Modular Chemical Process Intensification | AIChE

Modular Chemical Process Intensification

Thursday, November 15, 2018,
9:00pm to 10:00pm
Virtual / Online
United States
For several decades, the ideas of process intensification and modular chemical processes have offered the promise of fundamentally changing the way the process industries operate – from the types of equipment employed to the business models of industry participants.  In this talk, we will look at recent developments that suggest that the time may have come for the promise of these concepts to finally be fully realized.  We will touch briefly on market, economic, and regulatory forces and technology trends that are creating a pull for modular and intensified process and will finish with a discussion of RAPID, a Manufacturing USA institute that is focused on creating a public-private partnership to catalyze research and development in the space of modular processing and process intensification. 
Speaker: Jim Bielenberg, Chief Technology Officer of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute
Jim Bielenberg joined AIChE in the role of chief technology officer of the RAPID (Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment) Institute in March, 2017.  In this role, Jim is responsible for defining the technical direction of the institute through the development of technology roadmaps, project selection, and stewardship of RAPID’s portfolio of ongoing R&D projects. Prior to joining RAPID, Jim served in several roles within ExxonMobil, including  a range of technical assignments supporting ExxonMobil’s business lines.  Jim also held roles in supply chain optimization and marketing within the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  His research and leadership roles span several technology areas, including upstream, downstream, chemicals, and biofuels applications.  Bielenberg is the author of several publications and holds more than 15 patents focused on new process development in energy conversion and processing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Nebraska and a PhD in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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