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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Institute for Sustainability is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish a Body of Knowledge (BOK) in the field of sustainability. The body of knowledge at the heart of the new sustainability credential is based on AIChE’s Sustainability Index.

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.

Engineering Pellets of Biomass Blends

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 3:15pm-3:45pm
Transportation and handling of lignocellulosic biomass are often challenging and expensive due to low bulk density, in the range of 60-80 kg/m 3 for...

Post-Combustion Gas Permeation Carbon Capture System Models

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 2:45pm-3:00pm
Post-Combustion Gas Permeation Carbon Capture System Models Juan E. Morinelly, David C. Miller National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Gas...

Insights From Glucose Pyrolysis for Cellulose Pyrolysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 1:30pm-1:45pm
Experimental and predicted kinetics of glucose, the monomer of cellulose, provides quantitative and qualitative insights into the pyrolysis of...

NETL CO2 Injection and Storage Cost Model

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 10:15am-10:30am
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a model to estimate the costs of storing captured CO 2 ...

Nuclear Energy: Is there a future after Fukushima?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The future of the global nuclear energy industry, while certainly not without its challenges, remains vibrant. Even as the industry contends with...

Chemistry and Energy: Fortifying Our Historic Links

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Centuries ago, early ideas were formulating that would advance the science of organic chemistry. Since its beginnings, there have been many organic...

An Overview of the Global Desalination Situation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:30am-11:00am
According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one in three people globally endures some form of water scarcity, one-quarter of...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biolgical water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa...

Reducing CO2 Emissions From Refineries Through Chemistry Upgrade

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Despite the lack of a global greenhouse gas emission reduction agreement, regional schemes are moving forward to limit CO 2 and other GHG emissions...

Green Diesel Production - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Currently, there are two renewable diesel fuels available: biodiesel and green diesel. The biodiesel or FAME is the transesterification of vegetable...

Future Fuels and Chemicals: Grand Challenges and Opportunities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
To insure a Sustainable Future, CO 2 emissions must be reduced despite strong future growth in demand. “Easy oil” from conventional production will...

Mixed Fluid Cascade, Experience and Outlook

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
The first Base Load LNG plant, which has been built using the Mixed Fluid Cascade (MFC ® ) process, started up in 2007 at a Norwegian location close...

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of...

Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 8:00pm
Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell Saeed Khaleghi Rahimian, Sean Rayman, Ralph E. White Department of Chemical Engineering, University of...

Pyrolytic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Pyrolysis is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous materials in the absence of molecular oxygen to liquids, solids and gases. In the most general...

New Design for Advanced Zero Emission Power Plant Concept

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
The most significant anthropogenic greenhouse gas is CO 2 , which arises mainly from the use of fossil fuels. A new technology called Advanced Zero...

Reducing Process Complexity for Cellulosic Ethanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Much of the process complexity and high capital costs associate with cellulosic ethanol (dilute acid hydrolysis as a pretreatment and enzymatic...

An Osmotic Membrane Dehumidifier

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
OSMOTIC MEMBRANE DEHUMIDIFIER It has long been known that relying on a vapor compression system to cool air down to the dew point in order to...

Wood Pellets Self-Heating During Storage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
Accidental fires in wood pellets silos happen frequently in the last five years. Experiments were carried out in this work at temperature range of...

Sustainability Evaluation of LNG Processing Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
Growing demand for clean fuels has led to a renewed urgency in the search for alternative fuels. With the recent shale gas development initiatives,...

Thermochemical Hydrogen Production by Alkali Metal Oxides

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 8:00pm
In this work, we have focused a thermo chemical hydrogen production from water by using alkali metal oxides. This system consists of three step...

Resilience and Sustainable Development

Archived Webinar
Sep 21, 2011
This webinar discusses the challenges of sustainable development, and gives examples of current research on life cycle assessment, industrial ecology...
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