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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.

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

How Viruses Hijack RNA to Hide in the Body

February 12, 2015
Ever wonder how some viruses, such as the common herpes virus, manage to hide in the body for years at a time, often going undetected? Viruses can lurk deep inside cells for years...

More ChE Manufacturing: Rebuilding the Body

October 3, 2012
Tissue engineering is potentially a new area of custom ChE-style manufacturing, illustrating how our approaches to manufacturing go beyond the popular view that manufacturing is...

July 2015 CEP Preview

July 6, 2015
In this issue, get tips for selecting sensors for your plant's safety instrumented system (SIS), a guide to mixing, some of the latest development in biological engineering, and...

Re-engineering Mosquitos to Fight Disease

January 16, 2013
Every year, there are over 50 million cases of dengue fever carried by mosquitos. Find out how one biotech company is seeking a solution to control the world's mosquito population...

Nanoparticle versus Cancer

February 22, 2011
Whenever cancer is discussed, a familiar phrase is often heard: the earlier it's caught, the better the chances of survival. Early detection is the next best thing to avoiding...

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

January 30, 2012
Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin , just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the "Oil Capitol of...

Celebrating The Science and Art of Beer

June 10, 2013
To craft the astounding variety of modern beers, today's chemical engineers integrate the age-old and practical with science and whole-system thinking.

Robots Help Assemble Anti-Microbial Compounds

June 3, 2015
Just last week we wrote about antibiotic resistance and new rapid testing , and this week comes more promising news about the development of new antimicrobial compounds. A story...

November 2010 CEP Preview

November 13, 2010
Stem cells are poised to transform medical treatments for a host of diseases and malignant conditions. Translating stem cell research into clinical therapies, disease models, and...

Cellular-Based Systems for Producing Alcohol

March 16, 2012
The current method for producing alcohol biofuels, in particular butanol, is through metabolic cellular processes. Clostridia species are used to produce butanol, but they are not...

Metabolic Engineering X

December 16, 2013
The Metabolic Engineering Conference is a leading conference for sharing the state-of-the-art developments and achievements made in the field of metabolic engineering over the...

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...
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