- Bob Huss, Eastman Chemical
- Kevin Joback, Molecular Knowledge Systems
|9:00 to 9:10||Chairman's Summary of Previous Day||John Anderson|
|9:10 to 10:40||Using Physical Properties to Develop Better Chemical Products and Processes||Kevin Joback|
|Developing and Adapting Novel Ideas for Plant Upgrades||Monty Alger|
|Develop the Right Innovative Concepts Using Early Stage Process Design||Michael Schultz|
Using Physical Properties to Develop Better Chemical Products and Processes
Kevin Joback, Molecular Knowledge Systems
Developing a new chemical process or product is a challenging task: customer objectives must be clarified; performance targets must be established; safety and environmental impact must be considered. We have found that focusing on physical properties helps to unify and guide these tasks.
Dr. Joback will present several examples showing how focusing on physical properties has helped design new solvents for CO2 capture, processes for recycling aircraft deicing fluids, synthetic blood substitutes, biofuel formulations for gasoline replacement, improved windshield washer fluids and jet fuel additives. The breadth of examples will demonstrate how many diverse problems can be addressed in a similar manner. Developing a process for identifying counterfeit gold bars will be a final example worked out with the help of the conference participants.
Developing and Adapting Novel Ideas for Plant Upgrades
Monty Alger, Air Products
Over the life of a production facility basic economic drivers such as raw material and utility costs, required finish product specifications or desired volumes often change. The challenge in industry is to develop new ideas and/or adapt from current state-of-the -art to existing plants to meet the changing demands on the facility. This paper will examine the methodology of the upgrade project.
We will look at the development of ideas stage where we challenge our engineers to develop new ideas and or adapt from existing plants. How do we focus the technical community on the challenge of plant upgrades, where do the ideas come from and how do we incentivize them to continue feeding the pipeline of upgrade opportunities.
We will then review the adaption phase where the technical community works with the business areas to value the changes and make the decision to adapt them to the facility. Lastly we will examine the costing, planning and construction phase which requires a high level of coordination between the engineering, business and operation departments to make sure we don’t impact existing business while the improvements are being made.
Develop the Right Innovative Concepts Using Early Stage Process Design
Michael Schultz, Lanzatech
In this age of open innovation, collaborative research, and global interactions, we are not at a loss for ideas for and concepts for the next great product or technology. Access to a wealth of ideas provides virtually unlimited access to new technologies or products, possibly allowing for a quicker route to commercialization as compared to focusing solely on internal R&D. However, it creates a new challenge in that we must be able to quickly, and successfully, identify ideas for further development and scale-up.
Early stage process design techniques should be used to identify and select concepts for future development and scale-up, as well as to provide metrics and targets for technology development. Early stage process design includes engineering calculations, process economics, and life cycle analysis to support the technology development effort. This talk will provide the speaker’s experience with using this approach to support technology development in an industrial setting. Examples will include:
- The successful design, engineering, and implementation of a novel distillation system
- An early stage technology that looked promising, until the scale needed for a key reaction step was evaluated
- Incorporating life cycle concepts into early stage process design