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April 1, 2007
It's a simple matter of fact: a chemical process plant operates by the products and services of numerous - and, unavoidably, competing - vendors. Since the resulting compatibility issues only hamper productivity, vendors, EPC firms and owner/operators alike tried to put their differences aside to address interoperability, at this year's DaratechPlant (Houston; January 29-31; daratech.com). Standardization...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Uniting-on-interoperability_3335.html
March 1, 2007
Readers of this publication will be saddened to learn that Nicholas P. Chopey, Chemical Engineering's Editor-In-Chief, passed away February 26th at the age of 74 in Elizabeth, N.J. The cause was complications with lymphatic cancer. Mr. Chopey, who was known to most of us as Nick, was a pillar of the Chemical Engineering (CE) editorial team for more than 47 years - the longest tenure of any editor in this...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/We-mourn-the-passing-of-a-friend-and-colleague_3334.html
February 1, 2007
As chemical process technology and the process industries advance, it can be useful to occasionally glance backward, to see what technical issues have preoccupied our readers in the past. In that vein, this is an apt moment to look back again at some news examples, chosen basically at random, mostly from our pages over the past few years. Some emerging issues become more or less permanently relevant...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/On-our-minds-recently_3333.html
January 1, 2007
    Do you know of a firm — perhaps your own employer — that has recently commercialized an innovative process, product, or other chemical-engineering development? If so, we would like to hear from you. Nominations are open for this magazine’s 2007 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. We aim to honor the most-noteworthy chemical engineering technology...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Help-us-to-Honor-Engineering-Excellence_3315.html
January 1, 2007
As the new year opens, Chemical Engineering is gearing up to offer a broad range of articles, products, activities and opportunities, print and offline alike (including electronic products) for our readers. Here are some of the highlights. As is the case every year, we plan to publish 24 feature reports in CE, on a diverse range of practical topics. Here is a sampling: • Safety in solids handling...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Coming-Up-in-2007_3332.html
December 1, 2006
Hardly a day goes by that there is not some story in the daily press related to climate change. This was especially true last month, due to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change taking place in Nairobi, Kenya (November 6–17). Personally, I’ve become desensitized by daily reports about “the latest scientific findings” citing evidence either for or against the premise that...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Required-reading_3104.html
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essential2” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about how...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Engineering-image_3103.html
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essentialâ‚‚” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Engineering-image_3108.html
October 1, 2006
  Once a year, a hundred or so upper-echelon managers of U.S. chemical-process companies go through a long-standing ritual: as they dress up for an annual award dinner sponsored by the American Section of the Soc. of Chemical Industry (SCI) a key feature of their attire is a mauve necktie. Mauve is far from being a conventional, let alone fashionable, color in the male wardrobe. But then, this event...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Putting-color-into-a-salute_3102.html
September 1, 2006
  Any time experts invest effort in recommending directions for research and development with relevance for chemical engineering, their work seems worth a close look. Thus, this Editor’s Page has welcomed chances to air such recommendations as: Technology Vision 2020: the U.S. Chemical Industry (January 2001, p. 7) and the U.S. National Academies’ Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/A-cornucopia-of-paths-for-R-and-D_3107.html
June 1, 2006
In families, organizations or nations, it can happen that when leaders at the top do not lead, those supposedly led take things into their own hands. That seems like an adequate, if imprecise, summary of how the largely regional, state-level and corporate response to global warming has recently been shaping up in the U.S. The details of facing up to CO2 and other greenhouse gases are spelled out in the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Welcome-new-attention-to-Global-Warming_3097.html
May 1, 2006
This latest rise in petroleum prices is in the news because of its impact on the consumer, particularly the automobile-driving (or SUV-driving) consumer. Geopolitical tensions triggered by some oil-producer nations have been helping to fuel that price rise, and these tensions bring more urgency to the need — so often stated! — for nations, companies and individual consumers alike to cut back...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Getting-out-of-petroleum-on-many-fronts_3096.html
March 1, 2006
Last August, the comments on this page saluted recent achievements of BASF Corp., Merck, Archer Daniels Midland and other winners of the U.S.’s 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (Green-chemistry feats bring in the gold, CE, August 2005, p. 7). In light of today’s high interest in, and the clear desirability of, such usage of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Green-chemistry-theres-a-lot-still-left-to-do_3094.html
March 1, 2006
Last August, the comments on this page saluted recent achievements of BASF Corp., Merck, Archer Daniels Midland and other winners of the U.S.’s 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (Green-chemistry feats bring in the gold, CE, August 2005, p. 7). In light of today’s high interest in, and the clear desirability of, such usage of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/Green-chemistry-theres-a-lot-still-left-to-do_3105.html
January 1, 2006
Reader feedback tells us that maintaining process-plant safety is an area of perennial concern. That, doubtless, explains why Carolyn Merritt, chair and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB; Washington, D.C.), drew a large audience during her keynote address at the Chem Show in New York two months ago. For attendees of that Show who heard her, or who read...
http://www.chemengonline.com/editors_comments/A-deplorable-tendency-for-accident-related-risks_3091.html
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