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Issue 1/2009, July 2009                                                                                                                             

Dear Colleague,
It gives me great pleasure to send you this 5th issue of the EFCE e-newsletter on recent activities within the Federa-tion. I do hope that the information will be of interest to you. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered in future issues, or you have comments on the newsletter please get in touch.

Yours sincerely

John Garside
EFCE Executive Vice-President

        In this issue:

  • On the journey to a new EFCE
  • Who's Who
  • EFCE Awards
  • Events
  • Science and Technology
  • News from the Member Societies/related organisations
  • Contacts/Imprint

On the journey to a new EFCE

Dear EFCE colleagues,

This is our first e-newsletter in 2009 and the first to be published since we approved the new EFCE rules at the General Assembly in Frankfurt. The review of the statues took nearly two years to complete and at times the process was difficult and occasionally tedious. Many of you have helped along the way and I want to thank you for your contribution. The process began in 2007 with a detailed SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) of the federations' activities. The findings revealed that EFCE's strong history was paired with some lengthy processes and the kind of bureaucracy people love to associate with Europe! We found a pressing need for reforms in the way that EFCE operates and to assign specific roles to its various institutions. After lengthy discussions amongst the secretariat, the Executive Board and with the chairs of our Working Parties and Sections, the General Assembly finally adopted the new statutes on 15 May 2009.
The revised statutes set out a clear vision and a strong sense of purpose for EFCE. The federation aspires to be a servant to the European Chemical Engineering community by providing a platform to exchange views, to support education and training, to influence decision makers and opinion formers on matters of importance to chemical engineers and to initiate collaborations in support of common goals and for the advancement of science and technology. To achieve this, EFCE has redefined the responsibilities of its various institutions, with the General Assembly being the sovereign body and court of appeal. Strategic leadership lies solely with the Executive Board and operational leadership is now delegated to the President and Vice Presidents supported by the Secretaries General.
Decision making is faster and much improved.
Whilst the officers and board members provide leadership and direction, the true heart of the EFCE is found in the Working Parties and Sections. The revised statutes give more power to the Working Parties and will make it easier for them to involve, competent and active chemical engineering professionals in their work. Delegates nominated by member societies will still pro-vide the backbone for many Working Parties. However, the new arrangements provide greater freedom for the Working Parties to recruit members from industry and from nations with less active member societies. I would encourage Working Parties to spread their wings by recruiting new members and looking to the future.
The Federation's Public Relations Task Group has also pushed for a major expansion to the successful Excellence Awards scheme. Money has been made available and I urge Working Parties to grab the opportunity to raise their profiles by making awards.
The changes we have seen in the last two years demonstrate that EFCE recognises its shortcomings but is capable of reforming itself. We may be some distance from the goal of a vibrant, high profile and well regarded organisation, but I believe that the reform process has gathered speed and we have made a great start on the journey to a new EFCE that truly will act in the interests of the wider European chemical engineering community. I am proud to be part of the process and invite you to join me and my fellow officers in shaping the future of our federa-tion.

"Can we do it? Yes we can..."

Hermann J. Feise
EFCE President

Who's Who

EFCE Presidency and Vice-Presidency

At its last meeting on 15 May 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany, the EFCE General Assembly unanimously elected Prof. Richard Darton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, as the new EFCE President for the next two-year term of office, starting from 1 January 2010. He will succeed Prof. Jiri Drahos who has held this position since 1 January 2006.

At the same time, Dr. Wridzer Bakker, Dutch Separation Technology Institute, Amersfoort, The Netherlands, was elected to succeed Prof. John Garside in the position of Executive Vice-President from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2011.
Furthermore, the General Assembly unanimously confirmed Dr. Hermann J. Feise, BASF SE, Germany, in his position of EFCE Scientific Vice-President for a second term of office from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2011.

New Executive Board member

Mr. Constantin Kremalis, C. Kremalis and CO. O.E (G.P.C.E.), Athens, Greece, replaced Prof. Dimitrios Tassios as industrial member of the Executive Board, until the next formal election of the Executive Board.

Change of Chairmanship of EFCE Working Parties and Sections

During their last business meeting, the Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering elected Prof. Jaap Schouten, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, to succeed Prof. Gabriel Wild in the position of chair of the Working Party from 1 January 2009. Prof. Guy Marin, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, was appointed as the new Working Party secretary.

At the end of May 2009, Prof. Istvan Berta, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, was elected as the new chairman of the Working Party on Static Electricity in Industry. He succeeded Dr. Martin Glor, Switzerland, who held this position for sixteen years. Dr. Jaakko Paasi, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere, Finland, was appointed as the new Working Party secretary.


