Microsoft Research has made available for download an "add-in" that can save chemical engineers time while writing. Assigned to the Outercurve Foundation as an open-source project, the Chemistry Add-in for Microsoft Word will do the following:
allow for easy insertion and modification of chemical-related info such as formulas, labels, and 2-D depictions, within Microsoft Word
provides the ability to store and expose chemical information in a semantically rich manner
allow for the creation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures
The Add-In uses CML (Chemical Mark-up Language), a version of XML that not only enables chemical writing in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 but also includes the data behind the writing. According to Microsoft Research:
The Chemistry Add-in and CML help make chemistry documents open, readable, and easily accessible to humans as well as other technologies. The Chemistry Add-in supports publishing and data-mining scenarios for authors, readers, publishers, and others throughout the chemical information community.
Watch a video about the Microsoft Word Chemical Add-In:
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Dr. Sunita Satyapal is director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She is responsible for the program’s overall strategy and execution covering both hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including oversight and coordination of approximately $100 million in research, development, demonstration and deployment activities.
CEP editor Emily Frangenberg had a chance to sit down with Dr. Satyapal at AIChE's 2013 Spring Meeting to discuss her work at the US Department of Energy. You can watch the interview in the video panel at right.
Dr. Sunita Satyapal's talk was titled "Progress and Challenges in Emerging Clean Energy Technology: A Case Study in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells from the U.S. Department of Energy." See Abstract.
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