Process intensification connects scales and disciplines towards sustainability

Daria C. Boffito*, David Fernandez Rivas

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Process intensification (PI) has been established as a cluster of technologies able to produce more with less. While scientists around the globe advocate for new semantics that are increasingly tied to the notion of sustainability, what does the literature data say about PI? A Vosviewer bibliometric map of PI displays it as closely linked to the subjects of design, optimization, gas‐to‐liquid technologies, mass transfer, catalysis, and kinetics. We analyze the relationship between PI and these subjects while identifying misconceptions about the intensifying potential of some of them, as is the case for optimization. We provide examples and summarize the recent technological trends for all these cases. Finally, we provide an outlook on the future of PI in which we identify elements that will be key to accelerate the adoption of PI at the commercial scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2489-2506
Number of pages18
JournalCanadian journal of chemical engineering
Issue number12
Early online date18 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • microreactors
  • modular units
  • process intensification
  • process systems engineering


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