Distraction Leads To Chemical Engineering App Discoveries

I’m scatter-brained sometimes, I will admit it. I get easily distracted -- especially when it comes to writing. If you’ve written anything for professional purposes, I’m sure you agree that making certain your desk drawer is organized before you begin is paramount to your success. And deciding to alphabetize your record collection based on the artist’s first name is perfectly normal and in no way an attempt to avoid writing.

When I do hunker down and sit at my computer to write I still have to fend off distractions. But sometimes the distractions prove worthwhile. While I was researching ideas for blog topics, I was interrupted by a pop-up ad touting a chemical reaction app for my smartphone. Hmmmmmm. I was led down a path far away from my original task. I found myself researching apps that would make sense for readers.

So my distraction is your advantage. Here are just a few apps I found:

The Catalytic Reaction Guide, by Johnson Matthey Catalysis and Chiral Technologies,
is a free app designed to provide mobile access to catalyst recommendations on over 150 reactions in the area of homogeneous, heterogeneous and asymmetric catalysis. The literature says you can easily view and search a full product listing with streamlined technical support, and take advantage of an efficient quotation request process that is built in.

Learn more >> jmcct.com/catalytic-reaction-guide

Chemical Engineering AppSuite HD, By Vector 254 LLC, costs 99 cents and can only be used on the iPad and iPhone. This app features full steam table calculations based on IAPWS95 model, a database with 1,000-plus common industrial and laboratory chemicals, unit converters for temperature, pressure, length, area, and time. It also says it can do physical property calculations for more than 1,000 compounds and elements including densities, vapor pressures, heat capacities, viscosities. There is also a "ChemE Tools" section for solving problems in fluid dynamics, process controls, mass/mole calculations and combustion reactions.

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Don’t want to fork over the 99 cents? You can download the Chemical Engineering App for your iPhone or iPad for free.

This app says it has physical property data for over 200 common industrial and laboratory chemicals; unit converters for temperature, pressure, length, area, time, and more; calculation of vapor pressures with the Antoine Equation with coefficients for nearly 700 compounds; and a solution that can solve for the ideal gas equation.

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Chemical Engineering Handbook, for the iPhone and iPad, is a mobile engineering handbook that offers unit conversion tools, periodic table, heat capacities, vapor pressure tools, Antoine Equation, saturated steam thermodynamic properties, superheated steam thermodynamic properties, specific enthalpies of some common gases

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Chemical Names Spell Checker, for the iPhone or iPad, provides chemical name spell checking and chemical name synonym look-up. Data are provided by the ChemSpell service that contains more than 1.3 million chemical names related to organic, inorganic, pharmaceutical, toxicological, and environmental health topics.

When a chemical name is entered, the app returns a list of chemical synonyms if the spelling is correct. If the spelling is incorrect, it returns a list of suggestions for alternate spellings.

Learn more >> appcrawlr.com/ios/chemical-names-spell-checker

Obviously, there are many more apps out there. I’d love to hear about the ones you find useful. You can add them via the “comments” section or send them to me via email.


Traci Purdum is Chemical Processing’s senior digital editor. She has very organized desk drawers and a complicated catalog of albums that runs from Ace Frehley to Ziggy Marley. You can email her at tpurdum@putman.net.