Technology continues to change at a rapid pace — particularly when we look at recent advances to our personal computers and mobile devices. As such, we at Chemical Engineering have been working on improving our online presence by taking advantage of some of the latest technological advances to help improve our readers’ experience. Our goal is to make it easier to find and use our comprehensive articles, news and more information to help you do your job more effectively.
Some of the enhancements to our website include the following:
- More easily recognized components from our magazine to allow you to quickly find your favorite departments, such as Facts at Your Fingertips, Chementator and more
- An easier format for you to comment and provide feedback
- Better accessibility via mobile devices
- Improved navigation throughout the website
- Improved graphics
- A more seamless incorporation of our different content products, including our “how-to” articles, news, social media, webinars, Test Your Knowledge quizzes and more
As you have likely already noticed, our online makeover includes a new URL: www.chemengonline.com. Starting this month, the old URL will no longer redirect readers to our new site, so please start to use the new URL directly to find us.
In addition to the progress being made online, our print magazine is also undergoing a makeover that will be unveiled in 2015. We are modernizing our look to make it easier for you to find the information you need, and to make the print easier to read. Look for these updates, including our new logo, in an upcoming issue.
With all of these changes, one thing that remains constant is that our dedicated editorial staff continues to strive to bring our readers the same high-quality, relevant content that Chemical Engineering has been known for since its beginning in 1902.
In this issue, for example, our cover story discusses how to prepare more realistic project budgets by honing in on contingency costs (Improve Your Contingency Estimates for More Realistic Project Budgets, pp. 36–43). The Feature Report explores opportunities to improve energy efficiency and decrease energy consumption (Achieving Excellence in Energy Efficiency, pp. 44–49). Our Newsfront on electrochemistry (Winning with Electrochemistry, pp. 17–22) covers the latest advances in the electrochemical-based sectors of the chemical process industries (CPI), such as chlor-alkali, electrowinning and aluminum production. A second Newsfront looks at Advanced Coatings for New Applications (pp. 23–26). Our ever-popular Chementator section (pp. 11–16) brings you up-to-date on a variety of technology news, including a methane-to-methanol process, metals recovery, advances in battery development, a new method for making beryllium-aluminum alloys and more. And there is much more in this issue, as you can see.
As we move forward with our redesigned website and print magazine, we welcome your feedback.
Dorothy Lozowski, Editor in Chief
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