CEP: News Update

October
,
2016

Natural gas comprises a relatively large portion of fossil hydrocarbon resources. The high capital cost of its conversion via synthesis gas, however, leaves much of it unused, i.e., stranded.

An octopus-shaped robot that can wave its legs slowly up and down is the first totally soft robot ever made. This proof-of-concept system paves the way for robots that can more easily and safely interact with living organisms.

A souped-up plastic fiber woven into fabric could create clothing that keeps you cool on hot days.

A field of mirrored parabolic troughs sprawled across almost 2,000 acres of the Mojave Desert concentrates sunlight to produce steam to generate electricity.

Today’s technologies for waterproofing mobile electronics rely on age-old concepts such as O-rings and seals, which typically make the devices bulkier — moving in the opposite direction from consumer demand for small, sleek, easy-to-carry phones and tablets. Superhydrophobic coatings offer an alternative for imparting water-resistance without the additional bulk. However, practical issues, including the poor durability of such coatings, have limited their use.

A new design for fuel cells could make these energy-conversion devices more functional at a wider range of temperatures than any fuel cells on the market today.

This summer, nearly 100 chemical engineering faculty members from 81 universities enrolled in a new AIChE-sponsored education program that seeks to revolutionize — and formalize — the teaching of process safety education as an integral part of undergraduate chemical engineering curricula worldwide.

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