Chemicals & Materials

Advanced Catalysts for C2-C4 Selective Hydrogenation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
Availability of pure olefin monomers is a key step in the production of polymers. These olefins are mainly produced by steam crackers. KataLeuna...

Tutorial on Using Best Practices to Optimize DP Flow Measurements

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
DP Flow is the most frequently applied measurement technology. Uncover the value of re-engineering DP Flow measurement points to enable better...

CO2 Footprinting in the Chemical Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
This paper provides a brief global perspective to the GHG issue as it impacts the petrochemical industry and then focuses on the factors of...

Environmental Law and Regulation 101

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
This presentation will provide a summary of each of the primary environmental regulatory programs, including air, water, waste and emergency planning...

Turbomachinery for Mega-Ethylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Ethylene producers continue to search for ways to improve capital expenditure versus payback ratio and to reduce installation and maintenance costs...

Maintaining MPC Benefits for Years: No Myth

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
MPC software companies and their customers can sustain and increase the benefits from MPC solutions by forming effective maintenance strategies. This...

Process Gas Compressor Fouling & Washing Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Part A: The ethylene industry has been affected by the economic downturn. Plants have operated at low rates and have fed lighter feeds when possible...

Simulating a Typical Atmospheric Crude Distillation Unit Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Atmospheric Crude Columns are one of the most important pieces of equipment in the petroleum refining industry. Typically located after the Desalter...

KPI Controls for Major Refinery Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions are recognized as a process industry best practice and proven investment opportunity in many industries,...

New Technology Enhances Model Predictive Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
The standard way of testing a process causes the configuration and tuning of the PID control system for the process to be embedded in the model...

Progression of GHG Emissions Benchmarking

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
The efforts to measure, regulate, and control the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by the refining and petrochemicals industries have been in...

Cracked Gas Compressor / Turbine

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
The cracked gas compressor (CGC) is still the most critical unit in the entire ethylene production facility. Its energy demand and potential plant...

Carbon Capture and Storage - Can CCS Be a Viable Business?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been characterized as the technology that can jump start mitigation of greenhouse gases until new, less carbon...

Impact of Carbon Cap and Trade on Refinery Conservation Economics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
A program directed at the reduction of green house gas (GHG) emissions has been the object of increased focus in US public policy. This is evident by...

Magnetic Bearings in Turboexpander Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Magnetic bearings in turboexpander have become the standard for the installation in gas processing and ethylene plants; there are areas of the design...

Elements of Two-Stage Unicracking for Maximum Distillate Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Diesel fuel is projected to be one of the strongest market growth transportation fuels over the next ten years. Availability of more heavy and sour...

The Wonderful World of Carbon Nanotubes

Archived Webinar
Dec 17, 2009
The combination of remarkable mechanical properties and unique electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offers significant potential for...

Battery Design for Large Lithium and Zinc Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
A battery design is being evaluated which is particularly useful for larger battery applications such as in PHEV and electrical grid applications...

Titania Nanotube Supported Gold Photoanodes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) combine a photovoltaic device for light harvesting and an electrolyzer for water splitting into a single system...

Catalytic Deoxygenation of Free Fatty Acids Over Pd/C

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Introduction Environmental concerns and dwindling world petroleum reserves have generated great interest in producing transportation fuels from bio-...

Ethylene Plant Technology - Energy Consumption and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 4:00am
Recent upward trends in energy costs combined with focus on emissions of greenhouse gases has led both engineering design companies and operating...

New Technologies in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
In today’s competitive environment, development and implementation of new refining technology can differentiate one refining company from another...

LNG Safety - II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents advancements in LNG safety in LNG baseload and receiving terminals, LNG ships and other related areas. LNG Vapor Dispersion...

LNG Safety - I

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30am
This session presents advancements in LNG safety in LNG baseload and receiving terminals, LNG ships and other related areas. Please Note : LNG Safety...

Ethylene Plant Operations Paper Session

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:00am
This session is part of the (2009) 21st Ethylene Producers Conference, which is the premier annual event where those involved in the industry can...

LNG Equipment - II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents advancements in LNG equipment in heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, tubines, electrical systems, control, etc. Please Note :...

