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  • 18 Sep 2017 3:48 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    October 5-6:  Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine 7th Annual Conference
    Place:  DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
                 237 South Broad Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Agenda:  A conference highlighting the contributions of clinical mass-spec based applications, addressing the integration of mass spectrometry with clinical and anatomic pathology.
    Cost:  $449.00 -- $699.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    October 9:  Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
    Time:  6:00 PM -- 8:00 PM
    Place:  Mendel Hall, Room 154
                 Villanova University
                 800 Lancaster Avenue
                 Villanova, PA 19085
    Speaker:  Jane Gale (ASMS)
    Topic:  "Perspectives on the History of Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry"
    Cost:  To be determined
    Registration:  RSVP to by October 5.

    October 11:  Chemical Consultants Network Meeting
    Time:  5:30 PM -- 9:00 PM
    Place:  Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC
                925 Canal Street
                Building 4, Door 16
                Bristol, PA 19007
    Speaker:  Herman Mihalich (Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC)
    Topic:  Rye Whiskey Distillery Tour
    Cost:  $35.00
    Registration:  On-line

    October 12:  New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Monthly Meeting
    Time:  8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
    Place:  The Chart House
                 1700 Harbor Blvd.
                 Weehawken, NJ 07086
    Speakers:  Ali N. Syed (Avlon Industries)
                       Maliha Syed (Avlon Industries)
                       Michelle Breyer (TextureMedia LLC)
                       Trefor Evans (Textile Research Institute Princeton)
    Agenda:  "Innovation In Textured Hair Care"
    Cost:  $0 -- $70.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    October 12:  Joseph Priestley Society Symposium
    Time:  10:30 AM -- 2:00 PM
    Place:  Chemical Heritage Foundation
                 315 Chestnut Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Speaker:  Jody A. Roberts (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
    Topic:  "California Dreaming:  Technologies, Imagination, and Place in the Making of Scientific California"
    Cost:  $25.00
    Registration:  On-line

    October 18:  ChemPharma New Jersey Chapter Meeting
    Time:  1:30 PM -- 4:30 PM
    Place:  Morris County Library
                 30 East Hanover Avenue
                 Whippany, NJ 07981
    Speaker:  Nava Dayan (Dr. Nava Dayan LLC)
    Topic:  "Skin aging and inflammation -- does one condition lead to another?"
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  On-line

    October 19:  Delaware Valley Chapter Parenteral Drug Association Industry Expo and Raffle Event
    Time:  4:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
    Place:  Radnor Valley Country Club
                555 Sproul Road
                Villanova, PA 19085
    Agenda:  Networking and a vendor exhibition with a focus on the R&D, manufacturing and marketing of parenteral pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and chemicals.  The event also features a presentation on "Control Strategy and Lifecycle Management for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP)" by Michael Blackton of Adaptimmune.
    Cost:  $0 -- $80.00, depending on category.
    Registration:  On-line

    October 19:  Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Meeting
    Time:  5:30 PM -- 8:30 PM
    Place:  Crowne Plaza Wilmington North
                 630 Naamans Road
                 Claymont, DE 19703
    Speaker:  Jingguang Chen (Columbia University)
                      Ozgen Yalcin (Lehigh University, Student Speaker)
    Topic:  To be determined
    Cost:  $20.00 -- $60.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    October 26:  Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club Meeting
    Time:  Cocktails at 5:30 PM
                Dinner at 6:00 PM
                Seminar at 8:00 PM
    Place:  Cocktails and Dinner to be determined
                 Seminar at:  Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall
                                       Chemistry Building
                                       University of Pennsylvania
                                       34th and Spruce Streets
                                       Philadelphia, PA
    Speaker:  Kay Brummond (University of Pittsburgh)
    Topic:  To be determined
    Cost:  $20.00 to join POCC
    Registration:  On-line

     . . . and one advanced notice meeting due to registration deadline being in October:

    November 3:  The 29th Annual Princeton ACS Fall Organic Chemistry Symposium
    Time:  1:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
    Place:  Frick Laboratory
                 Princeton University
                 Princeton, NJ
    Speakers:  Matthew J. Gaunt (University of Cambridge)
                       Rick Silverman (Northwestern University)
                       Brian M. Stoltz (California Institute of Technology)
                       Laura L. Kiessling (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Agenda:  Symposium on organic synthesis and a vendor show.
    Cost:  $45.00 for students and post-docs, $115.00 for everyone else
    Registration:  On-line, due by October 15th

  • 22 Aug 2017 10:22 AM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)

    Debbie Bowden will be available at the September CCN meeting 5 - 9 PM to take professional headshots for $99. To indicate your interest, contact Dave Vahlsing or leave a message at (267) 666-0949. More details below... 


    Photographer:  Debbie Bowden  (see her work here)

    Cost:  $99* in cash or by check paid that evening

    Session hours:  5-9 PM

    Deadline:  Saturday, September 9, 2017

    To register for CCN event/dinner, go to the event page.

