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July 5, 2010 Issue

Volume 88, Issue 27
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July 5, 2010 Issue, Vol. 88 | Iss. 27
The fortunes of the chemical industry continued to decline in 2009 while the recovery took its time
By Melody Voith
(p.33)
Features
Government & Policy
Energy Department’s Undersecretary of Science talks about laying the groundwork for a clean-energy revolution (pp. 17-20)
Science & Technology
Cobalt water-oxidation catalysts benefit from federal initiatives to harness solar power to make fuel (pp. 26-28)
Back Issues
 
Industry Adapts To Era Of Low Demand
Chemical firms cut costs and lowered expectations during a rough year for finances
(pp. 34-49)
Industry Slashes Thousands Of Jobs
Employment shrank significantly in Europe and the U.S. but held steady in Japan
(pp. 50-53)
Output Declines In U.S., Europe
The recession dragged down chemical production in most regions, but Taiwan and China showed strength
(pp. 54-62)
Economic Downturn Hobbles Commerce
Chemical trade among most regions dropped significantly in 2009 as overall demand plunged
(pp. 64-67)
 

News of the Week

Pores Galore

Materials: Lengthening organic section of hybrid materials gives compounds with record-breaking properties
(p.5)

Chemicals Star At Biotech Congress

Industrial Biotechnology: Firms tout progress toward cost-competitive renewable chemicals
(p.6)

High Court Rules On Patent Case

Innovation: Justices reject a rigid 
test for evaluating patentability of method claims
(p.6)

Carboxylation Made Simple

Green Chemistry: Method directly adds CO2 to aromatic C–H bonds
(p.7)

Crop Protection Acquisition

Expansion: Makhteshim Agan will spend more than $1 billion to buy off-patent crop protection chemicals maker Albaugh
(p.7)

Doubtful Future For Energy Bill

Politics: Senators meet with President, but show little interest in climate legislation
(p.8)

Targeting Disease

Drug Discovery: Natural products may not be the best place to look for small molecules to treat human ailments
(p.8)

J&J Teams With Koch Institute

Alliance: Five-year pact will focus on cancer biology and diagnostics development
(p.9)

Slowing Antibiotic Resistance

Health: FDA urges halt to nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock, poultry
(p.9)
 

Departments

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Business

Because of the country’s strict definition of innovation, major drug firms struggle to win patent protection there
(pp. 12-13)
Belgium’s Taminco expands by scooping up amine-related assets around the world
(pp. 14-15)
Chemical firms cut costs and lowered expectations during a rough year for finances
(pp. 34-49)
Employment shrank significantly in Europe and the U.S. but held steady in Japan
(pp. 50-53)
The recession dragged down chemical production in most regions, but Taiwan and China showed strength
(pp. 54-62)
Chemical trade among most regions dropped significantly in 2009 as overall demand plunged
(pp. 64-67)
The fortunes of the chemical industry continued to decline in 2009 while the recovery took its time
(p.33)
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Government & Policy

Energy Department’s Undersecretary of Science talks about laying the groundwork for a clean-energy revolution
(pp. 17-20)
House subcommittee examines how government can help commercialize basic research
(p.23)
Experts call for long-term monitoring, coordination to address human health effects of BP oil spill
(pp. 21-22)
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Science & Technology

Biosynthesis: ATP-independent pathway could be used to tailor natural products for use as drugs
(p.25)
Spectroscopy: Techniques borrowed from solid-state NMR sharpen proteins' broadened spectral lines
(p.25)
Cobalt water-oxidation catalysts benefit from federal initiatives to harness solar power to make fuel
(pp. 26-28)
Molecule that is linked to alzheimer’s might do more than just cause disease
(pp. 29-30)
New methods yield industrial-sized sheets of ultrathin carbon
(p.31)
Kilogram-scale O2 oxidations safely carried out in a flow reactor
(p.32)
Environmental Pollutants: Researchers determine why two closely related airborne pollutants harbor divergent genotoxicity
(p.24)

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