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134_CHEM_PROCESS_LOGO_REVThe Chemical and Process Engineering division is a group for members working in the chemical, biochemical and process engineering sectors, providing CPD and networking events for engineers in these areas.

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Computer system predicts products of chemical reactions to aid industrial processes

When organic chemists identify a useful chemical compound — a new drug, for instance — it is up to chemical engineers to determine how to mass-produce it. There could be 100 different sequences of reactions that yield the same end product. But some of them use cheaper reagents and lower temperatures than others, and perhaps most importantly, some are much easier to run continuously, with technicians occasionally topping up reagents in different reaction chambers. Historically, ...

Chemical engineers develop new way to clear pollutants from water

When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds. The new approach is described in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, in a paper by MIT postdoc Xiao Su, Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering T. Alan ...

Esterification: the essential processes and what they entail

In the manufacture of chemicals, various reactions are commonplace, such as esterification (used in fragrances, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, plasticisers, coalescents, surfactants, etc), transesterification (used in similar applications), quaternisation (surfactants, phase transfer, water treatment, etc) and endcapping (lubricants, heat fluids, refrigerants, etc). Esterification is the well-known equilibrium reaction of acids and alcohols to form esters, with varying means being ...

Why engineers in project management should consider an ATEX Route Map

Health and safety is paramount in project management. Due consideration of ATEX should be given right from the commencement of a project. Too often, organisations only think of ATEX halfway through a project and sometimes not until orders have been placed on new equipment. This can result in non-compliant process equipment or expensive retrospective design work. In this article, we describe how an ATEX Route Map approach can be used to help project managers navigate their way through a ...

No sweat – engineers design moisture-responsive workout suit

A team of engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed when the ...

Optimisation of film-coating suspension mixing for vessel scale-up

Rebecca Power is studying chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering in Cork Institute of Technology. She undertook her industrial placement in a pharmaceutical company. This article describes the final-year research project she subsequently completed for the client pharmaceutical company. [caption id="attachment_35810" align="alignright" width="300"] Fig 1: Film coating pan and tablet cores (Ima Pharma, 2017)[/caption] The formulation of excipients and active pharmaceutical ...

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