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Self-Cleaning Buildings

September 19, 2011
As society continues to evolve and it becomes more of struggle to find spare time to do daily chores like cooking and cleaning, wouldn't it be nice if things simply cleaned...

New Work Boosts LIthium-Ion Battery Performance

August 24, 2016
Researchers at Kansas State University and Catalyst Power Technologies Inc. have recently received a patent that promises higher efficiency for lithium-ion batteries. The...

Composite Materials from Natural Coconut Fibers

April 16, 2012
During the poster session at the Spring Meeting in Houston, we spoke with Ryan Vano of Natural Composites Inc. He shared with us his company's work with coconut fibers and the...

Playing with Fire in Outer Space

December 2, 2011
Scientists aboard the International Space Station are playing with fire, literally. As part of the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX), scientists are studying how flames react...

2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Dan Shechtman

October 6, 2011
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science has awarded Dan Shechtman of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel , the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of...

Graphene Shows Potential as Bone Implant Material

September 6, 2016
Research suggests that flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may have potential for use as bone implants. The team of researchers behind the discovery used spark...

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

July 18, 2012
German researchers unveiled to the public the world's lightest material, which they call Aerographite. The material weights just 0.2 mg per cubic centimeter, making it 75 times...

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...

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.

C2 Splitter Retray and Control Improvement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
As part of an ethylene production expansion project, C2 splitter trays were restructured in the plant’s turnaround in 2012. This change made a...

Assessing Thermal Stability - the Challenge of Powders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Assessing the thermal stability of process materials and mixtures is an essential step in understanding the process safety profile of a process. Many...

Detail Analysis of Caustic Tower Fouling Mechanism

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
To ensure the successful chemical treatment of a caustic system, fouling mechanisms must be identified and their respective contributions to the...

Increasing the Agility of Process Safety Management Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
The Process Industry is constantly adapting to change. High prices of raw materials, new materials for construction, and advances in technology...

Explosibility of Nano-Sized Metal Powders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Industrial accidents in the metal processing industries are not uncommon. Some of these accidents are in the form of dust explosions or flash fires...

Catalyzing Commercialization: New Process Makes Spider Silk in Many Forms

August
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The strongest fiber found in nature is a silk made by spiders known as orb weavers. Unfortunately, spiders have two flaws: They are territorial and cannibalistic, making it impossible to farm them like silkworms to produce massive quantities of silk...

Making Plastics: From Monomer to Polymer

September
2015
Back To Basics
Pete Sharpe
Versatility, ease of manufacture, and relatively low cost make plastics some of the most useful materials for a wide range of applications. This article explains the chemistry and production processes behind two of the most popular plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene.

Technical Entity Trends: A Critical Problem to Solve

May
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
We treat our phones as necessary extensions of ourselves, and it is now hard to imagine life without what has become like an additional limb. Similarly, we have grown so used to computers, cars, and items requiring batteries that many of us would...

Material Matters: Disappearing Materials in Aging Plants

April
2016
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
Replacing materials and equipment as they corrode or reach the end of their service life is one of the challenges of managing an aging plant. When a material or part is no longer available because the supplier discontinued the product line, was acquired by another company, or went out of business, it can be difficult to find another source or suitable replacement.

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