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2017 Process Development Symposium

June 6-8, 2017
Just added: XRCC Plant Tour on Tuesday, June 6. Learn more The 2017 Process Development Symposium is a place to exchange wisdom, knowledge, tips, and personal experiences in the development and scale-up of chemical and related processes. This symposium, planned jointly between AIChE and its Process...

Leadership Q&A: A CEO’s Role in Corporate Culture

May
2017
Leadership Q&A
Trinseo, a global chemical materials producer with 2016 revenues of $3.7 billion, was formed in 2010 from the sale of four business units of Dow Chemical. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo has combined the assets and technologies of those businesses...

Consider Modular Plant Design

May
2017
Process Development
Sulogna Roy, P.Eng.
Modular plants offer many benefits over a conventional stick-built facility. Read about the pros and cons of the modular approach to help you decide if it makes sense for your project.

Editorial: Budgeting for A Safer Future

May
2017
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, May 2017. What could you do with $11 million? If you were Vanessa Sutherland, chairperson and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety and...

Letters: May 2017

May
2017
Letters
Bypassing Safety Systems Louisa Nara’s Spotlight on Safety article on the dangers of bypassing safety systems in CEP’s Feb. 2017 issue (p. 19) is an excellent reminder of the potential pitfalls of this sometimes necessary practice. It underscores...

Leveraging Smart Valve Positioners

May
2017
Instrumentation
Janine McCormick, Steve Hagen
Smart valve positioners offer a range of diagnostics, but the volume of information they can provide can be daunting. Establish a program to deal with alerts and analyze data to help you benefit from the information without getting overwhelmed.

New Products: May 2017

May
2017
New Products
Instrumentation Miniature Multichannel Detectors Withstand Harsh Environmental Stressors The cap of conventional multichannel detectors usually includes sensitive narrow-bandpass channel filters. Instead, these sensors include a central window — a...

Understand Produce Contamination

May
2017
Critical Issues
Deepti Salvi
Foodborne pathogen outbreaks can be prevented by limiting the number of microbes that attach to produce surfaces. This article explains the interactions between bacterial cells and produce surfaces and the mechanisms of pathogen attachment and detachment.

Spotlight on Safety: Process Safety - Start Them Young

May
2017
Spotlight on Safety
Shakeel Kadri
The concept of process safety has been around for over 200 years, although awareness of process safety was limited to nearly nonexistent for most of this time. Two catastrophic incidents — at Flixborough, U.K., in 1974 and Bhopal, India, in 1984 —...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Non-Viral Gene Delivery for Cancer Therapy

May
2017
Journal Highlight
As researchers gain more insight into the molecular basis of cancer cell genesis, proliferation, and metastasis, gene therapy has emerged as a promising strategy for cancer treatment. In particular, the non-viral delivery of therapeutic nucleic acid...

Technical Entity Trends: A World Transitioning to Translational Medicine

May
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
The failure rate for new drugs and therapies under development exceeds 95%. For the other 5%, it takes at least 14 years and more than $1 billion to develop a successful candidate into a product that can be delivered to patients. The field of...

Books: May 2017

May
2017
Books
Expensive Sentences: Debunking the Common Myths that Derail Decision and Sabotage Success Jack Quarles, Ideapress Publishing, Washington, DC, $24.95, 292 pages, Feb. 2017, ISBN: 978-1-940-85825-8 We often employ proverbs, conventional wisdom, and...

YPOV: Skills They Don’t Teach You in School

May
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know for your career in a four-year undergraduate program. A proper education should prepare you with the tools and skills you need to problem-solve in the “real world.” However, the typical chemical...

Compressed Air Basics

May
2017
Back To Basics
Michael L. Stowe, P.E.
Compressing air is an inefficient and expensive process. This article offers some tactics to optimize your compressed air system, which can help reduce energy costs at your plant.

Process Safety Beacon: Corroded Tanks Are Dangerous

May
2017
Process Safety Beacon
A tank containing spent sulfuric acid (and some hydrocarbon) from a refinery alkylation process exploded in 2001 (Photo 1), injuring eight and killing one person. Some of the spilled sulfuric acid flowed into a nearby river, causing environmental...

Process Safety Visions: Intentional Competency Development

April
2017
Process Safety Visions
The Process Safety Visions (PSV) column takes an in-depth look at the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s (CCPS) Vision 20/20 industry tenets and societal themes. This month we discuss the tenet of intentional competency development. Competency...

Process Safety Beacon: Is Your Vessel Really Empty?

