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This month’s Editor’s Choice article is the latest addition to the Conversations in Chemical Engineering Special Series: “Shaping futures: A dialogue on chemical engineering education” by Pranav Chintalapati, Greg Evans, Derek Gladwin, Marnie Jamieson, and Naoko Ellis. In it, the authors provide perspectives on how engineering education practices and theory can be considered within the continually evolving complexity of and rapid changes around the planet. Their dialogue “uncovered innovative possibilities, educational themes, experiences, and opportunities for others in the profession to consider” and “The findings reveal instructive perspectives on the shape of chemical engineering education that should be of value not only to engineers, but also other professionals, practitioners, or those in various science, technology, and math fields.” Be sure to check out this open access article, which is freely available to all readers!

The second issue highlight is another special series article, this time from CJCE’s Process Safety Special Series. In this open access article, “Towards strengthening resilience of organizations by risk management tools: A scientometric perspective on COVID-19 experience in a healthcare and industrial setting”, authors Bruno Fabiano, Mariangela Guastaferro, Margherita Pettinato, and Hans J. Pasman, of Genoa University and Texas A&M University, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic revealed “the need of more effective strategies to support decision-making process and to empower safety barriers”, and through a “combined scientometric and systematic review”, the authors “analyze tools and methodologies able to combine resilience with more traditional risk assessment, learning from the experience posed by the COVID-19 crisis.”

The third issue highlight is another open access article: “A green approach for cohesive recycling and regeneration of electrode active materials from spent lithium-ion batteries” by Anil Kumar Vinayak and Xiaolei Wang from the University of Alberta. In this article, the authors explore how the “burgeoning demand for lithium-ion batteries in grid-level energy storage systems and electric vehicles” has led to “both logistical and environmental challenges in the supply of raw materials such as lithium and the management of end-of-life batteries.” In this paper, “a green approach” to recycling batteries “using organic acid mixtures has been proposed to reclaim lithium from spent cathodes and recover and purify graphite from spent anodes, while also regenerating its structure.”

In the final featured article of this issue, “The impacts of post-processing treatments done under reactive and non-reactive atmospheres on the densification of binder jetting parts”, authors Alice Goffin, Martin D. Lennox, Wendell Raphael, Daniel Therriault, and Jason R. Tavares of Polytechnique Montréal examine “three different atmospheres, ranging from reactive (air) to non-reactive (vacuum, argon)…to determine their effect on the quality of binder jetting printed parts after thermal treatments, namely debinding and sintering.” The paper “highlights how oxide formation during debinding causes ferrite phase formation during sintering and how it affects atomic diffusion in the samples during both thermal treatments.” Be sure to read this open access article!

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