June 2018 CEP Preview

On the Horizon

Introduction to Deep Learning: Part 1

Although deep learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, has become prominent only recently, it is based on concepts that are familiar to chemical engineers. This article describes artificial neural networks — the algorithms that enable deep learning.

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Back to Basics

Meeting Nitrogen Demand

On-site nitrogen generation can be a cost-effective option for a wide range of purity and flow requirements.

Business and Management

Closing the Skills Gap

The workplace has changed and will continue to change as older workers retire and new generations take their place. Companies will need to adapt to retain and foster the necessary technical know-how.

Plant Operations

Evaluate Project Success

Traditional methods of determining project success take into account only whether the project met its budget and schedule. A more meaningful assessment evaluates the impact of the project on the organization.


FTIR: A Flexible Tool for Industrial Gas Analysis

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy identifies and quantifies gas and vapor samples. This article outlines how FTIR analyzers work and how they are commonly used in field applications.


  • Dragonflies Inspire a New Way to Create and Dry Aerogels
  • Army Looks to Nature to Create a More-Flexible Robot
  • Making Carbon Capture and Sequestration Cost Effective
  • Nanoparticles Direct Stem Cells for Better Tissue Engineering
  • Synthetic Plant Peptides Could Make for Powerful Antimicrobials
  • Cactus-Inspired Material Exhibits Remarkable Water Retention
  • Flow-Assisted Assembly Creates Super-Strong Fibers


  • Editorial: Millennials: The New Guard
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: A New Generation of Bio-Based Adhesives from Bioadvantaged Monomers
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Renewable Biomass-Derived Precursors for the Polymer and Material Industries
  • New products
  • Profile: Robyn Gatens: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration
  • Career Corner: Consider a Career in Biotech
  • Technical Entity Trends: CRISPR: Editing Genes One Sequence at a Time
  • Process Safety Beacon: Work Permits: Understand the Scope of Work
  • Patent Update: When Patent Enforcement Becomes Exploitation
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety Highlights
    • Gupta Family Foundation Funds Doing a World of Good Podcast
    • Gift from Eric Reiner Helps Launch LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative
    • Doing a World of Good Raj and Kamla Gupta Podcast Guests

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