Innovative BPA-free coating provides safe food packaging – IChemE Food & Drink Award Winner 2019

Bitrez Ltd took home the IChemE Global Award 2019 in the Food and Drink category for their product Curaphen.

Specialising in manufacturing synthetic resins and advanced polymers, Bitrez Ltd have developed an alternative to Bisphenol A (BPA)-based coatings used in food and drink products. Curaphen, is a BPA-free phenolic resin, which is completely safe and provides the same internal protection in food packaging.

This innovative solution has been a game-changer in the industry and has earned Bitrez Ltd the Queen’s Award as a result.

Paul Jones explains more in this video about the many benefits to Curaphen:

If you have a project, process or product that showcases innovation to optimise manufacturing operations and contribute to the manufacturing of safe, sustainable food or drink, then enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020 here.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Microwave technology produces high quality graphene – IChemE Business Start-up Award Winner 2019

Winner of the IChemE Global Awards 2019 in the Business Start-up category was University College London (UCL), for their project, Continuous Graphene Manufacturing by Microwave.

In what was a five-year long project, the team at UCL were successful in their mission to develop a new material for the industry using microwave technology to effectively and efficiently transfer data quickly without using too much energy.

Graphene, which is a high-grade single sheet of 2D carbon material, is made up of lots of chemical and physical properties and can enhance the energy storage intensity. The challenge now for the team is to find a way to create larger quantities in an economical way.

Find out more about this project in the Winners video:

Have you been working on a Business Start-up project that demonstrates contribution to advancing the chemical, biochemical or process industries? If yes, then enter the Global Awards 2020 this year and be in for the chance to take home the award in 2020.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video .

Creating a culture for everyone – IChemE Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner 2019

As an organisation, Costain have been implementing various initiatives to “create a culture where everyone can be their best.” At the IChemE Global Awards 2019, Costain won the Diversity and Inclusion Award, for their commitment to become a diverse employer.

In this video, Clara Wicks shares more about Costain’s strategy to recruit, attract and retain a diverse workforce and hopes this will encourage more women to consider a career in a chemical engineering industry.

Is your organisation best demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its workforce, sector or business practices? You can enter for this category in the IChemE Global Awards 2020.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

New generation of medicine for patients: IChemE Biotechnology Award Winner 2019

Addressing the need to generate new medicines and treatments for patients at a faster pace was something that UK consortium group – CPI, UCB Celltech, Lonza Pharma and Biotech, Horizon Discovery, Sphere Fluidics, and Alcyomics, have been developing over the past four years and earned them the IChemE Global Award 2019 in the Biotechnology Award category.

“If you involve chemical engineers earlier, you can get more manufacturable solutions earlier. It’s having that translational mindset in the project from an early stage, which makes a massive difference.”

The project incorporated various sectors of the biopharmaceutical industry together and working as team help advance the production and delivery of medication to patients more efficiently.

Hear more about the project in this video:

If you have what it takes, why not enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020 now:
https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

GUEST BLOG: SMART thinking

Programme SMART (Sustainable Membership Achieved via Robust Transactions) is a group of four member-led projects designed to deliver sustainable membership growth.

When it was initiated in 2017, members were consulted and webinars were held to inform the membership of its aims.

We’re now beginning to deliver some of the changes and so we wanted to provide an update on progress of the projects, and we will continue to do this via The Chemical Engineer and this blog throughout 2020.

In today’s blog, IChemE Vice President (Qualifications) Ainslie Just provides more detail on Programme SMART and its progress.

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Chatting Chartered status and biosector careers with students at Frank Morton

Hundreds of chemical engineering students from across the UK and Ireland descended on central Birmingham this week for the annual Frank Morton Careers Fair.

It was a great chance for us to connect with so many of our Student Members at the event – this year hosted by the University of Birmingham.

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Addressing the Grand Challenges

Our mission, as set out in Strategy 2024, is to be a vibrant learned society that addresses the grand challenges.

IChemE’s principal technical committee, the Learned Society Committee (LSC), has been tasked with engaging IChemE’s members around delivering this.

