September 2015 CEP Preview


Cool Down with Liquid Nitrogen

Many low-temperature processes leverage nitrogen's cooling and freezing capabilities. Find out what methods are used in what applications and why.

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Moving Process Safety into the Board Room

Top management is often unfamiliar with the high-risk process safety decisions being made on a daily basis by plant managers. Incorporate this method into your management of change procedure to ensure that all decisions are consistent with your organization's risk-tolerance level.


Making Plastics: From Monomer to Polymer

Versatility, ease of manufacture, and relatively low cost make plastics some of the most useful materials for a wide range of applications. This article explains the chemistry and production processes behind two of the most popular plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene.


Automate Your Batch Process — Part 2

A chemical engineer's knowledge of the process is an asset to batch process automation efforts. Learn what aspects of batch process automation deserve special consideration, as well as issues on the horizon for this developing field.


  • Copper Catalysts Turn Fluegas into Methanol
  • Vascular Graft Coating Stops Blood Clots in their Tracks
  • Coal-to-Liquids Process Gets Cleaned Up
  • Reagent-Filled Capsules Give the Boot to Glove Boxes
  • Synthetic Biology Reaches a Milestone
  • Light Unlocks a New Pathway for Nickel Chemistry


  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Putting Sound to Work for Challenging Separations
  • Process Safety Beacon: Unloading and Loading Hazardous Materials
  • Patent Update: Process Claims: Know Your Infringer
  • Meeting Preview: AIChE 2015 Annual Meeting, Nov. 8–13, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Is a Nontraditional ChemE Career for You?
  • New Products
  • Software
  • Books
  • Product Digest: Pumps
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • AIChE Announces New Fellows
    • L. S. Fan is Selected 67th Institute Lecturer
    • Washington Internships for Students of Engineering
    • AIChE Election News
    • Your AIChE Membership — Conferences

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