Biological Engineering


Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)

SBE is a global technological community that promotes the integration of engineering with biology and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. SBE provides opportunities for interaction of engineers and scientists, develops products and services bring value to the broad biological engineering community, and infuses awareness of biological engineering among all functions and activities of AIChE.

Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP)

The Forest Bioproducts Division promotes knowledge sharing and networking on topics dealing with products obtained from forest resources and other lignocellulosic materials.

Profile: Developing Novel Solutions to Improve Patient Care

Lonnie Shea, a professor and chair in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the Univ. of Michigan, is an internationally recognized researcher whose work spans the fields of regenerative medicine, biomaterials, and gene and drug delivery. His research seeks to advance technologies and solutions at the interface of engineering and medicine.

Biolubricants Development, Formulation and Friction Test

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biolubricants have exhibited a lot of advantages over the conventional lubricants: excellent lubricity, minimizing of corrosion of metal surfaces,...

Technical Entity Trends: A World Transitioning to Translational Medicine

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...

May 2017 CEP Preview

May 8, 2017
Understand the pros & cons of modular design, learn to optimize compressed air systems, reduce produce contamination, and more.

Biomanufacturing for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Working in a biopharmaceutical or vaccine company? Review the unit operations used to manufacture biological products with this online course.

Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

CEP: News Update

News Update
4D Printing Creates Shape-Shifting Materials Scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology and Singapore Univ. of Technology and Design have developed a way to 3D-print objects that can easily change shape when they are heated. The process could...

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

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...

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

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

Profile: Innovating Plant-Based Vaccines and Therapeutics

“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...

April 2017 CEP Preview

April 12, 2017
This month: a special feature on becoming a better writer, which anyone can read in full online.

Delivering Genes to Plants

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.

SBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology

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.

Ice Cream Engineering

Archived Webinar
Aug 10, 2016
Ice cream is a multi-phase system. That means the engineering principles applied to making ice cream also apply to other industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer products. This webinar explores how phase transitions are controlled to create structural aspects of ice cream that...

Advancing the Design-Build-Test Cycle for Metabolic Engineering of Yeast

Archived Webinar
Feb 24, 2016
Metabolic Engineering relies on the Design-Build-Test cycle. This cycle includes technologies like mathematical modeling of metabolism, genome editing and advanced tools for phenotypic characterization. In recent years there have been advances in several of these technologies, which has enabled...

AIChE Graduate Research Spotlight - Dec. 2015

Archived Webinar
Dec 15, 2015
Three AIChE graduate student members who recently published their graduate level research joined us on this first webinar of our Graduate Research Spotlight Webinar Series. They presented their research and answered questions. The presenters were: Name School Topic Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi University...

Introduction to Surfactants

Archived Webinar
Dec 9, 2015
This session is a basic introduction to the types of surfactants found in industry, their properties, and how those properties translate into improved performance in specific applications. Surfactants can be found in a wide range of products we use every day such as personal care products, cleaners...

Metabolic Engineering of Bacteria for Production of Oleochemicals

Archived Webinar
Dec 16, 2014
This talk describes pathways for producing high-value commodity chemicals derived from fatty-acids and how we have combined synthetic biology and systems biology to improve oleochemical production in bacteria using sustainable feedstocks. I describe my group’s efforts to engineer artificial...

Hollow Fiber Microfiltration of Microorganisms from Food and Water

Archived Webinar
Dec 3, 2014
This presentation discusses the factors involved in designing and operating an automated hollow fiber microfiltration system for concentrating microorganisms from complex fluids that can rapidly foul membranes. By combining pretreatment of the fluids prior to microfiltration, with an automatically...

In Silico Design Tools for Engineering Microbial Biocatalysts

Archived Webinar
Nov 25, 2014
Choosing from the great variety of computational tools now being utilized in the metabolic engineering field can be challenging. You need a computational tool that is able to account qualitatively and quantitatively for a wide range of different data types relevant to biological systems. This...

Introduction to Knovel

Archived Webinar
Jun 12, 2014
For AIChE Members Only Knovel provides answers for chemical engineers and scientists across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, solve design problems, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more. This webinar provides: an overview of the AIChE Knovel subscription...

