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2017 Process Development Symposium

June 6-8, 2017
**Date and Location are tentative. Please check back soon for updates. The 2017 Process Development Symposium is a place to exchange wisdom, knowledge, tips, and personal experiences in the development and scale-up of chemical and related processes. Register Now

Rock Stars of Regenerative Engineering

December 10-11, 2016
The conference will bring together engineers, scientists and clinicians to discuss and exchange ideas and research in the regeneration of complex tissues. A special focus of the conference will be to provide opportunities for career development of younger investigators, and to encourage...

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 13-18, 2016
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

2016 Annual Student Conference

November 11-14, 2016
The Annual Student Conference is four days of career information, social events, competitions, and fun. Student engineers from more than 150 schools celebrate the Chemical Engineering profession, along with young professional members, AIChE leaders, and industry professionals from numerous...

Teach Yourself the Basics of Aspen Plus, Second Edition

September, 2016
The new edition of this book focuses on version 8.8 of Aspen Plus and covers the newest functionalities. Lecture-style chapters maximize the learning experience by presenting material in a manner that emulates an actual workshop. Hands-on learning techniques direct readers toward the creation of...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Tribute to Founders: Roger Sargent

September
2016
Journal Highlight
Widely recognized as the intellectual leader, father, and pioneer of process systems engineering, Roger Sargent has played a role in shaping the chemical engineering discipline. A tribute to Sargent in the September issue of the AIChE Journal...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - Rewriting DNA Synthesis

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Emily Leproust
Traditional methods of DNA synthesis are slow and costly, and hinder the design-build-test cycle for creating optimal gene sequences and protein variants. This article presents a novel approach that will allow researchers to explore synthetic biology’s full potential.

Process Safety Beacon: Do You Recognize Change?

September
2016
Process Safety Beacon
In 2014, a fire occurred on a passenger vessel in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from the U.S. A crewmember discovered the small fuel spray fire above one of the four propulsion engines during his routine rounds. He left the area and informed the...

Books: September 2016

September
2016
Books
The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees — and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line Leigh Stringer, American Management Association, New York, NY, $27.95, 256 pages, July 2016, ISBN: 978-0-814-43743-8 We must function at...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

Editorial: Healthy Employees, Healthy Company

September
2016
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress,September 2016 Healthy Employees, Healthy Company A new book featured in this month's Books department (p. 77–78), The Healthy Workplace...

New Products: September 2016

September
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Fluids Handling Backpressure Regulators Resist Chemicals and Cracking The Chem Proline Frank Series V86 backpressure regulators are constructed of polyethylene (PE) resin, which is resistant to chemicals and stress cracking. Isolation...

Integrating Process Safety and Innovation

October
2016
Safety
Peter Lodal, Jennifer Mize
It’s important to consider process safety early in the innovation process. Use a success modes and effects analysis to ensure your innovation can be safely and economically commercialized.

Patent Update: Issues to Consider in Claiming Your Invention

September
2016
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
When applying for a patent, an inventor naturally wants to cast a net wide enough to cover not only what the inventor has actually done but also all variations that utilize the invention’s core innovation. A claim that is too wide, however, can run...

Introduction to Ammonia Production

September
2016
Back To Basics
Venkat Pattabathula, Jim Richardson
Ammonia is critical in the manufacturing of fertilizers, and is one of the largest-volume synthetic chemicals produced in the world. This article explores the evolution of ammonia production and describes the current manufacturing technologies.

Technical Entity Trends: Plant Synthetic Biology Takes More Than a Green Thumb

September
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that uses engineering principles to genetically engineer plants, with the goal of producing products or enhancing plant traits. It has the potential to play an important role in improving agricultural...

Designing Drug-Delivery Nanoparticles

September
2016
On The Horizon
Aaron Anselmo, Samir Mitragotri
Nanoparticles for drug delivery can be better designed by modeling the body as unit processes connected by the vascular system. Each organ and organ function can be represented as a unit process on organ-on-a-chip devices.

Minimize Biofouling of RO Membranes

September
2016
Reactions and Separations
Anne Arza, Jane Kucera
Chemical and physical disinfection of feedwater to a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane helps to prevent fouling and maintain efficient operation.

YPOV: Get Back on Your Feet After a Layoff

September
2016
YPOV
Jonathan Haughton
You thought it would never happen to you. You are a hard-working chemical engineer fulfilling your career goals. The next thing you know, you’re called into a meeting with your boss and you are out of work before lunch. With that, welcome to your...

