Process Intensification

  • Anna Lee TonkovichEmail author
  • Eric Daymo
Reference work entry


Process intensification is a broad technology category with the objective to reduce size and/or improve efficiency of chemical or biotechnology processes. This objective can be achieved in many ways, including shrinking equipment size, combining unit operations, and changing the method of operation (e.g., energy sources, process control, reaction routes, solvents, etc.). Many process intensification approaches rely on heat transfer equipment, either as a unit operation with reduced size (e.g., compact heat exchanger) or as an integrated component of a multifunctional unit operation (e.g., microreactors and heat-integrated distillation). In this chapter, applications of heat transfer equipment in process intensification are surveyed, with the notable exception that compact heat exchangers are explicitly addressed in  Chap. 36, “Compact Heat Exchangers.” Specifically, this chapter is an overview of process-intensified heat transfer equipment, including microchannel and other process-intensified heat exchangers, compact reactors, and heat-integrated separations. The discussion on applications is followed by a commercial outlook for heat transfer equipment in process-intensified systems.



The following are graciously acknowledged for their input for the case studies presented in this chapter:

Louise Gould (Velocys)

Dominque Roberge (Lonza)

Laurent Zuber (Sulzer)

Romain Lemoine (CB&I)

Arvids Judzis, Jr. (CB&I)

Maarten J. Almering (CB&I)


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  1. 1.Division of Energy Delivery and UtilizationGas Technology InstituteDes PlainesUSA

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