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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.

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
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.

Little Bio-Machinery to Solve Grand Challenges

January 3, 2017
As we approach ICBE 2017, which begins this weekend in San Diego, we look back at some of the exciting research that figured among 2016's highlights and look forward to the new...

New Products: January 2017

January
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Adsorbent Makes Use of Glass Waste The Green Glass Adsorbent Technology is made of recycled LCD-panel glass. This unique material adsorbs heavy metal ions from industrial wastewater, and then desorbs the ions so...

Graphene Detects Brain Cancer Cells

December 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used graphene to identify a single hyperactive cancerous brain cell, according to a report published this week. The...

Interview: Ann L. Lee of Genentech & Roche

November 15, 2016
The 2016 D.I.C. Wang Award Lecture for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering was presented to Ann L. Lee. Ann is the senior vice president of Gen entech, and global head of pharma...

Study Points to Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

December 30, 2016
Researchers at the University of Michigan have had a significant breakthrough in creating a customized therapeutic vaccine for treating colon and melanoma cancer tumors in mice...

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Books: December 2016

December
2016
Books
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly, William Morrow, New York, NY, $27.99, 368 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-0-062-36359-6 During the labor...

CEP: News Update

November
2016
News Update
Shapeshifting Material Unfolds with Time A new hydrogel material can change shape on its own schedule. Cobalt Gets a New Look for Fischer-Tropsch The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process converts synthesis gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen)...

Books: November 2013

November
2016
Books
The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-First Century Ryan Avent, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, $26.99, 288 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-1-250-07580-2 We are in the midst of an industrial revolution. Digital technology is...

Catalyzing Commercialization: DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for the Oil Industry

November
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The U.S. oil industry is trying to do more with less, as operators seek to maximize reservoir production during a period of low oil prices. Producers are looking for cost-effective technology advances that can give them a competitive advantage to maintain profitability. One such technology may come from an unlikely source: the Human Genome Project.

Leadership Q&A: Leading a Business from Startup to Scaleup

November
2016
Leadership Q&A
Genomatica, a bioengineering technology leader, has successfully grown past its startup phase and has established a presence in the chemical industry. It has raised over $100 million in financing, built partnerships with some of the largest global...

Technical Entity Trends: Optimize Production through Metabolic Engineering

November
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Metabolic engineering is an emerging research field that focuses on optimizing genetic and regulatory processes within cells to increase the cells’ production of a particular substance. Metabolic engineering techniques can be used to redirect...

2016 Annual Meeting Honors Ceremony Recap

November 14, 2016
The 2016 Institute and Board of Directors’ Award winners were given at the Honors Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. These are among AIChE’s most prestigious awards...

Best Innovations of 2010

January 6, 2011
Towards the end of the year, I typically read quite a few top 10, 20, or 50 lists of music, books, or movies. One list that I read, however, was more unique – Time Magazine’s “50...

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

July 18, 2012
German researchers unveiled to the public the world's lightest material, which they call Aerographite. The material weights just 0.2 mg per cubic centimeter, making it 75 times...

DNA Goes Digital

February 19, 2013
If our next leap in data storage is to a DNA-based system, chemical engineers and bioengineers will find themselves at the heart of computer science and tasked with preserving the...

September 2016 CEP Preview

September 14, 2016
This month, CEP features a Society of Biological Engineering supplement that delves into synthetic biology. The issue also takes a close look at drug-delivery nanoparticles, among...

LEGOs + DNA = FUN TIMES

October 6, 2010
Having just read an article in the New York Times on Dr. J. Craig Venter, I can’t stop thinking how cool synthetic biology is. Whether you are an engineer or a scientist, these...

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...

New Sensor Banishes Bad Beer

May 27, 2016
Researchers in Madrid have developed a polymer sensor that aims to spare drinkers from the taste of stale beer.

New Nanotechnology Helps Heal Heart Tissue

May 24, 2011
Researchers at Brown University have used carbon nanotubes to create a patch that can regenerate heart tissue in the lab, according to a report in Technology Review. The patch is...

Creating an Internet for Genomic Information

December 24, 2014
A group called the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (known as the Global Alliance ) wants to maximize the use of genetic data by creating a responsible way to share it with...

Engineers Develop Tattoo to Monitor Blood Alcohol

August 4, 2016
Not sure if you’ve had one too many? Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a small, flexible sensor that can answer that question. The sensor measures...

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...

Replacing Body Parts—NOVA Science Now

February 16, 2011
In this fantastic piece entitled Replacing Body Parts on PBS’s NOVA series, Neil deGrasse Tyson explores new research in the field of human organ transplantation. He notes that a...

Tattoos as Diagnostic Devices

August 15, 2011
There's not much sexy—let alone unobtrusive—about many of today's medical monitoring devices, given the many wires and electrodes that are often needed to collect data from a...

Stem-Cell Therapy Eye Treatment Proves Safe

January 26, 2012
Good news for stem-cell therapy: a paper reports that two subjects in a clinical trial have each safely received injections of embryonic stem cells into an eye.

New Kidney Transplant Method Uses Stem Cells

March 13, 2012
Applications for stem cells seem endless. These versatile cells can be used to study development and disease, and they also have the ability to replace damaged cells and treat...

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...

Termites: Homeowner Scourge or Biofuel Savior?

July 18, 2011
An unwanted house pest and suburban scourge, suddenly the termite has been accidentally and disasterously rehabilitated by science. Hyperbole? Termite control professionals don't...

Printing A Human Kidney

December 27, 2011
Atala, whose team developed the first lab-grown organ, explains how his lab's 3-D printing technology is used to create human organs. In addition to the bladder that was...
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