Recent in Methods & Processes (page 10 of 14)

Bio-based Esters for a Smaller Footprint

Succinic acid is commercially produced from fossil-based feedstocks via catalytic hydrogenation of maleic anhydride or as a byproduct of adipic acid production. This carboxylic acid can be used to produce acyl halides, carboxylic acid salts, anhydrides, esters, amides, imides, nitriles, butane diol and other materials for use in a number of industries.

Formulating Strategies in Cosmetic Science

The formulation of consumer-acceptable, high performance personal care products is one of the most challenging undertakings for a chemist.

Scalable Algae Created to Substitute for Petroleum Products

OriginOil Inc. has automated its Helix Bioreactor System, a technology that optimizes algae growth, making large-scale commercial algae production scalable.

P&G Utilizes R&D Virtualization for Testing

A virtual technology originally developed by P&G's R&D department to speed formulation and chemistry, is being used to develop product containers and graphics, all while incorporating consumer feedback.

German Institute Aims to Automate Artificial Skin Production

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed a conceptual, fully automated process to produce artificial skin tissue that could be used to test chemicals as an alternative to animal testing.

Rapid Electrokinetic Patterning for Biological Analysis, Nanoassembly

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a rapid electrokinetic patterning technique using a laser and holograms to quickly position tiny particles for biological analyses or to create devices using nanoassembly.

Formulators and Marketers: Working Better Together

It is often said that the most challenging interface during product development is the one between R&D and marketing. Five years ago the Journal of Product Innovation Management reported that significant barriers exist between these two key product innovation functions.


This issue of C&T magazine highlights three areas relating to delivery in personal care. Wash-on delivery of actives via a bar soap is explored by Durfee and Devine, while microneedles, borrowed from the medical field, are considered for personal care in Eppler’s article. Finally, multilamellar vesicles are studied by Hough et al. for cleansing applications. In addition to delivery topics, this issue of C&T magazine presents the annual Sun Care Formulary.

Cyclofluidic to Accelerate Flow Chemistry, Biology Processes

Pfizer Ltd. and UCB announced the formation of Cyclofluidic to significantly accelerate the drug discovery process by automating and integrating flow chemistry and flow biology processes.

Zygem, Advalytix to Produce DNA Extracts for R&D Applications

This collaboration will combine enzymatic nucleic acid extraction technology with single-cell molecular tests for life science research and diagnostic applications.

BiotechMarine Establishes Biodiversity Challenges

BiotechMarine has established a Charter of Excellence to ensure customers that it is committed to safety, efficiency and environmental and biodiversity protection.

Separation Science vs. Instrumental Methods

Industry expert Tony O'Lenick examines the difference these two different types of analysis that can be performed on mixtures or entire formulas to indicate properties of a given formulation.

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