Chemicals & Petrochemicals

Batch Distillation Modeling, Optimization, and Control: Past, Present, and Future
Speaker: Dr. Urmila Diwekar
Registration Fee: FREE for First 100 Participants
Registration Fee : 50 US$/Person
Language: English
Time Length: ~60 Min
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Description: The recent increase in the production of high-value-added, low-volume specialty chemicals and biochemicals has generated a renewed interest in batch processing technologies. Batch distillation is a critical unit operation in the batch processing industry and is widely used. The flexibility of batch distillation combined with the inherent unsteady nature of the process poses challenging design and operation problems. This talk presents the overview of simulation, optimization, and control starting from the first theoretical development in 1902 with Rayleigh equation. This talk covers: 1. The various operating modes of batch distillation; 2.Examines challenges involved in rigorous modeling; 3.need for the hierarchy of models; 4.optimization and optimal control problems encountered; 5. recent developments related to complex columns, complex systems, and uncertainties, and the role of computer-aided molecular design in batch distillation 6. Real-world case studies of difficult separations

Carbon Footprint Reduction for the Process Industry
Speaker: Prof. Dominic Foo
Registration Fee: FREE
Language: English
Time Length: ~90 Min
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Description: Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as CO2 and CH4 from industrial activities have long been known to be major contributors to global warming. This trend has led to significant interest in the increased use of low carbon footprints technologies, as well as in retrofitting existing facilities to reduce GHG emissions. In this talk, generic graphical tool known as carbon footprint diagram is introduced to assist industrial practitioners for decision making in reducing carbon footprint for their manufacturing processes. The carbon footprint diagram allows management-based (e.g., material selection) and technology-based solutions (e.g. process retrofits for energy conservation, heat recovery, etc.) to be examined, while simultaneously considering technical and economic constraints.
Speaker: Professor Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo is a Professor of Process Design and Integration at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, and is the Founding Director for the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council UK, a Professional Engineer (PEng) with the Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM), as well as the President for the Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE). He is a world renowned scholar in process integration focusing on resource conservation and CO2 reduction. Professor Foo is an active author, with eight books, more than 160 journal papers and made more than 220 conference presentations, with more than 30 keynote/plenary speeches. Professor Foo is the Editor-in-Chief for Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (Springer Nature), Subject Editor for Process Safety & Environmental Protection (Elsevier), and editorial board members for several other renowned journals. He is the winners of the Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of IChemE, Young Engineer Award 2010 of IEM, Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2012 of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Outstanding Asian Researcher and Engineer 2013 (Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan), Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement Award 2014 (University of Nottingham) and Top Research Scientist Malaysia 2016 (ASM). He conducted close to 100 professional workshops to academics and industrial practitioners worldwide.