Ignasi Palou-Rivera is the Technology Platform Director of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE). The RAPID Institute focuses in the promotion of modular chemical process intensification (MCPI) with the goal of reducing the capital and energy intensity of the US process industries.
Ignasi holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Engineer Degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. His technical background spans the areas of process modeling and optimization, techno-economic, life-cycle and sustainability analysis of fuels and chemicals, and R&D management. Defore joining RAPID, he had been a part of several industrial and academic organizations such as LanzaTech, Argonne National Laboratory, BP Refining Technology, and Aspentech.
Ignasi is a Senior Member of AIChE, and has been heavily involved in volunteer positions with CAST Division (Computing & Systems Technology Division) as well as being the current Chair of the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF).