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Stories by D. H. Killeffer

Industrial Consultants

The Laboratory Problems Which Are Involved In Practically All Manufacturing Processes Are Frequently Too Big For One Business To Handle Alone. Result: Foster D. Snell, Inc. Is Ready To Take On a Little of Everything

March 1, 1948 — D. H. Killeffer

The Pilot Plant's Value to Industry

If Properly Equipped, Staffed and Operated, The Pilot Plant Can Point the Way to Bring A New Industrial Process Safely Across the Gap of Uncertainty Existing Between the Laboratory Stage and Full-Scale Production

January 1, 1948 — D. H. Killeffer

Industry Gets Nosey

The Science of Odors Is Still in Its Infancy, With Its Greatest Potentialities Yet Unknown. But Already Such Practices as Deodorizing, Masking of Odors, and Faint Perfuming Have Achieved Much in Extending the Utility and Stability of Many Products of Industry

September 1, 1947 — D. H. Killeffer

Oxygen by the Ton

Capable of Turning Out Unprecedented Volumes of Oxygen Daily, Projected Plants Will Make Available to All Industry Vast Quantities of That Gas, of Adequate Purity, at a Fraction of Present Cost

May 1, 1947 — D. H. Killeffer

Making Heat Work Overtime

Basically Simple and Extremely Practical, Compression Distillation is One of Those Processes that Prompts the Unanswerable Question of "Why Hasn't It Been Done Before?" By Complete Heat Utilization, the Method Produces Pure Water Quickly and Economically, Yet Involves No Cooling, Uses Little Space, and Demands a Minimum of Attention

October 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer

Take A Grain Of Sand

Chemical Marriage of Sand and Hydrogen has Produced a New Family--the Silicones. In Liquid, Rubber, or Resin Form, These Unique Hybrids Combine the Heat Resistance of Quartz with a Variety of Other Special Capabilities Including Water Repellency, Insulation, and Lubrication

September 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Is Soap Slipping?

Aided by the Fats Shortages of Two World Wars, "Soapless" Soaps are Moving in Rapidly on Tasks Long Regarded as Soap's Own Province: More than 300 Wetting Agents, Detergents, and Emulsifiers are Now Made. Many are Specialized; Others, General Purpose

August 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer

Chemicals Grow on Trees

In Searching for an Answer to Their Marginal Economic Status, Wood Distillers have Uncovered Some Highly Interesting Wood-Tar Products. What Can be Done With Them, How to Recover Them, and Various Other Problems Make Question Marks of These Complex Chemicals

July 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer

Chemical Crop Insurance

Like the Weather--Insects, Rodents, Weeds, and Other Crop Criminals have Long had Little Done About Them. Now, Spurred by War and Famine, Chemistry Turns Tongue-Twisting Terms in to Literally Down To-Earth Products that Protect Plan ts Against Nature's Scalawags

June 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Wooden Wealth

Raw Materials and the Ingenuity to Use Them are the Fundamental Wealth of a People. Depletion, a Constant Threat to Some Materials, Emphasizes the Potentialities of Wood as a Chemical Storehouse. Chemurgy--the Ingenuity Factor--is Expanding Now, Holds Great Promise

May 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer

Rust Not — Want Not

Of the Various Methods of Protection Against the Ravages of Corrosion, Inhibitive Treatment Offers Simplicity and Wide Applicability. Corrosion Control Now More Necessary Than Ever as Metals Supplies Dwindle

April 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer

Ion Exchange

Purification of Liquids and Gases, Selective Recovery of Valuable Materials, and the Removal of Undesirable Substances from Chemical Compounds, are Problems that Often may be Solved with Ion Exchange Resins. Both Industry and the Laboratory Find These Resins Valuable

March 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Amino Acids: In Quantity

Now Produced in Industrial Quantities, Life-Saving Protein Nutritional Elements Provide Medical Science with a New Weapon. Chemical Technology Removes Amino Acids from the Test-Tube Stage by Breaking Down Food Proteins with Acids, Alkalies, or Enzymes

February 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer

Research for Small Business

A Little Research into Effective Means of Utilizing Research Reveals that Small Businesses Can Put Themselves on a Par With Big Business By Making Use of Available Facilities. Government Research Must Benefit All and Hence Must Fail in at Least One of its Avowed Purposes

December 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer

How Soon Atomic Energy?

Does the Atomic Bomb Indicate the future Mass Destruction of Every Living Thing? Or, Preperly Controlled, Will Its Limitless Energy be Utilized and Harnessed to Serve Mankind as has Electricity a nd Water? The Next Five to Ten Years May Possibly Provide the Answer

November 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer

Water—A Marine Problem!

Design of Boilers for Ships of the Future May be Radically Affected by Present and Continuing Work of Chemists on Methods of Boiler Water Treatment. Proper Steaming Conditions Can Be Maintained Only if the Chemical Balance of the Boiler Water is Suited to the Installation

October 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer and A. C. Purdy

Automotive Rubber

Forgetting for the Moment Today's Pressing Question of Tires, Consideration is Given to the Place of Synthetic Rubber in Mechanical Parts for Post-War Vehicles. Temperatures Encountered in Operation, Stresses Imposed, and Other Factors Must Be Known if the Designer is to Take Full Advantage of the Mechanical Qualities of the Synthetics

August 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer

Infra-Red in Industry

By Harnessing Forces that Act Outside the Bounds of Human Senses, and Applying Electronic Amplification, Chemical Control Methods Have Been Highly Refined. The Infra-Red Technique is Not Yet in Wide Use, but Successful Results So Far Point to Broad Future Fields

July 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer

Engines of the Air

Kerosine Lamps, Exploding Because of Gasoline in the Burning Oil, Paved the Way for the Development of the Gasoline Engine. At First there was a Surplus of Fuel; then Chemists were Hard' Put to Produce Enough Efficient Fuel to Meet Demands of Automobiles and Airplanes

June 1, 1945 — D. H. Killeffer
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine