A special section from the Society for Biological Engineering on microbiome engineering, along with tips for using flow additives, strategies for water management at hydrocarbon processing facilities, and more.
Water (Sustainability & Environment)
In addition to using it for the purification and desalination of drinking water, the membrane can also be used for the separation of gases and solvents.
Antibacterial-resistant microbes can leave behind genetic matter that enables resistance in other bacteria, but a novel technique efficiently destroys it with nanomaterial and ultraviolet light.
Chemical engineers have found an alternative to palladium catalysts in their work to remove agricultural runoff from water.
Meet this environmental process design engineer and hear about his path to the profession, plus learn what he ranks among the top career challenges for process engineers.
Meet this physicist and mathematician turned chemical engineer, and learn what drove him to pursue chemical engineering.
Water purification using cactus? Hear how these chemical engineering students took advantage of a local and renewable resource to help improve lives in a community.
A common water plant's immune system offers a wide range of possibilities to help society, from wastewater treatment to antibiotics.
Know anything about wastewater pre-chlorination? Suggestions for the top-10 books for ChemE beginners? Questions of your own? Chime in!
Anthony discusses his work as a process engineer in the water industry, professional hurdles, and the importance of his work.
Read about Rasika's career path and about her fascinating work in computer modeling and simulations at OLI Systems, Inc.
Researchers have devised a method for creating a polymer from marine microorganisms that completely recycles into organic waste. What’s more, the process itself has a very low environmental impact.
Being able to perceive and interpret feelings in yourself and others is an important skill that can set you up for success in your professional career and personal life.
Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI), presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations.
This year's Earth Day coincides with the opening of AIChE's Spring Meeting and the 14th Global Congress on Global Safety. #AIChESpring #GCPS
Researchers from Brazil and the UK are fighting water pollution two ways with a method that reuses polystyrene to filter toxic and carcinogenic waste chemicals from water.
Engineers have discovered a catalyst that could prove useful in purifying water polluted with nitrates from agricultural runoff and other sources.
Silver nanoparticles from clothing are ending up in waterways, but science is looking for ways to remove them.
Water is one of the world’s most abundant resources, covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. However, not all of the water is suitable or available for direct use.
Researchers at Northeastern University have discovered a way to use carbon nanotubes to desalinate water.
A new technology collects the oil in a cellulose matrix and then turns the oil into a rigid gel that can easily be removed from water.
Instead of targeting individual microbes, researchers went after the biofilm that protects them and found great success.
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a novel technique to recover nearly all water from brine waste.
Electrochemical process can remove low-level contaminants such as chemical waste and pharmaceuticals.
This month's CEP Magazine looks at managing a healthy and enjoyable work-life balance, along with features on safely servicing relief devices and on improving production scheduling for increased energy efficiency, among many other topics.
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia report that oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) presents a way to purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated
As we approach ICBE 2017, which begins this weekend in San Diego, we look back at some of the exciting research that figured among 2016's highlights and look forward to the new developments to be unveiled at ICBE 2017.
When the Paris climate accord goes into effect in November, the world will have to start living within a tight carbon budget.
Most people who live outside California don’t know that a large part of the state was originally a desert, and without water, it will revert back to desert.
Can a balding, late-middle-aged researcher who's hawking a still-uncommercialized technology transform America's aging fleet of aerobic waste treatment plants?
Few of her peers were surprised when Professor Joan Rose received 2016's Stockholm Water Prize in Geneva last March, which celebrated her career sleuthing, identifying, and eliminating dan
Tidal power developers say 2016 is shaping up to be the new technology's coming-of-age year, with projects in France, Scotland, and Canada successfully ramping up.
As Americans wake up to the horror of Flint, Michigan's water crisis and realize that "modern" cities are saddled with ancient water pipes and creaking power grids, a team led by Ital
This month, tips for including water conservation in your energy-management program, an introduction to mammalian cell culture, pointers for preventing caking of bulk solids, and much more.
Although not a traditional career route for chemical engineers, the water industry is a broad field that can offer both challenges and rewards.
A new study suggests that Persian Gulf countries will have to endure extreme weather episodes with heat unbearable to humans.
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and in Qat
Last month in the United Arab Emirates, Veolia Water Technologies and three other companies that have built some of the most advanced desalination technology in the world began operating a cluster
Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Kentucky, looks at solutions inspired by nature that can help the world face the growing clean-water shortage.
Catalina Island, a low-key tourist destination 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, has a crippling problem — besides already losing millions of tourist dollars to Las Vegas, Disneyland, an
For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical reaction.
