December 2017 CEP Preview


Ensuring Process Safety in Batch Tolling

Batch tolling facilities can use process safety management techniques to meet regulatory standards and minimize risk.

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Optimize Heat Transfer of Viscous Fluids in Agitated Vessels

In cooling applications with high-viscosity fluids, agitator power input adds to the heat load. This article demonstrates how to optimize net heat transfer to improve cooling.



Estimate the Capital Cost of Shale-Gas Monetization Projects

As the number of shale-gas monetization options has increased, so has the need to develop quick, preliminary estimates of the cost of proposed projects and manufacturing pathways. This article presents a method for an order-of-magnitude cost estimation.


Listen Up!

It may seem easy, but good listening requires effort and practice. Follow these tips and learn to listen like a pro.



The Philippine Chemical Industry

The Philippine chemical industry is highly diverse and has the potential for significant growth. Industry-government partnerships and regional cooperation can help the country to become a leading chemical exporter.


  • Scientists Warn Against Gene Drives
  • Long Carbon Nanotubes: Just as Dangerous as Asbestos
  • Dipstick Can Bind and Purify DNA in Less Than 30 Seconds
  • Nanosized Abacus Enables Simultaneous Computing and Storage
  • Stem Cells Mimic the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Unusually Shaped Nanoparticles Could Carry Drugs Into Tumor Cells
  • New Skin Patch Pits Melanin Against Melanoma



  • Editorial: Obligations Can Be Opportunities
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: New Coating Improves Solar Panel Efficiency by Reducing Soiling
  • AIChE Journal® Highlight: Roy Jackson's Enduring Legacy
  • Patent Update: Patent Exhaustion: The Patent Owner's Dilemma
  • Technical Entity Trends: Manufacturing USA: Opportunities for Chemical and Biological Enterprises
  • Process Safety Beacon: Liquefied Gases Can Be Hazardous
  • Process Safety Visions: Meticulous Verification
  • Career Corner: Boost Your Career by Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions
  • Product Focus: Process Control; Environmental Equipment; Plant Maintenance
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting Recap
    • President's Corner: 2017 in Review
    • RAPID Manufacturing Institute Announces First Project Selections
    • AIChE Election Results

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