Thursday, December 29, 2011

A challenge - “Green Chemistry” Replacement for Traditional Polar Aprotic Solvents

Are you Ready to take a challenge with your chemistry and chemical engineering knowledge. This Challenge is looking for environmentally-friendly ("green chemistry") replacements for traditional polar aprotic solvents, such as dimethylformamide (DMF), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), dimethylacetamide (DMAc), and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. Submitting DEADLINE: 1/15/2012

more information : visit this website

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Room Temperature Activated Adhesive - A 30,000 $ challenge!

A One-part Adhesive is required that is activated at room temperature. The adhesive should have a minimum set-strength upon activation for gluing a fixed substrate on metals and synthetics (polymers) which can then be fully cured by other methods.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data and sample delivery. You can also submitted theoretical papers on this challenge but the gift will be a reduced amount of original package. 

More information : visit the webpage

Monday, November 21, 2011

Submit your abstract to Euromembrane 2012 conference - for academic and industrial scientists from the field of membrane science

The aim of the Euromembrane Conference 2012 is to bring together academic and industrial scientists from the field of membrane science and technology to stimulate contacts and to exchange new ideas on their research work. This is wonderful chance to bring attention on your research work or application. 

The conference will be organized by the European Membrane Society and Imperial College London.

Submission deadline for abstracts are 30 March 2012. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Can you Propose and develop new process technology concepts for ammonium sulfate, caprolactam?

Are you an Phd holder of chemical engineering field with 5-10 years experience (academic or R&D)? You have a chance as enter Honeywell Specialty Materials due to an immediate opening for a Lead R&D Engineer in the Monomer Technology group at its Colonial Heights, VA (Richmond, Virginia Area)

You can apply via Linkedin website. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light

In 1905 Albert Einstein told with is theory of special relativity, nothing travels fater than 186,282 miles (299,792 kilometers) per second. For many years this speed limit was a barrier but CERN lab near Geneva, Swisterland claims they have founded a subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light. These findings are critical as the modern physics is mainly build on Einstein's theories, so the scientists have been asked to re-confirm the result and also they invite other research institutes to carry on the research and help to evaluate the results.

If this claim is proven, there will be lot of new theories coming and the foundation of modern physics will be hardly questioned in future.

Read more:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

'Miracle' a mix of water and diesel fuel - innovation of Nmiracle Power (Pvt.) Ltd

Nmiracle Power (Pvt.) Ltd, Sri Lankan company which their manufacturing facility located near Kaduwela is about to market their revolutionary innovation 'Miracle' a mix of water and diesel fuel. According to Dr. Nalaka Gajadeera, the Charmian of the company this is one of important innovation in alternative fuel industry. They mix water with diesel using hydro thermal technology and says it has more efficiency than plain diesel.

They add 60 percent value on diesel mixed with water and  in combustion of this fuel, hydrogen derived from water molecules is burnt and the oxygen emitted is used to burn hydro carbon. Further its carbon emission is 75 percent lower plain diesel.

They are an export oriented company which is planing to export into many countries including Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany, Romania and Italy. They also working with Sri lankan government transportation wing CTB to introduce this fuel as transportation fuel of their day today use.

Soruce: SundayObserver

Thursday, September 8, 2011

an opening for an SIS Control Systems Engineer in Bellingham, WA!

Engineer with haveing in-depth knowledge and understanding of all phases of the SIS life cycle, including applicable ISA/IEC standards from a background of BSEE, BS Chemical degree, or related engineering degree from accredited college/university is needed for a reputed company in Bellingham, WA, United States. He should be a self-motivated degreed engineer with 12 or more years of experience in the oil and gas industry, petroleum refineries or other heavy industry processing facilities such as power plants, chemical plants or petrochemical plants.

Apply online

Sub-critical water – Definition

It is an intermediate state of water between normal water and supercritical water. Supercritical water is at a temperature and pressure above its critical point. (temperature >374°C, pressure >221 atm) Subcritical water lies below ranges of the critical points.  So simply it is a stage under supercritical water with controlled temperature and pressure according to the requirement of application.

Sub – critical water can be used as a cheap, non-toxic, non-flammable,  clean solvent in organic chemical research and even commercial applications.

Following research is example usage of sub-critical water as solvent in hydroxymethylfurfural research.

Research: Dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in sub-critical water over heterogeneous zirconium phosphate catalysts by Feridoun Salak and Hiroyuki Yoshida of Osaka Prefecture University.


