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  • Viscosity is the property of a given liquid that describes its resistance to flow. A highly viscous fluid tends to be thick, like honey or cold maple syrup. Compared to a relatively nonviscous fluid, such as water, highly viscous liquids flow much more slowly. Of course, when you add energy, in the...
  • “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge What could be more basic than water? It’s a fundamental component of all life. Ubiquitous, ordinary and extraordinary, it’s the universal solvent. Yet it’s immiscible with lipids. Its boiling and freezing points are...
  • Emulsions represent a sort of chemistry magic trick. Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Pour olive oil in some vinegar, for example, and watch as they separate into two distinct layers (also known as phases). They refuse to intermingle. Yet through a bit of physiochemical sleight of...
  • Food and beverage production is big business, with big profits at stake. America’s groceries are seemingly bright, happy places. Don’t be fooled, though. Margins are notoriously thin, and competition for shelf space is fierce. Like some Darwinian landscape, survival accrues to the fittest. In the...
  • Have you ever wondered how makeup is made? Cosmetics are big business. In North America alone, we spend about $35 billion annually on mascara, foundation, lipstick and all the rest. Clearly, the art of artifice sells. However, the former popularity of lead and mercury used in makeup underscores...
  • Proper mixing is a bit like alchemy. Is it an art? A science? Or a little of both, with a hint of magic thrown into the mix? Despite efforts to share facts about the high shear mixing process, certain mysteries and myths still pervade the industry. Efficient mixing is arguably a bit of an art...
  • Ordinary agitation-type mixers essentially rely on mechanical stirring to blend two or more substances. Most of these inherently “low shear” devices are capable of reliably performing simple mixing jobs well. Yet their effectiveness largely depends on the viscosity and certain other properties of...
  • The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is an ambitious federal project launched in 2015 and ramping up to full steam in 2016. Its intention is to help researchers learn more about early signs of disease. President Obama and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hope this information will...
  • The Quadro Ytron® ZC makes quick work of incorporating difficult-to-disperse ingredients. The ZC excels at powder dispersion — the integration of difficult-to-wet granular solids into a liquid stream. Thanks to its unique engineering, the Ytron® ZC accomplishes this difficult dispersion/...
  • In-tank mixing is still a popular method for the bulk processing of liquids on industrial scales. Unfortunately, in-tank mixers often cause processing bottlenecks, especially when thickeners and other rheology modifiers must be incorporated into the mix. Needless to say, time is money, and...