ideal platform. Meet face-to-face with domestic pharma companies, stay informed about the latest industry trends and get the best ROI on your travel, time and budget. Ready for business? Book your stand now!

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