Specifying a Catalyst Bed

August
2016
Reactions and Separations
Gary Gildert, Jasmin Gildert
Follow these eight steps to work effectively with your catalyst supplier.

Women ChEs Make Progress Toward Equity

August
2003
Special Section
Irene Kim
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.

Educational Perspective on the Future of Chemical Engineering

January
2007
Special Section
James T. Cobb Jr., Gary K. Patterson, S. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?

Profile: Introducing Female ChE Students to Industry

August
2016
Profile
“Chemical engineering is one of the most challenging curriculums in the engineering field. According to ASEE 2015 data, only about one-third of chemical engineering bachelor’s degrees and 10% of chemical engineering PhDs go to women,” states Jean...

Leadership Q&A: Keep the Long-Term in Mind

May
2016
Leadership Q&A
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, talks to CEP about his strategy for leading one of the largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies in the world. In 2010–2011, faced with significant debt and soft demand, the company had to restructure and cut costs. Emerging from those dark times, LyondellBasell is now focused on growth and expanding its operations where it has a competitive advantage.

Use the Cloud for Your Alarm Management System

August
2016
Instrumentation
Martin Hollender, Philipp Vorst, Aldo Dagnino, Thomas C. Skovholt
Most engineers recognize the need for alarm management systems. What you might not know, however, is that cloud computing can make those systems less expensive, more effective, and easier to implement and maintain.

The Standing of Women in Academia

August
2003
Special Section
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.

Spotlight on Safety: Job Safety Includes Your Commute

August
2016
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
At the 2016 AIChE Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety, Mark Cox, senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering officer for Eastman Chemical Co., presented a keynote address, “Process Safety...

CEP: YPOV - K-12 Outreach: It’s Fun and Beneficial to Your Career

November
2014
YPOV
Colin Young
I have been involved in K-12 outreach for the past five years and have worked with students of all ages — from first graders to high school seniors. For me, outreach has been both personally and professionally rewarding. Through outreach, I have gained some valuable skills, which I think every engineer, especially young engineers, can benefit from.

Technical Entity Trends: Water – We Can’t Live Without It

August
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
Our essential physical functions — breathing, digestion, muscle movement, etc. — cannot take place without water. It is our most vital and precious resource. However, water-related problems have persisted throughout history, endangering the safety...

Books

August
2016
Books
Eight Dollars and a Dream: My American Journey Raj Gupta, with Syd Havely, Lulu Publishing Services, Raleigh, NC, $13.24, 256 pages, March 2016, ISBN: 978-1-483-44756-8 This book tells the story of a remarkable personal and professional journey. Raj...

Expanding Horizons

August
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.

CEP: Institute News

June
2015
Institute News
Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety Highlights; AIChE’s 2014 Financial Statements; Your AIChE Membership — Leadership Opportunities; Diversity Workshop Sets Agenda for Summit at Annual Meeting

Career Corner: How to Be Productive Working from Home

August
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
You might think working from home is easy. You could avoid the stress of commuting and even work in your pajamas if you want. While such a work arrangement may seem ideal, it is not always easy to stay focused if you are not in a typical office...

Use Spreadsheets for ChE Problem-Solving

August
2016
Back To Basics
David E. Clough
This article will help you improve your Excel spreadsheet skills and will provide you with tools to solve common chemical engineering problems.

Editorial: Celebrating Nature in the Park

August
2016
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, August 2016. You might recall from some of my previous editorials that I love nature and hiking, especially in the Grand Canyon and...

Great Companies for Women Engineers

September
2003
Career Catalyst
Cynthia F. Mascone
The keys to building a talented workforce: benefits that enable employees to balance their work and personal lives; stimulating and challenging assignments; and a culture that allows all employees to reach their full potential.

Catalyzing Commercialization: New Process Makes Spider Silk in Many Forms

August
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The strongest fiber found in nature is a silk made by spiders known as orb weavers. Unfortunately, spiders have two flaws: They are territorial and cannibalistic, making it impossible to farm them like silkworms to produce massive quantities of silk...

A Rich and Diverse History

January
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
This look at the continuing evolution of chemical engineering starts with reflections on the past.

Become an Effective Safety Leader

August
2016
Safety
Greg Robinson
Each of us is responsible for developing and encouraging a strong safety culture. One way to do that is to incorporate these five critical safety activities into your daily routine.

Where is the Chemical Engineering Industry Headed?

January
2007
Special Section
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?

New Products – August 2016

August
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Measurement Equipment Instrument Measures Density in High-Pressure Services The CL 10HY-V2 density cell and Series 2000 density digital converter can provide density measurements of ammonium hydroxide, caustic soda, ethylene glycol,...

