Spring Meeting

High School Outreach at Spring Meeting in New Orleans

. by ChEnected Guest

On Wednesday April 2nd at Tulane University, more than 160 students from three high schools in the New Orleans area gathered to listen and learn from practicing chemical engineers during the AIChE high school outreach event as part of the Spring Meeting.

Your First Year as a Manager

. by Martin Bergstedt

If you are considering or have been offered a management position, how are things going to change for you? What is that first year going to be like? Dr. Jonathan Worstell outlined some answers to these questions and a framework for the transition of the new manager.

Bioconversion of Methane

. by Martin Bergstedt

Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at Calysta Energy, as reported by their CTO, Dr. Josh Silverman.

YPs Tour Abita Brewery's "Green" Facility

. by Elizabeth Guenther

A group of 25 Young Professionals took a break from the AIChE Spring Meeting to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, LA, and learned more about the green engineering behind the brewery's operations.

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

. by Martin Bergstedt

Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL's National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

Membrane Catalytic Reactors for Healthy Eating!

. by Martin Bergstedt

Because of the limitations inherent in current liquid hydrogenation technologies, the hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis bio-oils is proposed to be accomplished using a catalyzed membrane reactor. During preliminary trials with vegetable oils, an unexpected benefit was discovered in that the system yielded much less trans fats in the end product.

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