CEP: December 2012

The December SBE supplement focuses on biological nanothechnology. Other topics include improving energy efficiency, measuring water level in steam loops, and the evolution of the chemicals industry in the U.K. Also, read about the latest development in catalysis, materials, nanotechnology, and Energy.

Editorial

I was really excited that this year’s Annual Meeting was being held in Pittsburgh. Having grown up in southwestern Pennsylvania and gone to school at Carnegie Mellon, I was eager to get back to my roots and share my hometown with my coworkers — the excitement of a home Steelers game, a ride up the incline to gaze down at the city from Mount Washington, and maybe a cruise on the three rivers on the Gateway Clipper. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy forced me to rethink some of my plans, especially those that involved being outdoors.

Although we were physically out of the storm’s direct path, we did feel some of its effects. (The nearly constant, cold, windy rain was hard to ignore.) Outwardly, we did what we normally do to orchestrate an annual meeting — which was a great success in spite of the weather.

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Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
Operations & Maintenance
Alan Rossiter, Veerasamy Venkatesan
Managing the energy consumption of a process does not need to be complicated. This article presents some examples of less-complicated strategies.

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...

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.

Engineered Protein Templates Synthesize Inorganic Nanomaterials

December
2012
SBE Special Section
Alia Schoen, Arunagirinathan Adhimoolam, David T. Schoen, Kelly N. L. Huggins, Sarah Heilshorn
This powerful biomimetic method is a fast, flexible way to produce a wide range of inorganic nanostructures from a single protein scaffold.

Use Guided-Wave Radar to Measure Water Level in Steam Loops

December
2012
Back To Basics
Keith Riley , Ravi Jethra
Guided-wave radar (GWR) is a useful tool for measuring water level in steam loops. This article describes GWR design and operation, and how this technology differs from more traditional forms of level indication.
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