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Course & Subject Guides
These databases allow you to search for a specific chemical substance by name or structure.
NOTE: Many of the suppliers that list prices are for research-quantities only. These prices DO NOT scale up to bulk prices.
Pitt subscription database that can search for chemical substances by name or structure. Includes information on pricing as well as physical properties and journal article references.
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Pitt subscription database that can search for chemicals and reactions, or by properties. Includes information on pricing.
Search for chemicals directly from the following chemical supply companies.
The following publications regularly include reports on chemical prices or industry trends. The descriptions provide search tips for regularly occurring articles, if available.
Equipment Cost Tools:
Use the following tools to estimate costs and find manufacturers.
Cost Estimator Tool
Equipment costs accompanying information from "Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers" 5th edition by Max S. Peters, Klaus D. Timmerhaus, and Ronald E. West (McGraw Hill).
Matches provides conceptual (order-of-magnitude) process equipment cost estimates for over 275 types of equipment.
Intratec Plant Construction Index
Enables users to scale capital costs from one time period to another. The index reconciles prices trends of fundamental components of a chemical plant construction such as labor, material and energy, providing meaningful historical and forecast data for users.
These resources provide additional information on economic and trade data for the U.S. and globally.
U.S. Census Bureau: Current Industrial Reports
The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products.
Lists global annual trade statistics and commodities since 1962 and monthly statistics since 2010.
Producer Price Indexes
U.S. Government statistics for price movement (but not actual prices): “The Producer Price Index (PPI) program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output.”
Economics & Statistics Administration
Economic indicators & reports on various industries.
See the "Business Articles" section on the "Finding Articles" page for more places to search.