Rafiqul_GaniModels and Modelling Tools for Chemical Product and Process Design
Rafiqul Gani

The design, development and reliability of a chemical product and the process to manufacture it, need to be consistent with the end-use characteristics of the desired product. One of the common ways to match the desired product-process characteristics is through trial and error based experiments, which can be expensive and time consuming. An alternative approach is the use of a systematic model-based framework according to an established work-flow in product-process design, replacing some of the time consuming and/or repetitive experimental steps. The advantages of the use of a model-based framework is that in the design, development and/or manufacturing of a chemical product-process, the knowledge of the applied phenomena together with the product-process design details can be provided with diverse degrees of abstractions and details. This would allow the experimental resources to be employed for validation and fine-tuning of the solutions from the model-based framework, thereby, removing the need for trial and error experimental steps. Also, questions related to economic feasibility, operability and sustainability, among others, can be considered in the early stages of design. However, are the needed models for such a framework available? Or, are modelling tools that can help to develop the needed models available? Can such a model-based framework provide the needed model-based work-flows matching the requirements of the specific chemical product-process design problems? What types of models are needed for innovative and more sustainable design? The presentation will review the current state of the art in models and modelling tools suitable for chemical product-process design and point out the gaps that need to be filled out with respect to model-based frameworks for chemical product-process design. Illustrative examples highlighting the need for efficient model-based systems will be presented, where the need for predictive models for innovative chemical product-process design will be highlighted. The examples will cover aspects of chemical product-process design where the idea of the grand chemical product design model, that also incorporates the process design issues together with sustainability issues will be presented.

Rafiqul Gani is professor of systems design at the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark and the former head and co-founder of the Computer Aided Process Engineering Center (CAPEC). His current research interests include development of computer aided methods and tools for modelling, property estimation, process-product synthesis & design, and process-tools integration. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal-proceedings articles and delivered over 300 lectures, seminars and plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences, institutions and companies all over the world. Professor Gani is the former editor-in-chief of the Computers and Chemical Engineering journal (2009-2015), editor for the Elsevier CACE book series and serves in the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Process Systems Engineering and Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering. Professor Gani has been awarded three Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from University Politehnica Bucharest, University of Pannonia and Babes-Bolyai University. Professor Gani is the president of the EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering), elected for a second term 2016-2018; a Fellow of the AIChE and also a Fellow of IChemE. He was awarded the AIChE (CAST Division) Computers in Chemical Engineering 2015 award in November 2015. Currently he leads a special project called PSE for SPEED (Sustainable Product Process Engineering, Evaluation and Design).