Chemicals & Materials

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 13-18, 2016
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.

Purifying Water in Developing Countries

Archived Webinar
Sep 21, 2016
Engineers know how to produce safe drinking water, but transferring it to those in need is another story. In this webinar, Dr. Velegol discusses her...

Advancing Base Metal Catalysis in Pharma

Archived Webinar
Sep 7, 2016
Involved in metal catalysis in the pharmaceutical industry? Relying on precious metal catalysts? This webinar is for you. In 60 minutes, this webinar...

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

September 19, 2012
This post is the first in a series of 12 posts about who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland looks at trends, considers the...

Nanoparticles Help Direct Radiotherapy to Tumors

May 20, 2015
Radiotherapy is a strong tool in fighting cancer, but one great downside is that it affects both healthy and cancerous cells. Focusing radiotherapy on just tumors is the goal of...

Chemical Companies Lauded for Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2011
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2010. Together, these improvements saved 14.8...

Composite Materials from Natural Coconut Fibers

April 16, 2012
During the poster session at the Spring Meeting in Houston, we spoke with Ryan Vano of Natural Composites Inc. He shared with us his company's work with coconut fibers and the...

Degrees That Work: Plastics [Video]

March 3, 2010
Plastics touch every aspect of life. Without plastics, much of what we depend on daily at work and home would disappear. Despite its prevalence, the moldable material doesn't...

Bioplastics Exhibit Anti-bacterial Properties

March 31, 2015
A recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences founds that bioplastics may have a place in medical applications thanks to the antibacterial...

Catalyst Opens Doors to New Bio-Based Plastics

December 14, 2015
Plastics manufacturers largely rely on crude oil to create isobutene in the production of plastics, but researchers at Washington State University have developed a catalyst to...

What Stinks?!

October 4, 2010
I had my first run-in with a stink bug yesterday. It was terrifying. It had infiltrated my vehicle and launched an overhead attack as I began driving. I took a hit in the noggin...

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

April 4, 2014
Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The...

New Recyclable Bioplastic Outperforms ABS

March 28, 2016
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have devised a new plastic that is made with 50 percent renewable content from biomass. The new...

Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Cautionary Tale

February 12, 2016
Months of chaos, fear, and the smell of rotten eggs came to an end at Porter Ranch in Los Angeles on Thursday, once crews digging a relief well finally pierced the deep,...

Introduction to Ammonia Production

September
2016
Back To Basics
Venkat Pattabathula, Jim Richardson
Ammonia is critical in the manufacturing of fertilizers, and is one of the largest-volume synthetic chemicals produced in the world. This article explores the evolution of ammonia production and describes the current manufacturing technologies.

Would you Wear Spray-On Clothes? [Video + Poll]

July 25, 2011
Spanish designer Manel Torres worked closely with Professor Paul Luckham , Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in London to create the world's first Spray-on...

Closing the Lifecycle Loop on Critical Materials

November 5, 2012
The U.S. is highly dependent on foreign countries for rare earth elements (REEs) and strategic and critical materials (S&CMs). Dr. Tedd Lister and Dr. Eric Peterson of the...

New Work Boosts LIthium-Ion Battery Performance

August 24, 2016
Researchers at Kansas State University and Catalyst Power Technologies Inc. have recently received a patent that promises higher efficiency for lithium-ion batteries. The...

A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

May 21, 2012
Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

November 2014 CEP Preview

November 14, 2014
Back to Basics: Introduction to Fluidization Fluidized beds offer excellent heat transfer, and have the unique ability to move a wide range of solid particles in a fluid-like...

Talk About Rock Stars

April 15, 2010
George Whitesides We usually think of rock stars in the world of music. However, other fields have their own equivalent. And on Wednesday evening, April 7th, I had the wonderful...

Self-Cleaning Buildings

September 19, 2011
As society continues to evolve and it becomes more of struggle to find spare time to do daily chores like cooking and cleaning, wouldn't it be nice if things simply cleaned...

DOE Lab Opens Access to New Materials Database

April 8, 2015
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has just given materials science an enormous gift that is expected to help researchers...
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