2012

Modelling of a Filter Drying Process

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 29, 2012
Filter drying, also referred to as vacuum contact drying, is a process widely used in the pharmaceutical industry to remove water or organic solvents...

The Mixed Matrix Membrane Story

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 29, 2012
The talk will highlight the evolution of Mixed Matrix Membranes (MMM), developed in the mid-1980s. The talk will first provide an introduction into...

Emergency Block Valves

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
An Emergency Block Valves (EBV) is used as a means of isolating flammable or toxic substances in the event of a leak or fire. The installation, and...

Turnaround Excellence - Key Success Factors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Turnaround Excellence is more than a state of being… it is a journey. Achieving and sustaining excellence is wholly dependent on a site approach of...

Panel Discussion on Turnaround Excellence

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
A panel of industry experts will discuss topics of interest to Ethylene Producers with respect to turnaround excellence. Topics will be solicited...

Acetylene Converter Safety Systems

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Acetylene is produced as a by-product during the pyrolysis cracking of hydrocarbons in ethylene plant furnaces. Typically the acceptable acetylene...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Analysis of Turnarounds in Olefin Plants: A 16-Year View

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Comparative Performance Analysis™ (CPA™) benchmarking studies of the olefin industry have been conducted by HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon)...

Fatal Exposure: Tragedy At DuPont

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
This investigation by the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides unique lessons in process safety. Three...

Strategic Chemistry

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Optimizing the clearing and cleaning of process units during turnarounds. Primary discussion involves the three key areas related to an effective,...

Modeling of Underground Hydrogen Pipelines

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Hydrogen is a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels. Underground pipelines provide a safe, reliable supply of hydrogen to refineries...

Hydrocarbons Turnarounds EHS Readiness

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The Dow Hydrocarbons Business has a thorough process for managing excellent EHS performance during Turnarounds. We name an EHS Focal Point for each...

SBE Update: The Merging of Bio and Nano

December
2012
SBE Special Section
June Wispelwey
Earlier this year, the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) organized its Sixth International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN), which focused on bio-nanoscience and bioengineering for translational medicine. The conference...

CEP: Editorial - The Invention that Wasn't

November
2012
Editorial
Cynthia F. Mascone
On the first day of our visit to Walt Disney World, my then-seven-year-old son got lost in the Magic Kingdom. Luckily, he was somewhere on Tom Sawyer Island, so our search area was limited. On the second day, he wandered off in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids attraction (also an enclosed space, thankfully). Those experiences gave me an idea for what I called Kid LoJack — a biocompatible microchip that parents could inject under a baby’s skin, and later activate to locate the child if he or she got lost or kidnapped (or stayed out past curfew). I’ve often wondered — civil liberties issues aside — whether I could have patented such a device.

OSHA's New Chemical NEP: How to Make the Grade and Earn Extra Credit

October
2012
Safety
Heather Forgione, Henry Ozog
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluates chemical facilities’ process safety management systems through a new national emphasis program. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of receiving citations, streamline the inspection process, and pave the way for future excellence.

A MagDot-Nanoconveyor Assay Detects and Isolates Molecular Biomarkers

December
2012
SBE Special Section
Brandon Miller, Gang Ruan, Gregory B. Vieira, Jeffrey Chalmers, Jessica Winter, Kalpesh Mahajan, Maryam B. Lustberg, M.D., Ratnasingham Sooryakumar
The ability to quickly analyze, separate, and manipulate multiple types of biomarkers from small sample volumes is a significant step toward personalized medicine.

CEP: Profile - A Rock Star Among ChEs

December
2012
Profile
Emily Frangenberg
Rock star is not a term associated with many chemical engineers. It does, however, accurately capture the accomplishments and accolades — the phenomenon — of Robert Langer. His vision and technical excellence have propelled scores of significant...

CEP: Update

December
2012
News Update
Oxide Catalysts Get Selective; New Catalyst Challenges Platinum; Quick-Release Tape Peels with Ease; Electronic Skin Mimics the Human Epidermis

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Good Housekeeping for Safety

December
2012
Process Safety Beacon
A fire started in a fiber trash drum in a process building. The drum contained solder flux and paste, welding debris, general trash, and oil-soaked rags. It had not been emptied for a long time. The ignition source may have been hot welding debris...
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