EFCE Awards

New EFCE Excellence Award in Process Safety

The Federation wishes to announce the call for nominations for the first Excellence Award in Process Safety. This triennial award aims at recognising a PhD thesis or papers published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrates the most outstanding contribution to process safety. The award consists of a certificate, a cash prize of € 1500, a travel grant and an invitation to attend the 13th Loss Prevention Symposium in Brugge, Belgium, from 6 to 9 June 2010, where the first award will be presented.
Nominations may be submitted by any PhD supervisor at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country. The nominated PhD thesis and papers must address a topic relevant to the field of process safety. PhD thesis or papers published between 2006 and 2009 may be nominated for evaluation.
The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2009.
Further information:

New Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids

EFCE has pleasure in announcing the call for nominations for the first Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids to recognises a PhD thesis or papers published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Mechanics of Particulate Solids. The award consists of a certificate, a cash prize of € 1500, a travel grant and fee waiver to attend the PARTEC Symposium to be held in Nuremberg, Germany from 26 to 29 April 2010, where the award will be presented.
Nominations may be submitted by any PhD supervisor at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country. The nominated PhD thesis and papers must address a topic relevant to the field of Mechanics of Particulate Solids. PhD thesis or papers published between January 2007 and November 2009 may be nominated for evaluation.
The closing date for nominations is 30 November 2009.
Further information:

Excellence Award in Thermodynamics and Transport Properties 2009
EFCE wishes to announce that the EFCE Excellence Award in Thermodynamics and Transport Properties 2009 has been awarded to Dr. Eirini Karakatsani, Greece. Her PhD thesis on "Development and Evaluation of a New Equation of State for Polar Fluids: Pure Components and Mixtures", completed at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), was selected by an international jury as the best thesis in terms of dissemination of knowledge, originality of the topic, depth of the study, industrial relevance, and impact of the work. The award was presented to the winner on the occasion of the 24th ESAT to be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 27 June to 1 July 2009. dreieckmore ...

Excellence Award in Process Intensification 2009
EFCE has great pleasure in announcing, that Dr.-Ing. Carsten Buchaly , Germany, is the winner of the EFCE Excellence Award in Process Intensification 2009 .The award, which recognises his outstanding PhD thesis on "Experimental Investigation, Analysis and Optimisation of Hybrid Separation Processes" , completed at TU Dortmund, was presented to the prize winner during the 2nd European Process Intensification Conference (EPIC 2009) held in Venice, Italy, from 14 to 17 June 2009. dreieckmore ...

Lifelong Recognition Award of the EFCE WP on Mixing
The EFCE Working Party on Mixing is very proud to assign the Lifetime Recognition Award to Professor Joël Bertrand for his most valuable contribution to the advancement of the mixing science, to the recognition of the importance of mixing in the European chemical engineering community and to the appreciation of its significance in the industrial environment. The Award was presented on 16 April 2009 during the 13th European Conference on Mixing in London, UK from 14 to 17 April 2009.
Joel Bertrand graduated at the University of Toulouse, France, in 1974 and obtained PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1977 and the title of Docteur dès Sciences in 1983. After a period of work at the French Embassy in Mexico, he continued his academic career at CNRS in Toulouse in 1979. His scientific work includes experimental characterisation of turbulent systems, study of the mixing behaviour of highly viscous and non-Newtonian fluids, development and application of numerical fluid dynamic codes, study of gas-liquid, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid stirred systems, analysis of static mixers, jet-stirred reactors and micromixing devices, characterisation of powder mixing. His commitment to establish links between industry and academia are a distinctive aspect of his activity. He has been deeply involved in the activities of the Working Party on Mixing of the EFCE since the late '80s, and he serves as chairman of this WP since October 2003. He has organised the ninth European Conference in Paris, 1997 and has been one of the founders of the now affirmed ISMIP Conferences (and organised the fourth one in Toulouse in 2001).

Young Researcher Award of the EFCE WP on Mixing
The Working Party on Mixing and the European Federation of Chemical Engineering wish to announce that Young Researcher Award has been awarded to Dr. Andrea Ducci. The Award was presented on 16 April 2009 during the 13th European Conference on Mixing in London, UK, from 14 to 17 April 2009.
Born in 1973, he graduated in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1999 and in 2004 he obtained his PhD in Fluid Mechanics from King's College London, United Kingdom. From 2004 to 2005 he worked as a Research Associate at ECLAT, King's College London. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer at the King's College London. Andrea's scientific work deals with the development and application of techniques for the measurement of dissipation in stirred vessels, characterisation of macroinstabilities and vortical structures, study of 3-D deformation dynamics - with the perspective of mixing enhancement. Andrea Ducci is a young outstanding scientist with ongoing research and education activity in the area of mixing technology, a most impressive track record, international relationships and cooperation - and a most promising career in front of him.



8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 23 - 27 August 2009
Congress overall theme: "Challenges for a Changing World."

