Chemical Process Intensification

By Prof. Subrata Kumar Majumdar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 124
This course covers the developments in a number of intensified technologies, with particular emphasis on their application in chemical processes. The course is intended to be a useful resource for practising engineers and chemists alike who are interested in applying intensified reactor and/or separator systems in chemical industries. It will provide a basic knowledge of chemical engineering principles and process intensification for chemists and engineers who may be unfamiliar with these concepts. It will be a valuable tool for chemical engineers who wish to fully apply their background in reaction and separation engineering to the design and implementation of green processing technologies based on process intensification principles. Students on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes which cover topics on advanced reactor designs, process intensification, will gain a better understanding of the practical applications in different areas.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemical, mechanical Engg graduate/Post graduate/Research Scholar/ Scientist/Academician/Industrial R&D
PREREQUISITES : BE/MSc in Chemical Engineering
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Industrial Reseach and Development Section of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction on Process Intensification: 
                History, Philosophy and Concept, Principle Features, Strategies and domain based techniques
Week 2: Mechanism involved in the process intensification
                Intensification by fluid flow process, Mechanism of Intensification by mixing, Intensification in Reactive system
Week 3: Role of Process intensification in sustainable development
Problems leading to sustainable development, Concept, Issues and Challenges, Strategies in process design
Week 4: Design Techniques for Process Intensifications 
                Scales and stages of process intensification, Methods and Tools for Achieving sustainable design, Multi-level Computer aided tools
Week 5: Stochastic Optimization for Process Intensification
                 Introduction on Stochastic Optimization, Optimization Algorithms, Applications of Optimization Algorithms 
Week 6: Process intensification by cavitation
                Introduction and Mechanism of Cavitation-based PI, Cavitational Reactor Configurations and activity, Parametric effects on cavitation
Week 7: Process Intensification by monolith reactor
                Introduction of monolith reactor, Preparation of monolithic catalyst, Application of monolithic catalyst, Hydrodynamics, transport of monolithic reactor
Week 8: Interfacial area based PI
                Overview of interfacial area based processes, Ejector induced downflow system for PI, Hydrodynamics and transport in downflow system, 
Week 9: Process intensification in distillation
                Introduction and Principles, Types of Intensified Distillation Units, Design of membrane-assisted distillation
Week 10:Process intensification in extraction
                Introduction and Principles, Supercritical extraction for process intensification, 
Week 11: Process intensification by membrane
                Introduction to membrane and its principles, Membrane engineering in process intensification
Week 12: Micro Process Technology in process intensification

                Introduction to microprocess technology, Process Intensification by Microreactors, Hydrodynamics and transport in microchannel based microreactor

Books and references

1. Kamelia Boodhoo and Adam Harvey. Process Intensification for Green Chemistry Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Chemical Processing, Edited by 
    Kamelia Boodhoo and  Adam Harvey , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials Newcastle University, UK. Willey, 2013. 
2. Juan¬Gabriel¬Segovia-Hernández¬ Adrián¬Bonilla-Petriciolet Editors, Process Intensi cation in Chemical Engineering Design Optimization and Control, 
    Springer, 2016.
3. David Reay, Colin Ramshaw, and Adam Harvey, Process Intensification: Engineering for effgiciency, sustainability and flexibility, IchemE, 2nd edition, 2013,
4. S. K. Majumder, Hydrodynamics and Transport Processes of Inverse Bubbly Flow, 1st ed. Elsevier, Amsterdam (2016)

Instructor bio

Prof. Subrata Kumar Majumdar

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Subrata Kumar Majumder is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Guwahati, India. His research interests include multiphase flow and reactor development, hydrodynamics in multiphase flow, mineral processing, process intensifications and micro-nano bubble science and technology and its applications. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Research and Development, 8A Kapteinsvigein, London, UK. He is also a recipient of various honours and awards like: Editor, Journal of Chemical Engineering Research Studies, Guest editor, American Journal of Fluid Dynamics, published by Scientific & Academic Publishing Co., CA, 91731, USA, Editorial board member of Scientific Journal of Materials Science, IIME Award on beneficiation from Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME), Editorial board Member of the Journal of Science and Technology, Scientific and Academic Publishing, USA, Advisory board member of Excelling Tech Publishers (ETP), London, UK. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers, member of Institute of Engineers (India), Member of Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (PCBEE), senior member of International Association of Engineers (IAE), Japan. He authored four books, five book chapters, and has more than 80 publications in several reputed international journals. Presently he is working in the field of Microbubble science and technology and its applications in mineral beneficiation, food processing and arsenic, ammonia and dye removal and process intensifications by developing ejector-induced gas aided extraction process.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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