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  • 09 Dec 2017 11:57 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

  • 21 Nov 2017 6:23 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Here are December's meetings:

    December 1:  Inspiring Women in STEM Conference
    Time:  8:00 AM -- 4:00 PM
    Place:  Sanofi
                 55 Corporate Drive
                 Bridgewater, NJ 08807
    Agenda:  A conference for women in STEM careers, offering practical career advice and experiences from women in the life sciences.
    Cost:  $445.00
    Registration:  On-line
    Website: inspiring-women-in-stem- conference-2

    December 5:  Chemical Council of New Jersey Plant Operations Management Workshop
    Time:  8:00 AM -- 3:15 PM
    Place:  Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
                 3 Tower Center Boulevard
                 East Brunswick, NJ, 08816
    Agenda:  A workshop on plant operations, covering safety, defects, legislation, compliance and contractor relationships.
    Cost:  $175.00 to $225.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line
    Website:  http://www.chemistrycouncilnj. org/Events/CCNJ-Workshops/ December-5-Plant-Ops- Management-Workshop.aspx

    December 5:  The Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley Monthly Meeting
    Time:  5:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
    Place:  Christiana Hilton
                 100 Continental Drive
                 Newark, DE 19713
    Speaker:  Erin Redman (908 Devices Inc.)
    Topic:  "Rapid Analysis of Biological Samples using Microfluidic Capillary Electrophoresis Coupled to Mass Spectrometry Detection"
    Cost:  $15.00 to $30.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    December 6-7:  Companion Diagnostics
    Place:  New Jersey Hospital Association Conference and Event Center
                 760 Alexander Road
                 Princeton, NJ 08543
    Agenda:  "Demonstrating the Value of Companion Diagnostics for Precision Biologics and Small Molecule Drugs
    Cost:  $200.00 to $895.00, depending on timing.
    Registration:  On-line
    Website:  https://www.
    December 7:  New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Principles of Lean Manufacturing with Live Simulation
    Time:  8:30 AM -- 4:30 PM
    Place:  New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Headquarters
                 2 Ridgedale Ave.
                 Suite 305
                 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
    Agenda:  A short course on the principles and practices of Lean Manfuacturing with live simulations
    Cost:  $525.00
    Registration:  On-line

    December 8:  Biennial North Jersey ACS Baekeland Award and Symposium
    Time:  12:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
    Place:  Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center
                 178 Ryders Lane
                 New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Speakers:  Christopher A. Alabi (Cornell University)
                       Natalia Shustova (University of South Carolina)
                       Jeffrey S. Moore (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
                       Timothy M. Swager (MIT)
                       William Dichtel (Northwestern University)
    Agenda:  Award symposium highlighting the research of US-based chemists under 40 years of age in recognition of accomplishments in pure or industrial chemistry.
    Cost:    $5.00 to $15.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    December 11-12:  Seminar in Forensic Toxicology:  Opioids, Toxicology, and the Law:  Medical-Legal Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic
    Place:  Chemical Heritage Foundation
                 315 Chestnut Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Agenda:  A two day course focusing on all aspects of opioids use and abuse, targeting those in medical toxicology, forensic & laboratory medicine, addiction medicine and the legal community
    Cost:  $125.00 to $950.00, depending on timing and category
    Registration:  On-line
    Website: Seminar_in_Forensic_ Toxicology.html

    December 20:  ChemPharma New Jersey Chapter Meeting
    Time:  1:30 PM -- 4:30 PM
    Place:  Morris County Library
                 30 East Hanover Avenue
                 Whippany, NJ 07981
    Speaker:  Robert Stramara (New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.)
    Topic:  A talk describing the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  On-line
    Website: content.aspx?page_id=87&club_ id=668134&item_id=692134

  • 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.

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