Chemical Engineering Practice

2020 Frontiers in Particle Science and Technology

March 30 - April 1, 2020
The 2020 Frontiers in Particle Science and Technology (FPST), hosted by the AIChE Particle Technology Forum (PTF) is proud to announce a conference focused on particle design in product engineering. The 2020 FPST will bring together practitioners and researchers in the field of particle science and...

Cell Free Systems Conference

December 4-6, 2019
The Cell Free Systems Conference will focus on understanding, harnessing and expanding the capabilities of biological systems without living intact cells. Abstract Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019 Submit an Abstract Registration Info Conference Flyer

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

July 2019 CEP Preview

July 9, 2019

A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.

Optimize your Continuous Process Campaign

Archived Webinar
Jun 26, 2019
Did you know there are simple tools that can significantly improve your process campaign strategy? Or reduce turnaround costs? Join this 60-minute webinar to learn how to optimize your continuous...

Introduction to Industrial Insulation

Back To Basics
Kim Melton, Jack Bittner
Designing an insulation system is more nuanced than simply selecting a material that has a maximum use temperature above the operating temperature of your system.

Rethink Commissioning for Smart Technologies

Peter Kalish
Effective commissioning is critical to realizing the benefits of new equipment. As many facilities transition to smart technologies, this process requires even more diligence.

Essentials of Steam Turbine Design and Analysis

Back To Basics
Jimmy D. Kumana
Effective design, analysis, and integration of steam turbines can help optimize steam supply reliability and overall energy efficiency across your plant.

New Products: July 2019

New Products
Heat Transfer Stirring Hot Plates Handle Corrosive Materials These corrosion-resistant, multiposition, stirring analog hot plates are suitable for acid digestions and can be used with most corrosive solutions. The 12-in. (305-mm) square ceramic...

An Introduction to Vapor Intrusion

Environmental Management
Tracy L. Repp, Brooke N. Voeller, Jeffrey A. Bolin
Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when contaminants in soil or groundwater drift into a building or facility through cracks and seams in the foundation. This article describes steps to mitigate VI at your facility.

2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Expanded Analysis

Salary Survey
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $126,000 — 1.6% higher than the median reported in 2017.

Reducing Energy Costs and Emissions with Combustion Control

Plant Operations
Julie Valentine
Combustion in fired heaters and boilers is typically based on either volumetric flow control or pressure control of the fuel gas feeding the burner. Using mass flow control could help lower energy costs and emissions.

June 2019 CEP Preview

June 11, 2019

This issue, the 2019 AIChE salary survey for chemical engineering, along with articles on smart manufacturing, cybersecurity, cooling tower design, and much more.

Gayle Gibson: Featured LGBTQ ChemE Professional

May 16, 2018

A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.

CEP: News Update

News Update
Could Cannabis Help Treat Brain Disease? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis, lacking the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives marijuana users a carefree high. CBD has become wildly popular for recreational...

Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Intensification of Fast Pyrolysis

Advanced Manufacturing Progress
Robert Brown
Fast pyrolysis is one of many processes being developed to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and other energy and chemical products. In fast pyrolysis, biomass is rapidly heated to about 500°C to release volatile compounds that are quickly...

New Products: June 2019

New Products
Operations and Maintenance Remote Data Logger Connects to the Cloud The Digi-Sense multiparameter data logger allows operations maintenance personnel to remotely monitor temperature, humidity, CO 2 , or barometric pressure levels of a laboratory,...

Basic Emergency Relief System Design

Face-to-Face Course
Preparing to use DIERS technology in your emergency relief system design - but not sure where to start? Attend this instructor-led, 3-day course for...

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids

Face-to-Face Course
Gain a better understanding of pneumatic conveying problems and principles, allowing you to evaluate and troubleshoot your in-plant systems to...

Integrated Process Synthesis

Face-to-Face Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

Patent Update: Will Secret Sales Be a Bar to a Patent?

Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
In one of its rare forays into patent law, the U.S. Supreme Court redefined one type of prior art ( i.e., the pre-existing disclosures or commercial activities that can invalidate a patent), narrowing the opportunities for inventors who engage in...

Smart Manufacturing: Hope or Hype?

Back To Basics
Munawar Saudagar, Minghua Ye, Sultan Al-Otaibi, Khalid Al-jarba
The chemical process industries (CPI) are hurtling toward a smarter future, but confusion and exaggeration around new technologies are causing some to want to stay behind. Sober guidance on selection, implementation, and utilization of digital tools can help differentiate the hope from the hype.

2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

Salary Survey
The results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey are in, revealing positive advances for the chemical engineering profession. The median annual salary of respondents to the 2019 survey is $126,000 — a 1.6% increase over the 2017 median of $124,000.

