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For November, 2009

Level Switch with Cooling Neck for High Temperatures

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fls-sliding_uk_sFor its FlexLevel Switch 4401, Baumer offers a sliding connection making the hygienic level switch suitable for high process temperatures of up to 200 °C.

The optional sliding connection is available in 100 and 250 mm length and can serve as a cooling neck or extension, for example if the medium has to be reached through the tank insulation or the level detection has to be adjusted to a certain height.

WIN-911 Alarm Notification Software Flags-Up Process Problems In Real Time

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win911_sP4A introduction of WIN-911 alarm notification software enables managers and operators to be aware of problems in their plant, anywhere, anytime. WIN-911 is a real-time software that can be used with pagers, cell phones, landline phones and most wireless communications.

It works with a company’s existing control software or SCADA system to monitor operations and notify personnel of problem conditions – a process that can save time, money, and unnecessary anxiety..

21st Canadian Symposium on Catalysis

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21st Canadian Symposium on Catalysis

Conference Theme: Catalyzing a Sustainable Future

Banff, Alberta, May 9 – 12, 2010

The conference will focus on Energy, Environment, and Nanotechnology but will also include a section for fundamentals and general catalysis. In addition to three plenary talks (Opening Speaker, CIC Catalysis Medal Awardee, and Ciapetta Lecturer), there will be several invited keynote speakers, and a panel discussion on the role of catalysis in climate change issues (such as carbon capture and storage). New to the Canadian Symposium will be a short course on the fundamentals of catalysis, offered on the Sunday afternoon before the opening reception. This course will be beneficial to engineers, scientists and anyone else working with catalysts who would like to learn or refresh the basics.

Web site: www.21csc2010.ca

Beale Awarded Safety Medal

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safetymedalChris Beale, senior safety consultant at Ciba Specialty Chemicals, was presented with the Frank Lees Medal at IChemE’s Hazards XXI symposium in Manchester, UK last week.

The medal is presented every year to the person who has authored the best safety and loss prevention publication.

Beale was awarded the 2008 medal in recognition of his paper, The Causes of IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Leaks at Chemical Plants – An Analysis of Operating Experience, presented at Hazards XX in April last year.

The medal was presented to Beale by IChemE Safety and Loss Prevention Subject Group chair, Mike Considine and named after the late Professor Frank Lees, author of Loss prevention in the process industries and a leading chemical engineering academic at Loughborough University.

IChemE chief executive, David Brown says: “Safety and loss prevention remain as important to the process industries today as ever before. IChemE strives to recognize the most outstanding work in the field and I congratulate Chris on his achievement.”

About Chemical Engineers
Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics to the process of turning raw materials into everyday products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.

About IChemE
IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) is the hub for chemical, biochemical and process engineering professionals worldwide. With a growing global membership of some 30,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members. For more information, visit www.icheme.org

SOURCE: Institution of Chemical Engineers

Adopted from: http://www.chemicalonline.com/article.mvc/Beale-Awarded-Safety-Medal-0001?VNETCOOKIE=NO

Macarons, the Daddy Mac of Cookies

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There are people who are mad for macaroons and then there are people who are mad for macarons. That’s because American macaroons and French macarons have about as much in common as do pâté and apple pie.

American macaroons are holiday treats, gloriously dense amalgams of shredded or flaked coconut, egg white and sugar, often dipped in or drizzled with chocolate. Popular year round, French macarons are small, delicate, glossy confections of varied complexions. They’re pink, green, blue, yellow, brown, lavender, even black. And that’s what attracted Soraiya Nagree of Luxe Sweets in Austin, Texas to them in the first place.

“I saw this rainbow of colors in pastry shop windows,” says Nagree of a family trip to Paris when she was just ten. “Right then I knew I would do something with sweets. Not necessarily French pastries, but definitely with sweets. I wanted to make those macarons.”

While macarons often inspire love at first bite, most people are satisfied with just eating them. Nagree left a career in chemical engineering to pursue perfecting them.

For further reading, please visit http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,578089,00.html

Some Back Ground of Me

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I was inspired to choose chemical engineering when I first saw the chemical formula from my father’s chemistry book. The chemical formula shapes look fascinating and interesting to me.

My father is an organic chemistry lecturer in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). When I was 14, I read his organic chemistry book and willingly learnt from it by myself. When I was 17, I wanted to have a career associated with chemistry. Back then, my first choice was chemical engineering and my second choice was biochemistry. To be honest, I was unaware of what chemical engineers do and what the industry is like. I could not imagine it due to lack of exposure and information.

After completing my high school education, I pursue my A-Levels and took 3 core subjects which are essential for engineering: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Then I continued my degree in chemical engineering. I managed to get a place in Bradford University, United Kingdom. I was unlucky because in our contract, practical training or sandwich course is not included by our sponsors. Therefore, we don’t have any valuable practical and industry exposures. That doesn’t matter and I keep on studying until I graduated in 1999.

To be continued in the next post…

Chemical, Catalysis, Chemistry related Journal

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Here is a few journal for my and your references if you want to read, refer or publish. Number in parentheses indicates the impact factor in 2007. If you have any journals to add in this list, please contact me.

1. Applied Catalysis A-General (2.63)

2. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (3.942)

3. Catalysis Communications (1.878)

4. Catalysis Letters (1.772)

5. Catalysis Today (2.148)

6. Chemical Engineering Science (1.629)

7. Chemical Engineering Research and Design (0.747)

8. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering (0.393)

9. Energy & Fuels (1.519)

10. Energy Sources Part A-Recovery and Environmental Effects (0.425)

11. European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2.769)

12. Fuel (1.358)

13. Fluid Phase Equilibria (1.68)

14. Fuel Processing Technology (1.323)

15. International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering

16. Journal of Applied Polymer Science (1.306)

17. Journal of Catalysis (4.533)

18. Journal of Crystal Growth (1.809)

19. Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology (0.914)

20. Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology

21. Journal of Materials Chemistry (4.287)

22. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (4.115)

23. Journal of Rare Earths (0.368)

24. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2.796)

25. Molecular Sumulation (1.084)

26. Petroleum Chemistry (0.191)

27. Petroleum Science and Technology (0.308)

28. Thin Solid Films (1.665)

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