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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.

Juice Up Your Electronics, Literally

August 30, 2010
Imagine you're on a backpacking trip high atop the Sierra Nevadas. You were dying to test out your amateur photography skills but in the rush of getting ready for the trip, you...

Google Science Fair 2012

January 31, 2012
Google is inviting students aged 13-18 to put their inquisitive nature to the test and pose their most pressing questions about the world around them and answer them with a...

Sustainability in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals

August 30, 2012
This meeting will bring together thought-leaders from the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The meeting's goal is to allow engineers in these industries to assess...

Team Stores 200 MB of Data on DNA Strands

July 12, 2016
With increasingly large volumes of data being created every day, the search for stable and compact data storage has turned to DNA to replace the relatively fragile magnetic...

An Ancient Material Finds New Uses in Nano Age

May 13, 2011
Silk worms dine on their staple of mulberry leaves For centuries caravans crisscrossed the Middle East and snaked through China in the pursuit of silk and its wondrous qualities...

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

April 7, 2014
Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was...

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest...

Pharma Turns to Gut for New Drugs

January 25, 2016
The past few years have been full of stories about how a number of serious conditions could be treated or cured by introducing certain bacteria to the digestive system. Now, a...

Buckeyballs Found in Space by NASA Telescope

July 23, 2010
Buckeyballs are soccer-ball shaped carbon molecules that were first observed in in a laboratory 25 years ago. NASA reports that these elusive carbon molecules were spotted in...

SBE Conference on Electrofuels Research

August 3, 2011
SBE's Conference on Electrofuels Research will bring together the nation's key players in energy innovation: engineers, scientists, venture capital investors, technology...

Is Sugar the New Oil? BASF May Think So

January 12, 2012
Renmatix , a small cellulosic sugar startup that says it can produce sugar from non-food biomass for the same price as making it from sugarcane, just received a $50 million...

Major Genome Facility Opening in Manhattan

July 25, 2012
Construction starts this month on the The New York Genome Center (NYGC) which aims to be the largest research center of its kind in North America. First on its list of major...

November 2013 CEP Preview

November 12, 2013
This month, a special supplement on biochemical engineering with a focus on the work of D. I. C. Wang, founder of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE).

June 2016 CEP Preview

June 14, 2016
This month a special SBE supplement looks at commercializing industrial biotechnology.

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

The Heart Beats Again?

February 21, 2012
Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles just peeled back some of the mystery shrouding the heart to prove the potential for stem cell use in repairing heart...

First the Google Glass, and Now Google Contacts?

January 21, 2014
Unlike the Google Glass, Google's contact lens should not be scary to anyone. Developed as a blood glucose monitoring device, millions of diabetics could benefit from the lens.

Systems Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

March 19, 2010
Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led the team that engineered E. coli to produce PLA. They developed a one-stage process...

Researchers Grow Living Tissue in Lab

June 11, 2011
NPR's Science Friday recently reported about researchers at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center who are growing living tissue in the lab. Using existing tissue from lab animals...

Human Platelets Generated in Vitro

July 23, 2014
Researchers have successfully created a bioreactor that generates human platelets in vitro, potentially addressing blood transfusion needs worldwide.

April 2016 CEP Preview

April 7, 2016
This month, tips for including water conservation in your energy-management program, an introduction to mammalian cell culture, pointers for preventing caking of bulk solids, and...

Startup Hits Bio-Crude Production Milestone

November 27, 2012
After hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding and stock market IPOs, second-generation biofuels still hadn't moved beyond small pilot plants, despite rosy...

Synthetic Biology Produces Green Nanowires

July 18, 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a biological nanowire that could help make nanoelectronics greener. The scientists have genetically designed a...

April 2015 CEP Preview

April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...

Man Creates Synthetic Life

July 29, 2010
When you think of synthetic life, how many of you conjure up an image of Bishop 341-B, from the 1986 science fiction film Aliens or do you think of the largely genetic focused...

Electrofuels: Better Than Biofuels?

August 4, 2011
You know biofuels, but what about electrofuels? Electrofuels are a category of highly efficient biofuel production schemes whereby algae and other microorganisms utilize solar-...

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

January 19, 2012
Drew Berry, a 2010 MacArthur fellow, is a biomedical animator who creates scientifically accurate and stunning animations to illustrate how molecules in our cells move and...

A New View of Cancer

July 27, 2012
For decades, researcher Mina Bissell pursued a revolutionary idea: a cancer cell doesn't automatically become a tumor, but rather, depends on surrounding cells for cues on how to...

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations [On Location]

November 13, 2013
Working with a plant site's existing natural resources, chemical engineers can harness ecosystems to mitigate undesirable plant outputs and reduce or eliminate the need for...

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