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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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New drug triggers tissue regeneration: Faster regrowth and healing of damaged tissues

  Research focuses on select tissues injured through disease, surgery and transplants, but early findings indicate potential for broad applications The concept sounds like the stuff of science fiction: take a pill, and new tissues grow to replace damaged ones. Researchers have now announced steps toward turning this idea into reality. They have detailed how a new drug repaired damage to the colon, liver and bone marrow in animal models - even saving mice who would have died in a bone ...

Engineers develop yeast strain to improve biofuel production process

  Engineers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March. Beyond biofuels, the new yeast strain could be used in biochemical ...

Supercool material glows when you write on it

  A new material developed at the University of Michigan (UM) stays liquid more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause it to form yellow crystals that glow under ultraviolet light. Living cells sitting on a film of the liquid produce crystal footprints, proving that it is about a million times more sensitive than other known molecules that change colour in response to pressure. The material could have applications as a new kind of ...

Harvard scientists develop new technique for handling molecules

  A team of Harvard scientists has demonstrated a new way of detecting and extracting biomolecules from fluid mixtures, using a microfluidic design that combines chemical and mechanical properties. The approach requires fewer steps, uses less energy and achieves better performance than several techniques currently in use and could lead to better technologies for medical diagnostics and chemical purification. The biomolecule sorting technique was developed in the laboratory of Joanna ...

Materials discovered to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

  Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. The University of Minnesota has two patents pending on the research and hopes to license these technologies. The study was published in the research journal Nature Communications. Petrochemical and biofuel refineries use ...

Fluoridation in Ireland - a cause for public concern?

  Author: Kenneth L. Mitchell, BEng, HDip, MSc CEng, MIEI At a glance, the debate on water fluoridation appears pretty one-sided. In one corner, we have national and international researchers, dentists and public health experts. In the other, we have libertarians, alternative health practitioners and conspiracy theorists. Yet recently, five councils have passed motions calling for the forty-year practice to end. Why? For a start, these motions were preceded by one-sided ...

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