Spinning Innovation With Ceramic Nanofibers

April 19, 2024
Fermilab research using a process called electrospinning shows promise for scaling ceramic nanofiber applications.

Quantafuel's Digital Evolution: Advancing Sustainability with Data Integration and Traceability

April 17, 2024
Harnessing data to drive efficiency and transparency in plastic waste recycling

Podcast: How To Succeed at Process Safety Management — 10 Rules

April 16, 2024
Based on his many years in the chemical industry and his years at the CSB, John Bresland developed a “top 10” list of rules for process safety success.

Water Purity Challenges and Wastewater Compliance Strategies in Chemical Plants

April 15, 2024
How process operations can meet regulatory challenges for managing source water, process water and wastewater contamination.

Podcast: How Storytelling Improves Operator Performance

April 12, 2024
From knowledge capture and transfer to making technical information understandable and engaging, storytelling aids in retaining tacit knowledge and contextual understanding and...

Distilled News: The Top Chemical Industry Stories for the Week of March 31

April 8, 2024
A look back at the Baltimore bridge collapse, DOE grants for industry projects, nuclear energy, Neanderthals and the annual Salary Survey.

How Smarter Vacuum Pumps Drive Sustainability in Chemical Plants

April 5, 2024
In the chemical industry, digitalization and emissions monitoring are pressing operational challenges. While exploring the technological innovations behind these trends, attention...

Process Safety: Embrace Challenges, Recognize Limits, Manage Risks

It's crucial to operate within our professional boundaries and effectively mitigate risks when operating beyond them.

Test Your Chemical Engineering Knowledge Vol. 2

April 2, 2024
Are you a chemical engineering phenom? Find out today.

How They Made it Work: ABB’s ECP5000 Electric Motor

April 2, 2024
A look at heavy-duty electric motors in chemical operations.

Strengthening Piping System Resilience: Navigating Nozzle Loads and Shell Flexibility

April 1, 2024
Navigating challenges from thermal movements to cold operating scenarios for cost-effective and reliable systems.

Compliance: What to Watch for in 2024

March 29, 2024
Significant policy and regulatory developments regarding chemical manufacturing in the United States and globally are underway.

Project Management: Workflows Matter

Effective communications and verifications are essential for project success

ShadowBox KO’s Chemical Operator Skills Gaps

March 27, 2024
Harnessing the role of cognitive skills in training helps capture knowledge.

In Process: Novel Method Speeds Glycerol Carbonate Production

March 26, 2024
New approach combines glycerol and carbon dioxide under mesofluidic conditions to generate a faster, more cost-effective alternative to current glycerol carbonate production methods...

Distilled News: Week of March 18

March 25, 2024
A look back at the EPA's asbestos ban, new ethylene oxide emissions regulations and a new development on carbon capture.

Discovery: Using Compound Adhesives, Neanderthals Were Smarter Than We Thought

March 25, 2024
Today's multi-billion-dollar adhesives industry can be traced back more than 50,000 years to Neanderthals first using multicomponent adhesives to make tools.

Compliance: Take a Closer Look at EPA’s New Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent revision of National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter has stirred up a contentious discourse. Understanding...

Best Practices for Complying with the EPA's New PFAS Reporting Requirements

March 20, 2024
A strategic guide for meeting PFAS recordkeeping and reporting obligations by the 2025 deadline.

Podcast: 7 Steps To Better Cybersecurity

March 19, 2024
This short list will help your organization get moving on more robust cybersecurity practices.

Effectively Use Abatement Curves to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A mitigation cost curve chart can help illustrate the cost-effectiveness of different emission reduction strategies. A list of 14 projects to combat greenhouse gas emissions can...

Operator Training Podcast: Remove Team Performance Barriers

March 15, 2024
Psychological safety is crucial for effective team environments, allowing individuals to speak up and admit uncertainty without fear of reprisal. Tools such as self-assessment...

Advanced Corrosion Monitoring Provides Real-time Insights, Improves Chemical Operations

March 13, 2024
Continuous wall thickness monitoring for corrosive services can minimize damage and protect workers.

Optimizing Membrane Performance Using Ultrathin Coatings

March 12, 2024
Argonne National Laboratory has adapted a technique called atomic layer deposition to improve existing polymer membrane technology for separations and filtration.

Distilled News: Week of March 3, 2024, Review

March 11, 2024
EPA hazard reporting rules, space elevators and more.

Coriolis Meters Eliminate Assumptions

March 8, 2024
One installation point gives a variety of useful and accurate measurements.

Dow's $6.7B Ethylene Project: Decarbonization Meets Digitalization

March 8, 2024
Company's climate transition lead talks about how Dow is using digital technologies to advance its net-zero goals.

