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The Chemical Basis of Industry

  1. Feb 11, 2009 #1
    I have a project for my chemistry class about industries.

    Choose one of the industries listed below to research.


    clothing manufacture






    food preparation

    food processing


    law enforcement




    I have chosen cleaning.


    Your report should contain information on the following topics. It will be graded using the rubric found at the end of the lesson.
    Identify chemical reactions upon which the industry relies.

    Determine the role that each reaction plays in the industry.

    How are the products of the reaction used by the industry?

    What benefits does the process bring to the industry or to the larger society?

    Obtain industry statistics regarding the annual consumption or production of the reaction species.

    Has the industry made any recent advances that have chemical foundations?

    Are there environmental concerns that arise as a result of the chemical processes?

    Detail the nature of any environmental problems associated with the chemical processes.

    What solutions and precautions are in place to prevent environmental accidents?

    Provide pictures or graphic of the industry you have chosen.

    I tried doing it and got the first two questions done. I need help with the rest.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Feb 11, 2009 #2


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    Some help.

    http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/86/8603cover.html [Broken]
    http://fcs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/36/2/151 [Broken]
    http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/84/8402wcoeurope.html [Broken]

    You might glean some ideas for further consideration from this advertisement. Frost and Sullivan usually charges several tens of thousands of dollars for these reports.

    Enzymes in detergent formulations.
    HPC, Household and Personal Care Today, Oct 2008, (3), 64-67.

    Perhaps you could share with us the answers you have so far for Questions 1&2?
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    Remember: library first, wiki/google second, ask on forums third!
  5. Feb 12, 2009 #4
    thanks for the help its way easier now
  6. Feb 13, 2009 #5


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    Research surfactants , for example Sodium Lauryl Sulfates and the process of sulfation and sulfonation. Some of the environmental concerns are related to the latter process. Ask if you have any specific questions.
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