By C A Heaton (auth.), C A Heaton (eds.)
The significance of business chemistry Chemistry is a hard and fascinating topic for educational examine. Its ideas and concepts are used to supply the chemical substances from which all demeanour of fabrics and at last client items are synthetic. the variety of examples is big, starting from cement to iron and metal, and directly to glossy plastics that are so accepted within the packaging of client items and within the manufacture of home items. certainly existence as we all know it this day couldn't exist with out the chemical undefined. Its contribution to the saving of lives and reduction of ache is immeasurable; artificial medicinal drugs resembling these which reduce blood strain (e. g. /3-blockers), assault bacterial and viral infections (e. g. antibiotics equivalent to the penicillins and cephalosporins) and substitute very important traditional chemical compounds which the physique isn't generating as a result of a few malfunction (e. g. insulin, a few vitamins), are really noteworthy during this admire. impression chemical compounds additionally basically make an influence on our daily lives. examples are using polytetrafluoroethylene (polytetrafluoroethene Teflon or Fluon) to supply a non-stick floor coating for cooking utensils, and silicones that are used to ease the release of bread from baking tins. it may even be famous that the chemical industry's actions have a power on all different industries, both when it comes to delivering uncooked fabrics or chemical substances for qc analyses and to enhance operation, and to regard boiler water, cooling water and effiuents.
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Alkyl and aryl sulphonates. 4. 5 Turning chemicals into useful end products Although some chemicals, such as organic solvents, are used directly, most require further processing and formulating before they can be put to their end uses. In some cases, where novel materials have been discovered, major technological advances were required before they could be processed and their unique properties utilized. Such a material is polytetrafluoroethylene, which is better known as PTFE or under its trade names Fluon (ICI) and Teflon (DuPont).
However, reserves of coal are several times greater than those of petroleum 1 , and, in contrast to petroleum, most European countries have deposits of coal varying from significant to very large quantities. The United States also has large reserves of coal. Extraction and handling of the coal is more difficult, and expensive, than for oil. Although the precise nature of coal varies somewhat with its source (like crude oil), analysis of a representative sample shows it to be very different from oil.
Secondly, significant amounts of heteroatoms are present in coal, particularly sulphur which may reach levels as high as 3%. The sulphur has to be removed for two reasons: (i) on combustion it will form the atmospheric pollutant S02' and (ii) it is a potent catalyst poison, and most of the downstream petrochemical processes are catalytic. However, its removal from coal is difficult and it is therefore removed from the conversion products instead. Consider now the two types of coal conversion processes, (a) liquefaction and (b) gasification.