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The Chemical Engineer
Read the latest news and features on the coronavirus, published by The Chemical Engineer.
IChemE welcomes new fund to expand medicines manufacturing and calls for focus on building a resilient supply chain
Following the announcement from the UK Prime Minister of a new £20m fund to support the manufacture of medicines and diagnostic equipment, experts from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)’s COVID-19 Response Team have welcomed the fund which intends to improve the domestic medicine supply chain in the UK and create jobs in the process.
IChemE welcomes COVID-19 vaccine development and calls for engineering focus to meet targets
Experts from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)’s COVID-19 Response Team have welcomed the early results announced regarding the world's first effective coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech.
IChemE COVID-19 Response Team provide expertise to vaccine development reports
Experts from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)’s COVID-19 Response Team, set up to co-ordinate the chemical and process engineering support to the pandemic, have provided valued expertise to the Royal Society and the Center for Global Development in key reports launched recently.
PPE could be safely decontaminated and reused to conserve supplies and save waste, say engineers
Serious consideration should be given to decontaminating and reusing some types of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to maintain supplies and reduce waste, provided it can be safely reprocessed and suitable quality assurance procedures established.
IChemE team calls for focus on full COVID-19 vaccine supply chain
As human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccines begin, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is calling on governments and public health organisations to recognise the importance of a robust manufacturing process to enable vaccines to be widely available in as short a time as possible.
IChemE team responds to address COVID-19 drug bottlenecks
Members of the IChemE’s COVID-19 Response Team have offered assistance to increase the availability of drugs that can help treat the disease and make it less deadly.
Guest blog: STEM apprentices’ contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic
IChemE Fellow Kate Barclay talks about how STEM apprentices are at the forefront of the pandemic as well as the importance of developing and supporting applied, industry-relevant STEM talent.
Guest blog: Account from Asia Pacific on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on chemical engineers in the region
David Platts tells us how he has been working to share knowledge to support chemical engineers in his region during the coronavirus outbreak.
Good process safety practice
IChemE Safety Centre member companies have collaborated to produce a paper on good process safety practice during the pandemic.
IChemE members help identify process to safely reuse PPE
IChemE members, working on a voluntary basis, have initiated three parallel projects, focusing on demonstrating the technical feasibility of decontaminating PPE.
Guest blog: Chemical engineers and the diagnostics challenge
Chemical engineer Al Edwards discusses how chemical engineers are responding to the diagnostics challenge that has arisen to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
IChemE’s COVID-19 Response Team creates new workstreams
Find out about the IChemE COVID-19 Response Team's latest progress on a number of key workstreams to support the global response.
IChemE offers expert opinion on coronavirus testing
Keith Plumb, a chemical engineer and a member of the IChemE Board of Trustees, appeared on Sky News to discuss how chemical engineers are contributing to what he described as a “herculean” task.
IChemE volunteers expert support in response to the COVID-19 emergency
IChemE has written to the UK government to volunteer the profession’s support in response to the coronavirus emergency.