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February 7, 2005
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  Table of Contents
February 7, 2005
Volume 83, Number 6
p. 1
 
 
  Cover Story  
CHEMICAL SPENDING
Firms are considering investments in capacity and equipment, as well as a boost to R&D budgets.

COVER: Rohm and Haas senior scientist Jennifer Petoff and senior fellow Brian Goodall are developing a new platform for catalytic polymerizations. Rohm and Haas photo

   


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  Latest News  
  HAZMAT REROUTE
Washington, D.C., City Council votes to restrict rail shipments of hazardous materials through the city.

ELECTRONIC CHEMICALS
BASF buys Merck's high-purity wet chemicals unit for $350 million.

NIH ETHICS
Health agency bans outside consulting, limits investment options for its researchers.

PFIZER FIGHT
Public Citizen takes on drugmaker over interpretation of clinical trial data for Celebrex.

TOUGH BUCKYPAPER
Process generates pure double-walled carbon nanotubes, isolated in sheets.

HUBBLE DEBATE
Experts tell Congress to keep space telescope operating, as long as the cost is reasonable.

NAE CHALLENGE
Engineering academy announces a $1 million prize--this year, to solve problem of arsenic in drinking water.

MICROREACTORS
Microchemical system rapidly screens and optimizes complex organic reactions.

PRICE-FIXING CHARGES
In Europe, 18 firms are accused of fixing prices for hydrogen peroxide.

 
 
 

  Business  
  BUSINESS CONCENTRATES

INFORMEX REVIEW
Life sciences present a challenge that contract chemistry and service firms are ready to meet.

INSIGHTS
Huge swings in chemical trade require an explanation.

 
 
 

  Government & Policy  
  GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES

NEW LOOK AT MSDSs
Safety sheets will get increased scrutiny following years of criticism over their accuracy.

 
 
 

  Science & Technology  
  SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES

POLYELECTROLYTES
Fluorinated polymer multilayer systems are ultrahydrophobic and may have a range of applications.

ORGANIC SYNTHESIS
New method couples indoles and pyrroles with carbonyl compounds directly, without prior modification of either partner.

 
 
 

  Books  
 

CHEMISTRY AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
Former CEOs of Merck and Hercules share with readers how they came to succeed in business.

 
 
 

  AWARDS  
 

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS 2005 WINNERS
Hynes, Mandeville and Holmes-Farley, Saunders, Spencer, Spiro, and Stupp.

 
 
 

  ACS NEWS  
 

2003 CHEMISTRY GRADUATES
Graduations remain below high levels of five years ago, and the number of women grads declines slightly.

DECEMBER BOARD MEETING OFFICIAL REPORTS

COMMENT - PROJECT SEED: A PROGRAM THAT WORKS

 
 
 

  EDITOR'S PAGE  
 

Unintelligible Design

 
 
 

  DEPARTMENTS  
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NEWSCRIPTS

 
 
 





NEWS OF THE WEEK
ELECTRONIC CHEMICALS

NEWS OF THE WEEK
NANOTUBES

COVER STORY
CHEMICAL SPENDING

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
POLYELECTROLYTES

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Lasers move H2O between H-bonding sites