LNG Equipment - I

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:30am
This session presents advancements in LNG equipment in heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, tubines, electrical systems, control, etc. Please Note :...

Ethylene Plant Maintenance and Reliability Session

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:00am
Fluctuating product demand, along with feedstock and energy prices, has resulted in a challenging environment for operators of Olefin producing...

LNG Regasification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents papers on the advances in LNG receiving terminals and regasfication facilities in vaporiztion technology etc. Please Note : LNG...

100 Years of Advancement in Fuels and Petrochemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:20am
The technology of petroleum refining will be compared as it was in 1908 with it is in 2008, a period of time that can be designated as the “petroleum...

Design and Process Control Issues In Nanomanufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 7:00pm
This presentation will raise awareness of some key process issues involved in answering the following primary question: in manufacturing products...

CEP: Material Matters - Preparing for Failure: A Top Ten List

January
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson, Robert McTamaney
The Materials Technology Institute’s (MTI) recent Refiners Roundtable meeting included discussions on (among other topics) internal investigations into causes of significant failures and ways to improve process safety. Here are the top ten things your company should be doing.

CEP: News Update

December
2014
News Update
Fossil Fuels Inspire Clean-Hydrogen Catalyst; Organic Solar Cells Heat Up; Biomass Waste Gets Upgraded; New Technique Puts Catalysts on the Right Track; and more.

CEP: News Update

November
2014
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: Where is the Class of 2014?; Producing More Ethanol with Less-Sensitive Microbes; Stretchable Patch Provides First-Class Health Monitoring; New Drug Capsule Takes the Ouch Out of Injections; Hybrid Device Combines a Solar Cell and a Battery.

CEP: News Update

October
2014
News Update
Tiny Assembly Line Builds Organic Molecules One Side Group at a Time; Engineered Microbes Synthesize Bio-Propane; Buckyballs Boost Organic Solar Cell Efficiency; Masquerade Ball: Squid Skin Inspires a New Material; A Microbial Approach to Pain Management; Phase Change: Liquid Battery for Grid-Scale Storage; and more.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization: Producing Tailor-Made Polymers at the Commercial Scale

October
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
Today’s modern lifestyle demands highly functional products — from water-wicking fabrics and age-defying beauty products to patient-specific medicines and high-tech electronics — many of which rely on polymers. In turn, to meet these demands, manufacturers are asking for the ability to design and produce polymers with precise control over composition and architecture. Such sophisticated control, however, is not possible with the dominant incumbent technology, free-radical polymerization. Thanks to a process developed by Carnegie Mellon Univ. spin-out ATRP Solutions, creating the perfect polymer with exactly the right composition, size, and shape just got much easier.

CEP: Material Matters - Managing Aging Plants

October
2014
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
Many industrial plants currently operating around the world have already surpassed their design life expectancies. Despite the challenges they face, such as corrosion and new regulations, these operations continue to be productive. To maintain the status quo and continue operation, plant managers need to keep a watchful eye on every aspect of the facility, from inspection and maintenance programs to the bottom line. Of course, plant safety and the environment, both of which can rise to the top of an aging plant’s list of concerns, are always on their minds.

CEP: News Update

September
2014
News Update
The Science Behind the Breakthrough Ebola Treatment; Polymers Crystallize into Zeolite-Like Structures; Magnetic Attraction: New Material Guides Fluid Flow; MoS2 Pushes Graphene Aside for Fast DNA Sequencing; and more.

CEP: News Update

August
2014
News Update
New Materials Combine Ultralight Weight with Ultrahigh Strength; A Breakthrough for Redox Flow Batteries; Carbon Nanotubes Catalyze Inexpensive Hydrogen; Diabetes Microchip Is as Good as Gold; and more.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - An Inverse Approach to Materials Discovery and Design

August
2014
Journal Highlight
The success of many emerging technologies hinges on the discovery of new materials that exhibit a combination of desired properties. Identification, synthesis, and fabrication of suitable materials for these applications remain challenging, relying on resource-intensive exploratory science. A better approach might be to begin with the target macroscopic properties in mind and then systematically narrow the list of possible material precursors and synthetic methods through an optimization technique.

