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University of Michigan researchers leap toward carbon neutrality converting CO2 to methanol

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a catalyst material known as cobalt phthalocyanine that converts carbon dioxide—a significant driver of climate change—into renewable fuels such as methanol.

Published in the journal ACS Catalysis, U-M researchers studied using cobalt phthalocyanine as a catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into methanol through multiple reaction steps. The first step converts carbon dioxide (C02) into carbon monoxide (CO) and the second step converts the CO into methanol.

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency issues new rules for chloroprene emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that will significantly reduce toxic air pollution from chemical plants, including ethylene oxide and chloroprene. Once implemented, the rule will reduce both EtO and chloroprene emissions from covered processes and equipment by nearly 80%. A requirement for these facilities to conduct fence line monitoring for key toxic chemicals is included, and EPA will make the data publicly available to better inform and safeguard nearby communities.

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Custom compounding with Spherix aluminosilicate microspheres

Spherix manufactures post-industrial recycled aluminosilicate ceramic microspheres with a mean particle size of 3-4 μm. The solid, incompressible spheres mechanically facilitate ingredient dispersion, processing speed and improved surface quality within a wide variety of polymer systems during both mastication and downstream processing. They promote flow and can reduce the need for conventional lubricants depending on the compound. Spherix is a registered trademark of Spherix.

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Sustainable additives for the rubber industry

Efforts to make rubber products more environmentally friendly (green) continue to increase. These efforts have become increasingly important to all rubber companies, large and small. Suppliers that produce rubber additives have increasingly focused efforts to provide products to the rubber industry that help meet the goal of increased sustainability. In this regard, Rhein Chemie (RCH), a business unit of Lanxess, currently has a sizeable portfolio of sustainable additives for rubber compounds, and also continues to explore the development of new products that meet the challenge of increased sustainability. This article will focus on currently available products and future products under development that will aid rubber companies in achieving the goal of more environmentally friendly products.

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