July 31st, 2014

Chemical Engineers Develop Efficient Mercury Detection Device

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Chemical engineers have developed a new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water.

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July 14th, 2014

AIChE Apprentice Takes on Potable Water Challenge

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Alex Avram, a chemical engineering PhD student at UARK who recently joined the three-year AIChE Apprenticeship Program, describes his plans to help communities gain access to potable water.

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June 18th, 2014

Should Greenhouse Gasses Be “Petrified” in Rock?

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Among the many scenarios for capturing greenhouse gasses, one of the most novel is “petrifying” it in basalt formations. But is it practical?

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May 15th, 2014

Chevron Saving Drought-Stricken Farmers With Treated Produced Water

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During California’s drought, many farmers struggle to keep their crops alive. Some are getting cleaned up produced water from a nearby Chevron oil field.

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May 6th, 2014

Challenges for Water Reuse in Hydraulic Fracturing Wells

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Of the many issues confronting the boom in formation fracturing processes at natural gas and shale oil well heads, water use and reuse are among the most important. Todd Langford of GE Power & Water presented an overview of these challenges and current solutions.

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April 25th, 2014

YPs Tour Abita Brewery’s “Green” Facility

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A group of 25 Young Professionals took a break from the AIChE Spring Meeting to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, LA, and learned more about the green engineering behind the brewery’s operations.

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April 18th, 2014

April 2014 CEP Preview

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This month, CEP turns an eye to industrial water reuse. You’ll also find best practices for pilot-plant piping, a look at Italy’s chemical industry, and much more.

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March 28th, 2014

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

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Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.

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March 26th, 2014

Can Israel Save California from Its Epic Drought?

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As California runs low on potable water amidst a severe drought that has led to forest fires and idle farmland, desalination and drip irrigation could help.

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