Traditional desalination burns a lot of energy, leaves a big carbon footprint, and discharges an annoying byproduct — an unusable brine cocktail.
Judges for the AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) presented the 9th annual YCOSST P3 Award on April 13, 2015 in Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria, VA, where student tea
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest articles in c
Manmade ice melts in Ladakh, India, provide necessary water in spring so farmers can once again plant their crops without waiting for summer rains.
A study led by Rice University undergraduate Jessica Heimann shows that treated buckyballs have the ability to remove potentially toxic metals from water and reserve them for future use. The r
Although significant research efforts regarding new membranes for forward osmosis are underway, less attention has been paid to researching the draw solutions and solutes that could make this techn
Students in the Department of Materials Science at Sweden's Luleå University of Technology have developed a new bio-based water filtration system that will be tested in an industrial setting in
Olivier Dubois of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization sat down with ChEnected to discuss challenges of the food-water-energy nexus and some of the steps that can be taken to address these challenges.
Herb Cabezas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presented approaches for analysis of complex systems such as the energy-water-food nexus at the AIChE's World Café during the Annual Meeting. He sat down with ChEnected to discuss some of the basic concepts.
The World Café will focus on the global grand challenge of energy, water and food. The session aims to build awareness of the challenge and highlight the roles chemical engineering expertise can play in addressing the systems integration and technology needs resulting from the interconnected nature of these global issues. The discussion will continue on AIChE's Linkedin Group.
Chemical engineers have developed a new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water.
Alex Avram, a chemical engineering PhD student at UARK who recently joined the three-year AIChE Apprenticeship Program, describes his plans to help communities gain access to potable water.
Among the many scenarios for capturing greenhouse gasses, one of the most novel is "petrifying" it in basalt formations. But is it practical?
This month, CEP turns an eye to industrial water reuse. You'll also find best practices for pilot-plant piping, a look at Italy's chemical industry, and much more.
Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.
As California runs low on potable water amidst a severe drought that has led to forest fires and idle farmland, desalination and drip irrigation could help.
California-based WaterFX, a small startup, has brought a CSP-desalination facility online in Central California.
Working with a plant site's existing natural resources, chemical engineers can harness ecosystems to mitigate undesirable plant outputs and reduce or eliminate the need for traditional unit operations equipment.
Didn't catch ICOSSE this summer? Read one chemical engineer's account of it, and his thoughts on the topics covered.
A water treatment update now allows Shell to use gray water for fracking, saving water in an area of drought.
According to a new research, triclosan, a product many of us come into contact with multiple times a day, is having a detrimental effect on the environmental.
Lockheed Martin engineers have found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater by using graphene sheets just one atom thick.
The company's patented system is different from other wave energy devices because it operates completely under water.
Interested in the latest technologies and success stories for Municipal Water Reuse? Join us in Long Beach, CA, this September.
For centuries, arsenic has been known to be a classic poison, causing deaths of many historic figures. While now just a murder-mystery cliché to many, arsenic is still actually causing harm, with dangerously high levels in food and water around the world.
America's decaying water infrastructure might actually provide an opportunity to generate cheap, green energy. Lucid Energy has demonstrated a way to install in-pipe water turbines that are amazingly efficient, and American cities such as San Antonio, TX, are planning to give the new technology a try.
In part one of a series on sustainability, CEP editor Cindy Mascone shares thoughts and observations about water resources and the environment that were inspired by a recent trip to the Grand Canyon.
The good news is that, yes, fracking can be made safe and clean, according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the down side is that it probably will take tougher regulations to make all producers to apply the latest technologies.
Professors David Valentine and Igor Mezic have developed a new computer model that demonstrates the roles of underwater topography, currents and bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico led to the disappeara
Forward osmosis offsets some of the high costs of reverse osmosis, but large-scale systems necessarily introduce one or more additional unit ops to recover the extracted water from the draw solution utilized. Young Kim of the Korea Institue of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) discussed her work on a forward osmosis pilot plant.
The volume and complexity of produced water (PW) generated in the oil and gas extraction industry provides a significant separations and treatment challenge. Because of its source, PW is contaminated with hydrocarbons and inorganic leachates from the rock strata where the well is drilled. Bruce Bishop of Veolia Water presented the results of ceramic membrane systems trials in different process environments.
The challenge of improving water quality in water-stressed areas of the world may have a natural champion in the Moringa oleifera tree. More specifically, a particular protein found in the meal of dried and ground M. oleifera seeds, when adsorbed onto sand, has shown some excellent preliminary results in removing total suspended solids (TSS) and in killing coliform bacteria.
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