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Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference: For the first time we will be exhibiting at this year’s Green Chemistry and Engineering conference in Reston, Virginia. We will be demonstrating how Cranium and Synapse can be used for solvent selection, green process design and the development of better chemical products.
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AIChE Process Development Symposium: This year's process development symposium will be held in Toronto, Canada. We will demonstrating Cranium 3.0 and Synapse 2.0. We are looking forward to our first exhibit in Canada.
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American Chemical Society Exposition: Once again we will be exhibiting at the fall ACS meeting. This year's meeting is in Washington, DC.
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Recent Investigations and Developments

Molecular Knowledge System’s Dr. Kevin Joback is a winner of the Praxair New Helium Applications Contest. The contest was sponsored by Praxair, a leader in industrial gases, and hosted by global innovation firm NineSigma. The contest’s goal was to find novel ways of using helium to generate value in new or existing processes. After a worldwide search Praxair selected three finalists each of whom was awarded 30,000 USD. Dr. Joback used our unique physical property based approach to identify an application that takes advantage of some of helium’s unique physical properties and has the potential for creating a valuable new market for the specialty gas.

To learn more about our physical property approach to chemical product design, see our Chemical Product Design training course or contact us directly.

Other Investigations and Developments
  • New courses are now available! See our updated Training Page
  • Detailing the physical properties for nail polish design
  • Developing new models for CO2 absorption solvents
  • Designing solvents for extractive distillation
  • Investigating inkjet ink formulations

Cranium - A physical property estimation package capable of estimating over 30 physical properties. Simply draw your molecule's structure or enter your mixture's composition and Cranium will provide rapid and accurate estimates. New data, chemical structures, mixture formulations and estimation techniques can all be stored within Cranium. Physical property values can be exported to most major process simulation software programs. A demonstration version is available for download.

Watch a short video demonstrating some of Cranium's key capabilities.

Cranium Tour Video
Synapse - A chemical product design system focusing on the generation and screening of new molecular structures and mixtures. Synapse automatically constructs new chemicals and formulations, predicts their macroscopic physical properties, and screens these properties against a set of design constraints. A demonstration version will soon be available for download.
Consulting Services
Consulting: For more than 25 years we have been helping our customers better understand their products and processes, often from a basic physical property perspective, and use this understanding to take advantage of new, profitable opportunities. Some of the areas we regularly consult in include:
  • Chemical Product Design: We assist in developing new chemical products. Past projects have included the design of phase change materials, environmentally friendly solvents, lubricants, heat transfer fluids, sonar fill fluids, polymeric membranes and aircraft deicing fluids.
  • Solvent Selection and Chemical Substitution: Replacing environmentally incompatible solvents, refrigerants, and lubricants with improved substitutes can dramatically reduce pollution. We combine our in-house software tools and solvent expertise with partnerships for laboratory and pilot plant testing to offer a complete substitution service.
  • Innovation Sessions: We have investigated many different products and processes. Using our physical property based approach we can often recommend new opportunities for existing chemicals.
Open Innovation
Molecular Knowledge Systems is proud to be recognized as a NineSigma Solution Provider. We have won multiple contracts through our participation in NineSigma including projects for:
NineSigma Contract Winner
  • the Praxair New Helium Applications contest
  • environmentally friendly freezing point depressants
  • developing new energy storage chemicals