October 9th, 2014

October 2014 CEP Preview

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HEAT TRANSFER: Improve the Performance of Your Boiler System (click here to read this article now) By recovering heat from the hot fluegas or blowdown water, a condensing economizer, a blowdown heat-recovery unit, or a glycol air heater can increase a boiler system's overall efficiency. FLUIDS AND SOLIDS HANDLING: Understand the Effects of Moisture on Powder Behavior The relationship between humidity and powder behavior is complicated. Therefore, comprehensive, case-by-case testing is required. BACK TO BASICS: Bioseparations Basics Bioseparations are critical to the field of biochemical engineering. Each bioseparation process must be tailored to separate, purify, or recover the desired bioproduct. This article gives an introductory overview of filtration and chromatography — two key bioseparations unit operations. GLOBAL OUTLOOK: The Growth of a Chemicals Industry in Russia Russia's chemicals industry has experienced ups and downs since its formation. Although the country was hit hard by the Great Recession, it appears to have bounced back and is now investing in modernizing highly outdated equipment and processes. COMMENTARY: The Great Water-Energy-Food Challenge Past presidents of AIChE and IChemE issue a call to arms for the international chemical engineering community. News: Tiny Assembly Line Builds Organic Molecules One Side Group at a Time ... Engineered Microbes Synthesize Bio-Propane ... Buckyballs Boost Organic Solar Cell Efficiency ... Masquerade Ball: Squid Skin Inspires a New Material ... A Microbial Approach to Pain Management ... Phase Change: Liquid Battery for Grid-Scale Storage. Plus: AIChE Journal Highlight: A Path Toward the Perfect Chemical Reactor ... Catalyzing Commercialization: Producing Tailor-Made Polymers at the Commercial Scale ... Material Matters: Managing Aging Plants ... Profile: John Televantos: Creating Value in Business and the Economy ... Career Corner: Three Books to Advance Your Career ... What's New ... Process Safety Beacon: Dust Explosions — Clean Up this Hazard ... Software and Information Technology ... Product Digest: Safety Equipment ... Books ... Institute News: AIChE Elects New Fellows; 2014 Institute Awards for Industrial Practice; Professional Progress Award Renamed to Honor Acrivos; Air Products Sponsors Energy & Sustainability Award; Eckhardt Makes Gift to AIChE Foundation; Election Deadline ... Calendars. The October 2014 issue of CEP is now available online. AIChE members receive access to CEP, including a searchable archive of issues dating back to 2001, online at

Leadership Opportunities

Chair a Process Safety Conference Session or Work on a CCPS Sub-Committee

Chairing a session can be rewarding in that you are working directly with subject matter experts in topics that are at the cutting edge of process safety. Session chairs are part of the conference planning committee. They work with the other chairs to brainstorm session topics that are timely and of importance to the field of process safety. After the abstract submission date arrives, the chairs and co-chairs then review all of the abstracts and choose which to accept to their session. Then they must review the draft papers of the accepted abstracts a few weeks later and give guidance/ask for revisions of the papers a few weeks late. They must then do the same for the PowerPoint presentations of the accepted authors in their session. Download PDFs for more detailed responsibilities on Representation on Projects, Roles and Responsiblities, and Participant Qualifications.  If you are interested, contact Jing Chen.

AIChE Speakers Corner

AIChE’s student chapters and local sections are always looking for compelling speakers to provide new perspectives on chemical engineering. If you are an accomplished and innovative member of your field and are interested in sharing your experiences with AIChE students and professional members, you should consider joining Speakers Corner.
Ambassadors will:
  • attend a student chapter or local section meeting
  • present a topic of interest to the students
  • engage future generations of engineering leaders
We invite all interested speakers to become a part of this essential program. You can find more information on the Speakers Corner here and you can sign up by emailing us at