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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2011 AIChE WISE Intern Presentations

Archived Webinar
Aug 3, 2011
In this webinar, the interns from the 2011 AIChE WISE program (Washington Internships for Student Engineering) present projects focusing on energy...

A Compact Integrated Warm Syngas Overall Cleanup System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
Gasification of coal or biomass to syngas followed by catalytic synthesis of ammonia, hydrocarbons or oxygenates provides a feasible strategy to meet...

Treatment of Produced Water Using Microbial Fuel Cells

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
Sustainable utilization of natural energy sources in the future will require development of technologies with minimal impact on the environment...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

A Century of Separations: CO2 Recovery: Myth and Legend

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Carbon dioxide recovery will be the major challenge for the separations community for the foreseeable future. Various separations technologies are...

Technical Entity Trends: When Resources are Few

March
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, a concept that describes the interdependence of the world’s complex resource systems, has been drawing much interest and activity in the sustainability community recently. The food-energy-water nexus approach (or...

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