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July 21, 2003
Volume 81, Number 29
CENEAR 81 29 p. 1

NEWS OF THE WEEK
POLARITY RULES
Molecular rulers reveal surprises at water-oil interfaces.
EUROPEAN CHEMICALS
Praised by environmentalists, EU chemicals policy is spurned by global chemical industry.
NO CLEAR SKIES
Legislators rain on President Bush's plan to curb air pollution.
HERCULES PURSUED
ISP wants to gain control of Hercules' board.
NANOSCALE SENSOR
Device measures femtometer-sized movements near quantum zero-point fluctuations.
FAST WATER
Femtosecond studies cast light on ion solvation and proton transfer.
1985 ACS PRESIDENT ELLIS FIELDS DIES
Fields leaves a legacy of service to chemistry, including enhancing both education for grades K–12 and the public's image of science.
CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD
Team from China wins four gold medals in Athens, Greece.

COVER STORY
PROCESS CATALYSIS
High-throughput methods promise improved catalysts for bulk chemical processes; gas-to-liquids fuels open a major market for catalysts.

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
RIVALRY IN CHINA
World's top two acetic acid producers, BP and Celanese, compete to build a plant in Nanjing.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
TRADE ADVICE
Chemical industry group resumes meetings with U.S. officials after environmentalist joins panel.
INSIGHTS
Governments should protect citizens against dangerous pathogens that spread through the transport of animals.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
R&D SPENDING GROWS
Latest NSF data show trends in academic chemical research; more tables available exclusively online.
GREEN ENGINEERING
New set of principles provides guidance to design environmentally friendlier products and processes.
JACS AT 125
Charles J. Pedersen's 1967 "blockbuster" paper reported discovery of crown ethers and their complexes.
NEW PRODUCTS
New And Notable In The Chemical Industry

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