(I am try to make definitions for rare scientific terms and need support for improve the quality of this definitions, please send feedbacks to dilantha[at]chempro[dot]org)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Chemical Plant seeking Chemical Engineer for Plant Manager Position in Taft, California

A Fortune 500 company is currently looking to fill a position for a Plant Manager position for a chemical processing plant with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Plant and Six Sigma experience will be required.  

Please send resumes to

I found this job in one of my linkedin group and thought to share with my readers. This message is from a recruiting company.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Get your Free copy of 500 papers and presentations on multiphysics simulation (COMSOL Conference CD 2011 )

You can received a COMSOL Conference CD 2011  which contians 500 technical papers and presentations  illustrate your peers ground-breaking projects in the area of multiphysics
simulations.Following topics will be featured in the CD

- AC/DC Systems
- Acoustics
- Bioengineering and Biosciences
- Earth Science
- Education
- Electrochemical Engineering
- Electrostatics and Magnetostatics
- Fluid Dynamics
- Heat Transfer
- Material Science and Nanotechnology
And more

Request you free CD

Aspen Plus Free Evaluation Software for 90 days

Aspen Plus is a market-leading process modeling tool for conceptual design, optimization, and performance monitoring for the chemical, polymer, specialty chemical, metals and minerals, and coal power industries.  Aspen Plus is vital software for industry professionals and research fellows in above-mentioned fields.


The company Aspentech offers 90 days of evaluation copy on request. You can request for 90 days free trials using following page.


Request Aspen Plus Evaluation Copy


Evaluation copy consist of many features including following majors

  • Aspen InfoPlus.21
  • Aspen Process Explorer Trending And Analysis
  • Aspen Calc Server Real-time Calculation Server
  • SQLPlus and Excel Add-In

Optimization of crude distillation system using aspen plus

Today I found quite rare article on using chemical engineering software package Aspen plus. Four scientists of Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039, India had published a paper on Chemical Engineering Research and Design journal on Optimization of crude distillation system using aspen plus and it is indepth analysis of Effect of binary feed selection on grass-root design. Their primary objective was to provide and build up guidelines available as general rules of thumb for the grass-root design of crude distillation unit (CDU) using binary crude mixtures.


For more information read the article on sciencdirect:


Contact Research Team:

Vijaya Kumar Bulasara

Ramgopal Uppaluri


Tel : Tel.: +91 361 2582260; fax: +91 361 2582260.



What is Aspen Plus ?


"Aspen Plus is a market-leading process modeling tool for conceptual design, optimization, and performance monitoring for the chemical, polymer, specialty chemical, metals and minerals, and coal power industries. Aspen Plus is a core element of AspenTech's aspenONE® Engineering applications." Quoted from Aspen Plus official website

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Honeywell seeking a Polymer Processing Engineer with Plastics Extrusion experience for their Pottsville, PA location.

If you are with BS in Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Materials or Mechanical Engineering and5 + years of plastics extrusion experience you will be targeting by Honeywell for a Polymer Processing Engineer with Plastics Extrusion experience for their Pottsville, PA location. You should have a background in Polymer extrusion processing, particularly film processes and polymer compounding processes. You should also have a solid understanding of Polymer properties and the relationship of processing to properties as well as be able to communicate understanding. Being able to use knowledge to influence and drive projects through out the organization is also important.

In order to apply for this job you must follow this link on Linkedin and may be it will show you after you join the group (Chemical Engineers) .

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has provided over $114 million in scholarship

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has provided over $114 million in scholarship /support to more than 22,000 underrepresented minority students. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering aka NACME is part of a larger outreach effort to engage and communicate with past and current recipients of those scholarships.

Their mission is to insure American resilience in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability by increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

For more information visit their website

Friday, August 26, 2011

Want to learn the latest process risk assessment technique for process control?

Dear readers, do you want to familiarize with the latest technologies available for risk assessments in process control industry. IchemE organize a course in Staff House Conference Centre, Manchester, UK based on Layer of protection analysis. This course covers the basic methodology of LOPA and the detailed stages of its application. Participants are shown how to identify significant scenarios, estimate frequencies for the worst-case events and how to assign risk categories.

