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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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Irish-designed software is a game changer for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste

The aim of this literature review is to critically examine current practices within the pharmaceutical/chemical industry regarding handling transportation and disposal of chemical waste generated. Despite rules and regulations for their use, storage and transportation, hazardous chemicals may be involved in industrial and transportation incidents at anytime and anywhere (Chen et al, 1997). This raises the question of whether or not regulations and directives are effective tools in ...

3D antibody arrays could help diagnose malaria and other diseases

Exploiting a process known as molecular self-assembly, MIT chemical engineers have built three-dimensional arrays of antibodies that could be used as sensors to diagnose diseases such as malaria or tuberculosis. These sensors, which contain up to 100 stacked layers of antibodies, offer much more sensitivity than existing antibody-based sensors, which have only a single layer of antibodies. “The more antibodies you put on a surface, the lower the concentration of molecules you can ...

A cleaner, more efficient car? New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel

A Florida State University chemical engineer has designed new materials that could be used to store hydrogen fuel more efficiently in hydrogen fuel cars or other devices that use clean energy. Jose Mendoza-Cortes, an assistant professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, describes his proposed solution and designs for these new materials in an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. "There will be many proposals to solve energy issues, and this may be one option," ...

New discovery by chemical engineers could help oral medicines to work better

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Dow Chemical Company have discovered a new method for customising ingredients that help oral medications dissolve in the body and be absorbed into the bloodstream. The materials discovered in this study could allow life-saving drugs to work faster and more efficiently. The University of Minnesota and Dow have filed a patent on the discovery that may also lower the cost to produce new medications. The research study is now ...

Process-safety case studies - catastrophic failures of heat exchangers

Process-safety accidents can be prevented if hazards are recognised and appropriately managed. This article is intended to raise awareness of some less-common hazards. It describes three incidents involving temperature related, catastrophic failures of shell and tube heat exchangers in the gas processing and oil-refining industries. It also examines their root causes and highlights lessons to be learned. Company names have been omitted from the main text because the focus is intended to ...

New ‘green’ soap molecule could clean out cleaning product industry

A team of engineers has invented a new soap molecule, made from renewable sources, which could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based start-up company Sironix Renewables. The new study is now ...
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