Podcast: Lessons Learned from Boeing’s 737 MAX Crisis

March 5, 2024
Boeing was known for its engineering excellence until a focus on profitability took over. Properly documenting management of change and recognizing weak signals could have prevented...

Bioplastics Boom: Certifications Rise, Regulations Loom

March 1, 2024
How BASF, Lubrizol, NatureWorks and others navigate growth in the era of sustainable chemistry

Podcast: Distilled News Roundup February 2024

Feb. 28, 2024
Exxon looks to balance fossil fuels with sustainability, Didion execs sentenced and yellow snow for battery recycling.

Use HAZOPs Properly

A hazard and operability study (HAZOP) mostly is a safety design check, not a design development review. Making and finalizing major design choices should occur long before a ...

Clear Up Corrosion Confusion

Feb. 26, 2024
Expert answers questions regarding corrosion inhibitors and stainless steel.

Benign, Solventless Process Depolymerizes Nylon-6

Feb. 21, 2024
Approach could play a part in environmental remediation and upcycling Nylon-6 wastes into higher-value products.

Exxon Mobil and Industrial Tech Giants on Open Automation

Feb. 20, 2024
A look at the Open Process Automation Forum's progress and how it's impacting digitalization across the chemical industry.

Stir it Up: The Importance of Slurry Mixing in Batteries

Feb. 19, 2024
Achieving proper mixing is essential for cost savings and optimizing battery capacity.

Podcast: How To Manage Upsets and Achieve a Stable Condition

Feb. 16, 2024
Upsets are going to happen, so why not plan for it? Learn how.

From Face Masks to Hydrogen-Rich Syngas

Feb. 14, 2024
An excess of single-use PPE waste from COVID-19 has researchers trying to find ways to convert biomedical waste to useful material.

Podcast: Master Inherently Safer Design Principles

Feb. 13, 2024
Eliminate, substitute or minimize hazards to save lives and the environment.

OSHA Issues Updated Process Safety Management Enforcement Guidance

The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated enforcement guidance regarding compliance with the agency’s Process Safety Management standard.

Mixing How To: Ribbon Blenders, Tank Baffles and Avoiding Hazards

Feb. 6, 2024
Mixing expert answers readers questions.

Solids Processing: All Models Are Wrong but Useful

In the future, artificial intelligence may develop unbiased models for intricate processes.

Podcast: Distilled News Roundup January 2024

Jan. 31, 2024
A sobering look at the economy, PFAS regulations continue, blue-ringed octopus key to sustainable energy, and black-mass recycling.

Sustainability: Chemical Clusters Drive Green Hydrogen, Carbon Capture and Circular Economy Solutions

Jan. 30, 2024
BASF's Verbund concept integrates production, energy and logistics for sustainable growth. Similar initiatives emerge globally, enhancing collaboration for sustainability.

Taking the Pain Out of Recycling Polyurethanes

Jan. 26, 2024
A new CO2-based method makes polyurethane-based plastics that are easy to recycle.

Key Elements of Operational Flexibility in Chemical Plants

Jan. 26, 2024
Reconfigurability, adaptability and production flexibility become exceptionally valuable during disruptive events.

The Difference Between Experiences and Learning in Process Safety

Daily experiences vary, but key events hold lessons. Reflection is vital for learning and shaping success.

Innovative Reactors Show Promise for Chemical Industry

Jan. 23, 2024
Already proven in drug manufacturing, new developments could improve efficiencies, performance for chemical applications.

Navigate Chemical Supply Chain Disruptions

Jan. 22, 2024
The post-pandemic world is changing the way chemical manufacturers envision their supply chains with a stronger focus on technology and closer collaboration.

Faster Ways To Train Chemical Operators

Jan. 19, 2024
Simulators and virtual reality offer objective ways to measure and improve training.

How Scientists Identify a Wine’s Chemical Signature

Jan. 17, 2024
A novel method of gas chromatography and machine learning pinpoints the exact region where a vintage originated, rivaling that of human wine tasters.

Accident Anniversaries: Honoring Lives and Learning Lessons

Jan. 16, 2024
From the LNG explosion in Algeria and the Boston molasses spill to Flixborough and the Valdez oil spill, the discussion underscores the ongoing relevance of these incidents and...

Global Chemical Regulations: 2024 Will Be a Consequential Year

Significant policy and regulatory developments in the United States and globally could be impacted by upcoming election cycles.

Solids Handling: Six Factors That Improve Agglomerates

The secret to superior flowability is understanding factors that control agglomeration and clumping.

Energy Saver: Tips for Effective Steam Trap Maintenance

Prioritizing the design, use and maintenance of steam traps can reduce energy costs while optimizing operations and overall efficiency.