It is a two days programme and will start on 20th of September 2011 and till 21st of Sep 2011

More information

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

IChemE Affiliate member promotional code (coupon code) for 2011

Becoming a IChemE Affiliate member is an advantage for professionals and academia in chemical engineering profession as Member benefits include full access to, a monthly edition of The Chemical Engineer magazine and access to their Online Journal Archive and Knovel.

If you're not a current or former IChemE member, you can become an IChemE Affiliate member in 2011 for just £20.00 .

To register visit and enter the promotional code 'LINK' when prompted.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Learn the most effective ways to use LinkedIn to market yourself, find a job, and build and maintain a lasting professional network

I Found a brilliant guide on using  LinkedIn to market yourself, find a job, and build and maintain a lasting professional network which was prepared and published by Stanford's Career Development Center, University of Stanford. It nicely discribe the way to use the magnificent potential of it as they are being the #1 professional network in the world. Linkedin helps you to occupied with traditional tools of job seeking such as CV, Covering letters, recommendations and business cards while also providing you latest tools to build your profile and image within a target industry and turn relationship a carrier opportunity. It emphasis the important of  being updated with profile, stay touch with interested companies, participating groups, follow relevant professionals in order enhance your carrier. More information you will find on following presentation which they have published in PDF format. 

You can downloaded it using this link

Following are recommended links if you wish to use Linkedin as your way of marketing your profession

Career Exploration Tools
Resume Builder

Friday, June 17, 2011

Help Government Leaders Shape Renewable Energy Policy by Attending RETECH 2011

RETECH 2011 is Renewable Energy Conference which will be held Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, D.C. September 20-22, 2011   Conference. Following areas will be discuss in the  Conference and people who working with Renewable Energy Policy in US and abroad will be benefited by  participating with this event.

The Strategic Issues Track will analyze key challenges faced by the renewable energy industry both in the United States and abroad. Session topics will include domestic and global energy outlook; global markets and competition; business opportunities in developing countries; the potential for a strategic collaboration between natural gas and renewables; the importance of operational excellence, and strategies for the adoption of renewable energy.
  • Session A1: Energy Outlook
  • Session A2: Global Markets and Competition
  • Session A3: Business Opportunities in Developing Countries
  • Session A4: Strategic Collaboration - Natural Gas & Renewable Energy
  • Session A5: Renewable Energy Ecosystem Collaboration For Achieving Operational Excellence
  • Session A6: Strategies for the Adoption of Renewable Energy
The combination of federal, state and local policies and programs is a major U.S. renewable energy market driver. This track will feature briefings and perspectives from key federal, state and local officials and market players.
  • Session B1: Update on Federal Regulations and Programs
  • Session B2: State Policies - Cross-Cutting Issues
  • Session B3: State Reports
  • Session B4: US Department of Energy Technology Programs
  • Session B5: Department of Defense Programs
  • Session B6: National and Energy Security in the Americas Panel
You can have an
Exclusive Discount: Register before July 1 with Promotional Code GOVJUNE to save $100 off the already discounted Government rate!

For more information Contact : Carley Ziober at 713-343-1884 or CarleyZ@tradefairgroup.comor just visit conference website

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vacancy for a Principal Process Engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc Corporate Headquarters

You should have a BS, MS, or PhD degree in Chemical Engineering with at least 5 years experience in chemical engineering and process design. The position will be based in Allentown, PA and will require travel up to 15% of the time.

Air Products is Fortune 500 company  with 18,300 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, who serve customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage, health and personal care to energy, transportation and semiconductors.

You can Apply and go to search job openings on the left navigation bar and use Req No. #7158BR for apply

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Free MultiPhysics simulation tutorials from COMSOL Inc

More and more engineers and scientists are using multiphysics to accurately
model their products and processes. The brand new edition of the
Introduction to Multiphysics Kit CD demonstrates how you can benefit
from taking the multiphysics approach for your simulations.

You can Watch the animated simulation of coupled physical effects, including:


Heat Transfer

Mechanical Deformation

Electrical Currents

Request your free copy today!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Viridis Africa 2011 - Clean Technology Investment Summit

Viridis Africa, a business matchmaking event that will take place on the 17th and 18th of October 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, South Africa. This event may be valuable to my blog readers who working in clean technology and energy sector as Engineers or Entrepreneurs

Following areas will be targeted by the summit and you will able to meet enterprise representatives presenting leading technologies in clean technology area. The event is advised by famous industry specialists including Andries van der Linde [internationally recognised renewable and clean technologies specialist], Raz Cohen [a successful entrepreneur] and Prof Janice Limson [an Associate Professor for the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology at Rhodes University and editor in chief of Science in Africa.]

