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FW: Call for Papers, 4th International Conference on Process Intensification for the Chemical Industry (Brugge, Belgium -- 10-12 September 2001)





4th International Conference on

Process Intensification for the Chemical Industry

Brugge, Belgium

10-12 September 2001


Continuing the focus towards the industrial applications of Process Intensification, this fourth conference in the series will build upon earlier developments and is designed to provide a forum for the presentation of successful innovative applications of the technology.

Not designed for the sake of being small, intensified processes are being introduced to give companies a competitive advantage through higher yields and better products of consistent quality. The technology has moved from the laboratory and the research centre into the production process, sometimes through necessity and sometimes through the adoption of innovative ideas.

In a growing number of areas, the limitations of the traditional form of batch processing are being overcome by moving to continuous processes through the application of intensification techniques. To achieve success with an intensification process, however, engineers and chemists must be able to control the chemistry of the much faster processing that the technology brings. They must also integrate and manage the physical effects of the intensified design within the rest of the production unit. There is a range of issues to be considered. Getting the right equipment, controlling the chemical process, integrating the plant, managing the HR and management issues which come with fundamental change and, if necessary, redesigning the surrounding operations to intensify reaction and separation processes are all challenges presently being addressed. With the support of enabling technologies, controls, fouling, catalysation, separation and crystallisation are some of the operations that can be managed under an intensive regime.


The Technical Committee will particularly welcome case studies illustrating successful applications of Process In tensification. With these evolving technologies, end-users who are at different stages of integrating intensification processes are encouraged to present their experiences – either at the initial stages, or with examples where successful intensification work has been established and has delivered the designed production improvements.






To include:

Intensive continuous production

Compact reactors


Compact heat exchangers

Use of centrifugal fields

Novel chemistry

Combined use of equipment

Improved plant design


Batch reactors


Improved process control systems

Accelerated process development


Enabling technologies for PI applications

Novel process technology through advanced control

Implementing PI by managing HR issues


The Conference will be held at the Novotel Brugge Centrum, Katelijnestraat 65B, Brugge, Belgium, telephone +32 50 33 75 33, fax +32 50 33 65 56. Accommodation booking details will be included in the reservation leaflet available in Summer 2001.

Offers of Papers

Authors are invited to submit title and abstract within the scope of the Conference, to reach the Conference Organiser by Monday 27 November 2000. The abstract must be relevant to the scope, and the title should briefly describe the content of the paper.

Selection of papers will take account of originality, relevance and likely interest to delegates. Predominantly theoretical papers are normally expected to include experimental or other practical validation. Papers should be of a technical nature and we recommend that authors also take an exhibition stand where they wish to support their presentations with commercial material.


Deadline for receipt of abstract Monday 27 November 2000

Deadline for receipt of manuscript Friday 16 March 2001

Important - Authors Please Note

Papers must be original, unpublished, and not pending publication elsewhere.

The author submits each paper on the understanding that if accepted he/she must attend the whole Conference to present the paper. Each presenting author is entitled to 25% discount on the full Conference fee.

Papers, and presentation at the Conference, must be in English.

Papers should be no longer than 20 printed pages. There is no minimum length.

The title should be appropriate to the scope and should accurately describe the content of the paper.

Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts will be supplied by BHR Group. Papers conforming to these guidelines will, subject to final refereeing, be accepted for commercial publication.

The copyright of accepted papers must be transferred to the Publisher. Authors who wish to retain copyright must notify the organisers when submitting their abstracts.


Technical Advisory Committee

Professor J Bourne Consultant

Professor B Drinkenburg DSM Research

Mr M Gough Cal Gavin Research

Mr A Green BHR Group Limited

Dr J Middleton BHR Group Limited

Dr F Porter ETSU

Professor C Ramshaw University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Dr H Stitt Synetix

Technologies & Solutions for the Future: Innovators of the Future

With notable exceptions, any new technology is generally more quickly adopted by young graduates, engineers and managers who have not been faced with the responsibility of regularly maintaining, upgrading and improving old-style production units. Recognising the need to foster these young professionals and industrial leaders of the future and to encourage their development and interaction with experienced technical managers, the Technical Committee will offer a number of places at the Conference specifically for delegates under the age of 30 at a concessionary price of 50% of the full delegate (or author) price. The Committee hopes that this will encourage companies to bring members of their younger generation of technical leaders to the conference.

About BHR Group

BHR Group is a leading centre of expertise in engineering with fluids, which has performed contract research, development and consultancy for international clients since 1947.

The premier independent centre worldwide for fluid mixing technology, BHR Group has been active in the field of Process Intensification for a decade. HILINE is a reactor design club for high intensity inline mixing, which has been very successful following in the wake of the Fluid Mixing Processes Consortium (FMP). Most of the major chemical companies support FMP and HILINE through membership of these research clubs, also through confidential consultancy work in Process Intensification and related areas.

BHR Group transfers technology and information to a wide range of industries through Software, Publications, Technical Information Services, Conferences, Seminars, Specialist Training and the Process Technologies Post-Graduate Training Centre.

Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.bhrgroup.com


For further information, please contact:

Mrs Tracey Wheeler, Conference Organiser

BHR Group Limited

The Fluid Engineering Centre

Cranfield Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750422

Bedford MK43 0AJ Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750074

UK Email: twheeler@bhrgroup.com

Scott Butner (butner@battelle.org)
Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
MS K6-04
PO Box 999, Richland, WA  99352
(509)-372-4946 voice/(509)-372-4995 fax