Sustainability & Environment


AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS 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.

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.

Technical Entity Trends: Water – We Can’t Live Without It

Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
Our essential physical functions — breathing, digestion, muscle movement, etc. — cannot take place without water. It is our most vital and precious resource. However, water-related problems have persisted throughout history, endangering the safety...

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...

New Materials for Membrane Separations

Archived Webinar
Mar 13, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Richard D. Noble - the co-director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Membrane Applied Science...

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...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

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

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...

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...

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...

Natural Gas Future

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and...

Credentials for Sustainability Professionals

Archived Webinar
Dec 8, 2010
In order to effect more positive and faster advancements in the sustainability arena, the speaker suggests that the sustainability community must...

Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Supply Chain

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, has a strong history of programs to foster sustainable development, including our eco-efficiency life...

Using Catalytic Nanoparticles to Clean Water

Archived Webinar
Apr 15, 2010
In this talk, I will describe our work in improving the feasibility of these NP catalysts for groundwater remediation and in understanding how the...

A Renewable Route to Propylene Glycol

News Feature
Suzanne Shelley
Rapid expansion in biodiesel production has spurred a bumper crop of competing processes to turn byproduct glycerin into propylene glycol.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Technical Entity Trends: Trash and the City

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
New York City, the city AIChE and some 8.5 million people call home, has a dirty little secret. Actually, it’s pretty big: New Yorkers generate over 3 million tons of residential waste per year, most of which is transported by long-haul trucks to...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage (Full 24-Page Supplement)

Special Section
Daniel Brantley, Jared P. Ciferno, Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson, John Shafer, Mary Ellen Ternes
Technology Integration Challenges; Navigating the Legal Landscape; Characterizing a Geologic Formation; Demonstrating CCS Integration

Biorefinery Process Economics

SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

Environmental Law for Chemical Engineers

Back To Basics
Mary Ellen Ternes
A basic understanding of environmental law is beneficial for all chemical engineers. Learn how laws are proposed, made, and implemented, and ways to avoid incurring unnecessary penalties.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Technology Integration Challenges

Special Section
Jared P. Ciferno, John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an important part of the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. However, widespread integration of CCS with existing power-generation plants and technologies — on a commercial scale and in a cost-...

Nanomaterials: What are the Environmental and Health Impacts?

Critical Issues
Nastassja Lewinski
As with previous emerging technologies, there have been uncertainties and concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with nanotechnology. This article reviews some of the ongoing efforts to better understand and characterize...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

CCUS: Utilizing CO2 to Reduce Emissions

On The Horizon
Marcius Extavour, Paul Bunje
Converting carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products is an exciting concept for the chemical processing industries (CPI).

Leveraging Energy Management for Water Conservation

Critical Issues
Sharon Nolen, P.E.
Growing concerns about the availability of clean water are driving companies to include water conservation in their sustainability initiatives. Instead of reinventing the wheel, adapt your energy-management program for water conservation.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
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.


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