Clean Energy Generation:
Wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, clean coal technologies

Fuel cells, advanced batteries, hybrid systems

Management, transmission

Building efficiency, smart grids, waste heat recovery

Water & waste water:
Water treatment, water conservation, waste water treatment, desalination

Recycling & waste:
Recycling, waste treatment, organic matter, plastics

If you interested in  more information please contact (international dial code +27):
Suza Adam - 011 880 0364 - General, marketing/branding, investor relations, sponsorship, networking, digital media
Raz Cohen - 011 880 0374 – Corporate / project finance / venture capital, business plan development
Dr Andries van der Linde - 082 825 0985 – Energy generation; wind, solar (CSP) photovoltaic, hydro, geothermal, storage, infrastructure, efficiency
Dr Janice Limson - 083 248 0100 – Bioremediation, environmental monitoring, diagnostics, biofuels, biomass water and industrial effluents treatment

The official Website :

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Job for a Polymer Processing Engineer with Plastics Extrusion

Honeywell Specialty Film is currently seeking a Polymer Processing Engineer with Plastics Extrusion experience for their Pottsville, PA location. This engineer should have a background in Polymer extrusion processing, particularly film processes and polymer compounding processes. The engineer should also have a solid understanding of Polymer properties and the relationship of processing to properties as well as be able to communicate understanding. Being able to use knowledge to influence and drive projects through out the organization is also important.

Basic Candidate Qualifications:
  • BS in Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Materials or Mechanical Engineering
  • 3 years of plastics extrusion experience
Additional Candidate Qualifications:
  • Industry experience in plastics extrusion processes, preferably film or compounding processes or web handling technology highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Polymer chemistry, structure property relationship; knowledge of fundamentals of melt processing and effect of melt process conditions on properties
  • Familiar with principals of statistical analysis of data and application to process development and process improvement

Apply on the company website

Free ICheme Webinar - A one-hour online presentation by James Brown

This Webinar will be presented by James Brown who is a Chartered Chemical Engineer working as a Principal Consultant in DNV's Manchester, UK, office. This online presentation is a factual representation of the findings of the investigations conducted by British Petroleum and the United States National Commission. Additionally A summary of basic drilling technology will also be provided, followed by a case study of incident timeline and findings of the major investigations.
This event is free of charge and free to all people online .

For more details

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vacancy for Chemical Process Engineer in the Chicago area

In Chemical Engineers Group on Linked in which I subscribed this vacancy was published by a member of the Group. I thought It would be great If I share this job with other members with my blog.

This job will pay up to 90K and qualification and responsibilities as follows

Responsibilities include:
  • Initiate and lead process improvements in facilities
  • Provides technical troubleshooting
  • Analyze and provide solutions for chemical storage issues
  • Recommends process improvements based on customer needs and demands
  • Examine and improve energy usage
  • Lead and implement process related projects from concept to completion
  • Support and assist in Hazards and operability study reviews
  • Travel to other warehouses and facilities

  • BS in Chemical Engineering
  • 3-5 years experience
  • Experience in a chemical process facility
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Familiarity with PSM desired

Contact information 614-760-5799,

Friday, June 10, 2011

European Process Intensification Conference - 20-23 June 2011

The 3rd European Process Intensification Conference takes place at the Manchester Conference Centre on 20-23 June. As the economic, social and environmental challenges mount for the chemical and process industries, Process Intensification (PI) is emerging as the latest hot topic for chemical engineers.

There are a limited number of places still available at the conference. Don't miss out on your chance to discover the most recent developments in the field from leading practitioners in industry, academia and renowned international research institutes. Keynote speakers include Professor Andrzej Stankiewicz from TU Delft and former ICI Head of Manufacturing Technology, Dr. Roger Benson.

PI technology is applicable in many areas, including upstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, the nuclear industry, bioprocessing and food and drink manufacturing. PI can offer impressive improvements in one or more process characteristics, such as unit operation size, output quality, energy usage and plant safety.

The conference registration fee is £632.00 + VAT with reduced rates of £440.00 + VAT available to students and authors.

