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The Adventure Behind a Secondment!

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— Heidy Ramirez, Arkema It has been two months since I moved to Leuven, Belgium for my secondment at KU Leuven. Wait a moment… why am I in Belgium and what is a secondment? Marie Curie projects are characterized by international mobility, intersectoral and multidisciplinary exchange; a secondment is a short period of time in which the ESR is received by ...

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Easier, Faster and with Less Waste: Complex Molecules on Tap

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— Vidmantas Bieliūnas, KU Leuven When I first had the opportunity to visit a rather small and shabby chemical plant, I was bewildered by the sheer magnitude of a standard batch reactor. Having only worked with flasks that range from 5 milliliters to 5 liters, the 12000-liter reactors looked both amazing and scary. Then I heard a few stories about failed ...

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A Chemical Crossword

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Today we’d like to bring you a chemical crossword created by María Jesús that we hope you find interesting. (In case you decide to write on your computer screen, we suggest using non-permanent markers and public computers) 1. To make or become intense or more intense. 2. The process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service ...

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The Strange Discovery of Microwaves

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—Roberta Manno, University of Zaragoza “One day a dozen years ago, Percy Spencer was visiting the lab where magnetrons, the power tubes of radar sets, were being tested. Suddenly, he felt a peanut bar had begun to melt in his pocket…” What would you do in this situation? Well Percy Spencer sent a boy out for popcorn’s box. When he ...

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COSMIC Summer School started

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Yesterday, the COSMIC Summer School in Ultrasound and Microwaves for Chemical Processing started. 38 participants followed the lectures on Introduction to ultrasound by Prof. J-Y. Hihn. Today they will follow lectures on ultrasound assisted separation processes and will be introduced to microwave technology. In the afternoon, the first lab sessions will start so that they will also experience the world ...

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Ultrasound for Nanoparticles Synthesis

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 — Luca Panariello, UCL Ultrasound is sound waves with frequencies higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. It is no different from “normal” audible sound in its physical properties, except that humans cannot hear it. The feasibility of converting sound into chemistry was demonstrated more than 80 years ago, when Lord Rayleigh postulated the existence of cavitation bubbles. Ultrasound ...

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From batch to continuous production…

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Drug discovery Online published an article about the most important steps and mistakes the pharmaceutical industry can make when they want to switch from batch to continuous production of drugs.

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Life Cycle Assessment

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— Fabio Grimaldi, UCL The chemical process industry—and in particular the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries—is experiencing a transition from batch to continuous production. Currently, the conventional technologies in these sectors tend to be batch type, combined with mechanical mixing and conduction-based heat transfer, inherently leading to poor process control. As part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 European program, the COSMIC ...

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Only 3 places left for COSMIC summer school!

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The registrations for the COSMIC Summer School are almost full. At the moment only 3 places are left. So if you want to subscribe, be fast! The summer school on Ultrasound and Microwaves for Chemical Processing will be organized in cooperation with the European Sonochemistry Society (ESS) and AMPERE. This summer school will address the use of ultrasound and microwave ...

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Cosmicologists – part 3

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And finally, the rest of us, dealing with the design and development of ultrasound and microwave flow reactors as well as the development of methodologies to evaluate the technical and sustainability performance of these developed technologies.   Dwayne Stephens: On completion of my masters in computational fluid dynamics I had to face a fact: I had barely scratched the surface of ...

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