Biological Engineering


Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)

SBE is a global technological community that promotes the integration of engineering with biology and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. SBE provides opportunities for interaction of engineers and scientists, develops products and services bring value to the broad biological engineering community, and infuses awareness of biological engineering among all functions and activities of AIChE.

Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP)

The Forest Bioproducts Division promotes knowledge sharing and networking on topics dealing with products obtained from forest resources and other lignocellulosic materials.

Metabolic Engineering Summit

December 1-2, 2015
The Metabolic Engineering Summit is chaired by George Chen, Tsinghua University. It will focus on embodying synthetic biology for the development of sustainable bioprocesses.

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-13, 2015
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.

VLS: Great Inventions That Changed The World

Archived Webinar
Mar 28, 2013
You will not only learn about inventions and inventors, but also the impact they have had on our lives and the society and environment in which we...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biological water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa...

CEP: News Update

News Update
Copper Catalysts Turn Fluegas into Methanol, Vascular Graft Coating Stops Blood Clots in their Tracks, Coal-to-Liquids Process Gets Cleaned Up, Reagent-Filled Capsules Give the Boot to Glove Boxes, and more.

Polymer Nanotubes that Resemble Nerve Structures

August 26, 2015
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve and are capable of transmitting electrical impulses...

CEP: News Update

News Update
Sponge-Like Catalyst Makes Bioplastic Cheaper and Greener; LED Combines Optoelectronic Powerhouses; New Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen; Algal Fuel Gets a Boost; and more.

John Kanzius Water Fuel Cell – What Happened?

June 30, 2010
John Kanzius was an inventor researching a treatment for cancer, his own cancer. Before his death of pneumonia in February of 2009, he made a discovery related to saltwater and...

Meet Your Microbes

July 24, 2012
Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes -- both the pathogens that make us sick and the "good" microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

The SBE Web-Lab Initiative

October 25, 2010
Imagine the traditional laboratory setting in an undergraduate engineering class. Now imagine the ability to remotely operate and manipulate lab equipment housed miles away in a...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor [On Location]

November 11, 2013
A new approach to address the problems of the large land area required for cultivation, culture contamination and the difficult and costly dewatering of the harvested cells in...

Souping-Up Bio-Waste into Supercapacitors

September 19, 2014
Mitlin converted industrial hemp waste into a graphene-like nanomaterial for a fraction of the cost - $500 a ton - and it actually outperformed graphene.

Degrees that work: Nanotechnology [Video]

March 3, 2010
The nanotechnology episode helps to define a technology that uses knowledge of atoms and molecules to enhance modern life through product development and medical research. The 30-...

Juice Up Your Electronics, Literally

August 30, 2010
Imagine you're on a backpacking trip high atop the Sierra Nevadas. You were dying to test out your amateur photography skills but in the rush of getting ready for the trip, you...

Google Science Fair 2012

January 31, 2012
Google is inviting students aged 13-18 to put their inquisitive nature to the test and pose their most pressing questions about the world around them and answer them with a...

Sustainability in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals

August 30, 2012
This meeting will bring together thought-leaders from the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The meeting's goal is to allow engineers in these industries to assess...

An Ancient Material Finds New Uses in Nano Age

May 13, 2011
Silk worms dine on their staple of mulberry leaves For centuries caravans crisscrossed the Middle East and snaked through China in the pursuit of silk and its wondrous qualities...

Buckeyballs Found in Space by NASA Telescope

July 23, 2010
Buckeyballs are soccer-ball shaped carbon molecules that were first observed in in a laboratory 25 years ago. NASA reports that these elusive carbon molecules were spotted in...

SBE Conference on Electrofuels Research

August 3, 2011
SBE's Conference on Electrofuels Research will bring together the nation's key players in energy innovation: engineers, scientists, venture capital investors, technology...

Is Sugar the New Oil? BASF May Think So

January 12, 2012
Renmatix , a small cellulosic sugar startup that says it can produce sugar from non-food biomass for the same price as making it from sugarcane, just received a $50 million...

Major Genome Facility Opening in Manhattan

July 25, 2012
Construction starts this month on the The New York Genome Center (NYGC) which aims to be the largest research center of its kind in North America. First on its list of major...

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

April 7, 2014
Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was...

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest...

The Heart Beats Again?

February 21, 2012
Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles just peeled back some of the mystery shrouding the heart to prove the potential for stem cell use in repairing heart...

November 2013 CEP Preview

November 12, 2013
This month, a special supplement on biochemical engineering with a focus on the work of D. I. C. Wang, founder of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE).

Systems Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

March 19, 2010
Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led the team that engineered E. coli to produce PLA. They developed a one-stage process...

Researchers Grow Living Tissue in Lab

June 11, 2011
NPR's Science Friday recently reported about researchers at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center who are growing living tissue in the lab. Using existing tissue from lab animals...

First the Google Glass, and Now Google Contacts?

January 21, 2014
Unlike the Google Glass, Google's contact lens should not be scary to anyone. Developed as a blood glucose monitoring device, millions of diabetics could benefit from the lens.
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