New book on the fundamentals of Process Intensification (PI)

Recently, the book “The Fundamentals of Process Intensification” was released, co-written by two SIM² KU Leuven professors: Tom Van Gerven and Georgios Stefanidis. This advanced textbook covering the fundamentals and industry applications of process intensification (PI) discusses both the theoretical and conceptual basis of the discipline. Since interdisciplinarity is a key feature of PI, the material contained in the book reaches far beyond the classical area of chemical engineering. Developments in other relevant disciplines, such as chemistry, catalysis, energy technology, applied physics, electronics and materials science, are extensively described and discussed, while maintaining a chemical engineering perspective.

About the book

Divided into three major parts, the first introduces the PI principles in detail and illustrates them using practical examples. The second part is entirely devoted to fundamental approaches of PI in four domains: spatial, thermodynamic, functional and temporal. The third and final part explores the methodology for applying fundamental PI approaches in practice. As well as detailing technologies, the book focuses on safety, energy and environmental issues, giving guidance on how to incorporate PI in plant design and operation — safely, efficiently and effectively.

About the authors

  • Andrzej Stankiewicz is Full Professor and Chair of Process Intensification at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Director of TU Delft Process Technology Institute.  With almost 40 years of industrial and academic research experience he is author of numerous scientific publications on process intensification, chemical reaction engineering and industrial catalysis. Prof. Stankiewicz is one of the pioneers of process intensification. He is also editor of Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification and Series Editor of the Green Chemistry Books Series and chairs currently the Board of the European Process Intensification Centre (EUROPIC). Current research interests of Prof. Stankiewicz focus on control of molecular interactions and intensification of chemical reactions using electricity-based energy fields (e.g. laser, microwave, UV). The research in that area has brought him prestigious Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council and (with co-workers) another grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
  • Tom Van Gerven is Professor of Process Intensification at the University of Leuven, Belgium and head of the Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems section in that University. He is author of numerous publications on process intensification, solid waste treatment and sustainable processing. He focuses on the use of ultrasound and light for efficient chemical processing. Since 2013, he is chairman of the Working Party on Process Intensification at the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. Van Gerven heads the SIM² KU Leuven Research Line on Process Intensification and Digitalisation.
  • Georgios Stefanidis is Professor at the Univeristy of Leuven, Belgium. His research interests are process intensification, chemical processing, chemical reactor engineering, biomass gasification, reforming of hydrocarbons and oxygenated fuels, CO2 utilization and crystallization.

More information

Andrzej Stankiewicz, Tom Van Gerven, Georgios Stefanidis, The Fundamentals of Process Intensification, ISBN: 978-3-527-68015-3, June 2019, 350 Pages Fundamentals of Process Intensification-p-9783527680153