    To register for a photo session or for questions, please leave message at (267) 666-0949 or contact Dave Vahlsing

    * Photo clients receive a $5 cash refund that night if also attending dinner

    Description of Service:

    In this world of the internet, faces have become a part of your sales package because they help folks get to know you. You can easily take a photo on your smart phone and paste it into your web page and/or resumes but this is an opportunity to have a professional photographer take a series of photos and do touch ups on a few and provide them to you on a CD so you can decide which one is best for your CCN and LinkedIn pages. 

    A special area will be set up with lighting and backgrounds so you can pose and take full advantage of your handsome features. Debbie provided this service to CCN members 10 years ago and it was a great success then. We trust those who missed it will join us this time. The fee for photography will be $99. If you have your headshots taken and join us for the regular meeting, the meeting fee will be reduced to $25 from our normal $30. You must make a reservation for this event on line first so that we can then schedule your time with Debbie by phone or email.


     Debbie Bowden has been in the photography industry for the past twenty years. With her experience behind the camera, artistic passion and attention to detail, she creates one of a kind images on a daily basis. Increasing your business visibility through a skillfully done portrait can help make the kind of impact you need to succeed.

    For examples of her work go to:

  • 12 Jul 2017 6:14 PM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)

    For webpage members please note that we now feature a consultant on the front page, taken at random from our members list, whenever anyone logs in or refreshes the page. If you haven't already done so please upload a picture, logo, or similar to your webpage so it can show along with your name.

  • 19 Jun 2017 7:53 PM | Daniel Tessier

    Please note the email I received today via my CCN profile. I investigated. It is a scam. Beware!

    This message was sent via Chemical Consultants Network:

    Mikio Kinoshita sent you the following message from your profile page at:


    Contract Opportunity
    Salary-$4,000 monthly
    Job type-Contract
    Duration: 12months
    Time Required:3-5 hours per week.
    Role- Account Receivable Agent.

    We are currently recruiting companies/individuals on behalf of a company located in japan { Canox Corporation.} for a number of account receivable agents in Canada And USA. As an Account Receivable agent, you will be responsible for collection of all account receivables due to the Company in North America to directly support sales operations.

    Job description is simple and structure without affecting your present occupation. Please email us ( ) if interested in the role or have any questions with regards the job description

    Mikio Kinoshita
    Canox Corporation
    1-1-12 Nakano Nishi-ku Nagoya
    Aichi, 451-8570, Japan
    Tel : +81345308963
    Email :

  • 27 Jan 2017 10:51 AM | David Henry Vahlsing (Administrator)

    Expert Witness in Swiss Arbitration Court

    Becht advisors have provided a wide array of experience and background to our clients including serving as technical experts in a legal setting on many financially significant cases.

    In one example, our team was hired to develop economics impact of a broken five-year term agreement for our client to recover a wide range of petroleum oils and slop for an international oil company.  Our client had provided staff and equipment on site but their client then decided to back out of the contract and did not pay any of the expenses accrued to the date of notice.  Considerable legal effort was exercised to work out a settlement but the buyer of their services refused.

    Our client, who found us by Internet search, was impressed by our many years of relevant experience in the petroleum refining business, and hired us for the project. 

    We examined the petroleum processing and pipeline facilities of their intended client in great detail.  This included three trips to London for preparation and the final trip was for our day in court.

    The refineries were examined for crude throughput on an annual basis including evaluation of the capacity of each of the downstream processing units.  Our study revealed that there was considerable product loss or that a percentage of the crude oil was not making it to the refineries.  The computed loss of crude and/or oil products was unbelievably large.

    API separator expert witness2In addition, the method for handling slop oil and catchment from refinery oil sewer systems routed to API separators was also reviewed.  At this location, oil was stored for periods of time in open pits, leading to large losses due to evaporation in the hot sun.  Our thermodynamics expert modeled the pits with consideration of sun strength and duration, wind velocity and other factors.  He provided a measure of loss of oil in just a 24 hour period that was astounding.

    In addition we evaluated practice of the company’s pipeline with respect to oil produced when pigging the lines.  Based on miles of pipeline and conventional rate of pigging and amount of slop produced, our pipeline expert provided an estimate of oil loss due to the practices used at their location.  This too was significant.

    I presented our results to a tribunal of judges in the Swiss International Arbitration court in London.  Our data were exhibited using video connections with our experts who remained in the USA but were assisted by me serving as an expert witness, coordinating the team effort in front of the three Swiss judges.

    Our client is extremely satisfied with our technical work and would hire us again for any and all of their future oil-related projects that require Becht Engineering skills.

