Chemicals & Materials

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...

Engineering Adventures from Outer Space To Patient Safety And Then Some

Archived Webinar
May 28, 2015
Dr. James P. Bagian will share some of his career experiences, from his diverse "jobs" as astronaut, engineer, doctor, and patient-oriented healthcare delivery expert. Dr. Bagian is a physician and engineer who currently serves as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient...

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® and Kevlar®. Jim Porter, retired VP of Engineering and Operations and Chief Engineer who employed by...

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 an engineering approach to historical lessons.

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. The relationship between asset care delivery and equipment performance are highlighted. Work...

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 polyurethane, or an epoxy resin. While the cured resin is unreactive, the uncured form may be quite...

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 commercial treatment facilities is also presented.

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.

Electrofuel Production Using Ammonia or Iron in Reverse Microbial Fuel Cells

Archived Webinar
May 29, 2012
The production of electrofuels requires the efficient transport of electrons from an electrochemical system into a biological system. We have approached this challenge by identifying natural chemical mediators that can be easily reduced electrochemically and are natural substrates for different...

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.

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 for the New Green Crude.

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 important for domestic cooks and chefs alike? In this webinar, Professor Peter Barham addresses these and...

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 carbon nanotube research and his endorsement strengthened the field. The results of such an extensive...

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.

The Extended History of PRICAT(TM) 468 for C4 Acetylene Hydrogenation

Archived Webinar
May 5, 2011
Step three of the 'Eight Steps to Specify a Catalyst Bed' is selecting the catalyst. The process of developing and selecting catalysts is often shrouded in mystery. Examining the history of a product development can demystify the process. This is a story about the development of a selective...

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 alcoholic beverage will gain a new appreciation for the skill that goes into making a product with such...

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 dramatically.

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, computing and data storage technology, field emission devices, sensors, detectors,...

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 continuous phase is a liquid and the dispersed phase may be a solid, a gas, or an immiscible fluid...

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 a broad technology that is expected to impact every aspect of the economic spectrum including...

New Products: March 2017

March
2017
New Products
Measurement Equipment Level Transmitters Provide Accurate Measurements in Challenging Applications The Model 2290 unguidedwave radar transmitters and Model 2291 guided-radar transmitters incorporate advanced radar-sensing technology designed for...

Molecular Characterization of Petroleum Streams

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Molecular Characterisation of Petroleum Streams Luyi Liu , Nan Zhang Abstract The highly competitive market in the oil refining industry forces...

New Products: February 2017

February
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Respirator Lets You Focus on the Job Duraflow is a lightweight and ergonomic powered air respirator that incorporates real-time air-flow control technology. Assurance of respiratory protection means you can focus on...

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...

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
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.

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...

Graphene Detects Brain Cancer Cells

December 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used graphene to identify a single hyperactive cancerous brain cell, according to a report published this week. The...

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.

Novel Nanotechnique Traps Harmful Emissions

December 19, 2016
Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas have developed a new way of capturing potentially harmful gasses in a metal-organic framework , or MOFs. MOFs are composed of metal-...

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...

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.

New Products: November 2016

November
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Valves Throttling Valve Provides Dependable Shutoff The Clampseal throttling valve is suitable for severe-service applications that require repeatable flow control and reliable shutoff. The seat and stem assembly can be easily changed...

Introduction to Electron-Beam Food Irradiation

November
2016
On The Horizon
Suresh D. Pillai
Nonthermal food processing technologies, such as X-ray and electron-beam irradiation, may be used to eliminate pathogens in raw foods, pasteurize delicate food products such as fresh produce, and perform phytosanitary treatment.

November 2016 CEP Preview

November 9, 2016
In addition to this month's cover story on food irradiation, you'll find articles on condensate return systems, budgeting techniques, patent strategies, and much more.

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...

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...

Saudi YPC Participates in PetroTech 2016 Bahrain

October 20, 2016
More than 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals and academics from over 30 countries attended the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and...

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...

CNG Cars May Soon Have a Smart New Alternative

December 8, 2015
Jeffery Long, professor of chemistry and chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have devised a space-efficient natural-gas...

Where Kevlar Fails, a Liquid Succeeds [VIDEO]

September 8, 2011
Kevlar is an incredible material for stopping bullets, but when it comes to a knife, it fails spectacularly. The addition of a milky white liquid, however, changes everything. The...

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015
Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...

Artistic Chemistry: Photography

August 23, 2010
Daguerreotype of Unknown Woman c. 1850 Photos. We all have them. With the advent of the digital camera we find ourselves snapping them like there is no tomorrow. Millions of...

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...

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

September 19, 2012
This post is the first in a series of 12 posts about who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland looks at trends, considers the...
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