CEP: January 2014 Read about the 21 most influential contributions in mixing research. Other topics include designing multistage agitated reactors; fermentation fundamentals; steam trap management; and process measurements. New this month, Chemical Engineering Progress has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide our readers with Catalyzing Commercialization — one page of news related to developments moving out of the lab and into demonstration, prototype, and commercialization. Each month will highlight one or two new technologies that have received funding through NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and that are relevant to chemical engineers. Editorial ChemEs Just Need to Have Fun Last month, I wrote about creativity and pointed out two ways to spark your creativity — relax, and look at things in a fresh way. As I was researching that editorial, I kept coming across another creativity booster: fun. Read more Share Recognizing the 21 Most Inﬂuential Contributions to Mixing Research January2014Reactions and SeparationsRichard Calabrese, Dr. Suzanne Kresta, Minye LiuHere is a look at the key milestones in the ﬁeld of mixing, and how these foundational developments paved the way for current industrial practice. Designing Multistage Agitated Reactors January2014Reactions and SeparationsGregory BenzThis article bridges the gap between theory and practice for the design of continuous-ﬂow mechanically agitated reactors, with a focus on mechanical and hydraulic issues. Fermentation Fundamentals: Brewing Bugs for Bioengineering January2014Back To BasicsSujata K. BhatiaA fermentation process leverages live cells to manufacture a variety of products. Choosing the correct host cell, as well as the optimal production equipment and method, are the fundamental ﬁrst steps of these complex processes. Implement a Sustainable Steam-Trap Management Program January2014Heat TransferJonathan P. WalterSteam trap management is important for the successful operation of a chemical processing plant. Follow these guidelines to realize the benefits of such a program. How Much Is Another Measurement Worth? January2014InstrumentationDouglas C. WhiteNew measurements are valuable only if they increase the economic value of the plant. Evaluate a measurement investment by quantifying the expected improved ﬁnancial performance. Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.