Process Intensification in Separation Processes

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Separations play a critical role in the production of wide-ranging products in the chemicals industry. With pressures to produce high-quality chemicals, quickly, efficiently, and with minimal impact on the environment, these separation processes become even more important. Process intensification (PI) offers a new way to approach separations that has the potential for step changes in reducing energy and material use, among other benefits.

This course provides an overview of the current state, as well as future directions, of PI in separation processes in the chemicals industry. Through illustrative examples, you’ll develop a conceptual understanding of PI principles and learn how these can be applied to separations. You will also learn about the role of PI in membranes, and explore examples of intensified membrane processes.   


Andrea Achilli

Andrea Achilli is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona (UA) and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno where he developed the osmotic membrane bioreactor and investigated pressure retarded osmosis. He has almost 15 years of research experience in membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery. His research focuses on process...Read more

Itzel Marquez

Itzel Marquez is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering at Central Michigan University. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona where her research was focused on the removal mechanisms of Trace Organic Compounds from wastewater. She was also a post-doctoral associate at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center doing research on membrane treatments for wastewater reuse.  She has worked and done research in different processes and projects in wastewater treatment for the past 8 years. Her research focuses in wastewater...Read more

Eduardo Sáez

Eduardo Sáez is a distinguished professor in the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Arizona. He is from Venezuela, where he earned a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Simón Bolívar University. Subsequently, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He worked as a faculty member in Simón Bolívar University and North Carolina State University before joining UA in 1998. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Physics in Bristol University (UK) and at Pacific Northwest National...Read more



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