How to register:

• Pay online at
• Call our sales their team on +44 (0) 1788 534444

From Editor of Chempro:

I got this message via my linked in Group and thought to share with my blog readers.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fault Tree Analysis Example


What is fault tree analysis? It was initially developed in Bell laboratory for a control system.  Now days it is widely used in safety engineering field to qualitatively determine probability of a safety hazard. It is an undesired state of a system is analyzed using boolean logic to combine a series of lower-level events.


Following tutorial which was developed by Clifton A. Ericson is consist with simple explanation with several examples including very simple one.

Download it


Following tutorial developed by Marvin Rausand, Department of Production and Quality Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway  is included with three examples of Redundant fire pumps which will be valuble for chemical safety engineers to learn  fault tree analysis

Download it

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Why we need to buy BPA free bottles?

Recently I was looking for a plastic water bottle, which I planned to use for day today life. I came across with many cheap bottles and tend to buy them due to the low price. But suddenly the facts about bottles with BPA came to my mind and I decided to buy "BPA free bottle" although it is quite expensive than common bottle

What is BPA?

"Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications. " – source wikipedia

Why we need to avoid BPA in frequently used items?

Bisphenol A works as an ingredient, which mimics human body hormones and causes disputes in its hormones system. Medical institutes have conduct many researches on Bisphenol A and found possible causes of Obesity, Neurological issues, Disruption of the dopaminergic system and many of other effects on human body.

Is BPA banned in countries?

Not in many countries, but in 2010 Canada was the first country to consider it asa toxic substance. Up to now European union and Canada has banned BPA especially in baby bottles .

In conclusion it is better to avoid BPA contain bottles and containers for drinking purposes as it may easily contaminate your drinks with BPA and causes many threats (which are being research at the movement )

Saturday, May 21, 2011

In 2050, 80% of energy will be renewable! Are you ready?

Chemical engineers being one of essential part of energy industry must know this truth. In 2050, 80% of energy will be renewable! The renewable source may consist of many present day proven technologies, options being developing, and other developments within next 39 years.

The biggest barriers of renewable energy sources should be hurdled if we needed to fulfill future energy demand. Price, efficiency, portability, accessibility, reliability, stability and many of technical challenges are in front of every engineer in the industry.  

Anyway this kind of forecasting will boost the interest of many young researchers as well as present giant in the renewable energy industry  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

chemical engineering magazines

There are thousand of chemical engineering magazines available in market place and most of them are paid subscriptions. But I will list down several magazines which can be subscribe for free (depending on your geographical location you will be eligible for  soft copy or hard copy)

These magazines are basically promote chemical engineering commercial products and share details of sponsored companies innovations. Actually for practicing engineers it is very valuable to expand their knowledge about market place.

Chemical Engineering serves chemical engineering professionals in the chemical process industry including manufacturing, engineering, government, academia, financial institutions and others allied to the field serving the global chemical process industry.


The end user market for Control includes the classically defined process industries—chemicals, petroleum, food, paper, plastics, metals and textiles generation and water/wastewater utilities.


Hydrocarbon Processing the premier magazine providing job-help information to technical and management personnel in petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical/chemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world - since 1922.


Flow Control serves process, manufacturing and engineering industries with the primary end products and services in Food & Beverage Products; Paper, Pulp & Printing Products; Misc. Processing & Manufacturing Products & Industries; Chemical, Pharmaceutical & Allied Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Rubber & Misc. Plastic Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery, Except Electrical; Semiconductor, Electrical & Electronic Equipment; Aerospace; Automotive; Other Transportation; Instruments (Medical & Non-Medical); Utilities (Including Gas, Electric, Water & Wastewater); Engineering; Consulting & Related Services.


 Chem.Info serves engineers and executives working in chemical process plants and engaged in the production of chemicals, refined petroleum, food, paper & allied products, helping their facilities operate more efficiently, productively and competitively. Chem.Info is published 7 times a year (February, April, June, August, September, October and December) and is available in Digital or Print format.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Improving Chemical Warehouse Productivity

Chemical manufacturing plant engineers and managers should be competitive to provide ever growing customer demand and the ever tighten regulations of numerous authorities. They have to face following challenges in their day today operation with following challenges. 

1. Product Purity
2. Complex environment, health and safety requirements
3. Profitability
4. Customer satisfaction

This free white paper will provide you wide exposure on meeting above challenges and meet the ever growing standards of chemical supply management in present day scenario

(Provide professional address and true details when you sign up for free download as it is not given to non professional subscribers.)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chemical Engineering Interview Questions

In my life after 3 years of Graduation I have face several job and scholarship interviews in my chemical engineer carrier. Normally as engineer we have to face several level of interviews before enter into a business entity.

