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Centre for Process Integration

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Researchers at our Centre are dedicated to changing process design practice, by developing and disseminating new process design and integration methods for clean and efficient use of raw materials, energy and capital.

In process integration, interactions between elements of the chemical processing system are taken into account during process design via their material and energy flows. The resulting integrated processes exploit synergies between the system components, leading to processes with superior performances, in terms of their raw materials consumption, energy demand, process economics, environmental impact and sustainability.

We attempt, where appropriate, to maintain a two-step approach to solving process integration problems. The first sets performance targets, the second provides systematic design methods. We work closely with members of the Process Integration Research Consortium to ensure our methodologies are practical and meet the requirements of process designers.

Our research is organised around four key areas and methods developed in our Centre have gained international recognition.