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Institute for Sustainability (IfS)

IfS is an umbrella organization encompassing a broad spectrum of activities related to sustainability. It has three sub-entities: the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF), the Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), and the Youth Council on Sustainability Science and Technology (YCOSST). It also provides oversight to the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm).

Environmental Division (ENV)

The ENV division provides relevant programs on current environmental topics and non-confidential information concerning all aspects of environmental activity. The division promotes publication of papers of interest to chemical engineers in environmental activities as well as coordinates the Institute’s activities with other related societies.

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-13, 2015
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.

Energy Management and Efficiency for the Process Industries

April, 2015
Editors Alan P. Rossiter and Beth P. Jones have gathered material that lays out the underlying management and technical issues that drive successful industrial energy management program. With a foreword by the Hon. Charles D. McConnell, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, the book provides a clear understanding of both scope of the opportunity and the available methodologies for capturing energy savings.

Rare Earth Elements: Vital and in High Demand

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...

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...

Self-Cleaning Buildings

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...

A Novel Forward Osmosis Draw Solution

Although significant research efforts regarding new membranes for forward osmosis are underway, less attention has been paid to researching the draw solutions and solutes that...

Can Texas Solve the World's Coal Problem?

Ten years ago then-mayor of Dallas Laura Miller helped halt the construction of 11 coal-fired power plants in Texas. So why is she now pushing to build a new coal-fired plant? The...

Should a chemical engineer go to business school?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

Sustainable R&D for new Technology in Start Ups

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
Often Start Ups develop technology for building block chemicals from renewables. DOE has a list of 12 such building blocks, such as glucaric acid,...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Molecular Modeling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Molecular Modelling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming Catalytic reforming is one of the most important refinery processes providing high octane number...

Numerical Simulation of Rollover Phenomena for FLNG Application

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
LNG is a clean source of energy; when burnt it has lower associated NOx and SOx emissions than other fossil fuels. Because of environmental issues...

CO2 BACT Preparation and Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
ABSTRACT AIChE 2014 SPRING CONFERENCE – ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER SOLUTIONS SESSION AUTHORS Joseph W. Guida, PE – Director, Process Technology and...

PM2.5 Modeling Challenges

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:45am-11:00am
Air Dispersion Modeling is usually required to demonstrate compliance with the Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM 2.5 in support of an air permit...

In-Situ Conversion of the FOG in Trap Grease Into Biodiesel

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 1:00pm-1:15pm
Biodiesel is a type of alternative fuel made from oil-containing biomass and a variety of fats , oils , and greases (FOG). Biodiesel is a drop-in...

Towards Engineering Advanced Vanadium Flow Battery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:15pm-3:30pm
Flow batteries were specifically invented by electric utilities in the 1960’s to store large amounts of electricity in a safe and practical way. The...
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