First Interview

First interview is most probably with heads of the team which you will directly report if you will be selected. Actually most of technical questions comes in this stage with some of screening questions (non technical). The nature of technical question will be highly depended on the process of the plant and the vacancy which you willing to fill. As example if you are going to a power plant as direct operational position you will ended up evaluating your chemical thermodynamic knowledge, but if you are to be fill water treatment plant operation position of the same company you will be face questions relevant to water treatment methods and problems.

Second & Third Interview

This interviews are most probably with the top level management and you will be evaluated with your attitude towards the company, your compliance with the top level managers' expectation and cooperate culture, your future expectations ... etc. Actually if you come to this level means your are more suitable but you have to be the best of rest of people in the final stage.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Engineering Questions and Answers

It is wonderful to have unique place to get our solve engineering problems. This is community based question and answer website which allow you to ask questions in every field of engineering and also able to answer other engineers questions. Giving answers to others problem will help you to bring up your name in the industry and this website allow you to have a comprehensive profile about you.

Engineering Questions and Answers

Saturday, March 19, 2011

World Biofuels Markets 2011 in Rotterdam

join over 1500 representatives from the biofuels industry during three days of intense networking and in-depth analysis on algae biofuels, biorefinery platforms, bioenergy finance and investment, advanced biofuels, global biodiesel, trading biofuels, global bioethanol and much more. World Biofuels is co-located with three stand alone two day events: Biopower Generation, Bio-Based Chemicals and Biogas Utility & Developer Forum – no matter what your niche is, we’ve got it covered.

If you’ve got questions to ask before you register, reply to this email and we’ll be happy to answer any queries you have. Otherwise...

To register your place, please visit
Call +44(0)20 7099 0600
or Email

Friday, March 18, 2011

Invitation to present a paper or poster at the COMSOL Conference 2011 Stuttgart

Present your work at the COMSOL Conference 2011 in Stuttgart on October 26-28. This year's agenda contains a wealth of exciting presentations, hands-on minicourses, and networking events. Presenters will receive exposure among an audience of over 100,000 simulation practitioners worldwide.

Suggested Topics
  Acoustics and Vibrations
  Batteries and Fuel Cells
  Bioscience and Bioengineering
  Chemical Reaction Engineering
  Computational Fluid Dynamics
  Heat Transfer & Phase Change
  MEMS & Piezoelectric Devices

For more information, visit
  Numerical Methods
  Optics, Photonics & Plasmonics
  Plasma Physics, EHD & MHD
  Porous Media Flow
  Quantum Mechanics
  RF & Microwaves
  Semiconductor Devices
  Sensors and Actuators
  Structural Mechanics
  Transport Phenomena

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Can iodized salt be used to help counter any radiation exposure?

I heard that many people gather iodized salt to prevent counter effect of any radiation exposure with the fear of Japanese nuclear crisis. But in order to achieve WHO recommended  dosage people will need to intake 80 tablespoons would be needed to equal one tablet which is not practical and healthy. So I think it is only myth of people to try iodized salt. In many cities in counties around Japan, there are salt shortage as people try to prevent them with iodized salt. But I think this is not a practical solution as it is not possible to intake required potassium iodide amount iodized salt.

Potassium iodide tablets to help counter effects of potential radioactivity Japan's reactors

Today BBC report that Potassium iodide tablets were distributed among some US crops to prevent counter effects of potential radioactivity Japan's reactors. And it is heard that people all over the world searching for this tablet for help counter effects of potential radioactivity Japan's reactors.

I search about this tablets and found that in 1982 US FDA has approved this tablet for protect thyroid glands from radioactive iodine involving accidents or fission emergencies.

For more details please visit Wikipedia page 

I heard that people try to use iodized salt to get Potassium iodide to fight against potential threats but unfortunately it is only a myth as you need to take approximately 80 spoons to equal sufficient amount.

Carbon Foot Print of day today travelling

Those who concern about figures of CO2 emission of traveling methods we used in day today life will find this document very valuable in their studies.


This document made depending on many sources but not compatible with every country. But it will give you nice comparison.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Staff to be evacuated from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

After new fire happen in reactor 4 in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant radiation level on the site has raised   up to health risky level of the employees and they are force to evacuated from the plant. Japan already confirmed to  ask the US military for help in battling the crisis.

