March 15, 2004 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
 
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March 15, 2004 Issue

Volume 82, Issue 11
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March 15, 2004 Issue, Vol. 82 | Iss. 11
A North American recovery was elusive in 2003, but producers hope they will make some progress in 2004
By Alexander H. Tullo
(pp. 20-24)
Features
Science & Technology
Organic Electronics: Scientists report advances in making organic transistors and green polymer 
Science & Technology
Researchers probe promising heterogeneous catalysts with potential for industrial applications (pp. 37-41)
Back Issues
 

Cover Story: PETROCHEMICALS

COST CONTROL REIGNS
European producers focus on economies of scale and on more sophisticated products
(pp. 25-26)
OUTLOOK IMPROVES FOR JAPANESE FIRMS
After a decade of restructuring, Japan's petrochemical producers are looking less wobbly
(pp. 28-29)
 

News of the Week

TOWARD BETTER, COLORFUL DEVICES

Organic Electronics: Scientists report advances in making organic transistors and green polymer
(p.7)

BRISTOL-MYERS STUDY BACKFIRES

Pharmaceuticals: Firm loses out in comparison with Pfizer cholesterol drug
(p.8)

CHEMICAL UNIONS FORM ALLIANCE

Organized Labor: Workers aim for joint action on a variety of workplace, political issues
(p.8)

DRINKING WATER REVIEW PLANNED

High lead levels in Washington, D.C., water trigger broad research study
(p.9)

PRESSURES MOUNT FOR JOURNALS

Scientific Publishing: Academics resist price increases as politicians probe publishing business
(p.10)

SWEETENERS FOR ION LIQUIDS

Green Chemistry: Novel designer solvents are derived from anions of sugar substitutes
(p.10)

SECURING DUAL-USE BIOLOGY

National Security: Public - and private - sector efforts emerge to oversee life sciences research
(p.11)
 

Departments

Business

Fourth quarter of 2003 was sluggish for many firms, but the year was better
(pp. 14-15)
Earnings and profit margins rise for many firms, giving a positive outlook for industry
(pp. 15-16)
CEFIC conference charts possible outcomes for chemicals over next decade
(p.17)
Recent president of U.K.'s CIA assesses Europe's progress toward sustainability
(p.18)
European producers focus on economies of scale and on more sophisticated products
(pp. 25-26)
After a decade of restructuring, Japan's petrochemical producers are looking less wobbly
(pp. 28-29)
A North American recovery was elusive in 2003, but producers hope they will make some progress in 2004
(pp. 20-24)
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Government & Policy

As U.S. mercury controls tighten, attention focuses on mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants
(pp. 31-32)
Agency's new grant program looks for people with good ideas to do high-risk research
(p.33)
Insights: Pundits will spend years deciding why leaders were so wrong about Iraq's weapons
(p.34)

Science & Technology

New and Notable in the Chemical Industry
Web Exclusive
Researchers probe promising heterogeneous catalysts with potential for industrial applications
(pp. 37-41)
Researchers seek practical methods for adding terminal functional groups to alkenes
(pp. 42-43)

Editor's Page

Letters

Letters(pp. 4-5)