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2013 Impact Factor:
AIChE Journal is pleased to announce its 2013 Impact Factor has increased to 2.581!
2014 Release of Journal Citation Reports®
Source: Thomson Reuters 2013 Citation Data
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.
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
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