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  • 15 Jan 2018 3:15 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Members of the CCN Steering Committee met with folks interested in the ins-and-outs of starting a chemically-related consulting business.  Arve Holt and Keith Wing gave an introductory talk.  A good time was had by one and all, including lunch and informative conversation.  

  • 15 Jan 2018 1:24 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    February 1:  ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter 28th Symposium and Exhibition
    Time:  3:00 PM -- 10:00 PM
    Place:  Lincoln Financial Field
                 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
                 Philadelphia, PA 19148
    Agenda:  Very large exhibition for pharmaceutical engineers, with a career fair and tours of the stadium.
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  On-line
    February 22:  Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club Meeting
    Time:  Social Hour with Pizza at 6:30 PM
                Seminar at 7:30 PM
    Place:  Social Hour in Chemistry Building Atrium
                 Seminar in Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall
                 All in:  Chemistry Building
                             University of Pennsylvania
                             34th and Spruce Streets
                             Philadelphia, PA
    Speaker:  Mary P. Watson (University of Delaware)
    Topic:  "Harnessing Alkyl Amines and Alkyl Alcohols for Nickel-Catalyzed Cross Couplings via C-N and C-O Bond Activation"
    Cost:  $20.00 to join POCC
    Registration:  On-line to join POCC

  • 29 Dec 2017 11:15 AM | David Henry Vahlsing

    Chemical Consultants Network webpage membership renewal dues for 2018 are now payable for the CCN dues year that runs from Jan 1st to December 31st

    Some members pay dues to support the group and do not wish to have a web presence.  Perhaps you are one of those folks.   However, if you are not and do wish to have your data displayed on our site, please log on to the CCN site and complete the membership application form as though you were a new member or review and update your existing page, if you are already a web page member. You will then begin sharing in the benefits your web can provide.

    If have been a web page member and you have not been getting much action from your web site, please consider adding more information to it as this will help search engines find you. We have provided helpful suggestions on this CCN website ( regarding how to improve your web page results.

    Our best to you in 2018!

    Dave Vahlsing

    CCN Membership

  • 16 Dec 2017 9:06 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    January 8:  Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Meeting
    Time:  6:00 PM -- 8:00 PM
    Place:  Mendel Hall, Room 154
                 Villanova University
                 800 Lancaster Avenue
                 Villanova, PA 19085
    Speaker:  Nathaniel Snyder (Drexel University)
    Topic:  "Bioanalytical techniques to study compartmentalized metabolism."
    Cost:  None
    Registration:  RSVP to by January 4.
    Please Note:  Please look at the website for instructions on parking, as there is heavy construction on Villanova University's campus.

    January 10:  Chemical Consultant Network Meeting
    Time:  11:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
    Place:  Right Management
                200 Bellevue Parkway
                Wilmington, DE 19089
    Speaker:  Arve Holt (Chemical Consultants Network)
    Topic:  "Introduction to CCN & How to Launch a Consulting Business"
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  On-line

    January 11:  Joseph Priestly Society Symposium
    Time:  10:30 AM -- 2:00 PM
    Place:  Chemical Heritage Foundation
                 315 Chestnut Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Speakers:  Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University)
                       M. Stanley Whittingham (SUNY Binghamton)
    Topic:  "New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables"
    Cost:  $25.00
    Registration:  On-line

    January 11:  STLE Philadelphia Section January 2018 Technical Session
    Time:  11:30 AM -- 4:00 PM
    Place:  Sandy Run Country Club
                 200 E. Valley Green Road
                 Oreland, PA 19075
    Speakers:  Bill Downey (Novvi LLC)
                       Paul Benn (NYNAS INC.)
                       Robert Evans (Quaker Chemical Corporation)
                       Luke Nowlan (Villanova University)
    Agenda:  Base Oil Program
    Cost:  $15.00 to $30.00, depending on category.
    Registration:  On-line

    January 12:  DelawareBio BioBreakfast:  Epigenetic & Bioinformatics
    Time:  7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    Place:  Incyte
                 1801 Augustine Cut Off
                 Wilmington, DE 19808
    Speakers:  Jeb Connor (Genome Profiling, LLC)
                       Erin Crowgey (Nemours)
                       Cathy Wu (University of Delaware)
    Agenda:  Networking with life science professionals coupled with brief talks on epigenetics and bioinformatics
    Cost:  Free to $50.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    January 17:  Technology Forum of Delaware 2018 Emerging Technologies
    Time:  5:30 PM -- 7:30 PM
    Place:  Delaware Biotechnology Institute
                 15 Innovation Way
                 Newark, DE 19711
    Speaker:  Jim Lee (Strategic Foresight Investments)
    Topic:  "The Future of Cities"
    Cost:  $25.00 to $40.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    January 16:  Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania BioPharma Networking Group Meeting
    Time:  6:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
    Place:  Ben Franklin Tech Ventures
                 116 Research Drive
                 Bethlehem, PA 18015
    Speaker:  Charles Kelly (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
    Topic:  "Corporate Espionage"
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  On-Line

    January 22:  ACS Princeton Section Monthly Meeting
    Time:  Mixer at 5:30 PM, Lecture at 6:30 PM followed by dinner
    Place:  Frick Laboratory
                 Princeton University
                 Princeton, NJ
    Speaker:  Barbara Ameer (Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
    Topic:  "Grapefruit Juice -- Drug Interactions:  Curiosity or Cause for Concern?"
    Cost:  $10.00 to $20.00, depending on category
    Registration:  RSVP to Louise Lawter at by January 16th.

    January 25:  Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Meeting
    Time:  5:30 PM -- 8:30 PM
    Place:  Crowne Plaza Wilmington North
                 630 Naamans Road
                 Claymont, DE 19703
    Speaker:  Jing Lu (Johnson Matthey, Inc.)
    Topic:  "Siliceous Zeolite-supported Palladium Catalysts for Methane Oxidation"
    Cost:  $20.00 to $40.00, depending on category
    Registration:  On-line

    January 25:  Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club Women in Chemistry Lecture
    Time:  Social Hour with Pizza at 6:30PM
                Seminar at 7:30 PM
    Place:  Chemistry Building
                 University of Pennsylvania
                 34th and Spruce Streets
                 Philadelphia, PA 
                 Social Hour in Chemistry Building Atrium (at the bottom of the stair case in the main lobby)
                 Seminar in Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall
    Speaker:  Ruth R. Wexler (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
    Topic:  To be determined
    Cost:  $20.00 to join POCC
    Registration:  On-line to join POCC

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

  • 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 | Deleted user

    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

    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. 

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