Chemical Engineers as Biomedical Innovators

Archived Webinar
Aug 7, 2013
The design of biomedical materials is rooted in principles of chemical engineering. This presentation describes the connections between chemical engineering and biomedical innovations, and discusses the translation of novel materials into clinical applications.

VLS: Great Inventions That Changed The World

Archived Webinar
Mar 28, 2013
You will not only learn about inventions and inventors, but also the impact they have had on our lives and the society and environment in which we live today. Inventions solve problems, but they can also directly or indirectly create new problems as well, from pollution to global warming to...

Biofuels: Metrics and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 22, 2012
Learn about the critical economic, environmental and social issues that will impact a biofuels project along with the technical programs that could enhance a particular project.

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biological water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa wastewater to create functional, multipurpose, "living art" within a small business environment. In this informative webinar you will learn how to "...

Electrofuel Production Using Ammonia or Iron in Reverse Microbial Fuel Cells

Archived Webinar
May 29, 2012
The production of electrofuels requires the efficient transport of electrons from an electrochemical system into a biological system. We have approached this challenge by identifying natural chemical mediators that can be easily reduced electrochemically and are natural substrates for different...

Algae - The New Green Crude

Archived Webinar
Mar 1, 2012
Algae provides one solution to help the US reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create new green jobs. Barry Cohen and Will Thurmond will discuss both the technology and the commercial framework for the New Green Crude.

Microbial-Electrocatalytic Biofuel Production

Archived Webinar
Feb 23, 2012
Dr Singer and his lab are developing an integrated Microbial-ElectroCatalytic (MEC) system to produce advanced biofuels from H2/CO2. We have engineered Ralstonia eutropha, an aerobic chemolithoautotroph, to produce biofuel products by manipulating the polyhydroxybutyrate, fatty acid and isoprenoid...

Cheers! The Chemistry of Wine

Archived Webinar
Feb 1, 2012
This webinar provides all the necessary information to fully appreciate this best companion of good food. It presents the history of wine as well as the chemical aspects of fermentation and of aging.

Engineering Single-Cell Bioanalytics for Discovery and Bioprocess Characterization

Archived Webinar
Jan 24, 2012
Discovery of new antibodies for therapeutics requires discerning tools to identify rare cells producing specific antibodies among many similar ones. Bioprocess development also relies on methods to identify optimized cell lines producing heterologous proteins. This talk will describe an approach...

Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of Flavor

Archived Webinar
Oct 26, 2011
What gives food its flavor? What makes some foods taste really good while others can be mediocre or even disgusting? How far can science go in answering these and other questions that are so important for domestic cooks and chefs alike? In this webinar, Professor Peter Barham addresses these and...

From Biomass to Biofuels: Breaking the Cellulose Barrier

Archived Webinar
Oct 5, 2011
Cellulases are of considerable current interest for converting the cellulosic content of biomass to fermentable sugars for biofuels production. To facilitate the enzymatic conversion of biomass to sugars, pre-treatment processes at high temperatures, low pH, and even in ionic liquids are candidates...

Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration

Archived Webinar
Aug 23, 2011
Micro- and nanoscale technologies are emerging as powerful tools for controlling the interaction between cells and their surroundings for biological studies, tissue engineering, and cell-based screening. In addition, hydrogel biomaterials have been increasingly used in various tissue engineering...

Providing Energy to a Growing World: Bio-Gasoline and High-Efficiency Engines

Archived Webinar
Jun 9, 2011
Dr. Holtzapple describes the challenges of providing energy to a growing world. To address energy needs, he shows how the MixAlco process converts waste biomass into bio-gasoline. Further, he explains how to reduce the need for gasoline by using a high-efficiency StarRotor engine.

Engineering and Health Care

Archived Webinar
May 16, 2011
Dr. Langer discusses the involvement of engineering in health care, from the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering.

Tapping into the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing

Archived Webinar
Apr 6, 2011
This webinar puts the complexity of malting and brewing into readily accessible terms. Anyone interested in understanding the journey from grain, hops and yeast through to the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage will gain a new appreciation for the skill that goes into making a product with such...

Biomaterials for Stem Cell Tissue Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 5, 2011
Stem cells have become a promising cell source in the tissue engineering field. Intense studies have been focused at the cell and molecular biology levels on understanding the relationship between stem cell growth and terminal differentiation in an effort to control these processes. Recent...

