1st Edition

Process Intensification Faster, Better, Cheaper

By Ramamurthy Nagarajan Copyright 2023
    270 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    296 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Process Intensification: Faster, Better, Cheaper presents basic concepts and applications of process intensification (PI) and links their common effects across processes. It defines two fundamental parameters, PI factor, and Cost Impact (CI) factor, and uses these to analyze various applications where Process Intensification has been carried out.

    Process Intensification principles have, in the past, been applied to diverse fields, ranging from biodiesel production to offshore processing, and this book unifies these aspects to identify the common factors that drive process enhancements. Each chapter investigates a specific application, discusses the key PI principles, and includes problem sets and examples. The book also provides case studies and realworld examples throughout the chapters.


    • Explores Cost Impact of Process Intensification, and their relative magnitudes, as a universal metric
    • Covers a range of industrial applications, including heat and mass transfer, atomization and comminution, and enhanced oil recovery
    • Discusses the application of Process Intensification for clean coal technology and environmental remediation
    • Includes end-of-chapter problems, examples, and case studies

    The book is intended for senior undergraduate chemical and mechanical engineering students taking courses in Process Design, Process Optimization, Process Synthesis, and Process Intensification.

    Instructors will be able to utilize a Solutions Manual and Lecture Slides for their course.

    The eBook+ version includes the following enhancements:

    • Open-ended essay questions to encourage conceptual thinking and apply new information
    • Pop-up explanations of selected concepts and terms throughout the chapters
    • Interactive definition flashcards that summarize key takeaways at the end of the chapter
    • Quizzes within chapters to help readers refresh their knowledge

    1. What is Process Intensification? 

    2. PIF/CIF Case Studies. 

    3. Common Process Intensification Parameters. 

    4. Process Intensification Driven by External Fields. 

    5. Acoustic Intensification of Process-Mechanisms Involved. 

    6. Process Intensifications Fields: Case Studies. 

    7. Acoustic Fields Coupled to Liquids: Basics and Some Applications. 

    8. Intensification of Transport Phenomena and Chemical Reactions. 

    9. Intensification of Heat Transfer: Case Studies. 

    10. Mass Transfer Rate Enhancement: Case Study. 

    11. Pollution Abatement and Microcontamination Control: Case Study. 

    12. Formulation of Nano-Emulsions: Case Study. 

    13. Enhanced Oil Recovery: Case Study. 

    14. In Conclusion... 


    Dr. Nagarajan is currently a Professor and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras, having stepped down in September 2018 after two terms as the Dean of International & Alumni Relations. He obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from IIT Madras, and a Ph.D. in the same field from Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) in 1986. From 1986 - 1988, he served as Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; during this tenure, he served as coordinator for research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy. From 1988 – 2003, Dr. Nagarajan was a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM Storage Systems’ Development Laboratory in San Jose, CA, where he oversaw elimination of ozone-depleting chemicals from IBM’s manufacturing operations and directed many ground-breaking efforts in the areas of chemical integration & micro-contamination control for hard disk drives.