Akzo Nobel Announces Finalists in Imagine Chemistry Competition

 

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Developed in conjunction with KPMG, Imagine Chemistry was launched to help solve real-life chemistry-related challenges and uncover sustainable opportunities for AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals businesses.

From January to March 2017, participants could submit solutions through a dedicated online challenge platform (The platform is now closed for submissions for 2017). iphone 7 case japanese Special challenge teams comprised of subject matter experts worked with participants through the platform to enrich and validate their solutions and determine if they are a good fit for AkzoNobel’s business.

An enthusiastic response resulted in more than 200 innovative ideas being submitted by chemistry start-ups, scientists, research groups and students around the world.

A jury made up of AkzoNobel business and R&D leaders and prominent international experts then selected the most promising ideas as finalists. girly iphone 6 plus case This year’s finals will take place at AkzoNobel’s RD&I Center in Deventer, the Netherlands, from June 1-3, 2017.

Drystill is one of 20 finalists that will be participating at the event. Here is an excerpt from Akzo’s website, in which they describe Drystill’s submission:

“Pass-through distillation for wastewater

Steve Furlong, Drystill, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Challenge area: Wastewater-free chemical sites

 

Drystill is innovating thermal evaporation technology with its Stripping Absorption Module (SAM), a pioneering heat and mass transfer device. iphone 8 plus foldable case SAM can remove water from almost any stream or water source without heating it or putting it in contact with a drying material.

 

Conventional thermal evaporation of industrial waste has a high carbon footprint and costs. iphone 6 plus rubber case SAM offers a practical, low cost, low carbon solution that leads to wastewater-free chemical sites. disney iphone 7 plus phone cases This is achieved by dewatering effluent to produce clean, reusable water and high caloric-value/low-volume liquid residue.

 

Water vapor is transported to a compartment containing hygroscopic salt solution, which is then dewatered using conventional methods. SAM consumes no external heat or power: evaporation is caused by the exothermic absorption of the effluent vapors into a flow of concentrated brine (such as LiBr).

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