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Posts written in February 2015

Indian Government seeks to put railways on the right track


Railways are an integral part of passenger transportation in India, described as a ‘lifeline to the nation’ by Indian Railways. Yet, they have been in a state of decline for at least two decades, as chronic underinvestment by successive governments has led to over-utilization as increasing volumes of passenger and freight traffic are transported on aging track infrastructure, where lines are often limited to a single track. As Indian Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu noted in his 2015/2016 budget speech, the potential economic benefits of reforming the railways,… Read more

Turning carbon dioxide from pollutant to raw material


Recently, the RSC’s Chemistry World highlighted the work of Econic Technologies. Formed in 2012, this UK company intends to produce polyols (precursors to polyurethanes) and polycarbonates. Why the interest in a small company offering  the kind of basic plastic resins that have been produced in vast quantities for more than 50 years? The reason is that it intends to make them from carbon dioxide. Econic will use catalysts developed by Professor Charlotte Williams and her team at Imperial College, London. These novel materials allow small molecules such as propylene oxide… Read more