LSC has prioritised focussing its initial work on responsible production, major hazard identification and management, and digitalisation. Below are the initial interpretations of these priorities.

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Influencing policy: addressing sustainable energy and water challenges

In our latest ‘Influencing policy’ blog, IChemE Energy Centre member Tekena Fubara explains the complexities behind transitioning to robust, sustainable energy systems in order to meet international carbon reduction targets.

Also, we explore the role of advanced oxidation processes for sustainable water management, which could be used as evidence to inform policy-makers working on a new Environment Bill.

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Sharing lessons to improve competence and capability in process safety – #HazardsAus2019

Chemical and process engineers are key contributors to making working environments safer.

Sharing good practice in this is vital. And so is sharing lessons that have been learned along the way.

That’s why each year we bring leading chemical and process safety experts across Australia and New Zealand together at our conference Hazards Australasia.

This year’s event at the Hilton Brisbane, Australia on 13-14 November 2019 focusses on the theme ‘competence and capability’ and the technical programme features a new panel made up of process safety experts from the regulating bodies across the two regions.

Under the title, Lessons for industry safety cases, the panellists will discuss the importance of sharing lessons from process safety incidents and how the recent Work, Health & Safety review could affect process engineers.

Ahead of this panel discussion, we caught up with some of the panellists to understand some of the challenges and opportunities to improve the safety culture in the process industry in Australasia.

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GUEST BLOG: Why I support my chemical engineering community in…Aberdeen

Activities to share knowledge and support the professional development of chemical engineers are happening in a whole host of communities across the world every day.

At IChemE, we have various communities that focus on helping individuals enhance their technical knowledge, competence and skills, as well as assist them in becoming professionally qualified engineers.

We have many enthusiastic members who volunteer in our communities, so will be sharing their stories in specialist areas and regions in regular blogs.

In this blog, Jim O’Donnell, Chair of the Aberdeen Members Group, explains more about what the group does to support all levels of chemical engineers in their region and why he feels younger members in particular can play a positive role in shaping a sustainable future for our Institution and the profession.

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Influencing policy: pushing R&D investment and the food agenda

Our members want to know more about how we support them to influence the development of national policies that affect chemical engineering.

Following this feedback from our member engagement survey, we are bringing you regular updates on the various policy areas in which we work with our members to provide evidence that inform policy- and decision-makers.

In our latest blog, we explain more on our collaborative approach with the National Engineering Policy Centre to urge the Government to spend more on research and development, what’s new for IChemE’s Energy Centre, as well as an update on the various consultation responses that we are working on.

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GUEST BLOG: Policy central

We work closely with many engineering bodies in the UK; particularly when providing evidence to inform policy-makers. It is important that we collaborate across the engineering disciplines to provide one unanimous voice on policy issues.

In today’s blog, Nick Starkey, the Director of Policy at the Royal Academy of Engineering, explains why engineering input is so crucial for policy-makers, and how we can be far more effective in influencing positive action that will benefit society by working together.

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Influencing policy: the future of waste and of our building regulations

At IChemE we do a lot behind the scenes to support our members in respect to influencing the development of national policies that affect chemical engineering.

We work in a multitude of policy areas, sharing knowledge and providing evidence to inform policy makers. But we can only create impact by working with you, our members, other professional engineering institutions, and directly with the governments across the world. Progress in this area takes time and requires a consistent and proactive approach.

In our recent member engagement survey, it was clear that our members wanted to understand more about this work. So, we’ll be giving you regular insights via our blog and The Chemical Engineer.

In today’s blog we explain more about our contribution to a government consultation on building regulations and how we also advise on government strategies that could affect the future of electronic, plastic, food and farming waste.

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How engineers are key to addressing societal challenges in Australia – Chemeca 2019

Today we are faced with many challenges in society. For example, how to provide sustainable and affordable sources of energy; develop the latest advances in mining minerals and resources; enable access to clean water and food for all; provide efficient waste systems; and advance healthcare to help sustain an ageing population?

