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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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Optimisation of a multi-component distillation column in Whitegate Refinery

Naina Thomas is studying chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering in the Cork Institute of Technology. She undertook her work placement in Irving Oil at Whitegate Refinery, Co. Cork. This article describes the final-year research project that she subsequently undertook at the refinery last autumn. Whitegate is the country’s only refinery. It processes light, low-sulfur crude oil, sourced from the North Sea and West Africa. The facility produces transportation and heating fuels such as ...

Automated manufacturing technology offers fast peptide synthesis for new drugs

Manufacturing small proteins known as peptides is usually very time-consuming, which has slowed development of new peptide drugs for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and bacterial infections. To help speed up the manufacturing process, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have designed a machine that can rapidly produce large quantities of customised peptides. Their new tabletop machine can form links between amino acids, the buildings blocks of proteins, in about 37 ...

Chemical engineers boost bacteria's productivity by improving yield of useful chemicals

Chemical engineers have designed a novel genetic switch that allows them to dramatically boost bacteria's production of useful chemicals by shutting down competing metabolic pathways in the cells. In a paper appearing in the February 13 issue of Nature Biotechnology, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showed that they could significantly enhance the yield of glucaric acid, a chemical that is a precursor to products such as nylons and detergents. This genetic ...

From wings to walls: conductive polymer project turns on a new era in heating

[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="160"] Magali Clavé-Henry[/caption] Imagine wind turbine or aircraft wings that de-ice themselves in extreme conditions or floors and walls with invisible, built-in heating. Or even clothes that warm you up on the coldest of days. This is the vision of French manufacturer STILZ Chimie, a subsidiary of independent materials research company RESCOLL. Backed by the EU as part of its programme to support innovation in SMEs, the team ...

Matters of the heart: Researchers create 3D beating heart

Matters of the heart can be complicated, but York University scientists have found a way to create 3D heart tissue that beats in synchronised harmony, like a heart in love, that will lead to better understanding of cardiac health and improved treatments. York University chemistry Professor Muhammad Yousaf and his team of grad students have devised a way to stick three different types of cardiac cells together, like velcro, to make heart tissue that beats as one. Until now, most 2D ...

Design for toxic-waste incineration facility wins Kevin Kelly Design Award

In November 2016, PM Group welcomed Amy O’Keeffe to its offices to present her with the 2016 PM Group Kevin Kelly Design Award.  The award is presented annually to the final year student at UCD's School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering who makes the highest individual contribution to his or her final year design project. Amy O’Keeffe, a graduate of the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, won the award for her contribution to the team project 'Design of a Toxic Waste ...

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