IChemE journals: Editors' choice virtual special issue

"To foster and develop the advancement of chemical engineering in all its branches" is the charter of the Institution of Chemical Engineers , which represents over 33,000 members worldwide. To this end, IChemE publishes four peer-reviewed journals: Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Food and Bioproducts Processing and Education for Chemical Engineers.

The journals, which are also the official journals of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), were first published as the Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1923. Since then they have seen continuous expansion and today they represent well over 2500 pages of the latest research across the full spectrum of chemical engineering research.

The benefits of rigorous peer review and our successful publishing partnership with Elsevier can be seen in the continuing improvement in the journals’ Impact Factors. We are pleased to note that in the 2010 Thomson Reuters Impact Factors, published in June 2011, ChERD rose to 1.519 (2009: 1.223); FBP to 1.207 (2009: 0.952) and PSEP to 1.453 (2009: 1.124).

We look forward to the continuation of this success and hope you will enjoy this virtual special issue.

Chemical Engineering Research and Design

Application of a CFD Code (FLUENT) to Formulate Models of Catalytic Gas Phase Reactions in Porous Catalyst Pellets
Volume 85, Issue 11, 2007, Pages 1539-1552
Kolaczkowski, S.T.; Chao, R.; Awdry, S.; Smith, A.

Solvent Properties of Functionalized Ionic Liquids for CO2 Absorption
Volume 85, Issue 1, 2007, Pages 31-39
L.M. Galán Sánchez, G.W. Meindersma, A.B. de Haan

Process Safety and Environmental Protection

Improving the sustainability of the production of biodiesel from oilseed rape in the UK
Volume 86, Issue 6, November 2008, Pages 427-440
A.L. Stephenson, J.S. Dennis, S.A. Scott

Modelling of BP Texas City refinery accident using dynamic risk assessment approach
Volume 88, Issue 3, May 2010, Pages 191-199
Maryam Kalantarnia, Faisal Khan, Kelly Hawboldt

Food and Bioproducts Processing

Analysis of immobilized Candida rugosa lipase catalyzed preparation of biodiesel from rapeseed soapstock
Volume 86, Issue 4, December 2008, Pages 283-289
Ping Shao, Xianghe Meng, Jinzhe He, Peilong Sun

Comparison of thermal processing and pulsed electric fields treatment in pasteurization of apple juice
Volume 85, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 93-97
A.V. Charles-Rodríguez, G.V. Nevárez-Moorillón, Q.H. Zhang, E. Ortega-Rivas

Education for Chemical Engineers

Weblabs in chemical engineering education
Volume 2, Issue 1, 2007, Pages 38-45
A. Selmer, M. Kraft, R. Moros, C.K. Colton

Chemical engineering in an unsustainable world
Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2009, Pages 51-67
Edmond P. Byrne, John J. Fitzpatrick