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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish a Body of Knowledge (BOK) in the field of sustainability.

Institute for Sustainability (IfS)

IfS is an umbrella organization encompassing a broad spectrum of activities related to sustainability. It has three sub-entities: the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF), the Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), and the Youth Council on Sustainability Science and Technology (YCOSST). It also provides oversight to the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm).

Environmental Division (ENV)

The ENV division provides relevant programs on current environmental topics and non-confidential information concerning all aspects of environmental activity. The division promotes publication of papers of interest to chemical engineers in environmental activities as well as coordinates the Institute’s activities with other related societies.

Reducing Process Complexity for Cellulosic Ethanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Much of the process complexity and high capital costs associate with cellulosic ethanol (dilute acid hydrolysis as a pretreatment and enzymatic...

Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Supply Chain

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, has a strong history of programs to foster sustainable development, including our eco-efficiency life...

A Renewable Route to Propylene Glycol

August
2007
News Feature
Suzanne Shelley
Rapid expansion in biodiesel production has spurred a bumper crop of competing processes to turn byproduct glycerin into propylene glycol.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

August
2011
Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Technical Entity Trends: Trash and the City

July
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
New York City, the city AIChE and some 8.5 million people call home, has a dirty little secret. Actually, it’s pretty big: New Yorkers generate over 3 million tons of residential waste per year, most of which is transported by long-haul trucks to...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage (Full 24-Page Supplement)

August
2011
Special Section
Daniel Brantley, Jared P. Ciferno, Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson, John Shafer, Mary Ellen Ternes
Technology Integration Challenges; Navigating the Legal Landscape; Characterizing a Geologic Formation; Demonstrating CCS Integration

Biorefinery Process Economics

October
2005
SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

Environmental Law for Chemical Engineers

February
2012
Back To Basics
Mary Ellen Ternes
A basic understanding of environmental law is beneficial for all chemical engineers. Learn how laws are proposed, made, and implemented, and ways to avoid incurring unnecessary penalties.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Technology Integration Challenges

August
2011
Special Section
Jared P. Ciferno, John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an important part of the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. However, widespread integration of CCS with existing power-generation plants and technologies — on a commercial scale and in a cost-...

Nanomaterials: What are the Environmental and Health Impacts?

December
2008
Critical Issues
Nastassja Lewinski
As with previous emerging technologies, there have been uncertainties and concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with nanotechnology. This article reviews some of the ongoing efforts to better understand and characterize...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

August
2011
Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

CCUS: Utilizing CO2 to Reduce Emissions

June
2016
On The Horizon
Marcius Extavour, Paul Bunje
Converting carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products is an exciting concept for the chemical processing industries (CPI).

Leveraging Energy Management for Water Conservation

April
2016
Critical Issues
Sharon Nolen, P.E.
Growing concerns about the availability of clean water are driving companies to include water conservation in their sustainability initiatives. Instead of reinventing the wheel, adapt your energy-management program for water conservation.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
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.

Vanillyl Alcohol: A Renewable Epoxy Resin Building Block

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
Polymers derived from renewable resources are becoming considerably attractive as sustainable alternatives to their petroleum-derived counterparts...

Hydrothermal Carbonization of Different Biomass Types

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
As a non-food renewable energy resource, lignocellulosic biomass is essential in augmenting limited fossil fuels to produce liquid fuels and...

Water Desalination By Shock Electrodialysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
The development of cost and energy efficient water purification systems, specifically desalination systems, is one of the most critical engineering...

Brayton Refrigeration Cycle for Small Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Liquefying natural gas is an industrial process of great importance with the current worldwide production capacity of about 300 million tonnes per...

Should a Chemical Engineer go to Business School?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Towards Engineering Advanced Vanadium Flow Battery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:15pm-3:30pm
Flow batteries were specifically invented by electric utilities in the 1960’s to store large amounts of electricity in a safe and practical way. The...

Modeling of CO2 Capture Using Microalgae

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 1:15pm-1:45pm
In order to model the growth of microalgae in a open-pond reactor , a 1000L system has been built and operated under realistic outdoor conditions...

Hydrothermal Carbonization: Reactions and Water Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:45am-10:15am
Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) is a promising thermochemical conversion process for lignocellulosic biomass to offer value-added products. Biomass...

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