April
2017
Process Safety Beacon
An explosion and fire occurred in a 50,000-bbl/day fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) that was being brought online after a seven-week maintenance shutdown. This accident was not caused by a runaway reaction, leak of flammable material, or static...

Delivering Genes to Plants

April
2017
SBE Special Section
Gozde S. Demirer, Markita P. Landry
Traditional methods of gene delivery to plants are labor- and time-intensive, are suitable for only a small number of hosts, and have high toxicity and limited practical applicability. This article discusses how nanoparticle-based approaches could enable efficient gene transfer into plants.

Profile: Innovating Plant-Based Vaccines and Therapeutics

April
2017
Profile
“Bringing a new product to market is never an easy task,” says Marc-André D’Aoust, Vice President, Research and Innovation, of Medicago. “At Medicago, we’re developing new products, such as influenza virus-like particles (VLPs), manufactured in a...

SBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology

April
2017
SBE Special Section
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay, Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology can be broadly defined as technologies that accelerate the process of genetically engineering biological systems. Although the field encompasses both plant and mammalian cells, in recent years, research has targeted mainly mammalian cells.

Career Corner: Tests Than Can Help You Reinvent Your Career

April
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you wake up most mornings thinking that you would rather be doing anything other than your current job, then it may be time to do something about it. Your skills and expertise as a chemical engineer are applicable to numerous engineering and STEM...

The ChE in Context: PAIC: The ChE’s Voice In and About Government

April
2017
The ChE in Context
Phillip R. Westmoreland
AIChE’s Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) helps the Institute and its members to communicate effectively with public officials, the public, and each other about technical and professional issues relevant to public policy. AIChE is...

Soft Skills for Chemical Engineers

April
2017
Career Catalyst
The term soft skills refers to nontechnical proficiencies. As the name implies, soft skills are not rigidly defined but often include communication (verbal and written), teamwork and collaboration, leadership, creativity, and adaptability.

New Products: April 2017

April
2017
New Products
Software Software Simulates Plant Environment for Operator Training OmegaLand V3.1 dynamic simulation environment enables the construction of virtual plant models that can be used to train operators and study and verify new processes. The platform...

Get Creative with Process Safety Management

April
2017
Safety
Paul Baybutt
Creative thinking is a necessary skill in process safety. While most people are born with the capacity for creative thinking, this skill can be lost through formal education and societal pressures that discourage it. Luckily, creative thinking can be learned.

Editorial: Conquering Fatigue

April
2017
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, April 2017. I scan a daily digest of press releases that I receive to get ideas for my editorials. One recent headline caught my...

Become a Better Writer

April
2017
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
You may call yourself an engineer, but you’re also a writer. Follow these 10 tips to improve your writing.

Offshore Technology Conference Expo Preview

April
2017
New Products
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is an annual event where more than 90,000 energy professionals meet to advance their scientific and technical knowledge related to offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and...

SBE Supplement: Plant Synthetic Biology (Full 28-Page Supplement)

April
2017
SBE Special Section
SBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology; A Brief History and Outlook on Plant Engineering; Synthetic Promoters for Precise Control of Gene Expression in Plants; Delivering Genes to Plants; Solar-Driven Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products

Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers

March, 2017
This book covers the basic concepts of chemical engineering in an easy-to-understand way, enabling non-chemical engineers to better interface with and understand chemical engineers and the fundamental concepts of chemical processing, design, and operation. Coverage includes differences between...

O Beacon : Uma Ferramenta Gratuita que Salva Vidas

November
2016
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
This is a non-official document translation although based on the original article, "The Beacon: A Free Tool That Saves Lives. Please, refer to the original language version of the article at www.aiche.org/resources/publications/cep/2016/november/...

Process Safety Visions: Disciplined Adherence to Standards

March
2017
Process Safety Visions
The Process Safety Visions (PSV) column takes an in-depth look at the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s (CCPS) Vision 20/20 industry tenets and societal themes. The first two installments introduced committed culture and vibrant management...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Microreaction Technology Comes of Age

March
2017
Journal Highlight
Microreaction technology has matured over the past two decades, from simple devices and concepts to diverse commercial equipment and applications. This evolution has occurred in parallel with process intensification efforts aimed at using...

Safely Service Your Relief Devices

March
2017
Safety
Aubry Shackelford, P.E., P.Eng., Jeffrey Heil, P.E., Ian Sergo
Safety risks and economic costs make shutting down a process when a pressure relief device needs to be isolated or removed less than ideal. Several alternative methods are available that will enable you to isolate these devices while continuing to run your process.

