Archive:December, 2011

December 30th, 2011

Meet a Young Professional Local Section: Chicago

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Chicago's "Bean". Photo by E. Horahan

This past year was a busy year for the Young Professional Advisory Board Chicago local section. Our YP group has grown tremendously over the past few years with several new active members. The Chicago section has recently restructured in order to give more YPs more chances for leadership roles. Each month we hold an event specifically focused on young professional topics rotating our focus each month between technical topics, professional development topics, outreach events and purely social events. In the past few months we hosted events all throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

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December 30th, 2011

New Search Engine Will Turbo-Charge Materials Research

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New materials are crucial to building a clean-energy economy—everything from batteries to photovoltaics—but today’s development cycle is too slow: 18 years from conception to commercialization. To speed up this process, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Ceder Group at MIT teamed up to develop an easily accessible database.

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December 29th, 2011

Book Review: The Disappearing Spoon

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Disappearing Spoon

Ever wonder what stories are told around the campfire at Chemistry Camp? Well, the Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean might just be the greatest collection of chemistry campfire stories.

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December 28th, 2011

Bill Gates’s Nuclear Startup Finds Investors in India

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Billionaire and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, a founder and backer of the fourth-generation nuclear reactor startup TerraPower, moved a step closer to building his first reactor after Reliance Industries, the Indian conglomerate run by Mukesh Ambani, took a minority stake in the new company, BusinessWeek reported. Reliance already owns the world’s […]

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December 27th, 2011

Printing A Human Kidney

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Atala, whose team developed the first lab-grown organ, explains how his lab’s 3-D printing technology is used to create human organs. In addition to the bladder that was transplanted, Wake Forest has also managed to engineer miniature kidneys from bio-materials and cells.

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December 26th, 2011

Three Free Online Databases Chemical Engineers Can’t Live Without

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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IBM announced plans to give the National Institutes of Health a database of more than 2.4 million chemical compounds. NIH will add this information to PubChem, a freely available database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities.

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December 23rd, 2011

2011 Christmas Gifts For the Chemical Engineer Who Has and Wants Everything

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)

Tired of your desk job? Tedious PowerPoint presentations wasting your time? Become an entrepreneur by joining the world’s novelty-gift supply chain—but don’t open a factory in Bangladesh. Makerbot industries brings the factory to you. And later, while frantic eBay bidders fight over your unlimited-edition creations, sit back and watch your retirement nest […]

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December 22nd, 2011

Virtual Tour of Chemical Engineering Facilities

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Oil Refinery in China

There are plenty of factors to consider when looking at a career in chemical engineering, including job opportunities and salaries, but perhaps the most important is: what will the job really be like? The best way to get a grasp on the daily life of a chemical engineer is to […]

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December 21st, 2011

Tiny Solar Cells Pump Out Record Amounts of CPV Electricity

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Dutham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius has taken the transfer-printing technology it originally developed for flexible electronics and applied it to solar cells. It’s now producing low-cost cells the size of a ballpoint pen tip and able to convert 41 percent of solar energy into electricity.

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December 20th, 2011

Highlight a Benefit: Webinars

By Elizabeth J. H. Guenther | Comments (0)

John F Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” As a chemical engineer, you are a lifelong student. Let’s face it – your college degree likely did not cover the intricacies of what your current job function requires. There are constantly new technologies, government regulations, and industry standards to learn. Additionally, as a young professional, you are learning the corporate culture, organizational structure, and the hundreds of acronyms that are supposed to make your life easier. It can become overwhelming! Luckily, AICHE makes learning simple and fun through online webinars.

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