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Toward the Production of Safer Chemicals

A new protocol for safer chemical design is helping to overcome gaps in ‘traditional’ toxicology and improve upon federal regulations for endocrine-disrupting chemicals Research over the past two decades shows clearly that some chemicals manufactured for product functionality can have…

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Batteries not required for this smart gas mask

Researchers from Chung-Ang University (Seoul, South Korea; https://neweng.cau.ac.kr) have developed a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) that is operable via breathing and can, therefore, be integrated into gas masks. The device is capable of powering LEDs and Bluetooth trackers, and can monitor…

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Advancing Industrial Carbon Capture

An expanding array of CO2-capture approaches are quickly developing for hard-to-abate industrial sectors. The key objective is to significantly lower the costs of traditional CO2-capture techniques, which are based on aqueous alkanolamine absorption and desorption Achieving climate mitigation objectives, such…

Water scarcity worsening

A few months ago, this column addressed the megadrought in the U.S. Southwest and the increasing concerns over water scarcity [ 1]. Since that time, the drought in that region of the U.S. has continued, further impacting communities across the…

Burner Technologies and Concepts: Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals

To meet bold sustainability targets, new burner technologies and control configurations are being developed to help significantly reduce NOx emissions Many industry-leading businesses have set bold sustainability goals for emissions reduction and energy efficiency driven by factors such as climate…

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Achieving Balance in Combustion

New hardware combined with monitoring technologies can help optimize combustion now and in the carbon-conscious future Combustion has long been a delicate balancing act. Chemical processors want their combustion systems to be fuel efficient and available for use, while at…

Driving environmental progress

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court limiting the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate emissions from power plants has many concerned about the effects the decision will have on efforts to address climate change…

Steps to Improve Safety Challenges in Hazardous Environments

Compliance with industry- and machinery-specific safety standards and classifications is essential to make the safest possible environment for plant personnel, especially those working in potentially hazardous conditions Navigating the world of industrial safety standards can feel like being in uncharted…

CE Podcast: Deborah Gordon, environmental policy expert and principal at RMI

On this edition of the Chemical Engineering Podcast, senior editor Scott Jenkins speaks with environmental policy expert Deborah Gordon, senior principal in the Climate Intelligence Program at RMI. Gordon heads the Oil and Gas Solutions Initiative at RMI, and is…