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Chile’s Mining and Chemicals Industries

June
2014
Global Outlook
Luis A. Cisternas, Edelmira D. Gálvez
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.

CEP: News Update

April
2015
News Update
Chameleon-Like Material Changes Color On Demand; New Genes for an Old Microbe Make Statins Cheaper; A Sweet Approach to Breaking Down Cellulose; New Catalyst Pushes Lignin Up on the Value Chain; and more.

CEP: Profile - Tal Golesworthy: Engineering a Stronger Heart

April
2015
Profile
Tal Golesworthy has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that weakens connective tissues throughout the body. When he learned he would need surgery to completely replace his aorta, he used engineering principles to develop a less-invasive device to strengthen the aorta — and then convinced surgeons to implant the device in his heart.

My Steam Trap Is Good — Why Doesn’t It Work?

April
2015
Heat Transfer
James R. Risko
Even a relatively new steam trap in seemingly good condition can fail if it is applied incorrectly. Here’s how to recognize and avoid situations that can lead to a failure.

Singapore: An Emerging Leader in Biomedical Sciences

October
2007
SBE Special Section
Niki S. C. Wong, Miranda G. S. Yap
With a heavy investment in biomedical research— particularly the $330 million to build Biopolis in 2003— Singapore is seeing the fruits of its labor blossom.

Argentina's Chemicals Industry: Challenges and Opportunites

February
2014
Global Outlook
Claudio Delpino, M. Soledad Diaz
Boosted by domestic and international companies, Argentina’s chemicals industry continues to grow as demand for its products increases— even in the face of challenges posed by feedstock availability and the need for increased investment.

Italy's Chemicals Industries

April
2014
Global Outlook
Simone Colombo
Italy’s many small and medium-sized chemical companies are crucibles of innovation, whose exports have helped the country to establish a strong presence in the global chemicals market.

CEP: Calendars

March
2015
Calendars
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AIChE Journal Highlight - Red Blood Cells Disguise Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

March
2015
Journal Highlight
Nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with therapeutics provide a way to target the delivery of drugs to specific locations in the body. When injected intravenously, however, nanoparticles are often recognized by the immune system and rapidly cleared from the body. Efforts to extend their residence time in vivo have focused on modifying particle surfaces to evade the body’s natural defenses. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is currently the gold standard for such nanoparticle stealth coating, but the recent observation of an anti-PEG immunological response has spurred the search for improvements. To address this challenge, researchers have looked to nature, which has created the ideal drug-delivery vehicle — red blood cells (RBCs).

CEP: News Update

March
2015
News Update
Cheap and Abundant Potassium Outperforms Precious Metal Catalyst; Engineering Bioethanol without the Food Gap; Supercomputers Identify Optimal Zeolites; Synthetic Biology Pushes Gene Therapy Forward; and more.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Details Matter in Process Safety

March
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Whatever your job — operations, maintenance, supervision, engineering, management — pay attention to the details in your work. There are no unimportant details in process safety. You never know which apparently minor detail can initiate a major event, so you have to pay attention to all of them.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Chemical Engineers Advance Molecular Simulation

February
2015
Journal Highlight
In the February AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Recent Advances in Molecular Simulation: A Chemical Engineering Perspective,” Jeremy Palmer of the Univ. of Houston and Pablo Debenedetti of Princeton Univ. discuss the state of molecular simulation, challenges that need to be addressed, and contributions made by chemical engineers to expand the use of molecular simulation.

CEP: Calendars

February
2015
Calendars
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CEP: News Update

February
2015
News Update
Pop-Up Method Transforms 2D Materials into 3D Objects; Digging in the Dirt Uncovers a New Antibiotic; Algorithm Predicts Bacteria Countermoves; An Organic Approach to Controlled Polymerization; and more.

Modeling Chemical Reactors

February
2015
Reactions and Separations
Ed Fontes
Models can be used to describe chemical reactors to help solve problems and optimize processes, while saving time, money, and resources.

Measure Viscosity Effectively

February
2015
Instrumentation
Robert McGregor
Knowledge of a material’s rheological behavior can be of value for research and development, process design, and quality control. This article provides a foundation for understanding viscosity measurement.

CEP: Institute News

February
2015
Institute News
AIChE Elects New Fellows; Minority Affairs Committee Turns 25; AIChE Recommendations for Establishing Process Safety Investigation Boards

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Who Are All These People?

February
2015
Process Safety Beacon
In many serious events, there may have been more people in the area than were needed to do or monitor the job. Too many people in the area, whether the control room or the plant, can be a distraction, causing bad decisions that could lead to serious...

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Self-Assembled Nanofibers Sniff Out Explosives

February
2015
Catalyzing Commercialization
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are not just a threat to military troops but to civilians as well. Thwarting these attacks will require many measures, one of which is improved screening technologies. Vaporsens, a Univ. of Utah spin-off company, is developing a sensor that could meet the need for a portable, inexpensive explosives-screening device.

CEP: Institute News

January
2015
Institute News
President’s Corner; AIChE Gala Salutes Corporate Leaders for Promoting Diversity in Engineering; AIChE Partners on Engineering and Technology History Wiki; Institute and Board Award Nominations Due Feb. 15; Annual Meeting Highlights

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Chemical Looping Comes of Age

January
2015
Journal Highlight
Increasing efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions and a changing portfolio of energy sources as a result of shale gas production are driving the development of new process technologies for the production of energy and chemicals. One such...

