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Process Intensification in the Pulp & Paper Industry

Originally delivered Apr 8, 2020
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The pulp and paper industry shares many common challenges with other parts of the chemical process industries such as the need for more efficient drying, separation and recovery of water, and more efficient heat exchange. Process intensification (PI), such as replacing thermally-driven separations like evaporation with non-thermal alternatives like membranes, is one example of how PI is being used in paper mills. Many of these intensified process technologies have broad applicability across the chemical processing industries (CPI).

Join speakers David Turpin (The Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation), Chris Luettgen (Georgia Tech), and Paul  Yelvington (RAPID) for this 60-minute webinar which highlights the importance and potential impact that PI technology can make in the pulp and paper industry as well as other CPIs.

This webinar will cover:

  • A brief introduction to the pulp and paper industry and the importance of technology development, including process intensification, to the industry.
  • A case study highlighting the ongoing research project Robust Membranes for Black Liquor Concentration through RAPID, Georgia Tech and APPTI.
  • Outcomes from a recent RAPID workshop which gathered experts to discuss potential PI technology applications and areas of opportunity for the pulp and paper industry as well as other chemical processing industries.

Note: employees of APPTI member companies are entitled to free registration for this webinar. Email Ashley Smith-Schoettker at to receive a promo code.

This webinar is part of ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Webinars are free to RAPID Members and available to AIChE Members through use of member credits. 


Christopher Luettgen

Christopher Luettgen has 25 plus years of industry experience, with Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he most recently served as head of North American Innovation the Kimberly-Clark Professional business sector. He has held positions in product development and innovation as well as in capital project management and manufacturing facility leadership.

For several years, Luettgen has served on the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute Industry Board of Advisors, and as the Chairman of the Board of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI)....Read more

David Turpin

David Turpin is the President & Executive Director of the Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation. He has held this role since 2014. He worked for Mead and MeadWestvaco for 26 years with various roles in Corporate Engineering, Manufacturing, Information Technology and Research & Development. Prior to joining Mead, he worked for Olin, Ecusta Paper and Glatfelter. He is a graduate of North Carolina State.

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Paul Yelvington

Paul Yelvington is the Chief Technology Officer of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Prior to this role, Paul served as the Chief Chemical Engineer and Group Leader for Energy Conversion Technologies at Mainstream Engineering (MEC), where he led programs to develop several modular process technologies, including a portable fast-pyrolysis process for thermochemical biomass conversion to fuels, a hybrid hydrothermal liquefaction process for conversion of wet food wastes to fuels, and a biogas-tolerant engine-generator for agricultural waste digesters. In addition, Paul coordinated MEC’s...Read more

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