New earthquake hits Tokyo Japan

BBC updates a New earthquake hits Tokyo Japan and twitter updates says it pretty decent this time. I feel very sorry for people in Japan who already suffering.

Update: Several friend in Tokyo confirmed that they feel slight earthquake now. (While i am writing this blog post)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lessons to learn from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster

We had two main tragedies in Nuclear power industry; one in Chernobyl and other in Three Mile Island. I am sure, all nuclear experts around the world took these case studies to tighten their safety precautions. Now we have another disaster @ Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan. However, this new accident widen up our angle to see the safety of nuclear power plants.  Analysis says failure of cooling systems after automatic shutdown @ 8.9 earthquake was the main cause behind series of blast in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As Japan is frequently subjected to earthquakes and tsunamis they might tighten their safety procedures for natural disasters. However the level of the impact of 8.9 earthquake might be very high than what they expected when they design and commissioning  Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

I think we must taken following factors in future discussions of nuclear safety

  1. 1.       Nuclear plants safety at natural disasters
  2. 2.       Shutting down procedures at natural disasters
  3. 3.       Effects on people who already affected by natural disaster (people without communication tools, transportation, … )
  4. 4.       Information management in emergency situation  
  5. 5.       Effects on wind patterns at emergency situation 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Explosion at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Video)

 (Picture source BBC News)

A Massive Explosion occurred  at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and we can see video of the blast on BBC. Several workers injured and experts measures the radioactive level of the site. This is third incident after Three Mile Island in the US in 1979, and Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986. Definitely this accident will goes to history of Nuclear accident and even for industrial accident.

Due to safety procedures of nuclear power plant it was automatically shutdown after earth quake hits Fukushima. But one of cooling system of reactor was damaged and did not worked accordingly after the shutdown. This tends to meltdown one of reactor.

This is Youtube video on Blast

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Download white paper on Failure Rates and Temperature Effects of Photovoltaic Modules

Photovoltaic modules are needed to design to meet the reliability and safety requirements of national and international test standards or company internal quality standards. Qualification testing is a short-duration which last long typically, 60-90 days accelerated testing protocol, and it may be considered as a minimum requirement to undertake reliability testing. This white paper will give you wide exposure on Failure Rates and Temperature Effects Photovoltaic Modules.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Carbon Nation (2011) Movie

Carbon Nation is a feature length documentary about climate change Solutions which includes interviews with many high profiles of world including followings. 

Richard Branson (CEO, Virgin Group)
Thomas L. Friedman (New York Times) 
Van Jones (Founder, Green For All)
Bernie Karl (Geothermal pioneer from Alaska)
 Amory Lovins (Chairman, RMI)
 Art Rosenfeld (Commissioner, California Energy Commission)
Denis Hayes (Founder of Earth Day)
Ralph Cavanagh (NRDC)
 Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute)
John Rowe (CEO, Exelon)
Jim Rogers (CEO Duke Energy) 
Cliff Etheredge (West Texas wind pioneer)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems: The Solution To Making PV Solar Competitive

I got this email invitation from one of my subscription. I thought to share it with you. 

They invite you to attend IHS The Energy Daily's newest webinar Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems: The Solution To Making PV Solar Competitive on February 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The topics of discussion for this 90-minute interactive webinar include:
  • What is the optimum concentration level for solar cells?
  • Are terrestrial cells the same as space solar cells?
  • Are there standard cell sizes or standard configurations?
  • What types of CPV solar cells are commercially available?
  • What is the maximum temperature a concentrator solar cell can handle?
  • Is active cooling of solar cells required?
  • What kinds of optics are best for concentrating light on your cells?
  • Does uniformity of light make a difference in terms of cell performance?
  • What is the highest-efficiency cell that has been produced?
  • And your questions!
You can find more information and register on this information packed event by visiting

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Algae Biofuel Research by chemical engineers at the University of Arkansas

This project has been nominated for Planet Forward on TV. An Earth Day Special. Coming April 2011. If you are interested in voting them here is the link.

Must Additional Qualifications for better Chemical Engineering Carrier

We all know for any field of carrier there is too much competition for entering as a professional. Entrance exams, workshops and series of interviews; these are not new things to job seekers these days. When we are in selection process for a vacancy it is common we are fighting with people with same qualification most of time. Therefore, additional qualifications will play vital role in every selection process; especially to be come out of bunch of same qualified personal. What are to most seek additional qualifications of chemical engineering carrier these days?

