Chemical reaction engineering: A multiscale approach to a multiobjective task

Jan J. Lerou, Ka M. Ng

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A strategy for synthesizing a reaction system to meet various business and technical objectives is outlined. It replaces the conventional paradigm - the sequential evolution of the microreactor, bench-scale reactor, pilot plant reactor and commercial reactor. Starting with a reaction proposed for commercialization, this approach examines the synthesis problem from the viewpoint of the plant, the reactor, hydrodynamics, transport phenomena, catalyst design, reaction chemistry, and molecular modeling concurrently. Some of the design issues, methods and tools for each of the above areas are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1595-1614
Number of pages20
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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