Tech Roundup: Innovation Award, Cyanide Poisoning Education, More

Honeywell’s Solstice® LBAwins 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has announced that Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) has won the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award was made at the Polyurethanes technical Conference in Orlando on October 7.

Honeywell’s Solstice® LBA is a polyurethane foam-blowing agent used in insulation applications, including in appliances and spray foam, that makes it possible to maintain higher energy standards, according to CPI/ACC.  The special formulation, according to Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products, “is making a positive contribution by playing a role in increasing foam performance and energy efficiency, while reducing climate impact.”

The other product finalists were Dow Chemical’s VORASTAR™ 7000 spray elastomer and Novomer’s Converge® Polyol RF-x polyisocyanurate rigid (PIR) foams. The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference featured 75 technical presentations and 38 poster presentations, as well as a Table Top exhibit, a Professional Development Program and premier networking events. The complete release is at

The ACC represents the leading companies engaged in chemistry business arena.

2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Recognizes Research on How Cells Repair DNA Damage

The 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Paul Modrich, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina; Aziz Sancar,  M.D., Ph.D.,  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Tomas Lindahl, Ph.D., Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. All three are grantees of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and have engaged in research that, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, “has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions.”

“This basic understanding about cell function has led to the discovery of the causes of genetic conditions associated with cancer and is being used to develop new cancer treatments,” notes NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “NIH is proud to have supported this work.” The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency and a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional information is available at

Free Educational Aid on Cyanide Poisoning

“Cyanide Poisoning: Understanding the Facts” produced by Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., a Pfizer company, is available free to fire departments as an educational aid. Some fire departments are using this document as a training document and an information piece at their fire houses. Among  these departments is the Tulsa (OK) Fire Department. According to Joseph Sherrell, EMS officer, the department began carrying Cyanokit and educating their members on cyanide a couple of years ago after a near-miss. Sherrell says they recently received this document from Meridian and have distributed it to all of their stations as a reference and a reminder. Their paramedics, Sherrell adds, “have made approximately 15 interventions with Cyanokit since they began using it with positive results.” If you would like additional information, Sherrell can be reached at

RELATED: CYANIDE POISONING: HOW MUCH 0F A THREAT? | Cyanide : Fire Smoke’s Other “Toxic Twin”

The Meridian Medical Technologies Cyanide Poisoning document can be downloaded HERE (PDF, 773 KB).

Mary Jane DittmarMARY JANE DITTMAR is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and conference manager of FDIC. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields. She has a bachelor’ degree in English/journalism and a master’ degree in communication arts.

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