Process Intensification Principles: Synergy – PI in the Functional Domain

Originally delivered Jul 25, 2018
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Synergy, which is derived from the Greek word “synergia” (συνεργία) meaning "working together," is defined as the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The power of combining forces to create large-scale transformations or outcomes is especially relevant in the field of process intensification (PI).

Process Intensification in the functional domain tries to achieve this level of synergy by combining one or more functions (such as heat transfer and mixing) in a single device or process step. Such a combination results primarily in the enhancement of process efficiency (e.g. separation efficiency). It should be noted that there are numerous examples of combined functions in which the “real” synergy (a whole greater than the simple sum of its parts) cannot be proven, yet in which significant process intensification results (in terms of efficiency) can clearly be seen.

In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll review achievable synergies in the following types of combined operations and functions:

  • Small-scale synergy in catalysis
  • Combining energy forms 
  • Multifunctional reactors
  • Integrating reaction and mixing
  • Heat exchangers as chemical reactors
  • Reactive separations
  • Hybrid separations

Join us for the 6th webinar in RAPID’s 10-part series which explores the dynamic elements of “synergy.” This webinar will be presented by Andrzej Stankiewicz, a leading expert in PI.

This webinar is part of a 10-part webinar series sponsored by the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Webinars are free to RAPID Members. Click here for more information about the PI Webinar Series and to register for additional webinars in this series.


Andrzej Stankiewicz

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 principal author and co-editor of the world’s first book on Process Intensification. The book was recently translated to Chinese. Prof. Stankiewicz is also...Read more

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