Occupational Safety and Health 

This does not mean that you have to follow up a diploma or degree program on this area. However, workshops, seminars or even short-term program will be more than enough with your basic qualification.

Certification in First Aid 

We know as chemical engineers frequently deal with hazardous processes, it will be a value addition if you equipped with first aid skills. Do not think this as a huge burden of your study program. I think Red Cross Society provides nice short-term program on first aid and they even issue certificate, which is valid for couple of years.

Experience in CAD applications 

If you are familiar with 2D – 3D computer aided design tools, it will be more advantage for you. Do not ever think that you need certificates to prove these skills. If you have used them in your study program especially in design project; add it up with your CV. Highlight your skill with computer aided programs.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bio-methane as a transport fuel

The Team
( Left: Ms. Irosha Kularathne, Mr. Nuditha Dilnayana, Dr. P.G. Rathnasiri, Prof. Ajith de Alwis & casual worker of team)

"Bio-methane as a transport fuel” project has been started since 2007 by Department of Chemical & Process Engineering at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. This project was funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka. The main objective of this research project is to demonstrate the feasibility of using biogas as a transport fuel.

Project was initiated in the year of 2007 and construction of the pilot plant was completed in the middle of 2009 and thereafter development activities were started. In this research project, anaerobic co-digestion process technology is used for biogas production and canteen food waste was the main substrate with co-substrates of water hyacinth and Gliricidia. Produced biogas was upgraded to Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) by scrubbing and absorption processes implemented by the biogas research team in Department of Chemical & Process Engineering at University of Moratuwa.

In the process, firstly, separate the organic fraction of canteen food waste from canteen waste and crushed in a crusher mixed with co-substrate in the presence of high concentration of water. Then it pumps to continuous system tank reactor (CSTR) which is operating in anaerobic conditions. Biogas is producing in this reactor and effluent is used as an organic fertilizer. Produced biogas was upgraded to Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) by removing CO2 in scrubbing process and removing moisture in absorption process. The upgraded Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) was compressed into cylinders and used as a transport fuel.

The Biogas research team in department of Chemical & Process Engineering has been proved that Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) can used for ignite the engine as well as transport by conducting several test runs using a three wheeler. Demonstration nursery in the University of Moratuwa were resulted in remarkable fruits and vegetables from the pilot plant effluent used as a liquid organic fertilizer.

For more details, please contact Department of Chemical & Process Engineering at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Contact The Team:

Prof. Ajith de Alwis
Dr. P.G. Rathnasiri
Ms. Irosha Kularathne
Mr. Nuditha Dilnayana

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka.
Telephone:         +94 112 650281
                                +94 112 650301   Ext.: 4100

Monday, January 24, 2011

Using Prosim in Molecular dynamics simulation

The simulation shows the behaviour of peptide over a time trajectory as the heat energy of the system reaches equilibration.

Contact creator -

Prosim tutorial

Actually this is paper which is submit to 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, this piece of work is nicely explain and give good description on salient features of PROSIM, a simulation model design tool.

This tutorial is written by

Richard J. Mayer
Department of Industrial Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843, U.S.A.


Madhavi Lingineni
Bruce Caraway
Perakath C. Benjamin
Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
1500 University Drive East
College Station, Texas 77840, U.S.A.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

chemical engineering applications for iphones

Major areas covered in the program currently include: Air Quality, Area Formulas, CFC, Cogeneration, Cost Benefit, Crusher, Energy Loss, Evaporation, Infiltration and Recharge, Lake Pollution, Stack Heights, Power Plant Thermals, River Pollution, Soil Pollution, Steam, Vapors and Waste.

Geometric releases eDrawings Professional for Pro/ENGINEER version 8.0

This information will helpful to chemical engineers work with Pro/Engineer software. Geometric Limited has released eDrawings Professional for Pro/ENGINEER version 8.0 with support for Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 and eDrawings 2011.

The new version included with following features:
•Enhancement of the Stamp feature with additional support for PNG file format and TIFF file format.
•Upgrade of eDrawings viewer version to eDrawings 2011.
•Triad to Move/Constrain component movement to a coordinate axis or plane, or to rotate components about a coordinate axis.
•Search or Filter component names from the components tree.