    Becht Engineering is a world-class engineering services group with offices across the country and focusing on the Oil & Gas, Energy, Reliability, Corrosion and Heavy Lift areas.  For more information on Becht, please visit our website at

  • 07 Sep 2016 11:02 AM | Roman Bielski

    A  member of CCN, Dr. Peachman, was a part of an inspection the state agency performed at a large butcher's operation. He asked a young salesperson:

    - This thing in the window. Is it a pig's butt?

    - No, sir. It is a mirror. 

  • 12 Jul 2016 8:47 PM | Roman Bielski


    God was highly concerned with chemical consultants. Their status in societies is not as high as it should be, they have major difficulties finding customers, they are considered by many as those who promote non-safe environmental practices, etc. Perhaps chemical consultants are an endangered species. After a short discussion with himself God decided to visit the Earth and act.

    He was hired by a huge chemical company to address major problems at one of the processes in the Texas facility. The yield of the final product was only 38% instead of expected 72%. Moreover, the product formed in the lab was white and crystalline. The plant product should be almost pure based on the analytical data but was a gray, ugly oil.

    The issue was not easy to solve but God had no problems. He proposed to increase the pH at stage II (during the second step) from 7.6 to 7.8.     

    -It will solve all your problems. I promise - he said.

    -But why? - they asked.

    -I cannot tell you. Just try – was his response.


    They did not have much to loose so they did. It turned out that his solution worked like a dream. The yield of the final product of the process was above 95%, it was crystalline and the crystals where beautifully white. They paid the consultant’s fee and he went off to other consulting jobs.

    A few days later one of the company executives asked the plant manager:

    -How did the new consultant do?

    -Well, we were not impressed at all. He didn’t even bother to ask what the melting point of our final product was.

  • 13 May 2016 3:59 PM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)

    Don, a former and dedicated Chair of CCN passed away on May 9. His obituary can be found 

    at Those of us who knew him benefited from his friendship and knowledge and will miss him and his lively discussions and insights. We extend our condolences and sympathy to his family.

  • 18 Mar 2016 9:21 PM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)
    • CECON Division of Becht Engineering

      Position Description

      Position: Client & Market Manager

      Date: 3/1/2016

      A. Position Scope

      The Client and Market Manager’s prime responsibilities are: 1) broker contracts between CECON DIVISION

      potential science and engineering clients and the independent consultants in CECON DIVISION’s network in

      support of Becht Engineering Contract section, 2) implement and manage active consulting projects, 3) take

      technical and market ownership of defined applications and market sectors, and 4) provide professional

      coverage to the CECON DIVISION business, clients, consultants and marketing programs.

    • B. Detailed Responsibilities

      1. Actively manage client leads as assigned by the CECON Group Manager of The CECON DIVISION of

      Becht Engineering or On-Boarding Coordinator. Activities include, but are not limited to, discussion with

      clients about the scope and nature of their projects, negotiating and finalizing client contracts, and

      managing client or consultant issues.

      2. Provide sales forecasts, and manage job leads and projects utilizing the job management system, and

      manage client relationships.

      3. Develop a market and technical focus for CECON DIVISION in specified markets and applications as

      agreed upon between the Client & Market Manager and the CECON Group Manager of the CECON

      DIVISION of Becht Engineering, utilizing current consultants in the CECON DIVISION network and

      supplementing consultants as defined by management. Drive CECON DIVISION’s branding in these

      markets, attend market sector conferences, and solicit new business via phone, email programs and

      personal visits (as approved by the CECON Group Manager of the CECON Division of Becht Engineering).

      4. Basic professional office coverage to include, but not limited to, office and phone coverage, recruiting and

      registering new consultants, providing support for CECON DIVISION administrative tasks such as reviewing

      consultant resumes, and attending CECON DIVISION Staff meetings.

      5. Implement and manage active consulting projects staffed by a team of CECON DIVISION consultants on an

      as-needed basis

    • C. Position Requirements

      1. A technical college degree and plus 10 years of experience in science, engineering, or a technical business.

      Technical and/ or market experience in a defined area.

      2. Interpersonal and telephone skills with the ability to handle and close sales leads, elicit client needs, and

      talk to different people outside of CECON DIVISION.

      3. The ability to discuss technical consulting services, negotiate, execute, and manage contracts, manage

      client relationships, and manage technical projects.

      4. Skilled using MS Office and a computer to access, use, and update databases and to electronically

      communicate with associates, consultants, and clients.

      5. Work may be conducted from the CECON DIVISION office or remotely; however, on average for part-time

      personnel, a minimum of two days per week should be spent in the office.

      6. The ability to read, write, type, use the telephone, stoop to kneel to retrieve items, lift office supplies,

      push/pull doors, and climb stairs

    • D. Compensation and Reporting Relationship

      1. Compensation shall consist of a base monthly salary and a commission based on project gross margins.

      2. Must work cooperatively with the CECON Staff and the network of consultants.

      3. Reports to the CECON Group Manager of the CECON Division of Becht Engineering.

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