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Sustainability in Chemicals: No Politics, Just Reality
Aug. 1, 2023
The old saying that "knowledge is power" holds true when it comes to environmental regulations. That's why we write about it.
Unveiling the Veil: Chemical Industry's Silence Threatens Transparency and Trust
June 20, 2023
We can’t help the industry improve its existing processes if the people running processing plants won’t share best practices, obstacles and tough lessons learned.
Illustration by Dina Sheyfer, Argonne National Laboratory
X-Ray Vision for Clean Hydrogen
May 12, 2023
I recently posted an article about a research project at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to explore more efficient ways to produce hydrogen. The project...
Field Notes From the Powder Show
May 2, 2023
Tips and insights from the The International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition.
Knowledge Is Power Then and Now
April 28, 2023
The story of Rachel Carson’s contributions to environmental conservation has long stuck with me and now comes full circle as a new generation learns about her work.
Chemical Engineering Career Offers Myriad Job Opportunities, Stability
April 5, 2023
Resources delve deeper into what a future career in the chemical industry might look like from the eyes of seasoned chemical engineers.
Did a Norfolk Southern Train Take a ‘Spill’?
March 24, 2023
Words matter, especially when an industry's reputation is at stake.
© Saqqara Saite Tombs Project, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. Photographer: M. Abedlghaffar
Ancient Egypt’s Chemists
Feb. 2, 2023
Call it a morbid curiosity, but I’m always fascinated when I see an article about about well-preserved ancient remains. In fact, the other day I sent a friend a picture from a...
Sweet Discovery Fuels Renewable Resource
Feb. 1, 2023
Researchers have sped up the slowest step in processing sugar into a chemical called isobutanol.
2023 Economic Trends to Watch
Jan. 13, 2023
A summary of key economic indicators that will impact the chemical industry this year from Endeavor Business Media.
What is Chemical Computing?
Jan. 2, 2023
If the concept becomes reality, it could lead to smarter, more efficient computers.
Process Safety: Winter Is Here
Dec. 29, 2022
It's not too late to mitigate risks associated with freezing temperatures.
Is a Career in Chemical Engineering Low Stress?
Dec. 20, 2022
Our job satisfaction and salary survey points to happy engineers, but the job isn’t without its challenges.
Don’t Forget About Combustible Dust Dangers
Dec. 8, 2022
The weekend before my first day on the Chemical Processing staff my friend, Lindsey, shared a Facebook post about a massive fire and explosion at a former flour mill in her hometown...
Chemical Safety Leader, Loving Husband Passes
July 25, 2022
Michael O’Connor, founder of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, saved countless lives in memory of his wife.
Process Safety Database Details Lessons Learned
June 16, 2022
I’ve become quite familiar with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) over the years. It started with a process safety webinar Chemical Processing offered that featured...
Could Rock DNA Reveal Life On Other Planets?
Feb. 10, 2022
When I was a kid my family often went camping. My brother and I were tasked with finding big rocks from a nearby river to build a fire pit. We’d keep a fire going all weekend ...
Bond Forged Between Blacksmithing And Chemical Processing
Jan. 26, 2022
My father-in-law’s past is peppered with rough-and-tumble experiences. He was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army and has held gruff occupations since the day he started working. He...
Cheers To Carbon Negative Vodka
Oct. 28, 2021
Hold on to your martini glasses -- there’s a carbon negative vodka on the market. I’m wondering which aspect of The Guardian article caused my editor to think of me: the good ...
Recycling Robots Rescue Soft-Plastics Refuse
June 23, 2021
Every day we are getting closer to the Jetsons world I envisioned as a kid. Indeed, robots now can delicately sort through trash to pick out soft plastics like cling wrap and ...
100-Year-Old Tesla Valve Is Cool But Not Well Suited For Industry
May 20, 2021
Over the past year I’ve learned way more than I thought I would about check valves. It started when we had a torrential downpour in May 2020 and our house flooded. . . from the...
Accidental-Explosion Research Gets Boost
Feb. 18, 2021
Blowing stuff up in the name of safety and research always grabs my attention.Earlier in my career I visited Rhode Island-based FM Global, an insurance company that specializes...
Additive A Catalyst For Recycling Revolution
Feb. 4, 2021
Recycling is a hot topic in Cleveland, Ohio, these days. It seems that the city has been duping diligent dividers of plastics and simply dumping bins designated as recyclables...
Exercise Emissions Cause Chemical Reactions
Jan. 7, 2021
New year, new set of goals. First one on the list for me is to get to the gym more. I’m fortunate that my facility is very proactive in adhering to COVID guidelines; all equipment...
2020 Gift Guide For Chemical Engineers
Dec. 17, 2020
Once again I am doing most of my holiday shopping online. While I try to support local small businesses, sometimes you have to head over to the big “A” to find those gifts for...
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