Process Safety Visions: Committed Culture

November
2016
Process Safety Visions
What does great process safety look like? The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) offers a common vision of excellent process safety performance — Vision 20/20. In this vision, companies follow five industry tenets enabled by four societal...

Leadership Q&A: Control What You Can Control

July
2016
Leadership Q&A
Craig Rogerson, chairman, president, and CEO of Chemtura, talks to CEP about leading a global specialty chemicals company out of bankruptcy to profitability by pruning first — i.e. , divesting nonstrategic businesses — to stimulate new growth...

Achieve Work-Life Balance

March
2017
Career Catalyst
Giselle Schlegel
Finding a balance between work and your personal life is critical to your happiness and well-being, as well as the success of your company.

YPOV: Should You Pursue PE Licensure?

March
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) takes dedication. Having a PE after your name signals to employers and clients that you have competence in your field and helps set you apart from your competitors. Although the requirements to...

Process Safety Visions: Vibrant Management Systems

January
2017
Process Safety Visions
The Center for Chemical Process Safety’s (CCPS) Vision 20/20 program provides a comprehensive view of what great process safety looks like. The first installment of the Process Safety Visions (PSV) column ( CEP, Nov. 2016, p. 22) introduced Vision...

Leadership Q&A: Innovating Solutions to the World’s Top Concerns

March
2017
Leadership Q&A
In this month’s column, Teressa Szelest, the president of market and business development North America for BASF Corp., talks about innovation strategy and how BASF balances quarterly results with investments in long-term research and development...

Letters: March 2017

March
2017
Letters
Introverts Giving Back I am responding to your editorial in the November 2016 issue, “The Introverted Leader — An Oxymoron?” I appreciated your comments regarding the introverted leader. I, too, am an introvert. Because of that, it has taken me this...

New Products: March 2017

March
2017
New Products
Measurement Equipment Level Transmitters Provide Accurate Measurements in Challenging Applications The Model 2290 unguidedwave radar transmitters and Model 2291 guided-radar transmitters incorporate advanced radar-sensing technology designed for...

12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium

June 2-6, 2019
The 12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium will take place 2-6 June 2019 in exciting San Antonio, TX. Please check back soon for more updates on the Call for Abstracts and other program announcements. The triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium has been bringing together the world's leaders in...

New Products: February 2017

February
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Respirator Lets You Focus on the Job Duraflow is a lightweight and ergonomic powered air respirator that incorporates real-time air-flow control technology. Assurance of respiratory protection means you can focus on...

Qatar’s Chemical Industry: Monetizing Natural Gas

February
2017
Global Outlook
Hassan E. Alfadala, Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi
With one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves and a vision to become the “Gas Capital of the World,” Qatar is monetizing its wealth of resources through the production of value-added chemicals and energy products.

Profile: Tackling the Challenges of Regulating Biotechnology

February
2017
Profile
“Policy issues are often divorced from science and technology, and I think that needs to change,” says Megan J. Palmer, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford Univ. CISAC brings together...

Use the Bow Tie Diagram to Help Reduce Process Safety Risks

December
2016
Safety
Bruce K. Vaughen, P.E., Kenneth Bloch
Bow tie diagrams are useful for visualizing process safety risks and safeguards. Although typically used after an incident has occurred, bow tie diagrams can also be employed during a process hazard analysis.

Books: February 2017

February
2017
Books
The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change Nada Anid and Laurie Cantileno, Monique J. Morrow and Rahilla Zafar, Eds., Rivers Publishers, Gistrup, Denmark, $29.95, 350 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-8-793-37968-8 Gender equality and female...

Technical Entity Trends: A Cure May Stem From Your Cells

February
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Before her first birthday, Layla Richards was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant failed to cure her, she was treated in 2015 with engineered T-cells. The treatment eradicated all traces of...

Career Corner: Dealing with Difficult Coworkers

February
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
You spend more time with coworkers each week than you do with your family — especially if you work in an open-plan office. When you must interact with a colleague whose behaviors annoy you, your workday can quickly become stressful and unproductive...

Centrifugal Compressors in Ethylene Plants

February
2017
Back To Basics
Shane Harvey, P.Eng.
Centrifugal compressors are used in ethylene plants for cracked-gas compression and refrigeration services. This article describes the basic design and operation of these compressors.

Process Saety Beacon: Do Not Mix Incompatible Materials in Storage Tanks

February
2017
Process Safety Beacon
The incompatible chemicals sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) were inadvertently mixed during a routine raw material delivery to a plant in Atchison, KS, on Oct. 21, 2016. The chemicals reacted, releasing a cloud of chlorine gas into the...

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