CEP: News Update

January
2015
News Update
U.S. Chemicals Remain Bright Spot in the Global Economy; Hot Off the Press: Rewritable Paper; Greening Rare Earth Elements; and more

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - What Is the Process Risk?

January
2015
Process Safety Beacon
The worst process incident that can happen in your plant may not be the same as the highest process risk. Risk is a combination of how likely an incident is and how bad the consequences could be. The process incident in your plant with the worst consequences may be very unlikely to occur. Other less-severe incidents may be more likely, making the risk of these events higher than the incident with the worst consequences. You should be aware of all process risks in your plant, and your role in managing all of them.

CEP: Material Matters - Preparing for Failure: A Top Ten List

January
2015
Material Matters
Robert McTamaney, Kirk Richardson
The Materials Technology Institute’s (MTI) recent Refiners Roundtable meeting included discussions on (among other topics) internal investigations into causes of significant failures and ways to improve process safety. Here are the top ten things your company should be doing.

CEP: Calendars

January
2015
Calendars
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CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Solving Wicked Sustainability Problems Requires a New Approach

December
2014
Journal Highlight
The challenges facing the world today — including climate change, resource scarcity, food security, water access, and energy demand — are fundamentally different than those of the past. These sustainability issues can be thought of as “wicked” problems — a concept that originated in the 1970s to describe the difficult challenges facing urban planners at the time and that has now spread to other areas, including engineering. In contrast with so-called tame problems, which can be solved by traditional linear, analytical approaches, wicked problems are much more intractable and very difficult to solve.

CEP: Institute News

December
2014
Institute News
President’s Corner: Strengthening AIChE For Growth; New Fellows; Divisions and Forums Present Awards; and more.

CEP: Profile - Perry Romanowski: Formulating Cosmetics and Educating Millions

December
2014
Profile
A round of applause welcomes Rachael Ray’s next guest, a cosmetic chemist and full-time beauty blogger, who immediately launches into a detailed explanation of the science behind an unfortunate truth: Yes, you can get hooked on lip balm. In the span of four minutes, Perry Romanowski also highlights the most common shampoo formulations, explains why you shouldn’t apply body lotions to your face, and debunks one of the biggest cosmetic myths:

CEP: Calendars

December
2014
Calendars
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CEP: News Update

December
2014
News Update
Fossil Fuels Inspire Clean-Hydrogen Catalyst; Organic Solar Cells Heat Up; Biomass Waste Gets Upgraded; New Technique Puts Catalysts on the Right Track; and more.

Account for Uncertainty with Robust Control Design - Part 2

December
2014
Instrumentation
Sachi Dash, Rakesh Joshi, J. Ward MacArthur, Konstantinos Tsakalis
Robust control can be applied to design controllers that can handle process uncertainty. Learn how to use identification experiments to obtain estimates of this uncertainty.

Biomass as a Sustainable Energy Source for the Future: Fundamentals of Conversion Processes

November, 2014
Through contributions from leading experts in diverse field, this book features the latest biomass characterization techniques, biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes, the development of integrated biorefineries, and how to mitigate the environmental risks associated with using biomass for fuel. It includes examples, problems and projects which make it suitable for undergraduate and graduate education as well.

CEP: Institute News

November
2014
Institute News
Institute and Board of Directors’ Awards; Chemical Engineers and Chemical Weapons Demilitarization; Kadri is New CCPS Executive Directro; Evonik Sponsors Founders Award; Belfort is Elected Chair of SBE.

CEP: News Update

November
2014
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: Where is the Class of 2014?; Producing More Ethanol with Less-Sensitive Microbes; Stretchable Patch Provides First-Class Health Monitoring; New Drug Capsule Takes the Ouch Out of Injections; Hybrid Device Combines a Solar Cell and a Battery.

CEP: Institute News

October
2014
Institute News
New Fellows; Awards; AIChE Foundation News;Member News

CEP: Calendars

November
2014
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar; AIChE Education Calendar; Webinars;

Account for Uncertainty with Robust Control Design - Part 1

November
2014
Instrumentation
Sachi Dash, Rakesh Joshi, J. Ward MacArthur, Konstantinos Tsakalis
The dynamic behavior of your process can never be modeled perfectly. However, process controllers can be designed to handle this so-called uncertainty.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Bhopal – The Worst Industrial Disaster in History

December
2014
Process Safety Beacon
Thirty years ago — just after midnight on Dec. 3, 1984 — a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, released approximately 40 tons of highly toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) into the atmosphere. There were thousands of fatalities, hundreds of thousands of injuries, as well as long term health, environmental, and economic impacts. This incident is widely considered to be the worst industrial disaster in history.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - An LPG Tragedy

November
2014
Process Safety Beacon
At about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 1984, there was a major fire and a series of explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and distribution terminal at San Juan Ixhuatepec, Mexico City, Mexico. There were over 500 fatalities, about 7,000 injuries, 200,000 people were evacuated, and the terminal was destroyed. The blasts were recorded on a seismometer 20 km (12.4 miles) away. Most of the injuries and fatalities were in the surrounding community — people were living as close as 130 m (425 ft) from the terminal. The cause of the accident could not be definitively established because of the destruction of the facilities and absence of witness reports.
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