Chemicals & Materials

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.

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

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...

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...

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

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...

Look Who's 213: The DuPont Story

Archived Webinar
Apr 23, 2015
One of the oldest companies in the world, DuPont has invented thousands of materials, played critical roles in both World Wars, and has indirectly saved the lives with its aramid fibers, Nomex®...

Through a Glass, Darkly - Early Chemical Technologies

Archived Webinar
Mar 26, 2015
Dr. Jennifer Brand will introduce the history of chemical industries that have shaped the world since time immemorial and the ways they changed lives, often in unforeseen ways. She will also discuss...

Intro to Maintenance and Reliability

Archived Webinar
Mar 11, 2015
This presentation provides those in the process and discrete manufacturing industries an introduction to the best practices in Maintenance and Reliability aimed at improving uptime and productivity...

Green Chemistry and Materials

Archived Webinar
Apr 24, 2014
Many advanced composite materials use hazardous chemicals in the adhesive resin and use inorganic fibers for strength. A typical composite like fiberglass might use a styrene-polyester co-polymer, a...

Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Waters

Archived Webinar
Dec 11, 2013
This presentation reviews membrane separation processes that could be used to treat hydraulic fracturing flowback waters. The advantages and limitations of these processes are highlighted. Data from...

Chemical Product Design

Archived Webinar
Jun 20, 2012
This webinar will discuss whether the skill set of chemists and chemical engineers is appropriate for this altered chemical industry.

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...

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.

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...

International Year of Chemistry

Archived Webinar
Sep 22, 2011
Learn about the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a worldwide celebration of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

Carbon Nanotubes and Other Nanostructured Materials

Archived Webinar
Jul 28, 2011
The discovery of fullerenes in 1985 sparked the interest of researchers in novel crystalline forms of carbon. Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of fullerenes, was a strong advocate of...

Crystal Engineering for Size and Shape

Archived Webinar
Jul 20, 2011
This webinar is intended to provide a survey of the fundamental concepts and methods for understanding crystallization from solution.

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...

Using Catalytic Nanoparticles to Clean Water

Archived Webinar
Apr 15, 2010
In this talk, I will describe our work in improving the feasibility of these NP catalysts for groundwater remediation and in understanding how the gold enhances the Pd catalytic activity so...

The Wonderful World of Carbon Nanotubes

Archived Webinar
Dec 17, 2009
The combination of remarkable mechanical properties and unique electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offers significant potential for revolutionary applications in electronics devices,...

The Ubiquitous Hydrocyclone Separator: Theory and Practice

Archived Webinar
Feb 10, 2009
The hydrocyclone separator, which was invented in 1891 (see E. Bretney, “Water Purifier”, U.S. Patent 453,105) is widely used in process engineering as a classifier, a clarifier, or a thickener. The...

Nanotechnology: What is it? What are the opportunities?

Archived Webinar
Mar 11, 2008
Nanotechnology deals with the creation of materials, devices and systems through the manipulation of nanoscale matter, and takes advantage of novel and interesting properties that may arise. This is...

Technical Entity Trends: Trending Styles: Advanced Materials in the Garment Industry

February
2019
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
As chemical engineers, we are involved in many different industries and our work is critical to research and development (R&D) initiatives. From the development of pigments and dyes, to the scaleup that enables product affordability, the textiles and fabrics industry is no exception. The materials used in sports, outdoor, defense, and medical applications have rapidly progressed since the initial development of synthetic fibers. Ongoing research across academia and industry is backed by large-scale collaborations, such as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a member of the Manufacturing USA initiative. Here’s a look at some of the innovative clothing technology that manufacturers, designers, and bloggers forecast will shape our future.

CEP: News Update

February
2019
News Update
A Hub for Appalachia’s Emerging Petrochemical Industry A recent U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) report highlights the potential benefits of Appalachia Development Group’s (ADG) proposed infrastructure project, the over $3 billion Appalachian Storage and...

Introduction to Ammonia Production

September
2016
Back To Basics
Venkat Pattabathula, Jim Richardson
Ammonia is critical in the manufacturing of fertilizers, and is one of the largest-volume synthetic chemicals produced in the world. This article explores the evolution of ammonia production and describes the current manufacturing technologies.

New Products: February 2019

February
2019
New Products
Heat Transfer Small Spray Dryer Fits In Laboratory Hoods The Model 0.1 PolarDry electrostatic spray dryer has a design that follows current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The dryer is...

A Better Burger

January 22, 2019

Join us for a detailed look into meat alternatives for a healthier environment.

January 2019 CEP Preview

January 11, 2019

Determine the best catalyst replacement interval for fixed-bed reactors, boost fan performance and efficiency, meet the Caltech 6, and much more.

CEP: News Update

January
2019
News Update
An Embroidered Battery for Wearable Biosensors Engineers at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) have developed a thread-based battery that can be stitched into fabric and used to power wearable biosensors for health monitoring...

New Products: January 2019

January
2019
New Products
Materials and Chemicals Filament Enables Implant Printing This polyether ether ketone (PEEK) filament is based on VESTAKEEP i4 G, a highly viscous implant-grade material. It can be used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and enables...
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