Time-Scale Analysis: A Process Intensification Tool

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT
When developing chemical process modules or analyzing a plant flow-sheet diagram one needs a tool to recognize the elements of the process where process intensification is needed and in what...

Meet Process Engineer Ogochukwu Enekwizu

May 17, 2019

Welcome to the latest in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

May 2019 CEP Preview

May 15, 2019

This month, a look at chemical engineering in the food industry, along with tips for industrial insulation, dealing with vapor-phase idealities in chemical process simulations, and more.

Putting Pressure on Food

SBE Special Section
V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam, Nitin Nitin, Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Alifdalino Sulaiman
The food industry has embraced high-pressure processing (HPP) as a food safety technology. HPP may also help satisfy consumer demand for clean-label products that are safe, nutritious, and don’t include synthetic chemicals.

Vapor-Phase Nonideality: When to Worry

Computational Methods
John P. O'Connell
Should you account for vapor property nonidealities in chemical process simulations? The answer will depend on the degree of uncertainty allowed in your system.

CEP: News Update

News Update
A Transparent Polymer Skull Lets Scientists Peek into Mice Brains Researchers at the Univ. of Minnesota (UM) have developed a transparent, 3D-printed polymer skull that can be implanted in mice to study a wide swath of the cerebral cortex — the...

New Products: May 2019

New Products
Materials and Chemicals New Materials Enhance Properties of Plastics The XPB 633 BEADS universally conductive carbon black is intended for use with thermoplastics that must be conductive and have antistatic properties. This carbon is easy to...

Functional Surfaces in Food Processing

SBE Special Section
Stephen M. C. Ritchie, Mainara Costa-Teixeira, Ryan M. Summers
Food contacts many inert surfaces that direct flow or induce turbulence during processing. These surfaces could be modified to provide additional capabilities. The feed spacer material of spiral-wound membranes used in dairy applications is one such surface that could be functionalized to mitigate bacterial growth.

Meet Process Engineer Shahzeb Hassan

April 18, 2019

Learn about the work Shahzeb does as a process engineer, and hear what he has to stay about his greatest responsibilities and challenges on the job.

Biotechnology for Aquaculture

Archived Webinar
Apr 17, 2019
Are you interested in learning about the emerging industry of aquaculture? Join this 60-minute KnipBio webinar, to learn examples of engineering solutions based on biotechnology.

April 2019 CEP Preview

April 12, 2019

In this month's issue, a look at managing severe weather and flood risks (open access article), tips for optimizing industrial fermenters, bioprocessing safety, and much more.

Kathleen S. Shell, Executive VP at Applied Engineering Solutions, shares career experiences with the audience in New Orleans.

Women in Process Safety

April 11, 2019

An impressive lineup of women leaders gathered at GCPS in New Orleans to discuss career paths, challenges, and and more.

Meet Process Engineer Marc Clithero

March 19, 2019

Learn about Marc's work overseas, some of the challenges he currently faces working in Kazakhstan, and how he got into process engineering.

Meet Process Engineer Jacob Albrecht

November 21, 2018

Jacob Albrecht discusses the challenging but enjoyable road to manufacturing new medicines, and the creative aspects of process engineering.

Meet Process Engineer Delia Contreras

September 7, 2018

Welcome to the tenth in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Meet Process Engineer Ecevit Bilgili

August 13, 2018

Professor Bilgili shares an insider's view into his role as a process engineer developing blockbuster drugs and how he later transitioned to academia.

Meet Process Engineer Denis Fallon

June 21, 2018

Want to know more about process engineering? Hear about this process engineer's career and profit from his insights on finding success in industry.

Meet Process Engineer Monica Wilson

April 20, 2018

Monica Wilson discusses what led her to the career choice of process engineer and talks about her work at Union Carbide and AkzoNobel.

Meet Process Engineer Mirza Ahmad

March 28, 2018

Welcome to the third in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Meet Process Engineer Mike Ulowetz

March 2, 2018

Welcome to the second in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Meet Process Engineer Robert Nunley

January 8, 2018

Welcome to the first in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

New Products: April 2019

New Products
Instrumentation Single-Gas Monitors Boast Long Lifespan These robust single-gas monitors provide reliable readings under harsh operating conditions. The Pac 6000 and Pac 6500 monitors detect common gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide,...

Distillation Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
Gain an understanding of the theory of successful distillation practices. In addition, learn about what actually happens in a column with this online...

Introduction to Deep Learning: Part 2

On The Horizon
Amit Gupta
A truly intelligent system is one that can learn on its own. This article delves into more-complex neural networks that underpin deep learning — the technology that is revolutionizing artificial intelligence.
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