Chemicals & Materials

March 2016 CEP Preview

March 16, 2016
This month, CEP looks at big data analytics in a special section, as well as covering PID for process engineers and aerobic fermenter optimization.

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,...

Material Matters: Predicting High-Temperature Hydrogen Attack

January
2016
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
During a nonroutine maintenance operation at the Tesoro petroleum refinery in Anacortes, WA, on April 2, 2010, a nearly 40-year-old heat exchanger located in a naphtha hydrotreater unit catastrophically failed. An explosion and intense fire killed...

Bioreactor Design for Chemical Engineers

August
2011
Back To Basics
Gregory T. Benz
Fermentation processes are based on chemical engineering principles. Understand these concepts to achieve optimal bioreactor design.

Toxicology 101

November
2015
Back To Basics
Christin Grabinski
Every substance can be toxic, depending on the dose and frequency of exposure. This article outlines the basics of toxicology and explores where the research in this field is heading.

CNG Cars May Soon Have a Smart New Alternative

December 8, 2015
Jeffery Long, professor of chemistry and chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have devised a space-efficient natural-gas...

Nanotechnology: A Guide to Nano-Objects

May
2011
On The Horizon
Sravani Gullapalli, Michael Wong
Rapid change in the field of nanotechnology can make it hard to keep track of the latest nanomaterial developments. Here's a primer on the most common shapes, sizes, and compositions of nano-objects.

SBE Update

July
2009
SBE Special Section
June Wispelwey
Improving Biopharmaceutical Development

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...

New Products: December 2015

December
2015
New Products
Instrumentation Temperature Transmitters Feature Dual Sensor Inputs The THZ 3 and TDZ 3 two-wire (loop-powered) temperature transmitters provide an isolated and linear 4–20-mA output proportional to input. They can be configured quickly and easily...

Graphene Marches Down a Long Road to Commercialization

April
2013
News Feature
Michelle Bryner
With so much graphene research underway, it can be hard to keep track of the progress, as well as to evaluate the commercial viability of such developments. Here’s a look at what scientists and engineers are doing and saying about graphene.

November 2015 CEP Preview

November 16, 2015
This month, CEP's cover feature is liquid-liquid extraction, and members and non-members alike can read the full article online. See the preview for more about this month's issue.

Making Plastics: From Monomer to Polymer

September
2015
Back To Basics
Pete Sharpe
Versatility, ease of manufacture, and relatively low cost make plastics some of the most useful materials for a wide range of applications. This article explains the chemistry and production processes behind two of the most popular plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene.

Material Matters: Robots Enhance Inspection

October
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
On July 4, 1997, the Mars Pathfinder delivered a six-wheel rover, named Sojourner, to the red planet to explore the terrain and demonstrate the feasibility of low-cost landings on the Martian surface. NASA completed that successful mission with...

September 2015 CEP Preview

September 8, 2015
HEAT TRANSFER Cool Down with Liquid Nitrogen Many low-temperature processes leverage nitrogen's cooling and freezing capabilities. Find out what methods are used in what...

The Future of Glass

November 8, 2011
The engineers and scientists at Corning envision a brilliant future with extraordinary uses for glass, and some may surprise you. Check out the video at right and read the...

Will Graphene's Promises Pan Out?

May 23, 2011
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001) (Nathan Guisinger, EMMD Group). Researchers,...

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...

Rare Earth Elements: Vital and in High Demand

January 9, 2013
It's not so much that the rare earth metals (also known as the lanthanides) are rare; there is actually a relative abundance of them. The real issue is that it's difficult to find...

Nanotechnology Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger

February 19, 2015
"Stronger than steel" has just taken on a new meaning, thanks to the work of a Seattle-based company called Modumetal. The company's process relies on a type of advanced...

New Technique for Deriving Lithium from Seawater

June 10, 2015
Reliance on lithium for energy storage is only increasing, meanwhile available resources, the cost of extraction processes, and the limited number of firms worldwide that dominate...

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...

2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Dan Shechtman

October 6, 2011
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science has awarded Dan Shechtman of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel , the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of...

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Home Battery Storage

May 5, 2015
After dropping hints about a new product launch for months, when CEO Elon Musk walked on stage at the Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, he faced a revved-up crowd of...

Why Is Erbium So Important to the Internet?

March 29, 2012
What makes erbium so important for websites like YouTube and ChEnected? The professor goggles up to explore this silvery white element and its applications as he continues his...

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...
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