Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Engenharia Química

Journal description

Covers current research relating to all aspects of chemical engineering.

Current impact factor: 0.91

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.912
2012 Impact Factor 0.894
2011 Impact Factor 0.637
2010 Impact Factor 0.811
2009 Impact Factor 0.571
2008 Impact Factor 0.475
2007 Impact Factor 0.448
2006 Impact Factor 0.377
2005 Impact Factor 0.385
2004 Impact Factor 0.212
2003 Impact Factor 0.355
2002 Impact Factor 0.16
2001 Impact Factor 0.184

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.11
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.15
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.25
Website Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering website
ISSN 0104-6632
OCLC 46982461
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

  • Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 04/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, the mutual solubilities of sets of ionic liquids ([CnMIM] [TF2N] (n = 4, 8, 12), [C4PY] [TF2N], [C8MIM] [OTF]) and organic compounds (heptane, o-xylene, toluene, or water) are investigated. The experimental data measured for these systems were used to adjust the binary interaction parameters between their components for the NRTL model. The results showed that the solubility increased with temperature, with high hygroscopicity (10-1 in terms of molar fraction) of the ILs, low interactions with aliphatic hydrocarbons, high interactions with aromatic hydrocarbons and the presence of LCST. In addition, this study is the first to show that [C12MIM] [TF2N] is completely soluble in toluene and ortho-xylene between 273.15 and 373.15 K at 1 bar. The average deviations related to the molar fraction between the experimental and calculated values by the NRTL were less than 2.4%.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Densities and refractive index of mixtures of four protic ionic liquids, based on ammonium and fatty acids, with water were measured at 298.15K and 323.15K, under atmospheric pressure. Apparent and excess molar volumes were obtained, by experiments and fitting data to Redlich – Meyer, Redlich – Kister and Prigogine-Flory–Patterson theory equations. The molar volumes values were high, suggesting strong ion – solvent interaction. The same interaction also becomes stronger with temperature increasing. Excess volume values were negative, indicating packaging efficiency ability or attractive interactions occurred in mixtures of ionic liquid + water. The PFP error (AARD) for property in excess was in the range of 1.8% to 7.2%. The PFP error for the apparent volume was in the range of 0.34% to 0.06%, lower than the RM error for the same property error, which was in the range of 0.70 to 1.55%. The Gladstone-dale model was applied to correlate the refractive index of the binary mixture with the density from the values of both pure components.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Syngas and hydrogen production by methane reforming of a biogas (CH4/CO2 = 2.85) using carbon dioxide was evaluated in a fixed bed reactor with a Pd-Ag membrane in the presence of a nickel catalyst (Ni 3.31% weight)/γ-Al2O3) at 773 K, 823 K, and 873 K and 1.01×105 Pa. Operation with hydrogen permeation at 873 K increased the methane conversion to approximately 83% and doubled the hydrogen yield relative to operation without hydrogen permeation. A mathematical model was formulated to predict the evolution of the effluent concentrations. Predictions based on the model showed similar evolutions for yields of hydrogen and carbon monoxide at temperatures below 823 K for operations with and without the hydrogen permeation. The hydrogen yield reached approximately 21% at 823 K and 47% at 873 K under hydrogen permeation conditions.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):201-210. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00002820
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    ABSTRACT: In miniemulsion polymerization, droplet nucleation is the key factor to ensure the production of polymer particles with a desired composition. The influence of the initiation on droplet nucleation is conflicting and it has not been completely considered. The result of employing different initiator systems on the nucleation mechanism and kinetics in the polymerization of stable styrene/polystyrene miniemulsions with varied droplet size is discussed here. The initiation systems employed provide all combinations between the phase (aqueous or organic) where initiation mainly occurs and the phase affinity of the produced radicals. Latexes with different contributions of droplet nucleation were synthesized according to the employed initiation system and the droplet size of the miniemulsion. The results presented here could be used as a guide for choosing the initiation system to achieve the required contribution of droplet nucleation.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):191-200. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003150
