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  1. CEP: Product Digest

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    This month's topic is laboratory equipment.

  2. CEP: Profile - Manu Prakash: Encouraging Curiosity-Driven Science

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    One of the biggest hurdles to treating disease in developing countries is the lack of portable and cheap diagnostic instruments, such as microscopes. Manu Prakash, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Bioengineering at Stanford Univ., believes that frugal science is the key to enhancing global health and science education. Prakash is creating simple, economical tools to pique interest in science exploration and even perform field-testing for specific diseases, such as malaria. One such invention, the Foldscope, is a completely functional microscope that merges the principles of origami and optical design.

  3. CEP: Process Automation Corner - Back to the Future on Energy

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Energy is a very important factor in process automation. Improvements in energy efficiency gained through process automation played a key role in justifying the pioneering automation projects of the early 1960s and have grown in stature over the ensuing decades. Automation-enabled improvements in energy usage have made critical contributions to worldwide prosperity over the last 35–40 years.

  4. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - A Safety Device Gone Wrong

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Any safety device can create a new hazard. Any change to equipment, even one intended to improve safety, can create new hazards or make other existing hazards more severe. This is particularly true if the safety device is not properly installed.

  5. CEP: What's New

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Read about new products and services in the areas of enviromnetal, health and safety; materials and chemicals; fluids and solids handling; and instrumentation.

  6. CEP: Commentary - Educating Students to Become Engineers

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    The article “How Well Are We Preparing ChE Students for Industry?” in the Update section of the April issue of CEP (pp. 4–5, 14–15) meshed with my career-long concern about engineering education. I graduated in 1968, with pride in my skills, from “a strong program” that “was about to break into the top ten,” as we were told. It was a good program in many ways, but after two years in industry, I came to realize the misdirected perspectives I had acquired as a student. After 13 years in industry and 28 in academia, I have concluded that neither the academic perception of excellence nor the tasks students are required to complete align with the perceptions and tasks that lead to success in industry.

  7. CEP: AICHE Journal Highlight - A Broader Role for the Evolving Engineer

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Chemical engineers are primarily known for their tech-nical expertise. While this engineering know-how has played a key role in developing technologies essential for modern society, it will not be enough to solve the increasingly complex challenges of today’s world. Solutions to these issues, including the development of safe and sustainable food and water supplies, economical alternative energies, and more-effective pharmaceuticals, will require a multidisciplinary approach that considers political, social, and economic constraints, as well as the obvious technical challenges.

  8. CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Ionic Liquids Charge Ahead as Battery Electrolytes

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Advances in energy-storage devices are a must for the widespread use of electric and hybrid vehicles, the integration of renewable energy with the electric power grid, and the development of smaller, faster, more-powerful consumer electronics. While progress has been made, several challenges remain, including limitations of nonaqueous electrolytes, which have poor transport properties and are highly flammable. The answer to this challenge: A new class of higher-performance electr-olytes being developed by Boulder Ionics Corp. (BI) for longer-lived, safer batteries and ultracapacitors.

  9. Chile’s Mining and Chemicals Industries

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    With abundant mineral resources, Chile’s chemicals industries are dominated by mining, with many of its operations among the world’s most productive and important.

  10. Pressure-Sensors Fundamentals: Interpreting Accuracy and Error

    CEP Magazine article, June 2014

    Before you choose a pressure-measuring instrument, make sure that you fully understand the ins and outs of the manufacturer-provided data.

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