AIChE Journal

Cover image for Vol. 61 Issue 9

Edited By: Michael P. Harold

Impact Factor: 2.748

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 24/134 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1547-5905

Associated Title(s): Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, Process Safety Progress

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2014 Impact Factor:
AIChE Journal is pleased to announce its 2014 Impact Factor has increased to 2.748!

2015 Release of Journal Citation Reports®
Source: Thomson Reuters 2014 Citation Data

Issue Highlights

In the October issue Professor Stankiewicz and coworkers from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands describe the evolution of specialized chemical reactors with customized features to provide “enhanced control of molecular events.” The main focus is on energy-based control features in which electric fields, plasmas, and microwaves are used in conjunction with tailored geometries to effect the targeted reaction chemistry. Intriguing examples described include the microwave irradiated “traveling wave reactor (TWR)” which has a geometry that mimicks a coaxial cable. The scaled-up version would comprise a bundle of such “cables”. The investigators lay out the challenges of realizing this next generation of reactors at commercial scales.

In the November issue, Professor Arvind Varma from Purdue and Ignacio Grossmann from CMU provide their perspective on the evolution of chemical engineering education in the face of sweeping changes in the chemical and energy industries. This very timely article highlights the past evolution of the first ~125 years of our profession and then focuses on today’s needs and opportunities. In posing the question whether industry and academe are aligned, they point out the challenge of CO2 and climate change as well as the emergence of domestic gas and oil increases the need for research in the core areas that are unique to our discipline. They go on to suggest that the defining role of ChEs should not be altered, which is “…to apply a molecular-level understanding to the conversion of raw materials into more valuable products by physical, chemical, and biological transformations with economic, safe, and sustainable processes.” This perspective is sure to encourage a lively debate.

Issue Spotlight

The April issue is the second Founders Tribute, which recognizes Professor R. Byron Bird, a modern renaissance man, a superb educator, intellectual leader, and scholar. Professor Bird, who is currently an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a renowned expert in polymer rheology and fluid mechanics spanning the molecular to process scales. Bird had contributed enormously to chemical engineering science, with particular emphasis in fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, kinetic theory of polymers, and the rheology of polymeric liquids. He is also co-author of “Transport Phenomena” with his colleagues Professors W. Stewart and E. Lightfoot. This book helped to usher in the chemical engineering science era with its focus on the microscopic origins of momentum, mass, and heat transport, laying the foundations of multi-scale modeling. The issue starts off with a retrospective on Professor Bird’s contributions, authored Professor Bob Armstrong (MIT). This rest of the tribute contains contributions from Bird’s former colleagues, students, academic offspring, collaborators, and other distinguished scholars. The issue conveys the respect and admiration of Professor Bird’s scholarly impressions on the chemical engineering profession.

NEW - AIChE Letters
The AIChE Journal now publishes “AIChE Letters”. These letters report on high impact findings that can be communicated in an abbreviated manuscript.

Read the first published AIChE Letter:
Graphene and other carbon sorbents for selective adsorption of thiophene from liquid fuel
Lifeng Wang, Ralph T. Yang, Chia-Liang Sun

Learn more about AIChE Letters