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2019 Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Conference

December 8-10, 2019
The Food Innovation & Engineering Conference (FOODIE), hosted by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (Division 15), will offer a chance for people from multiple disciplines (including food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, members of supply chain, and more, as well as chefs, restauranteurs, and foodies alike) to network and share ideas to improve the food world.

Join RAPID@Annual!

November 10-14, 2019

RAPID members are cordially invited to attend AIChE’s 2019 Annual meeting in Orlando, FL. RAPID will be hosting a number of events and PI Topical Conference sessions - click here to view the full schedule.

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.

CEP: News Update

October
2019
News Update
AIChE Diversity Report Highlights Gaps in Inclusion Researchers at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) recently published a study that examines the experiences of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and...

Shining a Light into the Unknown

September 17, 2019

Optogenetics is opening new doors, thanks to discoveries about how neurons function and their role in various conditions and behaviors.

Reactive Chemical Hazards

Archived Webinar
Aug 28, 2019
Incidents due to reactive chemical hazards continue to occur in the manufacturing industry, resulting in loss of life, property damage, and environmental impacts. There are many federal regulations...

Graphene Can Prevent Mosquito Bites

August 30, 2019

Researchers at Brown University have shown that multilayer graphene can provide a defense against mosquito bites in two ways.

Ammonia as a Fuel Cell Alternative?

August 26, 2019

Fuel cells continue to be a hot topic, and as hydrogen fuel cell technology advances, we are also seeing fuel cell alternatives.

The New Homegrown

August 16, 2019

Space exploration and habitation will require new ways of producing food, oxygen, and more, and chemical engineers are already hard at work.

Ethylene Decomposition Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Ethylene decomposition is a rather subtle hazard that can occur when ethylene is exposed to elevated pressure and temperature. This paper will...

3D Printing- Unique Hazards When Metal Dust Is Created

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Over the past several years, manufacturers in the additive industries have employed 3D printing to increase efficiency on plant floors. Materials...

Heavy Oil Reforming

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Heavy Oil Reforming TDA Research is developing a reforming process capable of converting nearly any hydrocarbon feedstock into H 2 . Our process has...

Transforming Abundant Data into Improved Process Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Today, processing facilities are beginning to effectively utilize the abundance of process and asset health data and information as part of an...

An Overview of Recycle Streams As a Source of Contamination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
To minimize waste, steam crackers tend to feature a range of recycle streams, either internally within the plant, or externally from neighboring...

High Cycle Fatigue in Steam Turbines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
Review the impact of high cycle fatigue for steam turbine blades especially in high stress areas Discuss the presence of inclusions, especially those...

Renewable Hydrogen for Sustainable Ammonia Production

August
2019
Special Section
Trevor Brown
More than half of all produced hydrogen is consumed in ammonia plants. Ammonia’s potential as a carbon-free fuel, hydrogen carrier, and energy store represents an opportunity for renewable hydrogen technologies to be deployed at an even greater scale.

New Products: August 2019

August
2019
New Products
MATERIALS AND CHEMICALS Binder for Textile Coating Strengthens Wet and Dry Materials Appretan NTR is a water-based textile coating binder made of renewable ingredients for applications such as tea bags, coffee filters, and capsules. Approximately...

MMAIChE and Their Winning Brew

July 25, 2019

The AIChE Beer Brewing Competition is not only fun, but it has also proven a good way to energize local sections. It's also a way to help improve the next craft brew.

CEP: News Update

August
2019
News Update
New Report Looks to the Future of Separation Science The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released a new report detailing a research agenda for the future of separation science. The memo outlines major...

CEP: News Update

July
2019
News Update
AI Gives the Fragrance Industry a New Nose In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has found its way into the fragrance industry. The union sometimes seems at odds with the world of scent, which is often tied to human emotion. Yet, as the...

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...

CEP: News Update

June
2019
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...

CEP: News Update

May
2019
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

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...

Thailand’s Petrochemical Industry

May
2019
Global Outlook
Wiroon Tanthapanichakoon, P. E.
Thailand has one of the most well-developed petrochemical industries in Asia. This article provides insights into past and present trends, challenges, and key success factors for the Thai chemical industry.

Modeling and Simulation in Food Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 3, 2019
Are you interested in understanding how to overcome challenges and difficulties in the food industry by utilizing multiphysics modeling? In just about every industry, modeling and simulation are...

Meet Process Engineer Varun Harikumar

February 7, 2019

Varun shares his experiences as a young process engineer, discussing his career path, challenges of his work in process engineering, and more.

March 2019 CEP Preview

March 12, 2019

This month, an up-close look at process intensification, plus an intro to dividing-wall columns, a look at catalyst replacement economics, and more.

Edible Demos and Sweet Class Activities

Archived Webinar
Feb 20, 2019
Thermodynamics, transport, reaction kinetics, materials, mass and energy balances, and design. Sounds like the ChemE undergraduate curriculum but can just as well describe what millions of people do...

The Kitchen Chemist

Archived Webinar
Feb 28, 2018
In this webinar, Dr. Hartings explores several areas where home cooks have performed intricate and amazing chemistry while developing new recipes. His presentation focuses on examples of kitchen...

Chocolate Engineering: Structure, Rheology, and Bloom

Archived Webinar
Jan 25, 2018
Chocolate - it’s a lot more complex than it looks. Take this webinar to better understand the properties of chocolate and the difference they make. In 60 minutes, delve into the chemical properties...

Engineering a Delicious Thanksgiving Feast

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2017
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? Don’t leave out the science—the most important ingredient in a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Tune in to learn food scientist Guy Crosby’s...

Modeling Packed Bed Reactors

Archived Webinar
Oct 19, 2017
Do you work with investigations of packed bed reactors? Are you still modeling using the traditional approach of semi-analytical approximations? Learn why and how to model in the COMSOL software. In...

Chemical Reactivity Management

Archived Webinar
May 10, 2017
Could there be potential reactive hazards in your facility you’re not aware of? Don’t let undesired reactions lead to uncontrolled situations and reactive chemical incidents. In this ioKinetic...

Purifying Water in Developing Countries

Archived Webinar
Sep 21, 2016
Engineers know how to produce safe drinking water, but transferring it to those in need is another story. In this webinar, Dr. Velegol discusses her experience developing a technology using the seeds...

Advancing Base Metal Catalysis in Pharma

Archived Webinar
Sep 7, 2016
Involved in metal catalysis in the pharmaceutical industry? Relying on precious metal catalysts? This webinar is for you. In 60 minutes, this webinar will discuss the pros and cons of base metal...

The Flint Water Crisis - Explore What Occurred and How

Archived Webinar
Apr 8, 2016
The Flint water crisis created a perfect storm of drinking water issues, exposing 100,000 residents to unsafe drinking water. Join us to revisit what happened and how. In 60 minutes, you’ll...

Molecular Simulations of Surfactants, Lipids, and Polymers

Archived Webinar
Jan 20, 2016
Explore the growing power of molecular simulations to address a variety of problems. In 60 minutes, you’ll delve into the basics of molecular simulations and see examples of their applications to...

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...
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