Chemicals & Materials

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Safer and Smarter Sulfiding of Hydrotreating Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Catalyst sulfiding (aka "presulfiding") is a critical step to ensure that hydrotreating catalysts perform as designed after startup. In order to...

Impacts of the New National Ozone Standard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Now that EPA has announced a new lower national ozone standard, there will be potential impacts to all sectors of the economy. This includes small...

Compressor for Ethylene Plants - 101 Tutorial Session

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Selection and application of large compressors in Ethylene Plant service will be presented. Details will include: Machine overview, operation,...

The Extraordinary Challenge of Mega-Projects

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Shale related developments led to the renaissance of the petrochemical industry in North America. Last 5 plus years have seen an unprecedented pace...

High / Continuous Demand Hazardous Scenariosin LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) has become one of the most important risk analysis techniques in the process industry to determine the integrity...

Monetizing US Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Over the last several years Bechtel has experienced a dramatic increase in project opportunities that will convert low-cost, abundant North American...

Effects of Expansion Foam on Controlling LNG Vaporization Rate

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2014
With increasing consumption of natural gas, the safety of liquefied natural gas (LNG) utilization has become a challenge that requires comprehensive...

Automation Solutions for Processing Light Tight (Shale) Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don’t...

Use Modeling to Evaluate Processing Solutions for Heavy Oils

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
The world’s energy industry has followed the availability of easily attainable and economically feasible supplies for the oil segment that has moved...

Molecular Modeling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Molecular Modelling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming Catalytic reforming is one of the most important refinery processes providing high octane number...

Equations for Flammability Parameters, Pmax and KG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
The maximum pressure of gas combustion, P max , and the deflagration index, K G ,are very important flammability parameters that are used for risk...

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