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16 February 2020Chem Chat
First discovered in 2004, graphene is the strongest substance known to man. It is more efficient at conducting electricity than copper, one million times thinner than a single human hair in diameter and offers greater flexibility than rubber. Despite these incredible properties, scientists have spent the last decade and a half scratching their heads over what purpose to put graphene to.
02 February 2020Chem Chat
We’ve been told often enough that we are what we eat – but the packaging in which our food is stored, heated and served might be equally important in determining how healthy or dangerous our diet is. As part of a new initiative geared towards raising awareness around chemicals leaching into food, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) have launched a social media campaign....
16 January 2020Chem Chat
The UAE has indicated that it will exercise leniency as new marine fuel regulations come into effect on January 1st 2020, causing oil tanker companies across the globe to breathe a sigh of relief. The announcement was made by the chairman of the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) Abdullah Al Nuaimi, who intimated that the new rules would be enforced gradually.
The news is significant gi...
08 January 2020Chem Chat
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is hoping to stabilise oil prices and safeguard them against a predicted supply glut by enforcing further production cuts among its members and other oil-producing nations. In December, OPEC announced it would be paring back oil production by an additional 500,000 barrels per day in an attempt to avoid a surplus of supplies on the mar...
19 December 2019Chem Chat
The UAE has revealed that it has discovered substantial new reserves of oil and gas in the country. Already one of the leading producers of fossil fuels in the world, the discoveries have lifted the UAE into sixth place on the list of countries with the most oil and gas deposits, leapfrogging seventh-placed Kuwait.
The news was broken by the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), which acts as the...
17 December 2019Chem Chat
Contamination by the Human Body
Aside from the ambient environment and dirty equipment, the human body is one of the greatest sources of contamination inside the laboratory. Although the operator is using the latest laminar flow cabinet, the product protection that it can provide is only as effective as the operator's proper working procedure.
The human body can generate from hundred thou...
15 December 2019Chem Chat
With the world beset by a host of environmental problems, including global warming, food scarcity and dwindling resources, scientists have been researching new and inventive methods of agriculture for decades. One of these, hydroponics, may well be suited to increasing food independence in a location like the UAE.
Due to a climate that’s unfavourable for farming, the UAE has been forced to i...
28 November 2019Chem Chat
British Petroleum (BP) is considering investment into the new oil and petrochemicals projects of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), according to the former company’s UAE manager. BP already has a 10% stake in ADNOC LNG, which is the only producer of that type of gas in the country.
The news comes as ADNOC is reshuffling its corporate strategy in an effort to become completely self-suffi...
11 November 2019Chem Chat
This month, the UAE announced plans to build the biggest single-site solar power facility in the world, cementing its reputation as one of the leaders in renewable energy across the globe. However, that news was tempered somewhat by the revelation that it will continue to increase oil production in the meantime.
As one of the world’s largest oil producers, the UAE (and the surrounding Middle...
22 September 2019Chem Chat
At present, India has a population of approximately 1.3 billion people. By 2025, that figure is expected to swell to 1.4 billion, surpassing China as the most populous country on the planet. This, coupled with an improving economy and an increasingly large middle class with disposable income, will inevitably lead to demand for energy outstripping its supply by some distance.
In a bid to meet...
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