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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.

Engineering Complex Phenotypes in Industrial Strains

November, 2012
This book explains current trends and developments in engineering biocatalysts for the production of bulk chemical and biofuels from renewable biomass. The authors guide readers through the engineering of the complex traits and phenotypes needed for particular biocatalysts and bioprocesses.

Biofuels: Metrics and Challenges

AIChE Webinar
Aug 22, 2012
Learn about the critical economic, environmental and social issues that will impact a biofuels project along with the technical programs that could...

Cybernetic Approach to Metabolic Modeling

SBE Webinar
Mar 10, 2011
Cybernetic modeling has evolved for well over two decades. This seminar seeks to: (i) introduce its basic tenets, (ii) expound its relationship to...

Cell Therapy Bioprocessing

SBE Webinar
Feb 8, 2011
As cellular therapies are advancing through clinical development and getting closer to market, close collaborations between stem cell biologists,...

Modular Biocatalysis

SBE Webinar
Jun 29, 2010
Modularity is a highly sought after feature in engineering design. A modular catalyst is a multi-component system whose parts can be predictably...

Systems Metabolic Engineering

SBE Webinar
Apr 22, 2010
As our concerns on global warming and other environmental problems are increasing, there has been much interest in developing sustainable system for...

Industrial Systems Biology

SBE Webinar
Aug 25, 2009
Cell factories are used extensively to produce many specific molecules used as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, fuels, materials and food ingredients...

CEP: News Update

November
2012
News Update
Magic Act: Electronics Disappear into their Surroundings; New Material Boasts World-Record Efficiency; Brain Cancer Studies Point to a Bio-Based Route to Nylon; Nickel Misbehaves in Li-ion Batteries, Solar Energy Gets Mixed Up

ONE-STEP FERMENTATIVE PRODUCTION OF POLYLACTIC ACID

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Min Kyung Kim , Sang Yup Lee, Si Jae Park
The use of PLA has been hindered by its complex and expensive synthesis process. A new technology promises to change this — giving PLA a chance to compete with fossil-based plastics.

Bio-Based Materials in the New Bio Economy

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Amar Mohanty, Manjusri Misra, Murali M. Reddy
Biological feedstocks are expected to gradually replace some fossil-based raw materials to create eco-friendly products, from car parts and packaging materials to electronic devices and other consumer goods - laying the foundation for a reduced-carbon economy.

CEP: News Update

October
2012
News Update
New Battery Takes Charge of its Power; Nanomaterial Reversibly Stores Hydrogen; Nanoparticles Sneak Past the Brain’s Armor ; and more

SYNTHETIC SPIDER SILK PROTEINS AND THREADS

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Axel H. Leimer, Lin Römer, Nathalie Mougin, Ute Slotta
E. coli can be genetically engineered to mimic the complex natural process by which a spider makes the proteins that it uses to spin the fibers for its web. With additional processing, fibers with properties similar to those of natural spider silk...

RHEOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF BIO-BASED MATERIALS

May
2012
SBE Special Section
D. Bhopatkar, O.H. Campanella, P.H.S. Santos
Experimental and analytical tools combined with computational studies can be used to design new bio-based materials tailored for specific applications.

CEP: News Update

September
2012
News Update
Slippery Surface Is Too Slick for Bacterial Films; New Materials Put the Brakes on Infection; ITO Flexes Its Muscles; Control Wrinkles with this Simple Method; and more

The Other Bio: Chemicals and Materials

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Miriam Cortes­ Caminero
Just in case you haven’t noticed, a new wave of biotechnology is underway. Over the last three decades, we have seen biological technologies used in therapeutics and agriculture. More recently, we have seen the use of biotechnology for industrial purposes.

CEP: Profile - Engineering Flavors and Bridging Cultures

August
2012
Profile
As the winner of a February 2012 episode of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Winnette McIntosh Ambrose, a National Institute of Health scientist specializing in vision research, demonstrated that inspired chemical engineers can succeed in any realm — when they bring the right ingredients to the mix.

Bio-Based Materials Step into the Operating Room

September
2012
On The Horizon
Sujata K. Bhatia, M.D., P.E.
A new class of implantable medical materials — constructed from naturally derived and renewably sourced polymers — is poised to transform clinical medicine.

Pyrolytic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 18, 2011
Pyrolysis is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous materials in the absence of molecular oxygen to liquids, solids and gases. In the most general...

Realizing the Potential of Advanced Biofuels

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 18, 2011
Advanced biofuels or drop-in fuels is the terminology used to refer to hydrocarbon fuels that are direct replacements or supplements for existing...
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