May 2020 CEP Preview

Special Section: Battery Energy Storage

This special section on battery energy storage covers the economic, environmental, and social drivers that are motivating the adoption of grid-level energy storage, as well as the impact this has on safety and grid resilience. It also introduces some battery chemistries that could challenge the market dominance of lithium-ion batteries and serve medium-to-large scale storage applications.


  • The Future of the Electric Grid
  • Battery Energy Storage in Stationary Applications
  • Mitigating the Hazards of Battery Systems
  • Hybrid Flow Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage
  • Rechargeable Manganese Dioxide-Zinc Batteries

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Heat Transfer

Details Matter in Hot-Vapor Bypass Systems

A hot-vapor bypass system maintains distillation tower pressure control. The key to operational success is to minimize the energy transfer from the hot vapor to the bulk subcooled liquid within the reflux drum.

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Troubleshooting Process Control Problems

Identifying and troubleshooting problematic control loops can significantly improve plant performance.

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Reactions and Separations

Visual Clues Give Insight into Ethylene Service Fouling

Fouling is an unfortunate part of ethylene and reactive monomer production. This handy guide will give you some clues as to what’s happening in your process based on the type of fouling you are seeing.


  • Slowing Down Fast Fashion
  • Chemical Engineer Expands Research to Battle COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Ethylene Sensor May Prevent Food Spoilage
  • Light-Activated Coating Kills Bacteria


  • Guest Editorial: ChEs Tackle COVID-19
  • We’re in This Together: Surviving Self-Quarantine: 3 Tips from an Astronaut
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Novel Concrete Wall Panels Lower a Building’s Energy Footprint
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Initiatives to Improve Faculty-Student Experiences
  • Process Safety Beacon: Permitted Work — A Special Cause of Increased Risk
  • New Products: Fluids and Solids Handling; Environmental, Health, and Safety; Instrumentation
  • YPOV: Gen Z Joins the Team
  • Technical Entity Trends: Addressing Waste Plastics
  • Safety Minute: Supervisors Are Key to Safety
  • Institute News
    • Meet Some of AIChE’s Recently Elected Fellows
    • AIChE Responds to COVID-19

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