November 2016 CEP Preview


Stop knocking your condensate return

Condensate return systems can have a big impact on productivity, energy efficiency, and site reliability. Use this guide to better understand your condensate return, optimize its operation, and mitigate common pitfalls such as high backpressure and water hammer.

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Introduction to electron-beam food irradiation

Nonthermal food processing technologies, such as X-ray and electron-beam irradiation, may be used to eliminate pathogens in raw foods, pasteurize delicate food products such as fresh produce, and perform phytosanitary treatment.


Feeling the pinch?

Tight budgets can make prioritizing engineering projects difficult. Use the financial pinch technique to allocate funds logically and visually.


Patents: what makes an invention nonobvious?

In addition to being novel, an invention must be nonobvious to qualify for a patent. Learn strategies that have and can be used to qualify your invention as nonobvious.


  • Shapeshifting Material Unfolds with Time
  • Cobalt Gets a New Look for Fischer-Tropsch
  • One-Pot Fischer-Tropsch Produces Aldehydes and Alcohols
  • Coated Fabric Zaps Chemical Warfare Agents on Contact
  • Acoustic Holograms Transport Particles with Sound
  • Freeze-Dried Pellets Make Pharmaceuticals on Demand


  • Letters
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for the Oil Industry
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: A High-Throughput Approach to Designing Materials
  • Technical Entity Trends: Optimize Production through Metabolic Engineering
  • Leadership Q&A: Leading a Business from Startup to Scaleup
  • NEW: Process Safety Visions — The first article in a nine-installment column that highlights the tenets and themes of the Center for Chemical Process Safety's (CCPS) Vision 20/20.
  • Spotlight on Safety: The Beacon: A Free Tool that Saves Lives
  • Process Safety Beacon: Fifteen Years of the Process Safety Beacon
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Happy Hour Etiquette: How to Behave at After-Hour Functions
  • Product Focus: Valves
  • New Products
  • Software
  • Books
  • Institute News
    • 2016 Board of Directors' and Institute Awards
    • Election to Amend AIChE Constitution Underway
    • AIChE Gala to Honor 3M, BASF, and Biogen for Innovation
    • Langer to Receive Hoover Medal at AIChE Gala, Nov. 28, 2016
    • AIChE Foundation Announces Podcast Guests
    • Member News
    • Your AIChE Membership: Group Insurance Benefits and Other Protection Plans
    • Calendars

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