Chemical engineers across Australasia and the world are at the forefront of programmes to help solve these challenges and emerging megatrends in engineering to make processes efficient, sustainable and economical.

As the fourth industrial revolution progresses, we must question what will be the next chemical engineering paradigm? And, how will the significant challenges, megatrends and our roots as a discipline in manipulating and combining the fundamental chemical elements drive the development of the next chemical engineering paradigm?

These are key questions that chemical engineers will be discussing at this year’s Chemeca conference in Sydney in September. To mark 150 years of the periodic table, Chemeca 2019 will explore the emerging opportunities and challenges for the chemical engineering profession throughout Australia and New Zealand under the theme ‘Engineering Megatrends and the Periodic Table’.

Ahead of their plenary sessions at Chemeca, we caught up with Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, and Belinda Grealy, Area Business Manager, Europe at Orica, both leaders in their respective fields of energy and mining. They gave an insight into their presentations, and how they feel Australian professional chemical engineers and leaders in the profession are key to positively effecting change for our current and future challenges.

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Household waste to low-carbon gas – IChemE Sustainability, Energy and Outstanding Award Winners 2018

The big winners at the IChemE Global Awards 2018 were a UK consortium consisting of Advanced Plasma Power, University College London, Cadent Gas and Progressive Energy.

The team took home three awards in the Sustainability, Energy and Outstanding Achievement categories, for their project, Converting Waste to BioSNG.

Together, they developed an innovative and unique gasification and catalytic process to turn household waste into a clean, green and renewable energy called Bio Synthetic Natural Gas (BioSNG). It’s a low-carbon gas that the team feel is a great contribution to decarbonise the energy sector and heat homes across the UK for years to come.

Find out more about the project, and the team’s reaction to winning three awards, in this video:

If you have a cutting-edge project that you think is worthy of an IChemE Global Award in any of these categories, make sure to enter by the end of today (12 July 2019) for this year’s award ceremony.

Today is the last chance to enter for the IChemE Global Awards 2019. Submit your entry online at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

‘Out of this world’ next generation batteries – IChemE Young Researcher Award Winner 2018

Donal Finegan from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was presented with the Young Researcher Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

Having studied a degree in chemical engineering, Finegan diverged into energy systems. His research explores the performance and safety of lithium batteries, primarily looking at why they fail.

His innovation and insights have had direct positive impacts on the design of next generation Li-ion batteries, as well as advanced energy systems, including some of NASA’s manned space applications.

Finegan explains more on his work and his delight at his recognition in this video:

Do you know a researcher who is helping to address important economic, environmental or social issues? Then why not enter them for the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

Submit your entry by 12 July 2019 online at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Inspiring chemical engineers of the future – IChemE Young Industrialist Award Winner 2018

Rojiar Ferschy was presented the Young Industrialist Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018 for her outstanding achievements as a process engineer at Sellafield, including her voluntary work within the community.

Ferschy always aspired to be a chemical engineer, and was keen to turn this into a reality when she moved to the UK.

With a keen interest in STEM subjects, Ferschy’s determination and dedication has led her to achieve her professional goals as a process engineer, simultaneously giving back to the community through her volunteer work.

Find out more on her story in this video:

Do you know a young chemical, biochemical or process engineer in your industry who is deserving of an IChemE Global Award?

Entries to this year’s Global Awards are open until 12 July 2019 at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Shaping the chemical engineers of the future – IChemE Training and Development Award Winner 2018

Recognising the need to address the skills gap in the nuclear industry, Energus, UK set up the nucleargraduates programme, under licence to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

For this, they took home the trophy in the Training and Development category at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

This bespoke programme allows graduates to tailor their own scheme to best suit their training and development needs.

Energus works with organisations from all nuclear sector and supply chains to identify the skill shortages, and focus on training environmental scientists, chemical engineers, and cyber engineers.

Kathryn Walker from Energus, shares her delight at winning the award. Watch here:

Have you got a training scheme worthy of an IChemE Global Award 2019? Nominations are open until 12 July 2019.

