August 2015 CEP Preview



  • Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook

Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world, with demand coming from the electric power generation, industrial, and transportation markets.

  • Natural Gas: Electric Power

The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

  • Natural Gas: Chemical Synthesis

Plentiful, low-cost natural gas will invigorate the chemicals industry over the next decade, as producers look to increase the role of natural gas as a feedstock in established processes, as well as develop new processes to convert methane into chemicals currently derived from petroleum.

  • Natural Gas: Transportation

Development of natural gas as a fuel for light-duty vehicles will require innovative methods of onboard storage. One option under investigation is the use of adsorbents.


Automate Your Batch Process — Part 1

It is important to understand the process to automate it effectively. Learn about the automation requirements of cyclical, multigrade, and flexible batch processes, as well as the status of this developing field.


Tackling Difficult Mixing Problems

Some difficult mixing problems cannot be solved, but their impacts can be lessened. Here's how you can deal with difficult processes or products, misunderstandings about good mixing, and obstacles to improvements.

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  • Sponge-Like Catalyst Makes Bioplastic Cheaper and Greener
  • LED Combines Optoelectronic Powerhouses
  • New Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen
  • Algal Fuel Gets a Boost
  • Bio-Inspired Catalyst Converts Methane Directly to Methanol
  • Chemicals Production Is Moving in the Right Direction — Up
  • The Gender Gap in Patent Filings Is Narrowing


  • Editorial: Don't Cross the Line
  • Letters
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Sensitive Inline Analyzers Set to Transform the Cement Industry
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Diversifying the Chemicals Industry's Feedstock Portfolio
  • New Products 
  • Career Corner: Getting Results through Others
  • Process Safety Beacon: Operational Readiness
  • Spotlight on Safety: Sensing Safety
  • YPOV: Vote for Your Favorite Student Videos
  • Profile: Charlie Bamforth: Tapping into Brewing Science 
  • Product Digest: Measurement Equipment
  • Software
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News:
    • AIChE Gala Will Showcase Excellence in Process Safety, Nov. 3
    • 3rd Middle East Process Engineering Conference, Sept. 14-17, in Bahrain
    • Body of Knowledge Will Guide CheE Training, Skills Development
    • Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology Workshop Will Promote Engineering and Business Opportunities, Sept. 28-29 in San Diego, CA
    • Your AIChE Membership: Technical Communities

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