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					  Volume 8 Issue 2
                          The Pipeline     Jennifer F. Mize, Co-Editor              December 2001
                 Winner of the 2001 Marx Isaacs Award for Outstanding Newsletter
                   Local section website:

                              AIChE December Meeting
                             Liquid Phase Methanol Process

T    he AIChE December meeting will feature Edward Heydorn from Air Products discussing the Liquid Phase
     Methanol Process. The Liquid Phase Methanol (LPMEOH) process uses a slurry bubble column reactor to
convert coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) to methanol. The LPMEOH™ process provides the means to convert
synthesis gas to methanol at higher per-pass conversion than conventional
technologies. Because of its superior heat management, the process can directly
utilize the carbon monoxide (CO)-rich syngas characteristic of the gasification of
coal, petroleum coke, residual oil, wastes, or other hydrocarbon feedstocks.
When added to a high-efficiency integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC)
power plant, the LPMEOH process converts a portion of the CO-rich syngas
produced by the gasifier to methanol, and the unconverted gas is used to fuel the
gas turbine combined-cycle power plant.

A 260-tons per day (TPD) LPMEOH™ Process Demonstration Plant has been in operation at Eastman Chemical
Company's chemicals-from-coal complex in Kingsport, Tennessee since April of 1997 under the U. S.
Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Coal Technology Program. Production rates of over 300 TPD of
methanol have been achieved and the plant availability for the past three years has exceeded 99%. This
presentation provides a description of the LPMEOH™ process and the application of the technology to IGCC
power plants. A 15-month extension to the Cooperative Agreement with DOE has been approved; this additional
operating time will provide the opportunity to perform new tests of significant commercial interest (such as the
activation of methanol synthesis catalyst in the LPMEOH™ Reactor). A review of the status of these tests and
the ongoing performance results will be presented.

                    Program Topic:             Liquid Phase Methanol Process
                    Speaker:                   Edward Heydorn, Air Products
                    Date:                      Wednesday, December 12, 2001
                    Time:                      11:30 am – 12:30 pm
                    Location:                  B-150C Multimedia Room (201C)

             Happy Holidays from AIChE!
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                      Message From the Chair – Time to Vote!

H    ave you received your 2002 AIChE officer election ballot? If so, I hope that you have
     taken the time to fill it out and send it back to me. If you are a member and have not
received a ballot, please contact me by phone (229-5398) or e-mail (
<>) and I will send you one. Remember, you have until
December 7 to submit your vote so please don't miss the deadline. The results of the election
will be announced at our program meeting on December 12.

Our local section is blessed with a long history of dedicated leaders (to see the complete list,
visit our website: <>) who have worked to make it one of the
most successful and vibrant sections in the country. One recent indication of this is our section's winning of the
2001 Marx Isaacs Award for "Outstanding" local section newsletter. Much credit should go to our newsletter
editors, Jennifer Mize and Burts Compton, for this great achievement!

With the quality of the candidates listed on the 2002 officers ballot, I have no doubt that this tradition of
excellence will continue no matter what the outcome of the election. I'd like to personally thank each of the
candidates for their willingness to run for office at a time when no one is actively looking for new ways to spend
his or her few hours of "free" time. I'd also like to recognize this year's officers as well as those persons who have
worked "behind the scenes" on our programs committees and in other capacities to bring important services (e.g.,
continuing education and PE refresher classes) to our membership this year.

Lastly, I hope that each and every one of you enjoys a safe and happy holiday season!

David Hitch
Chair, East Tennessee Section

        Local Authors Publish Featured Article in CEP Journal

C    ongratulations to East Tennessee AIChE Section member Joe Bays and Eastman colleague
     Jim Ryans for having their manuscript entitled "Run Clean with Dry Vacuum Pumps"
published as the cover article of the October edition of Chemical Engineering Progress. This
is a very prestigious honor. Joe and Jim's article discusses the various benefits of dry
vacuum pump technology including the potential for eliminating both process contamination
and pollution from steam jets and liquid ring pumps as well as facilitating solvent recovery. Be
sure to read this highly informative article in your October issue of CEP or view the article on-line at
<> (you will need your AIChE member number to log in).

David Hitch

              The Pipeline Wins Outstanding Newsletter Award

C   ongratulations to our excellent newsletter editors, Jennifer Mize and Burts Compton! At the Annual AIChE
    meeting in November, the Local Section Committee announced that our section won the Marx Isaacs Award
                 for Outstanding Newsletter among "small" AIChE sections. The award recognizes newsletters
                 for excellence in content, innovation and quality, and effectiveness of communication (clarity,
                    humor and presentation). Jennifer and Burts have done a superb job of preparing timely,
                  informative, interesting and attractive newsletters to serve our local section. And you, our local
                  section members, have helped by contributing valuable articles. Again, congratulations to
                Jennifer and Burts, and thanks for a job well done.

Richard Colberg
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              Volunteer Needs at Dobyns-Bennett High School

T    he State of Tennessee has cut the extended contract funding for the 2001-2002 school year. Dobyns-Bennett
     High School used much of this allocation to provide tutoring for students. Due to these cuts, they are looking
for volunteers to provide assistance until grants or other monies become available. Volunteer opportunities are
listed below. If you would like to volunteer, contact PTSA President Susan Lodal at 247-1002 or or the appropriate department head (contact information listed below). If you have questions
about the requested needs, contact Dobyns-Bennett principal Judd Porter at 378-8400 or

English Department – Diana Eldredge, Chair (E-mail:

   Assistance with writing essays
   Monitoring of Writing Center Lab (at least one afternoon per week, Monday through
    Thursday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.)*
* Orientation will be provided by Linda Droke; some computer knowledge required; would like
a commitment from 1-2 people for one or both semesters

Foreign Language Department – Ken Oster, Chair (E-mail:

   Tutoring for lower level languages: Spanish, French, German, Latin
   Monitoring classroom during test retakes (beginning at 2:45 p.m. for 1-2 hours)

Needed during school hours; after school 4 days per week, 3-4 p.m.; 1-2 evenings per week, 7-9 p.m.