Find out more information and enter online at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Young team delivers facility to store plutonium – IChemE Team Award Winner 2018

Teamwork is essential when it comes to delivering a project of any scale. The collaborative efforts of Sellafield Ltd, Progressive Alliance and AXIOM led them to win the Team Award at IChemE Global Awards 2018.

Their task was to deliver a new facility on the Sellafield site to store consolidated nuclear material safely. The partnership meant that there were no barriers between the different companies. Their collective expertise meant the project was delivered successfully, and within a tight timescale.

Find out more on their project in this video:

Do you have a project demonstrating excellent teamwork? Why not enter the IChemE Global Awards 2019, which is open for nominations until 12 July 2019.

Find out more on the category and enter at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Solar power and electricity combined to produced renewable energy – IChemE Research Project Award Winner 2018

Perseverance paid off for the Clean Energy Processes Lab at Imperial College. After 10 years of challenging research to find a renewable energy solution through solar power, using a combination of both heat and electricity, they did it.

And for this successful project, the team won the Research Project Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

They developed a novel integrated PV and solar-thermal (PVT) hybrid panel technology, that harnesses both heat and electricity to provide a form of renewable energy.

Christos Markides explains more on the project and how he feels to be an IChemE Global Award winner, in this video:

If you have a research project that you’d like to enter for the IChemE Global Awards 2019 visit: www.icheme.org/awards

Enter by 12 July 2019.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

‘Super-computer’ behind improved process safety – IChemE Process Safety Award Winner 2018

Woodside Energy in Australia was the winner of the Process Safety category at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

Improving process safety in the organisation was an important exercise for Woodside, and they successfully achieved this by implementing an intelligent research system, Watson HSEQ.

This ‘super-computer’ provides Woodside personnel with valuable process safety insights at their fingertips, and allows them to learn from past experiences more efficiently and effectively.

Watch this video to find out more about the project:

Do you have an award-worthy process safety project that you’d like to enter in the IChemE Global Awards 2019? Find out more and submit your entry by 12 July 2019 at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Sterile filtration unit enables production of life-saving drugs – IChemE Pharma Award Winner 2018

Picking up the Pharma Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018 was a consortium group comprising of GSK, PM Group, Suncombe and ITT, for their project Fully Integrated Sterile Filtration Unit.

In this collaborative project, the team set out to find a lasting solution to manufacturing a life-saving drug using a sterile filtration system. The drug produced currently benefits 90,000 people every day and without this critical part of the function, patients would be without the medication they need.

Watch this video to find out more:

If you have a project demonstrating the best in process or technology in the pharmaceutical sector, why not enter the IChemE Global Awards 2019?

Find out more and enter by 12 July 2019 at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Pioneering stackable ceramic pellet improves heat transfer – IChemE Oil and Gas Award Winner 2018

At the IChemE Global Awards 2018, Johnson Matthey took home the award in the Oil and Gas category, for their project CATACEL SSR: Structured Steam Reforming Catalyst.

CATACEL SSR has a unique stackable, structural reactor. By applying a catalyst coating on metal foil, it is engineered and designed to maximise heat transfer more efficiently.

The Johnson Matthey team share more insight into their innovative project, in this video:

If you have an exciting chemical engineering project that you’d like to enter for this category, find out more and enter at: http://www.icheme.org/awards

Don’t forget to enter the IChemE Global Awards 2019 by 12 July 2019.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Bringing diversity to the forefront of chemical engineering – IChemE Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner 2018

Leading the way for becoming the number one employer for equality, diversity and inclusion, the Environment Agency took home the Diversity & Inclusion Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

The Environment Agency employs chemical engineers from all different backgrounds and strongly believe in creating a life-enhancing workplace for their employees. Watch this video to find out more:

Is your organisation best demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its workforce, sector or business practices? You can enter for this category in the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

Enter by 12 July 2019 at: www.icheme.org/awards.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Revolutionising the food and dairy industry – IChemE Food and Drink Award Winner 2018

Monash University in Australia walked away with the award in the Food and Drink category at IChemE Global Awards 2018 for their project, Collaborative Food and Dairy Research.

