Sustainable Chemical Engineering Processes and Intensification

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2024 | Viewed by 1563

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan
Interests: mathematical programming; superstructure; process optimization; process intensification; sustainability

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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato 36050, Mexico
Interests: global stochastic optimization; process synthesis; intensified processes design; process control

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Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
Interests: process systems engineering; modular process intensification; process synthesis and optimization; multi-scale energy systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming Special Issue, titled "Sustainable Chemical Engineering Processes and Intensification", which aims to gather cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of process intensification in chemical engineering. As the global community urges for sustainable development, chemical engineering plays a key role in reshaping industrial processes to minimize their environmental impact, energy consumption, water, and CO2 footprint.

This Special Issue is dedicated to exploring novel techniques and approaches that promote sustainability while enhancing the efficiency and productivity of chemical engineering processes. Contributors can range within a wide spectrum of theoretical, methodological, and/or experimental topics, including but not limited to process intensification, cleaner production, renewable energy integration, and waste minimization, to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Contributions addressing the Sustainable Development Goals will be particularly appreciated.

The Special Issue "Sustainable Chemical Engineering Processes and Intensification" seeks to inspire collaboration, foster interdisciplinary research, and promote sustainable manufacture and processing in chemical engineering.

Dr. Jesus Rafael Alcantara-Avila
Dr. Julián Cabrera Ruiz
Dr. Yuhe Tian
Guest Editors

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  • process intensification
  • computer modeling
  • optimization
  • sustainable processes
  • SDGs
  • heat integration
  • carbon neutral
  • environmental impact
  • green processes
  • green chemistry

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Exploring Exergy Performance in Tetrahydrofuran/Water and Acetone/Chloroform Separations
by Jonathan Wavomba Mtogo, Gladys Wanyaga Mugo, Petar Sabev Varbanov, Agnes Szanyi and Péter Mizsey
Processes 2024, 12(1), 14; - 20 Dec 2023
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Distillation is significantly influenced by energy costs, prompting a need to explore effective strategies for reducing energy consumption. Among these, heat integration is a key approach, but evaluating its efficiency is paramount. Therefore, this study presents exergy as an energy quality indicator, analyzing [...] Read more.
Distillation is significantly influenced by energy costs, prompting a need to explore effective strategies for reducing energy consumption. Among these, heat integration is a key approach, but evaluating its efficiency is paramount. Therefore, this study presents exergy as an energy quality indicator, analyzing irreversibility and efficiencies in tetrahydrofuran/water and acetone/chloroform distillations. Both systems have equimolar feed streams, yielding products with 99.99 mol% purity. The simulations are performed using Aspen Plus™, enabling evaluation at the column level, as a standalone process, or from a lean perspective that considers integration opportunities with other plants. The results show that, despite anticipated energy savings from heat integration, economic viability depends on pressure sensitivity. The results demonstrate that heat-integrated extractive distillation for acetone/chloroform raises utility energy consumption. Exergy calculations comparing standalone and total site integration reveal the variation in distillation efficiency with operation mode. Global exergy efficiency in both extractive and pressure-swing distillation depends on the fate of condenser duty. In heat-integrated extractive distillation, global exergy efficiency drops from 8.7% to 5.7% for tetrahydrofuran/water and 11.5% to 8.3% for acetone/chloroform. Similarly, heat-integrated pressure-swing distillation sees global exergy efficiency decrease from 34.2% to 23.7% for tetrahydrofuran/water and 9.5% to 3.6% for acetone/chloroform, underscoring the nuanced impact of heat integration, urging careful process design consideration. Full article
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