Math Department – Jann Stamper, Chair (E-mail:

   Tutoring for Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Computer Science

          Prefer after school 4 days per week, 3-4 p.m.

                      Science Department – John Payne, Chair (E-mail:

                      Tutoring for Chemistry
                         Monitoring classroom during test retakes

                        Needed after school 4 days per week, 3-4 p.m.

Social Studies Department– Cindy Sellers, Chair (E-mail:

   Tutoring for Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Psychology, U.S. and European History
   Read text book to inclusion students in Geography Class during school hours (8-11 a.m.)

Needed (tutoring) during evening hours, 7-9 p.m.

Wellness Department – Kim Hyatt, Chair (E-mail:

   Monitoring student make-ups (students must make-up class activities after 2 absences; students register their
    attendance for after school make-up ahead of time)

Needed after school 1-2 days per week, 3-4 p.m.
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          Local Section Member Serves with E-Advisory Group

H   emant Dandekar is part of an e-Advisory group chaired by Tom Edgar (past Chair of AIChE) and consisting
    of members from industry and academia. The group was asked by the AIChE's Chemical Engineering
Technology Operating Council to provide recommendations to address the following need:

                    It is necessary to increase electronic availability of Institute offerings to attract new members
                   and retain current members. Similarly, products and services need to be made available
                   online in a user-friendly manner to increase revenues. Failure to keep pace electronically
                     would be detrimental to the image and potentially the viability of the Institute.

                       The group met a number of times virtually via teleconference and sent its recommendations
                    to the Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council in early November. The group
                  utilized some of Eastman's e-Business strategy framework for developing and analyzing these
recommendations. Recommendations covered areas such as online journals, archival searches, online meetings,
online training and other issues related to membership to the Institute.

Hemant Dandekar

                       NSTCC Upgrades Chemistry Program
                            for Broader Application

C   hemistry is the central science and enhances the lives of all who study it. Northeast State
    Technical Community College (NSTCC) leads the state in streamlining all their degrees.
The goal is 15 credits/semester. The beauty of these refinements is that students can
complete 1-year programs in 1 year and 2-year programs in 2 years. Our University Parallel
programs are designed so that students transfer seamlessly to 4-year institutions as juniors
with 60 credits.

Many of our Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees prepare students for chemistry-related careers, like biology,
chemistry, environmental health, occupational health, and pre-engineering. In the past, most of the chemical
technicians in our local industries received their initial training here at NSTCC, earning Associate of Applied
Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Chemical Technology. If they wished to further their education, they lost many
credits with courses that did not transfer. Now, our upgraded A.S. Chemistry degree enables students to begin
chemical technician careers in industry and to continue their education without losing any credits. Many career
dreams are possible.

                   Chemistry is so interesting because the world is your classroom. The wonders of chemistry are
                    ubiquitous. Careers in chemistry are exciting, satisfying, and rewarding. If chemistry is not
                    your strong suit, then remember that all career choices are strengthened by some knowledge of
                     chemistry. We invite all students to explore our new catalog and discover ways to include
                    chemistry in their current programs. For professional advice and guidance, please contact any
                   of us: Dr. Mark A. Pollock (, Dr. Jay A. Harvey
                   (, and Dr. David Fagerburg (

Dr. M.A. Pollock
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                                       October Meeting Recap

B    lessed with a crystal-clear night, the tour of the ETSU observatory was a success. The evening started with
     dinner at the Sophisticated Otter brewery in downtown Johnson City. As dusk fell, we drove to the
observatory located on a ridgeline behind the ETSU campus. Five telescopes with 40-80x magnifications were
set up on a concrete pad outside the observatory building. We were able to casually browse the craters of the
crescent moon, Mars, a ringed nebula, and the Andromeda galaxy. Several physics professors from ETSU were
on hand to answer any questions and to give us a guided tour of the constellations. The evening concluded with a
talk by Dr. Beverly Smith on how the ancient Greeks were able to measure the distance to and size of the sun
using basic trigonometry. Between 10 and 15 people associated with AIChE attended the event.

Fred Colhoun

                            Just for Fun – Absolute
Check out for lots of interesting trivia. Below is a sampling of Christmas trivia:
       "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was conceived by author Robert May in 1939. Two other names he considered
        before deciding on Rudolph were Reginald and Rollo.

       During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United

       During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made.

       According to Gale Research, the average American household wraps 30 Christmas gifts each year.

       According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas
        trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation's 5,000 choose-and-cut farms.

       America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in
        California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the "General Grant Tree," is over 90 meters (300
        feet) high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.

       Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. This tradition
        began in 1836.

                    Local Section Officers, Directors & Support Staff
Chair:                                                         David Hitch                              229-5398
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and
Program Committee Chair:                                       Richard Colberg                          229-3184
Secretary:                                                     Jennifer Mize                            224-7018
Treasurer:                                                     Heather McNabb                           229-8097
Directors:                                                     Joe Parker                               229-3850
                                                               Mark Harrison                            229-4861
                                                               Pete Lodal                               229-2675
Local Section Webmaster:                                       Tim Nolen                                229-8287
AIChE Pipeline Newsletter Editors:                             Jennifer Mize                            224-7018
                                                               Burts Compton                            229-8526
ETEAC Representatives:                                         Beth Alderson                            229-8163
                                                               Vera Williams McGill                     224-0959
                                                               Steve Humphrey                           229-8027