Materials

Crystallization Operations

Public (classroom) Course
A practical overview of the basics of crystallization and precipitation and how to apply the fundamentals of crystal growth and nucleation to...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Solar Paper Powers Internet-of-Things Devices

August
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Today’s solar cells are mainly used for large-scale power production. However, the up-and-coming internet of things (IoT) will require many sensors and devices to transmit information wirelessly to computer networks and mobile personal electronics. Those sensors and devices could be powered with solar cells that harvest energy from either freely available sunlight or indoor lighting, provided the solar cells are small, inexpensive, lightweight, and able to conform and adhere to surfaces with any shape or texture.

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 5, 2012
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Hydrogen Membrane Technology for Ethylene Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
HYDROGEN TRANSPORT MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR ETHYLENE PRODUCTION U. (Balu) Balachandran, T. H. Lee, C. Y. Park, and S. E. Dorris Energy Systems...

New Products: June 2017

June
2017
New Products
Fluids and Solids Handling Bulk Bag Filler Is Equipped with a Pallet Dispenser This bulk bag filler automatically places an empty pallet under a bulk bag prior to filling. Between 14 and 16 pallets can be loaded into the pallet dispenser. The filler...

Sponsored Webinar: 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 sponsored webinar, learn an approach to identifying and characterizing reactive materials and how to...

CEP: News Update

May
2017
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...

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 of the Moringa oleifera tree to clean water. Hear her scientific results and lessons learned while...

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 simulations of surfactants, lipids and polymers. You’ll consider the range of time and length scales...

Sponsored Webinar: Mixer Simulations, Modeling Non-Ideal Reactors and Mixers

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2015
Mathematical modeling and simulations of reactors and mixers can be done at different levels of detail for different purposes. The initial use of a model may be to run simulations in order to understand the process at hand. A fairly detailed model is then required in order to account for the main...

Understanding Why Bulk Solids Behave Differently Than Liquids

Archived Webinar
Apr 25, 2012
Providing insights into why bulk solids behave differently than liquids, this webinar introduces concepts regarding powder flow testing, bin/silo design, feeder integration, and mechanisms of powder segregation.

Tattoos as Diagnostic Devices

August 15, 2011
There's not much sexy—let alone unobtrusive—about many of today's medical monitoring devices, given the many wires and electrodes that are often needed to collect data from a...

Treated Carbon Could Purify Fukushima Water

January 23, 2017
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia report that oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) presents a way to purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of...

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Catalyzing Commercialization: Converting Waste Heat into Electrical Power

December
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
Waste heat is an enormous and largely untapped source of low-cost energy. More than half of the energy consumed in the world escapes into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat. With global energy demand projected to increase by nearly 50% by 2040...

CEP: News Update

November
2016
News Update
Shapeshifting Material Unfolds with Time A new hydrogel material can change shape on its own schedule. Cobalt Gets a New Look for Fischer-Tropsch The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process converts synthesis gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen)...

AIChE Journal Highlight: A High-Throughput Approach to Designing Materials

November
2016
Journal Highlight
In the November AIChE Journal Perspective article, “High-Throughput Methods Using Composition and Structure Spread Libraries,” John Kitchin and Andrew Gellman of Carnegie Mellon Univ. discuss a method to more efficiently map material properties across composition, structure, and environmental conditions.

Diamond Nanothreads Show Wide-Ranging Potential

October 7, 2016
New research from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has solved the issue of brittleness, making diamond nanothreads flexible and thus unlocking significant and numerous...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Designing Materials for a Sustainable Future

October
2016
Journal Highlight
As the pressing needs of the world gradually shift toward the sustainable supply of energy and raw materials, preservation of natural resources and the environment, and targeted delivery of services and products, new opportunities arise for chemical...

Material Matters: The Promises and Perils of Reactive Materials

October
2016
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
The reactive metals titanium and zirconium are some of the most corrosion-resistant materials of construction, making them attractive options for severe-service applications. Reactive metals have a high affinity for oxygen and other interstitial...

Nanotechnology Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger

February 19, 2015
"Stronger than steel" has just taken on a new meaning, thanks to the work of a Seattle-based company called Modumetal. The company's process relies on a type of advanced...

Closing the Lifecycle Loop on Critical Materials

November 5, 2012
The U.S. is highly dependent on foreign countries for rare earth elements (REEs) and strategic and critical materials (S&CMs). Dr. Tedd Lister and Dr. Eric Peterson of the...

World's First 3D-Printed Plane Takes to the Skies

July 28, 2011
Scientists have successfully flown the world's first 3D printed plane. Created entirely with printing technology, the plane went from design to completion in one week. Thanks to...

DOE Lab Opens Access to New Materials Database

April 8, 2015
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has just given materials science an enormous gift that is expected to help researchers...

Metals that "Breathe"

December 5, 2012
Doris Kim Sung focused on the relationship between the human skin and the skin of buildings to create a new smart material. Check out the video at right to see her new material in...

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...

May 2016 CEP Preview

May 13, 2016
This month, the CEP cover story takes a look at the advantages of fixed valves, while Back to Basics column gives smart tips for a successful energy assessment.

Rare Earth Elements: Vital and in High Demand

January 9, 2013
It's not so much that the rare earth metals (also known as the lanthanides) are rare; there is actually a relative abundance of them. The real issue is that it's difficult to find...
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