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Published: Kem. Ind. 52 (9) (2003) 397–419
Paper reference number: KUI-10/2003
Paper type: Conference paper
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The Future of Chemical Engineering in the Global Market Context: Market Demands versus Technology Offers

J. Charpentier


In today's economy, Chemical Engineering must respond to the changing needs of the chemical proces industry in order to meet market demands. The evolution of chemical engineering is necesary to remain competitive in global trade. The ability of chemical engineering to cope with scientific and technological problems is addresed in this paper. Chemical Engineering is vital for sustainability: to satisfy, both, the market requirements for specific end-use properties of products and the social and environmental constraints of industrial-scale proceses. A multidisciplinary, multiscale approach to chemical engineering is evolving due to breakthroughs in molecular modelling, scientific instrumentation and related signal procesing and powerful computational tools. The future of chemical engineering can be summarized by four main objectives: (1) Increase productivity and selectivity through intensification of intelligent operations and a multiscale approach to proces control; (2) Novel design equipment based on scientific principles and new production methods: proces intensification; (3) Extended chemical engineering methodology to product design and product focused procesing using the 3P Engineering "molecular Proceses-Product-Proces" approach; (4) Implemented multiscale application of computational chemical engineering modelling and simulation to real-life situations from the molecular scale to the production scale.

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future of chemical engineering, sustainability and chemical engineering, multidisciplinary and multiscale approach, product-oriented procesing, the triplet "molecular Proceses-Product-Proces Engineering", end-use property, soft solids, complex fluids, molecular modelling, proces intensification