Addressing Climate Change One Sustainable Martini at a Time

Photo by Stanislav Ivanitskiy on Unsplash I've found another example of innovation we can toast to — quite literally! With this new discovery, we can feel we're addressing climate change one sustainable martini at a time. Yes, while enjoying my vodka martini with sweet vermouth, I have been known to ponder sustainability and the planet's future. Who doesn't? I came across a company in New York City that has created what it calls the “world’s most sustainable spirit” The Air Company makes its…


Clarifying Process Liquids: New Approaches for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Applications

Image Source: IFN How can the process engineer successfully automate the clarification processes to improve filtration while minimizing operator exposure? Over my career in solid-liquid separation, I've seen many examples of process engineers struggling with clarifying process liquids. In one resin facility, the slurry was in a formaldehyde process and the "masked" operators were opening up a manual plate filter to dig out the cake. In another case, during the manufacturing of zeolites, the…


Systems Integration Design & Gated Process Development   

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash Recently I have enjoyed a rich collaboration Circular Economy and Closing the Loop in Case Studies    with Professor Ugur Tuzun of the University of Cambridge on the important topic of process systems and the circular economy. Our latest article, “Systems Integration Design for Chemical and Biological Engineers: Gated Process Development with Digital Interlinks for Bulk Chemicals and Specialty Products Manufacture,” appears in the Journal of Chemical…


Process Engineering Partnership Provides a Holistic Approach to Operations

  Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash Process engineering cannot succeed in a silo. As I often say, it’s best to take a holistic view of process operations. To that end, I’m pleased to announce my new collaboration with Procegence. Let me tell you more about our process engineering approach. Happily, one of my blogs on batch to continuous processing prompted Nima Yazdanpanah, President of Procegence, to reach out to me to discuss his work in the pharma and specialty and fine chemicals…


Circular Economy and Closing the Loop in Case Studies    

  Photo by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash Recently I blogged about how to address Circular Economy considerations in engineering and applied science settings and how companies too can learn to adapt. It is fast becoming a necessity as industry recognizes the criticality of a holistic approach to sustainability. For example, the UK last year announced £22.5m in government funding for five new R&D centers focusing on the circular economy and developing methods to reuse and recover materials…