Story Library: Ideas to fuel your next 'Alpha' moment


'Alpha' is that moment when you achieve an important milestone in your chemical product and process innovation. It happens in an instant, but you don’t get there without unrelenting perseverance, knowledge and skill.


Read the stories of scientists, engineers and other innovators who exemplify the relentless spirit of continuous innovation and optimization of the chemical industry:


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Alpha Moments in Environment & Sustainability

Energy Efficient Separation

Energy Efficient Separation

Discover how the 2016 winner of the ICIS Innovator of the Year Award for Environment & Sustainability developed a new technology that provides a significant cost and energy savings over the method generally used for olefin/paraffin separation.

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Alpha Moments in Industry – Producing Blue Denim Using 92% Less Water

Producing Blue Denim Using 92% Less Water

Discover how one innovative company developed new dyes and processes for producing blue denim that are far more sustainable, while still offering the classic look.

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Alpha Moments in Industry: Low-Resource, High-Yield Reactive Dye Molecules

Low-Resource, High-Yield Reactive Dye Molecules

Discover how Huntsman netted itself a 2014 ICIS Innovation Award with its new reactive dyes and made a big impact in the industry, especially in industrializing countries.

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Biofuel Creation Converting Municipal Waste

Biofuel Creation Converting Municipal Waste

Discover how Enerkem, a 2012 ICIS Innovation Award winner, developed a process to turn non-recyclable municipal waste renewable chemicals and biofuels.

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Reducing Drag on Ships and Saving Millions

Reducing Drag on Ships and Saving Millions

Discover how AkzoNobel's multi-disciplinary research team worked with Newcastle University to create a patented new fluoropolymer that qualifies for CO2 credits, bringing added financing and environmental benefits.

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Alpha Moments in Product & Process Innovation

Alpha Moments in Industry – Expanding the limits of reconstructive surgery

Expanding the limits of reconstructive surgery

Discover how the 2016 winners of the ICIS Innovator of the Year Award for New Product Development & Process Optimization developed a self-inflating tissue expander that helps surgeons to improve reconstructive surgery.

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Alpha Moments in Industry – A Coating Polymer For Extreme Conditions

A Coating Polymer For Extreme Conditions

Discover how an adhesive company relied on a chemistry research tool to sift through the clutter and pinpoint a high performance, low cost monomer to enable their polymer coating’s commercial viability.

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Alpha Moments in History – Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material

Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material

Discover the true story of how Dr. Samuel Kistler invented aerogel, a gel-like substance devoid of liquids with widespread applicability.

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Alpha Moments in Industry – From Molecule to Market in Less Time

From Molecule to Market in Less Time

Discover how a CRO managed customer needs while minimizing R&D costs with tools that boost productivity and enhance predictability, allowing for greater margins and shorter lead times.

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Alpha Moments in History – Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber

Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber

Discover how a team of DuPont scientists, in 1930, polymerized chloroprene, clearing the path for neoprene to become the go-to rubber substitute.

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Alpha Moments in Industry – A Proprietary New Polymer For Automotive

A Proprietary New Polymer For Automotive

Discover how a chemist at a major company dug into the data in pursuit of a new polymer,  making product improvements.

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Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success

Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success

Discover how DuPont scientists created nylon fiber in 1935, giving manufacturers an artificial alternative to silk that became a massive success in the women’s hosiery market and went on to help the Allies win World War II.

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Alpha Moments in Industry – An Epoxy Resin for the Commercial Market

An Epoxy Resin for the Commercial Market

Discover how a principal research scientist at a major specialty chemical company identified high-performance polymers with the right properties, and created a new commercial concept.

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Alpha Moments in the Chemical Industry – Breaking into a New Area of Chemistry

Breaking into a New Area of Chemistry

Discover how a team of chemists at a start-up used chemistry and scientific research databases to limit the chemical reactivity of sodium metal, and reserve funding for business development in the process.

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Alpha Moments in the Chemical Industry – A New Material for a Niche Product

A New Material for a Niche Product

Discover how an engineer at a global coatings company used an abstract and indexing database to develop a new coating product that is expected to bring in a significant stream of new incremental revenue.

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Reaxys

Develop and improve chemical products by supporting synthesis optimization and enabling the identification of desirable and undesirable chemical properties in intermediate and end products.

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Knovel

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ScienceDirect

Validate opportunities for NPD growth and optimize research and experimental approaches by providing visibility and in-depth insights on the latest state-of-the-art chemistry developments and chemical applications.

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Scopus

Identify experts and potential research partners, benchmark fundamental research competencies, and generate new business opportunities based on scientifically validated breakthrough technologies.

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