New Technologies from Engineered Chimeric Proteins

Archived Webinar
Mar 21, 2011
We engineer designer fusion proteins that combine domains and functions from unrelated proteins and enzymes. In bioseparations, we have combined a previously developed pH-sensitive self-cleaving protein with a variety of purification tags to produce simple and economical methods for purifying...

Cybernetic Approach to Metabolic Modeling

Archived Webinar
Mar 10, 2011
Cybernetic modeling has evolved for well over two decades. This seminar seeks to: (i) introduce its basic tenets, (ii) expound its relationship to other approaches to modeling metabolism, and (iii) to reveal its unique dynamic capabilities. The framework is shown to provide eloquent support for...

Cell Therapy Bioprocessing

Archived Webinar
Feb 8, 2011
As cellular therapies are advancing through clinical development and getting closer to market, close collaborations between stem cell biologists, clinical cell processing technologists, and bioengineers will be required for effective commercialization of this new class of drugs. New cell production...

Towards Genome Engineering in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells

Archived Webinar
Dec 14, 2010
Worth over $30 billion, therapeutic proteins, produced by recombinant mammalian cells, have been the fastest growing class of medicines in industrialized nations. Their importance in the health industry in the next decade will be ever greater as their reach expands, improving the quality of life of...

Applications of Biotechnology: History and Prospects

Archived Webinar
Nov 4, 2010
The vast majority of the early societal benefit and commercial success in biotechnology arose from expressing single genes in bacteria and mammalian cells, to manufacture pharmaceuticals.

Biological Synthesis of Fuels and Chemicals

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2010
Global energy and climate problems have stimulated increased efforts in synthesizing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Compared to the traditional biofuel, ethanol, higher alcohols offer advantages as gasoline substitutes because of their higher energy density and lower hygroscopicity...

Modular Biocatalysis

Archived Webinar
Jun 29, 2010
Modularity is a highly sought after feature in engineering design. A modular catalyst is a multi-component system whose parts can be predictably interchanged for functional flexibility and variety. Over the past two decades, much of the research in our laboratory has focused on understanding the...

Biomass/Bioenergy Patent Landscape: Past, Present & Future

Archived Webinar
May 17, 2010
Barry J. Schindler, Esq., of Greenberg Traurig LLP's Patent Prosecution Group, addresses Intellectual Properties Issues for chemical engineers engaged in the business of biomass. This webcast is part of the Metro NY Section's 'Biomass as a Feedstock' Miniconference presented on May 17, 2010. This...

Systems Metabolic Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2010
As our concerns on global warming and other environmental problems are increasing, there has been much interest in developing sustainable system for the production of chemicals, fuels, and materials from renewable resources. As microorganisms isolated from nature are often inefficient in performing...

Molecular Bioprocessing as a New Paradigm for Drug Discovery

Archived Webinar
Mar 2, 2010
The drug discovery process is expensive and often inefficient. With the emergence of genomic and proteomic information, the growth of critical molecular targets is rapid. Nevertheless, the development of active, selective, and safe drug candidates (small molecule or biopharmaceutical) has not kept...

Molecular Elucidation and Engineering of Stem Cell Microenvironments

Archived Webinar
Jan 21, 2010
Stem cells are defined by their capacities for self-renewal and differentiation into one or more cell lineages, and these processes are regulated by signals from the stem cell microenvironment, or niche, in various tissues throughout organismal development and adulthood. These niches control cell...

Inventing the Biofuel Future – We Can Have Biomass for Fuel and Eat it Too

Archived Webinar
Oct 22, 2009
Surrounded by a world filled with the fruits of innovation and invention, pessimists generally forget or ignore the role these forces are likely to play in the developing biofuel industry. For example, they cannot seem to imagine how economic profitability and environmental improvement can be...

Industrial Systems Biology

Archived Webinar
Aug 25, 2009
Cell factories are used extensively to produce many specific molecules used as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, fuels, materials and food ingredients. Through the use of directed genetic modifications of cell factories – an approach referred to as metabolic engineering – it is possible to develop...

Designing Efficient Metabolic Networks for Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2009
Biotechnological processes depend to a large extent on the productivity of the organisms used. Recent advances in systems biology and bioinformatics have made it possible to rigorously analyze the functioning of complex metabolic networks using first principles. Such analysis provides a valuable...
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