May 2017 CEP Preview


Compressed Air Basics 

Compressing air is an inefficient and expensive process. This article offers some tactics to optimize your compressed air system, which can help reduce energy costs at your plant.

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Consider Modular Plant Design

Modular plants offer many benefits over a conventional stick-built facility. Read about the pros and cons of the modular approach to help you decide if it makes sense for your project.


Understand Produce Contamination

Foodborne pathogen outbreaks can be prevented by limiting the number of microbes that attach to produce surfaces. This article explains the interactions between bacterial cells and produce surfaces and the mechanisms of pathogen attachment and detachment. 


Leveraging Smart Valve Positioners

Smart valve positioners offer a range of diagnostics, but the volume of information they can provide can be daunting. Establish a program to deal with alerts and analyze data to help you benefit from the information without getting overwhelmed.


  • 4D Printing Creates Shape-Shifting Materials
  • Optimizing Membranes for Natural Gas Extraction
  • On/Off Switch Could Be Key to HIV Vaccine
  • Origami Polymer Folds and Curves with Light
  • Spray-On Memory Could Enable Bendable Digital Storage
  • Metal-Organic Framework Pulls Water Out of Dry Air
  • Boron Uses Light and Heat to Reduce CO2


  • Editorial: Budgeting for a Safer Future
  • Letters
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Next-Generation Polymer Coatings for Harsh Environments
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Non-Viral Gene Delivery for Cancer Therapy
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Skills They Don’t Teach You in School
  • New Products
  • Leadership Q&A: A CEO’s Role in Corporate Culture
  • Technical Entity Trends: A World Transitioning to Translational Medicine
  • Process Safety Beacon: Corroded Tanks are Dangerous
  • Spotlight on Safety: Process Safety: Start Them Young
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • Recap: 2017 Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety
    • AIChE Formally Launches RAPID Manufacturing Institute
    • AIChE, SBE Members Elected to NAE
    • Octave Levenspiel, 1926–2017
    • Betenbaugh Receives SBE’s D. I. C. Wang Award
    • AIChE, DiscoverE Reveal New Faces of Engineering
    • Your AIChE Membership: Local Sections

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