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    ABSTRACT: 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a key renewable platform compound for production of fuels and chemical intermediates. The production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) from fructose dehydration was studied using H3PO4 as catalyst, in organic/water system with different solvents (acetone, 2-butanol and ethyl ether). The effect of fructose concentration, temperature and acid concentration was investigated in acetone/water medium. The increase in fructose concentration favors the formation of condensation products and rehydration products are favored at high acid concentration. The solvents exhibited similar performance when the volume ratio of organic to aqueous phase was 1:1, but when this ratio increases to 2:1, the HMF yield obtained with ether was much lower. NaCl addition to the aqueous phase promoted the extraction of HMF to the organic phase, with an HMF yield of 80% in the case of 2:1 acetone/water medium.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):119-126. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00002914
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    ABSTRACT: Penicillium echinulatum S1M29 is a mutant with cellulase and xylanase production comparable to the most studied microorganisms in the literature. However, its potential to produce these enzymes has not been fully investigated. This study aimed at optimizing salt and urea concentrations in the mineral solution, employing the response surface methodology. A 25-1 Fractional Factorial Design and a 23 Central Composite Design were applied to elucidate the effect of salts and urea in enzyme production. Lower concentrations of KH2PO4 (2.0 g.L-1), (NH4)2SO4 (1.4 g.L-1), MgSO4.7H2O (0.375 g.L-1) and CaCl2 (0.375 g.L-1) were most suitable for the production of all enzymes evaluated. Nevertheless, higher concentrations of urea (0.525 g.L-1) gave the best results for cellulase and xylanase production. The maximum FPase (1,5 U.m.L-1), endoglucanase (7,2 U.m.L-1), xylanase (30,5 U.m.L-1) and β-glucosidase (4,0 U.m.L-1) activities obtained with the planned medium were, respectively, 87, 16, 17 and 21% higher when compared to standard medium. The experimental design contributed to adjust the concentrations of minerals and urea of the culture media for cellulase and xylanase production by P. echinulatum, avoiding waste of components in the medium.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):13-22. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003099
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    ABSTRACT: Reactor hydrodynamics is important for sulfidogenesis because sulfate reduction bacteria (SRB) do not granulate easily. In this work, the sulfate reduction performance of two continuous anaerobic bioreactors was investigated: (i) an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor and (ii) a fluidized bed reactor (FBR). Organic loading, sulfate reduction, and COD removal were the main parameters monitored during lactate and glycerol degradation. The UASB reactor with biomass recirculation showed a specific sulfate reduction rate of 0.089±0.014 g.gSSV-1.d-1 (89% reduction), whereas values twice as high were achieved in the FBR treating either lactate (0.200±0.017 g.gSSV-1.d-1) or glycerol (0.178±0.010 g.gSSV-1.d-1). Sulfate reduction with pure glycerol produced a smaller residual COD (1700 mg.L-1) than that produced with lactate (2500 mg.L-1) at the same COD.sulfate-1 mass ratio. It was estimated that 50% of glycerol degradation was due to sulfate reduction and 50% to fermentation, which was supported by the presence of butyrate in the FBR effluent. The UASB reactor was unable to produce effluents with sulfate concentrations below 250 mg.L-1 due to poor mixing conditions, whereas the FBR consistently ensured residual sulfate concentrations below such a value.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):59-71. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003158
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, various water-soluble and oil-soluble demulsifiers were selected for separation of water from crude oil emulsions and their productivity measured using the Bottle-test method at 70 °C and 10 ppm concentration. The best ones among 23 demulsifiers examined through the screening process were fatty alcohol ethoxylate, triethanol amine and urea from the water-soluble group and Basororol E2032, Basorol PDB 9935 and TOMAC from the oil-soluble category. Furthermore, the present study investigated the factors effective for demulsification such as temperature, concentration, pH, salinity and modifiers. It was found that the separation improves with increasing demulsifier concentration, increasing salt content, increasing temperature up to 80 °C, keeping the pH values between 5-9. Adding solvent modifiers proved unnecessary. Two formulations were prepared based on suggested optimal concentrations of demulsifier content by experimental design using Qualitec 4 and these proved to be highly effective in treating real and synthetic emulsions.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):107-118. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00002755
