Chementator Compilation 2017


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Chemical Engineering’s popular Chementator section concisely highlights innovative and novel technologies that are being commercialized or scaled up for the first time. Chementators identify the unique benefits of newly proven technologies or approaches that can achieve breakthroughs for chemical process industry (CPI) applications. This includes quantifiable improvements in ways to manufacture CPI products. You will find all 2017 Chementator articles in this one, convenient guidebook.

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Topics include:

• A process for making longer carbon nanotubes
• This process converts organic food waste to liquid fertilizer
• Paint a thermoelectric device onto any shaped surface to recover waste heat
• An inexpensive adsorbant for removing silver from wastewater
• Australians move to supply vanadium for redox flow batteries
• Laminate packaging that is easier to recycle
• A very fast way to continuously synthesize zeolites
• Japanese consortium synthesize bifunctional oxygen-reaction catalysts
• On-site carbon monoxide generation takes the next step

• A new low-energy electrolytic path to ethylene dichloride
• Extending biomass catalyst life by removing minerals
• Commercial debut for a new PLA-production process
• Anisotropic MOFs may open new application doors
• A more efficient way to dehydrate natural gas — inline
• This surface technology allows viscous fluids to slide easily
• New excipient enhances drug solubility
• An enzymatic route to lignin-based functional chemicals
• Improving the efficiency of solar desalination

• Single-step production of high-purity silicon demonstrated
• Making bio-ethanol from cassava pulp
• Spinning miles of synthetic spider silk
• This project aims for high-efficiency enzyme production
• A new filter mesh with reduced erosion — by design
• Batch or continuous? This methodology can help making the decision
• Heap leaching targets nickel from laterite
• A new adsorbent for wastewater treatment
• Chemicals from bagasse
• New technique simplifies doping for organic semiconductors

• Algae printing ink has safety and sustainability benefits
• A pilot project to capture rainwater for wine production
• Award to lower costs for flow-battery membranes and reactants
• A quest for making ammonia at moderate conditions
• Hydronium ions as charge carriers
• A less expensive alternative to platinum for water electrolysis
• Remove pollutants from wastewater with this nano-tailored coating
• Peltier refrigeration expands into untapped applications
• New glass electrolytes yield safer, more efficient batteries

• Piloting of a ‘revolutionary’ approach to olefin cracking
• Fuel-upgrading catalyst boosts lifetimes and supports sustainability
• A more efficient way to reduce emissions from nitric acid plants
• This product helps vaccine manufacturers reduce downstream processing costs
• Novel approach to Si-metal anodes could lower Li-ion battery cost
• Scaleup for the production of graphene oxides
• Microwave-based emulsion technology featured in scaleup of sucrose esters
• Debut of a coal-to-ethanol plant
• A catalyst for making H2 from methanol

• Low-cost solar collectors provide renewable process heat
• A hyperstable zeolite catalyst for methanol-to-olefin conversion
• Using sulfur to store solar energy
• Harvesting agricultural fertilizers from wastewater sludge
• Plasma oxidation for making carbon fibers
• Scaleup for cellulose nanofiber production
• Silk-based batteries for medical implants
• Enhanced perovskites
• Low-cost water treatment uses CO2 to remove particles without membranes
• Commercial debut for a process that captures CO2 directly from air

• Responsive coatings lead to stronger 3-D-printed parts
• A first commercial step towards on-site ammonia production
• Electrostatic spray drying protects heat-sensitive products
• Finely tuned electrodes for water treatment
• CNT membrane aids distillation of brine
• A continuous biotreatment process that degrades phenol in wastewater

• New process generates salable products from Marcellus produced water
• A new catalyst for making methane from CO2 and H2
• A ‘greener,’ more sustainable route to trimethylgallium
• Bio-based xylitol lowers production costs
• Make more from biomass with iron
• A probe that tests galvanizing kettles at high temperatures
• Vehicle fuel tank for adsorbed natural gas moves toward commercialization
• A new zeolite catalyst promises to significantly improve naphtha cracking

• Oxy-fuel burner restores air-fuel regenerative furnaces to full production
• Magnetized viruses attack challenging bacteria in watertreatment systems
• Carbon nanotube technology toughens carbonfiber composite materials
• Ammonia as a H2-carrier enabled by a catalytic membrane
• This portable device offers a quick check of produce
• Bioethanol from bagasse
• A hybrid power system combines SOFC and a gas turbine . . . and a very efficient SOFC
• Winning iron and titanium while making vanadium electrolyte
• Dual-functioning MOFs maintain a comfortable room humidity

• Liquid metal membranes improve on Pd membranes for separating hydrogen
• Getting more value from recycled polystyrene
• A mag-drive pump that handles suspended solids
• Extracting lithium without roasting
• Ferro-coke utilization promises to reduce energy consumption in ironmaking
• High-performance aluminum alloy makes use of cerium
• Making graphene from graphite without oxidation
• Accelerated decomposition of halogenated compounds


• A new C2-based production route to MMA
• ‘Deep-learning-based’ AI quickly predicts furnace products
• Lower costs for converting alkylation units from hydrofluoric to sulfuric acid
• ‘Molecular pulleys’ make a better battery anode
• Extremophilic microbes enable new methane pathways . . . and these make a meal of methane/hydrogen mixtures
• New antimicrobial compounds offer disinfectant alternatives
• Multilayer membrane for climate control

• H2SO4
• Catalyst Cabron catalyst
• Bifunctional catalyst
• 2-D metal oxides
• Strong and ductile steel