Share October, 2016 Co-Ionic Membrane Boosts Aromatics Yield 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. First-Ever Robot Made Entirely of Soft Materials 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. Nanoporous Polyethylene Could Make for Cool Clothing A souped-up plastic fiber woven into fabric could create clothing that keeps you cool on hot days. A Low-Tech Way to Harvest Solar Energy A field of mirrored parabolic troughs sprawled across almost 2,000 acres of the Mojave Desert concentrates sunlight to produce steam to generate electricity. New Coating Makes a Splash for Waterproofing 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. Lackadaisical Membrane Widens Fuel Cell Temperature Range 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. Educating the Educators: AIChE Foundation and CCPS Roll Out Faculty Process Safety Workshops 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. 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.