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Researchers to present advances in energy, health, technology at chemical engineering conference

At the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in San Francisco Nov. 13-17, Stanford University researchers will report advances in areas such as health, clean energy, electronics and nanotechnology.

''The papers being presented come from many different departments in several schools and institutions at Stanford, reflecting that research that crosses traditional boundaries within universities is essential to tackling today's most challenging problems,'' says Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering.

Founded in 1908, AIChE is a professional association of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop products. The AIChE meeting is the largest annual gathering devoted to chemical and biomolecular engineering and advances in nanotechnology. The meeting will be held at the Hilton San Francisco, 333 O'Farrell Street. For details, visit http://www.aiche.org.

Health and the environment

One meeting highlight concerns research into the molecular details that may underlie Alzheimer's disease. On Monday, Nov. 13, at 12:45 p.m., graduate student John Kirkwood, from the research group of chemical engineering Professor Gerald Fuller, will discuss experiments describing how chains of amino acids called amyloid beta-peptides interact with lipids and water. In brain tissue, such interactions may explain how amyloid beta-peptides accumulate on neural cell membranes and disrupt their workings, causing cellular malfunction and incurable dementia.

Several other presentations by Stanford scholars will focus on making alternative energy technologies more technically and economically viable. For example, a major question that must be answered before fuel cell vehicles can be powered by hydrogen-as part of the so-called ''hydrogen economy''-is h
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Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University
13-Nov-2006


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