Noah Tech Blog

Top 3 Ways to Maintain Chemical Laboratory Equipment

Posted by Diane Milner on May 22, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Proper maintenance is critical for successful use of chemical laboratory equipment. Clean and properly stored equipment performs better, enhances safety, and protects against contamination. What are the best-practices involved in maintaining a clean workspace in the lab?

Unsurprisingly, diligence and contentiousness are important factors in lab maintenance. Here are three ways to maintain lab equipment used for chemical storage, testing, and mixing.

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Topics: Chemical Safety

4 Ways Chemistry Is Reducing Auto Emissions

Posted by Diane Milner on May 15, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Harmful emissions from automobiles are one of the foremost environmental challenges facing our planet. The residual effects of burned fossil fuels can be detrimental to the health of our planet as well as its people, particularly those with respiratory illness.

Chemists are at the forefront of the auto emission challenge. Chemical solutions are having a measurable effect on greenhouse gasses globally, and chemical strategies for pollution reduction are only becoming more viable. Here are four great examples of how chemistry is reducing auto emissions.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry, Sustainability

A Field Guide to the Chemicals In Your Catalytic Converter

Posted by Diane Milner on May 8, 2017 10:05:00 AM

As their name implies, catalytic converters use catalysts to convert harmful gas emissions into less-toxic exhaust. Legally required to be installed in all American automobiles since 1975, the chemical processes behind catalytic converters can actually be quite complex.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

A Field Guide to the Chemicals In Your Car Battery

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 24, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Car batteries use chemical reactions to produce electric currents. The typical car battery is far more complex than you might think, consisting of several different chemical compounds and electrical circuits. Which chemicals are responsible for converting their energy into the electrical charges that actually make a car run?

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

Remembering George A. Olah: His Top Contributions to Chemistry

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 17, 2017 9:57:00 AM

George Andrew Olah, a pioneer in the American chemistry industry, passed away on March 8, 2017, at the age of 89. Both a Nobel Prize winner and a recipient of the prestigious Priestly Medal, Olah and his many contributions to chemistry cannot be understated.

What do we owe to the Hungarian-American chemist? Here are a few of George A. Olah’s crowning achievements in science.

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Topics: Chemical History

3 Ways Polymers Are Making Cars Better

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 10, 2017 9:46:47 AM

Polymers – chemical chains made up of many repeating elements – are having a moment. Polymers are the darlings of automotive technology, and for good reason. These chemical chains, often made from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and even fluorine, are strong, resistant, and versatile.

How are scientists using polymers to make waves in the automotive space? Here are three ways polymers are making good cars better.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds, Automotive Chemistry

Understanding the Chemistry in Your Car

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 3, 2017 10:27:00 AM

The over one billion automobiles in existence owe much of their functionality to basic chemical reactions. In the U.S. alone there are over 250,000,000 cars in operation, a vast majority of which were built in the last 15 years.

The chemical processes behind moving vehicles are simpler than you think. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on under the hood.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

3 Unusual Uses for Zirconium Hydroxide

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 27, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Zirconium hydroxide is an extremely versatile compound. Not only is Zr(OH)4 used in chemical research, it’s also a critical component in many commercial production processes, chemical refining, and even pollution control.

Here are three of the most unusual uses for zirconium hydroxide:

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Topics: Chemical Compounds, Chemicals Industry

What an Uncertain Future for the EPA Means for Chemical Safety

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 20, 2017 9:57:00 AM

Questions are swirling around whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency is in danger. Will the EPA change drastically over the course of the next few years, or could the agency even cease to exist?

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Chemicals Industry

The Electrolytic Properties of Aluminum Fluoride

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 14, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Aluminum fluoride is an inorganic compound that is colorless, solid, and is typically made synthetically. It is a primary component used in the production of aluminum and is abbreviated AlF3.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds