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Short Course: Process Intensification (Houston, TX Sunday April 22,2001)

All --

"Process Intensification" is an emerging paradigm (there's that "P" word
again...) in chemical engineering that has great relevance to pollution
prevention.  While much of the discussion of PI tends to focus on capital
equipment downsizing and cost reductions, the environmental benefits can be
significant via the reduction of in-process toxic materials inventories,
reduced opportunities for fugitive emissions, and higher process selectivity
and yield.

If you are involved in the process industries as a consultant, process
engineer, technology manager, or research and development, you may want to
consider attending the following short-course which is being presented in
conjunction with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Spring
National Meeting in Houston, April 22-26 2001.  The short course is part of
our topical conference on "Implementing Sustainability in the Process
Industries."   You can find more information on all these programs at:


Short Course: Process Intensification
Sunday, April 22, 2001
10AM to 5PM

Instructors: Professor C. Ramshaw, Chair, Chemical & Process Eng. Dept.,
Newcastle University; and Dr. Roshan Jachuck, Lecturer, Dept. of Chemical &
Process Eng., University of Newcastle
Process Intensification (PI) is a term which is used to describe a concerted
strategy of making dramatic reductions in the size of chemical and process
plant in order to reach a given production objective. The concept was
originally pioneered in ICI when the primary goal was to reduce the capital
cost of a production system. Since then, equally important drivers have
emerged such as the need to achieve intrinsic safety, environmentally benign
operation, improved and consistent product quality and a more rapid response
to market changes. Jachuck and Ramshaw, the Course Tutors are the prime
movers in Newcastle University's world leading Centre for Process
Intensification and Innovation (PIIC). The course is intended both for
company decision-makers and those with an interest in process Research and
Development in the polymers, fine chemicals, food and pharmaceutical
industries. We believe that the PI approach can potentially offer huge long
term benefits and is the way forwards for the processing technology of the
21st Century.
Topic to be covered: 
Introduction to PI 
Intensified Reactors (Thin Film Spinning disc reactor- SDR, Micro reactors
and Catalytic Plate reactors) 
Compact Heat Exchangers 
Process Application of Intensified Reactors (Based on SDR Technology) 
Intensified Separation Technologies - (Rotating Packed Bed, Cross Corrugated
membrane module etc.) 

Professor C. Ramshaw. After 25 years in ICI where he conceived and
championed the topic of process intensification, he was appointed to a Chair
in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at Newcastle University
in 1991. Since then he has established the Centre for Process Innovation and
Intensification in order to spearhead intensification research over a very
wide area, including catalytic plate reactors, spinning disc reactors,
polymer film heat exchangers, rotating packed beds and microprocessors. In
1996 he was appointed IMI/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of
Responsive Processing and he interacts with many of the major European and
North American companies in the context of process intensification. In 1997
he was awarded the ICI SHE medal for technical contribution to safety,
health and environment. In 1999 together with Roshan Jachuck set up the
Process Intensification Network which now has over 200 members (half from
industry) and regularly attracts about 70 attendees at its 6 monthly
meetings. He was appointed as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in
Roshan Jachuck is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical & Process
Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He obtained his PhD from
Newcastle in 1992 and his research interest is in the field of "Process
Intensification and Innovation". Together with Professor Colin Ramshaw he
has been instrumental in setting up the "The Process Intensification and
Innovation Centre" (PIIC) at Newcastle in 1997. In 1998 he was successful in
obtaining the Royal Academy of Engineering, Industrial secondment award and
his current research activities include: Intensified reactors (thin film,
micro reactors, plate reactors) for polymer as well as fine chemical
industries, Intensified crystallisers / precipitators for nano - particles,
compact heat exchangers, intensified membrane modules, novel route for
polymer synthesis and intensified food processing techniques. He has several
publications including patents in the field of process intensification.

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