Chemical and process



The 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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Chemical and Process in the Engineers Journal

'Artificial blubber' protects divers in frigid water

When Navy SEALs carry out dives in Arctic waters, or when rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited — as little as tens of minutes, and the experience can be extremely painful at best. Finding ways of extending that survival time without hampering mobility has been a priority for the US Navy and research divers, as a pair of MIT engineering professors learned during a recent programme that took them to a variety ...

Scientists develop process to turn toxic air into cheap carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes, one of the strongest and lightest materials known to man, are regarded as one of the world’s greatest supermaterials. But despite constantly bombarding the news with newly discovered applications or breaking new world records, carbon nanotubes are still not taking over the world. It has been nearly three decades since Thomas C Maganas and Alan L Harrington discovered carbon nanotubes in 1991. Yet 27 years later and carbon nanotubes have barely made any impact on an ...

Chemical sensing chip sniffs out cocaine within minutes

What if you could test for cocaine, opioids and marijuana as quickly as a breathalyser identifies alcohol? A new, low-cost chemical sensing chip brings us one step closer to this technology, which has long been on the wish list of police officers and others looking to monitor drug use and curb dangerous driving. Chip could be integrated into a handheld, portable device The chip could be integrated into a handheld, portable device for detecting drugs in biological samples such as ...

Microwaved plastic increases lithium-sulfur battery lifespan

Purdue engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries - by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulfur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries as a carbon scaffold. Lithium-sulfur batteries have been hailed as the next generation of batteries to replace the current lithium ion variety. Lithium-sulfur batteries are cheaper and more energy-dense than lithium ions, which would be important characteristics in everything from ...

A future colourfully lit by mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors

It defies conventional wisdom about semiconductors. It's baffling that it even works. It eludes physics models that try to explain it. This newly tested class of light-emitting semiconductors is so easy to produce from solution that it could be painted onto surfaces to light up our future in myriad colours shining from affordable lasers, LEDs, and even window glass. Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An emergent class of semiconductors, which ...

Scientists create microscopic 'swimmers' controlled by a magnetic field

What are those tiny spheres doing as they move across that slide? They're doing the breaststroke. Rice University scientists have discovered what may be the simplest form of locomotion in the travels of micron-scale particles linked and driven by a magnetic field. In the Rice lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal, researchers placed magnetised spheres of different sizes into a solution. When subjected to an "eccentric magnetic field", the spheres self-assembled ...

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