Chemicals & Materials

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Future of Glass

November 8, 2011
The engineers and scientists at Corning envision a brilliant future with extraordinary uses for glass, and some may surprise you. Check out the video at right and read the...

Will Graphene's Promises Pan Out?

May 23, 2011
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001) (Nathan Guisinger, EMMD Group). Researchers,...

September 2015 CEP Preview

September 8, 2015
HEAT TRANSFER Cool Down with Liquid Nitrogen Many low-temperature processes leverage nitrogen's cooling and freezing capabilities. Find out what methods are used in what...

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.

Ron Corn Discusses Ethylene "Mega Projects"

April 15, 2016
Sanjeev Kapur of Apex PetroConsultants interviews Ron Corn, senior vice president of Projects & Supply Chain for Chevron Phillips Chemical. Ron discusses "mega projects" which...

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...

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...

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...

New Technique for Deriving Lithium from Seawater

June 10, 2015
Reliance on lithium for energy storage is only increasing, meanwhile available resources, the cost of extraction processes, and the limited number of firms worldwide that dominate...

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...

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...

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Home Battery Storage

May 5, 2015
After dropping hints about a new product launch for months, when CEO Elon Musk walked on stage at the Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, he faced a revved-up crowd of...

Why Is Erbium So Important to the Internet?

March 29, 2012
What makes erbium so important for websites like YouTube and ChEnected? The professor goggles up to explore this silvery white element and its applications as he continues his...

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...

Ever Wonder Why Onions Make You Cry?

September 5, 2011
NPR interviewed Russ Parsons who writes about science and cooking. Listen to the fascinating interview and learn more about the science of cooking—why onions make you cry, why...

November 2015 CEP Preview

November 16, 2015
This month, CEP's cover feature is liquid-liquid extraction, and members and non-members alike can read the full article online. See the preview for more about this month's issue.

September 2016 CEP Preview

September 14, 2016
This month, CEP features a Society of Biological Engineering supplement that delves into synthetic biology. The issue also takes a close look at drug-delivery nanoparticles, among...

C2 Front-End Hydrogenation Improvements

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
The presentation will address the parameters influencing selectivity and the impact over time. A side-by-side comparison of 5+ year operating data of...

Managing Water Treatment Risks in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Against the backdrop of global water scarcity, the industrial sector is the fastest growing source of water consumption. If current trends persist,...

A New Era in on-Purpose Butadiene (OPBD) Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Butadiene is produced almost entirely as a byproduct of ethylene plants. As ethylene plants switch from naphtha feedstock to cheaper ethane, the...

Hydrates in Ethylene Plant Cold Section

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Ethylene plants are at risk of hydrate formation due to the very nature of the process: wet hot section followed by high-pressure, cryogenic...

Caustic Tower Performance Changes from Lighter Feedstock

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Caustic tower performance is critical in the production of high quality ethylene for effective removal of acid gases from the cracked gas. However,...

Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols and Derivatives to Aromatics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Phenols and substituted phenols can be produced from depolymerization of lignin, as we presented before at the AIChE conferences [1-2]. Hydrogenation...

Oil Field Additives and Ethylene Feedstock Contaminants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
The shale gas revolution has fueled dramatic growth in the North American petrochemicals marketplace, sparking expansions and new construction on a...

Next Generation Phenol Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
The Next Generation Phenol technology offers phenol producers with growth prospects and/or producers pursuing vertical integration of their refining...

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