Manage Raw Material Supply Risks

September
2014
Critical Issues
Stephen Hung, Anthony Y. Ku
Some materials are more vulnerable to supply disruptions than others. Identify these materials and implement strategies to address challenges related to them.

CEP: News Update

July
2014
News Update
Nanoparticles Detect Sulfur Content in Crude Oil; Putting Waste Heat to Work; New Process Prints Personalized Drugs; EPA to Cut CO2 from Power Plants; Microbes Convert Biodiesel Waste into Valuable Chemicals

CEP: News Update

October
2013
News Update
Crunching the Numbers on Grid-Scale Storage; Microbes Convert Waste into Electricity; Solar Cells Make the Right Connection; Engineered Tissue Mingles with Blood Vessels; and more.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Zeolites Lose a Dimension but Gain in Performance

July
2014
Journal Highlight
Zeolites are widely used in the chemical process industries as catalysts and adsorbents. While the unique pore structure of zeolites is beneficial, many long-standing challenges in catalysis, adsorption, and membrane separations, as well as in nontraditional applications in energy storage and electronic and optical materials, cannot be met with the currently available porous materials.

CEP: Material Matters - Understanding Polymer Weld Morphologies

July
2014
Material Matters
Heather Stine
Polymer and polymer-lined equipment has become more common in the chemical process industries (CPI) due to its cost-effective corrosion resistance in severe chemical service. Fluoropolymer-lined steel, high-density polyethylene (HDPE)-lined steel, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are examples of materials used for tanks, vessels, and other CPI equipment. Economic considerations demand that the life of this equipment be extended as long as is safely possible.

CEP: News Update

June
2014
News Update
Plastics with a Circulatory System for Regeneration; A Smart Hydrogel Never Overstays its Welcome; Nanoparticle Drugs Deliver 1-2-3 Punch; and more

CEP: News Update

May
2014
News Update
Stick-On Health Tracker Twists, Stretches, and Bends; No Corn Needed: Ethanol Is Produced from CO; Engineered Bacteria Turn Switchgrass into Jet Fuel; Reversing Evolution Promises Cheaper Pharmaceuticals; and more.

Develop a Strategy for Material Selection

May
2014
Fluids and Solids Handling
Margaret W. Hunt
Although corrosion resistance is of paramount importance, many factors must be considered when selecting materials of construction. Follow this four-step process to identify the appropriate material for your application.

CEP: News Update

April
2014
News Update
How Well Are We Preparing ChE Students for Industry?; Climate FAQs: Science Academies Answer 20 Questions; Electronic Shrink Wrap Conforms to a Beating Heart; Biomass and Sunlight Cooperate to Produce Electricity; and more.

CEP: News Update

March
2014
News Update
Silicon Anode Gets a Fruity Makeover; New Anode Provides a Home for Plus-Sized Na+ Ions; A Flicker of Hope for Nonflammable Li-Ion Batteries; Bio-Inspired Glass Is Bendable; and more.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Zero-Emissions Magnesium Process Debuts

March
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
A process designed to lower the cost of magnesium metal, making it competitive with aluminum, has been an industry goal for over a century. Although magnesium metal makes up millions of today’s lightweight cell phone and laptop cases, its persistently high cost (twice that of aluminum today) has impeded broad, high-volume use in other areas, including the automobile industry. This could soon change, thanks to researchers at INFINIUM, based in Natick, MA, who have developed a low-cost, energy-efficient, zero-emissions process for making this lightweight, strong metal.

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
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.

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.

CEP: News Update

January
2014
News Update
Harmless Virus Helps Assemble Li-O2 Cathode for Batteries; A Sticky Solution for Tissue Engineering; Biopatch Catalyzes Bone Regeneration; Shape-Shifting Material Heats Up; and more

CEP: News Update

December
2013
News Update
Made-to-Order Materials Move Forward; 3D Photonic Crystal Stands Up to the Heat; Battery Electrode Acquires Self-Healing Power; GHG Emissions Decline as Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas; and more.
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