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    ABSTRACT: A method for analysis of the electric potential profile in saline solutions was developed for systems with one or two infinite flat plates. A modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation, taking into account nonelectrostatic interactions between ions and surfaces, was used. To solve the stated problem in the steady-state approach the finite-difference method was used. For the formulated pseudo-transient problem, we solved the set of ordinary differential equations generated from the algebraic equations of the stationary case. A case study was also carried out in relation to temperature, solution concentration, surface charge and salt-type. The results were validated by the stationary problem solution, which had also been used to verify the ionic specificity for different salts. The pseudo-transient approach allowed a better understanding of the dynamic behavior of the ion-concentration profile and other properties due to the surface charge variation.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):293-302. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00001653
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the interfacial energy involved in the production of water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions composed of water and a Brazilian heavy crude oil. For such purpose an experimental set-up was developed to measure the different energy terms involved in the emulsification process. W/O emulsions containing different water volume fractions (0.1, 0.25 and 0.4) were prepared in a batch calorimeter by using a high-shear rotating homogenizer at two distinct rotation speeds (14000 and 22000 rpm). The results showed that the energy dissipated as heat represented around 80% of the energy transferred to the emulsion, while around 20% contributed to the internal energy. Only a very small fraction of the energy (0.02 - 0.06%) was stored in the water-oil interface. The results demonstrated that the high energy dissipation contributes to the kinetic stability of the W/O emulsions.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):127-137. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00002696
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    ABSTRACT: Glucose production from sugarcane bagasse was investigated. Sugarcane bagasse was pretreated by four different methods: combined acid and alkaline, combined hydrothermal and alkaline, alkaline, and peroxide pretreatment. The raw material and the solid fraction of the pretreated bagasse were characterized according to the composition, SEM, X-ray and FTIR analysis. Glucose production after enzymatic hydrolysis of the pretreated bagasse was also evaluated. All these results were used to develop relationships between these parameters to understand better and improve this process. The results showed that the alkaline pretreatment, using sodium hydroxide, was able to reduce the amount of lignin in the sugarcane bagasse, leading to a better performance in glucose production after the pretreatment process and enzymatic hydrolysis. A good xylose production was also observed.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):23-33. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003146
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    ABSTRACT: Industries engaged in dyeing operation generate coloured effluent due to the presence of spent dyes. Adsorption is among the various treatment processes employed for removal of dyes from effluents. Activated carbon is mostly used as an adsorbent in the treatment process. Attempts have been made by researchers to use non-conventional, low-cost, naturally-occurring biomass as adsorbents, including fruit peals, seeds, leaves, bark, sawdust, straw, ash, sludge and others that are abundantly available. The literature indicates that the dye adsorption capacities of these non-conventional biomasses largely depend on the methods of processing and the types of dyes. This review highlights methods used to prepare the adsorbents, along with their adsorption capacity for removal of different dyes from effluents.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):1-12. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003020
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    ABSTRACT: In some operational circumstances a fast evaluation of landfill leachate anaerobic treatability is necessary, and neither Biochemical Methane Potential nor BOD/COD ratio are fast enough. Looking for a fast indicator, this work evaluated the anaerobic treatability of landfill leachate from São Carlos-SP (Brazil) in a pilot scale Anaerobic Sequence Batch Biofilm Reactor (AnSBBR). The experiment was conducted at ambient temperature in the landfill area. After the acclimation, at a second stage of operation, the AnSBBR presented efficiency above 70%, in terms of COD removal, utilizing landfill leachate without water dilution, with an inlet COD of about 11,000 mg.L-1, a TVA/COD ratio of approximately 0.6 and reaction time equal to 7 days. To evaluate the landfill leachate biodegradability variation over time, temporal profiles of concentration were performed in the AnSBBR. The landfill leachate anaerobic biodegradability was verified to have a direct and strong relationship to the TVA/COD ratio. For a TVA/CODTotal ratio lower than 0.20, the biodegradability was considered low, for ratios between 0.20 and 0.40 it was considered medium, and above 0.40 it was considered high.
    Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2015; 32(1):73-86. DOI:10.1590/0104-6632.20150321s00003024