CEP: May 2012 This month’s issue of CEP focuses on bio-based materials, looking at both the opportunities and challenges. You’ll also find in this issue a guide to intellectual property for ChEs, updates on the latest news, and much more. Editorial I was taught that the word hopefully means “in a hopeful manner” or “full of hope.” Authors who start a sentence with the word hopefully usually mean “I (we) hope” or “it is hoped” — which is an incorrect usage of the word. Read More Share Navigating NFPA Codes and Standards May2012SafetyJeremy LebowitzFollow the recommendations and how-to Guidance provided by the National Fire Protection Association to safeguard against fires and explosions. Smart Blogging for Chemical Engineers May2012Career CatalystLoraine KasprzakBlogs have come a long way since their first appearance in the late 1990s, when they were little more than online diaries. Today, people are just as likely to turn to blogs (Internet shorthand for “Web log”) as to newspapers or magazines for information and news. A ChE’s Guide to Intellectual Property May2012Back To BasicsM. Henry HeinesPatents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights are an important part of any company's business strategy. The Other Bio: Chemicals and Materials May2012SBE Special SectionMiriam Cortes CamineroJust in case you haven’t noticed, a new wave of biotechnology is underway. Over the last three decades, we have seen biological technologies used in therapeutics and agriculture. More recently, we have seen the use of biotechnology for industrial purposes. Economic Opportunities and Challenges for Bio-Based Materials May2012SBE Special SectionSmita BhatiaIn order to stay competitive, the bio-based chemicals industry will need to pave a path within the existing value chain, with a sharp focus on economic considerations. Meet the Authors May2012SBE Special Section Bio-Based Materials in the New Bio Economy May2012SBE Special SectionManjusri Misra, Amar Mohanty, Murali M. Reddy Biological feedstocks are expected to gradually replace some fossil-based raw materials to create eco-friendly products, from car parts and packaging materials to electronic devices and other consumer goods - laying the foundation for a reduced-carbon economy. SYNTHETIC SPIDER SILK PROTEINS AND THREADS May2012SBE Special SectionAxel H. Leimer, Nathalie Mougin, Lin Römer, Ute SlottaE. coli can be genetically engineered to mimic the complex natural process by which a spider makes the proteins that it uses to spin the fibers for its web. With additional processing, fibers with properties similar to those of natural spider silk... ONE-STEP FERMENTATIVE PRODUCTION OF POLYLACTIC ACID May2012SBE Special SectionMin Kyung Kim , Sang Yup Lee, Si Jae ParkThe use of PLA has been hindered by its complex and expensive synthesis process. A new technology promises to change this — giving PLA a chance to compete with fossil-based plastics. RHEOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF BIO-BASED MATERIALS May2012SBE Special SectionD. Bhopatkar, O.H. Campanella, P.H.S. SantosExperimental and analytical tools combined with computational studies can be used to design new bio-based materials tailored for specific applications. Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine or purchase an article reprint? Learn more about Reprints and Permissions.