Its process engineers have been working on a large-scale project at an international level, trying to find ways to revolutionise the dairy industry by looking into the process optimisation of spray-drying, especially for dairy powder. This research project has already enabled their commerical partners to process greater than 70% of Australia’s milk.

Cordelia Selomulya who has been leading on the collaborative research project shares how chemical engineering plays a key role in the optimisation of spray-drying and improving sustainability. Find out more in this video:

If you have an innovative project that is worthy of an IChemE Global Award 2019, then submit your work here: www.icheme.org/awards.

Entries are open until 12 July 2019.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Green chemistry offers solution to plastic and polyester recycling – IChemE Business Start-up Award Winner 2018

Winner of the IChemE Global Awards 2018 in the Business Start-up category was Green Lizards Technologies, for their project, GLT’s Journey from Creation to Commercialisation.

As a university spin-out company with expertise in the chemical, energy and recycling industries, Green Lizards Technologies are paving the way with their innovative idea of combining green chemistry and chemical engineering, to find a practical solution and offer plastic recycling and polyester recycling in a safe and efficient manner.

In this video, find out more from the team on their mission to create a unique space in clean energy and sustainable technology:

Do you have a new and successful business in the chemical, biochemical or process industry? If so, why not submit it for an IChemE Global Award 2019?

Entries are open until 12 July 2019. Visit: www.icheme.org/awards.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Chemical engineers roll out new nuclear facility – IChemE Industry Project Award Winner 2018

At the IChemE Global Awards 2018, Rolls-Royce received the Industry Project Award for their project – Delivering a New Nuclear Manufacturing Facility at their Raynesway site.

It was the first time since the 1960s that a complex project of this scale had been undertaken by the company. With their trusty team of chemical engineers, Rolls-Royce was able to enhance its existing nuclear manufacturing facility in a 12-month period, enabling them to deliver on customer commitments, now and in the future.

Learn more about this project from Lee-Greenlees, Gareth Braddock and Alison Askins who share their delight in being recognised for their work in this video:

Entries are open for the IChemE Global Awards 2019. If you have an exciting chemical engineering project that you’d like to enter for this category, find out more and enter at: www.icheme.org/awards.

Submit your entry by 12 July 2019.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Marking 100 years of women in engineering – the past, present and future

Over the past few weeks, our members have been celebrating diversity and female engineers’ careers to mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019 and the 100th birthday of INWED founders, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

This year’s theme was ‘Transform the Future’. Our members felt it was important to reflect on the barriers and opportunities to engineering careers, how women are currently helping find solutions to worldwide issues, and how to encourage the next generation of female engineers.

So, here’s a round-up of the events they helped organise to discuss these issues.

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Boosting international collaboration, skills and funding are key to the future of research and development – #LinksDay19

Earlier this week representatives from IChemE attended the UK’s annual Parliamentary Links Day (#LinksDay19), bringing together scientists, engineers and policymakers to discuss the future of science, at the Palace of Westminster.

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How do you feel female chemical engineers are contributing to #TransformTheFuture?

Every year on 23 June we celebrate the accomplishments of female engineers for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

This year is even more special as the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) – who founded INWED – are celebrating 100 years of inspiring women engineers, scientists and technologists. Happy birthday WES!

#TransformTheFuture is the theme this year for #INWED19. Female chemical engineers are playing a vital part in helping to transform the future.

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Why I volunteer in IChemE’s qualifications activities – Marking Volunteers Week 2019

IChemE exists to be a professional qualifying body and a learned society. It sets the standard for chemical engineering through a range of membership grades and registrations and for those seeking to improve their professional status, enhance their technical knowledge and share these learnings with their peers.

Without the efforts of our volunteers we cannot fulfil these functions.

This week we have been profiling just a few of our many volunteers and the work they do across the world, to mark Volunteers Week 2019.

In our final blog of the series, Riyaz Khambati explains his volunteering roles that contribute towards IChemE’s qualifications activities and how he supports young engineers working towards becoming professionally qualified.

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