2020 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 15-20, 2020
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Introduction to Catalysis and Industrial Catalytic Processes

April, 2016
This book explains the fundamental principles of catalysis and their applications in an introductory text intended to excite those contemplating an industrial career in the chemical, petroleum, alternative energy, and environmental fields. It focuses on non-proprietary, basic chemistries with...

Pipe Flow: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide

May, 2012
Pipe Flow provides the information required to design and analyze the piping systems needed to support a broad range of industrial operations, distribution systems, and power plants.

Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

March, 2009
The genomic revolution has opened up systematic investigations and engineering designs for various life forms. Systems biology and synthetic biology are emerging as two complementary approaches, which embody the breakthrough in biology and invite application of engineering principles. Systems...

Fulfilling the Promise of Nanomedicine

February
2006
SBE Special Section
Rita D'Aquino with Tim Harper, Cristina Roman Vas
Leveraging nanotechnology in the life science industries has given scientists new tools with which they have the potential to transform the world of medicine.

Bioseparation Basics

October
2014
Back To Basics
Roger G. Harrison
Bioseparations are critical to the field of biochemical engineering. Each bioseparation process must be tailored to separate, purify, or recover the desired bioproduct. This article gives an introductory overview of filtration and chromatography — two key bioseparation unit operations.

Process Control for Microreactors

August
2001
Instrumentation
Don  Humbert, Lech  Znamirowski, Olgierd A. Palusinski, Sarma Vrudhula
Field-programmable analog arrays coupled with microreactor technology promise to change the way plants are built, as well as the methods by which their processes are designed and controlled.

Improve Solids Handling During Thermal Drying

November
2004
Fluids and Solids Handling
John W. Carson, Herman Purutyan, Thomas G. Troxel
Follow these guidelines for ensuring the proper flow of slurries, pastes and wet powders to achieve a dried product with the desired characteristics.

Editorial: Have You Gotten Engaged?

July
2016
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, July 2016. A few years ago, CEP published a series of articles on social media and the chemical engineer by Career Corner columnist...

Special Section: Natural Gas (Full 27-Page Supplement)

August
2015
Special Section
Donald Anton, Jared Ciferno, Claudio Corgnale, Richard Dennis, Bruce Hardy, E Nicholas Jones, John Marano, Bryan Morreale, Todd W. Onderdonk, James Spivey, Martin Sulic, David Tamburello, Lynne D. Taschner, Shailesh Vora
Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges; Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook; Natural Gas: Electric Power; Natural Gas: Chemical Synthesis; Natural Gas: Transportation

Nanomaterials: What are the Environmental and Health Impacts?

December
2008
Critical Issues
Nastassja Lewinski
As with previous emerging technologies, there have been uncertainties and concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with nanotechnology. This article reviews some of the ongoing efforts to better understand and characterize...

CEP: Editorial - More Than a Spoonful of Sugar

March
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Many of us remember receiving our polio vaccine on a sugar cube. Indeed, that was the motivation behind A Spoonful of Sugar, a song from the classic Disney movie Mary Poppins. Walt Disney had instructed the Sherman brothers, Robert and Richard, to come up with a catchy song for the film. When Robert arrived at home, after working all day trying to come up with an idea, his wife told him that the children had gotten their polio vaccine that day. Thinking they had gotten a shot, he asked them if it hurt. His son answered that the medicine was put on a cube of sugar and he swallowed it. And so “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down was born.

Nanosensors: Evolution, Not Revolution...Yet

June
2008
News Feature
Suzanne A. Shelley
Promising nanotechnology-enabled sensors, monitoring devices and analytical instruments continue to advance toward commercialization for diverse industrial, environmental, medical and military applications— but hurdles remain.

New Products - July 2016

July
2016
New Products
Product Focus: This month’s topic Bioprocessing Vessel Handles High-Cell-Density Fermentations BioBLU 3f single-use vessels address the demands of high-cell-density fermentation by bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. Robust magnetic overhead drives with...

Safely Handle Powdered Solids

December
2005
Fluids and Solids Handling
Stanley S. Grossel, Russell Kahn, Daniel E. Silva, Robert Zalosh
Understand some of the accident scenarios that result in dust explosions, and follow these suggestions for preventing them.

Evaluating the Economics of Desalination

December
2002
Heat Transfer
Hisham M. Ettouney, Hisham T. El-Dessouky, Peter J. Gowin, Ron S. Faibish
This article presents an in-depth analysis of thermal and membrane desalination economics and outlines a simple procedure for calculating the unit product cost for various desalination processes.
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