UAE announces new OIL & GAS discoveries

19 December 2019

Chem 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...


Safe use of BIOLOGICAL Safety Cabinet

18 December 2019

Lab Chat

Biological Safety Cabinet is a primary engineering control which provides user protection against biohazards as the inflow air creates airflow barrier preventing accidental release of biohazards from the cabinet’s working area and at the same time provides product protection with the airflow barrier inside the work zone created by the downflow air. Hand in hand with this are the proper laborato...


How to work safely in a LAMINAR FLOW CABINET

17 December 2019

Chem 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...


UAE extends Free EV Charging

17 December 2019

Lab Chat

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it will be extending free charging for all privately-owned electric vehicles (EVs) in the country until the end of 2021. The current incentive was launched in September 2017 and had been due to expire on December 31, but DEWA have extended it for two further years.

The decision has been taken to try and encourage the Emirati...


What is HYDROPONICS?

15 December 2019

Chem 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...


A Quick Guide to CARBON FILTERS

15 December 2019

Lab Chat

Carbon filters are used to remove toxic gases, hazardous fumes, and odors. These filters are constructed from high quality carbon pellets and durable chemical-resistant cases.

Carbon filters trap gaseous pollutants through the process of adsorption wherein gas molecules adhere to the surface of the carbon granules. When a carbon is activated, its surface and adsorption site increases allowin...


Retrofitting suggested for DUBAI

12 December 2019

Lab Chat

The chairwoman of a leading environmental organisation in the UAE has advised property owners to upgrade their buildings by retrofitting them with modern air-conditioning units. Habiba Al Marashi, who is the head of Emirates Environmental Group, made the statement at the Knowledge Summit last month.

According to Al Marashi, owners who do not address the root cause of failures and breakages b...


Could ROBOTS replace Surgeons?

08 December 2019

Lab Chat

Robots are already infiltrating many facets of our daily lives. Driverless cars are in the advanced stages of testing in certain parts of the world, drones are scheduled to begin delivering packages to domestic households within the next few months and precision farming uses the sophistication of AI to achieve optimum results.

So what about the operating theatre? Will robot surgeons supplant...


BP interest in ADNOC projects

28 November 2019

Chem 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...


World’s Largest Single-Site SOLAR PROJECT

25 November 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE has continued its mission to shed its reputation of being a country powered by the fossil fuel industry by announcing it will build the largest single-site solar project in the world. Abu Dhabi already holds the current record, with its 1.17GW Sweihan photovoltaic (PV) facility, but plans to surpass that threshold with a 2GW project in Al-Dhafri.

The news is welcome to the internatio...


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