September 2016 CEP Preview



Designing Drug-Delivery Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles for drug delivery can be better designed by modeling the body as unit processes connected by the vascular system. Each organ and organ function can be represented as a unit process on organ-on-a-chip devices.

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SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

Rewriting DNA Synthesis

Traditional methods of DNA synthesis are slow and costly, and hinder the design-build-test cycle for creating optimal gene sequences and protein variants. This article presents a novel approach that will allow researchers to explore synthetic biology's full potential.

Engineering Genes with CRISPR-Cas9

Engineered CRISPR-Cas systems allow scientists to make programmable, precise edits to DNA. This technology has the potential to cure human diseases and transform agriculture.

A Bioengineering Platform to Industrialize Biotechnology

An integrated bioengineering platform that harnesses the synthetic biology toolbox is the key to an economically viable commercial bioprocess.


Introduction to Ammonia Production

Ammonia is critical in the manufacturing of fertilizers, and is one of the largest-volume synthetic chemicals produced in the world. This article explores the evolution of ammonia production and describes the current manufacturing technologies.


Minimize Biofouling of RO Membranes

Chemical and physical disinfection of feedwater to a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane helps to prevent fouling and maintain efficient operation.


  • RO Membrane Cuts Energy Consumption of Separations
  • Breathable Nanofabric Could Protect Against Biothreats
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Mimics Muscle-Nerve Connection
  • Nanorobots Take the Direct Route to Tumors
  • Microbes Make Highly Conductive Nanowires
  • Biomaterial Heals Diabetic Wounds
  • Computational Method Sheds Light on Fuel Cell Chemistry


  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Tribute to Founders: Roger Sargent
  • Technical Entity Trends: Plant Synthetic Biology Takes More Than a Green Thumb
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Transparent Panels Open a New Window for Solar Energy
  • Patent Update: Issues to Consider in Claiming Your Invention
  • Process Safety Beacon: Do You Recognize Change?
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Get Back on Your Feet After a Layoff
  • Product Focus: Fluids Handling
  • Software
  • Books
  • AIChE 2016 Annual Meeting Preview: Nov. 13–18, San Francisco, CA
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • Theodorou will Deliver Prausnitz Institute Lecture at San Francisco Annual Meeting, Nov. 16
    • AIChE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Japan's Society of Chemical Engineers
    • AIChE Election Opens Sept. 6
    • Virtual Local Section Explores Constitution Changes, Sept. 22
    • Your AIChE Membership: Member Credits
    • AIChE 2015 Financial Statements

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