About The Chemical Notebook

The name directly encapsulates what the blog is meant to be. The topic is the chemical industry: those companies such as Dow, ExxonMobil, BASF, and DuPont that are engaged in the chemical transformation of one molecule to another as of part of a manufacturing stream that ultimately results in products suitable for daily use. By “notebook” what is meant is a reporter’s notebook. The blog aims to make use of those interesting tidbits of the sort found in a reporter’s notebook but might not fit neatly in the print edition of C&EN for one reason or another.

Alex Tullo, senior editor at C&EN’s Northeast News Bureau in Edison, N.J., will be The Chemical Notebook’s main contributor. Tullo joined C&EN in 1999, and since then has written articles on just about every topic related to the chemical industry. His core area of reporting, however, has been materials and industrial chemicals. He also compiles or helps compile statistical features such as the Top 50 U.S. Chemical Producers, the Global Top 50 Chemical Producers, Women in Industry, World Chemical Outlook, and Facts & Figures. Prior to joining C&EN, Tullo was a senior editor at the Chemical Market Reporter, writing about plastics and coatings. He earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997).

Senior business editor Melody Voith will be another major contributor to the blog.