The major themes are: Energy, Green Processing, New Materials and Processes, Biotechnology, Contemporary Topics in Chemical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Society. Examples of industrially-oriented program topics that will be of special interest to engineers working in industry include: Financing Industrial Research and Development, Process Intensification for Sustainable Manufacturing, XTL (X to Liquid), and Process Safety and Loss Management. View the full technical and industrial programs at

5th European Summer School on Electrochemical Engineering (ESSEE5), Almagro, Spain, 6-11 September 2009 - organised under the auspices of the EFCE Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering
The summer school is a good opportunity for young researchers to learn electrochemical engineering with recognized lecturers and enjoy a very beautiful place in the land of Don Quixote. High-level lectures and an interesting social program will help you to enjoy and to make profit from an exciting and stimulating week in Spain. In addition, participants of the 5th ESSEE are invited to prepare a poster on the results of their research activities for presentation in the 1st Electrochemical Engineering Students Workshop.
More information:

HAZARDS XXI - Process safety and environmental protection
Symposium and Exhibition, Manchester, UK; 10 - 12 November 2009 (EFCE Event No. 680)
The aim of this 21st symposium in the series is to bring together international experts and practi-tioners in process safety and environmental protection to present and discuss the latest technical advances and developments in safety and environmental management techniques.
Congress website:

Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Industrial Applications: Physico-Chemical Properties and Processes
First European workshop jointly organised by the EFCE Working Party "Thermodynamics and Transport Properties" and the ProcessNet Working Party "Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Process and Product Design", Würzburg, Germany, 22-23 March 2010 (EFCE Event No. 687)
The workshop is explicitly dedicated to this rapidly developing interdisciplinary field, in which efforts from natural sciences and engineering are combined. It provides a unique opportunity for getting an overview of the state of research in Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Industrial Applications and on its applications in developing engineering models. Moreover, it aims at bring-ing together experts from academia and industry, as well as from different scientific communities engaged in Applied Molecular Modeling and Simulation.
Workshop website:

Loss Prevention 2010
13th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Indus-tries, Brugge, Belgium, 6 - 9 June 2010 (EFCE Event No. 676)
This Symposium shall be a market place for new scientific result and concepts, exchange of best practice, learning from experience . Much progress has been seen in the more than thirty years, since safety professionals, scientists and practitioners meet on EFCE Loss Prevention Symposia, but still there is a continuous need for research and development in the field, as new challenges appear. Innovation has led to new processes under yet unknown conditions or involving new materials. Furthermore new concepts are required in view of new or upcoming regulation. To foster new ideas in the field, the EFCE Excellence Award for Process Safety will be assigned to outstanding PhD research work for the first time on this conference.
Congress website:

20th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, Ischia, Naples, Italy, 6-9 June 2009 (EFCE Event No. 685)
ESCAPE 20 reflects strategic complementary objectives of the CAPE Working Party: to check the status of historically consolidated topics by means of their industrial application and to evaluate their emerging issues. The scientific programme of ESCAPE 20 includes fundamentals in computational and numerical methods, CAPE and society, off-line and on-line systems and CAPE and new opportunities. Further information can be obtained from the symposium website at 
The call for papers is open. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 July 2009

19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2010 and the 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-7, Prague/CZ, 29 August - 2 September 2010
The Congress will cover a wide range of important topics and will offer many interdisciplinary links. The Congress program will include the satellite PRES 2010 Conference as well as the standard sessions and specialized symposia, including the Symposium on environmental engi-neering, Symposium on electrochemical engineering, Symposium on safety in chemical industry, Symposium on supercritical fluid applications, Symposium on food processing and technology, Symposium on micro- and mesoporous materials, Symposium on process intensification and miniaturisation, Symposium on progress in chemical technology and biotechnology
Meetings of EFCE Working Parties and special workshops will also be organized.
Congress website:
The call for papers is open . Dealdline for submission of abstracts: 30 November 2009

Distillation & Absorption 2010
9th Distillation & Absorption Conference, Eindhoven/NL, 12-15 September 2010 (EFCE Event No. 677)
The conference will showcase the newest and best in Distillation and Absorption technology while celebrating the 50th anniversary of this well-known series of conferences that began in Brighton, UK, in 1960. Distillation & Absorption 2010 will cover a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of distillation and absorption technology, including Energy Efficiency, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Integrated, Hybrid and Novel Processes, Basic Data, Modelling and Simulation, Control and Operation, Equipment Design and Operation, Process Troubleshooting and Handling Operational Problems. Special theme will be Carbon Dioxide Mitigation by Energy Efficiency and Capture.
Conference website:
The call for papers is open . Abstract submission deadline: 1 October 2009

International Drying Symposium 2010
17th International Drying Symposium, Magdeburg, Germany, 3 - 6 October 2010 (EFCE Event No.686)
Scope of the 17th International Drying Symposium Symposium, which continues the biennial series founded by Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar in 1978, is to present new results in research, development and applications of drying technologies, bringing together leading researchers and practitioners from the entire world. All manuscripts from academia and scientific manuscripts from industry will undergo full reviewing. Technical contributions from industry may be included as presented (without reviewed manuscript) in the conference proceedings. An exposition of industrial equipment will accompany the symposium. More information:
Dates to note: The call for papers will open on 1 October and close on 1 December 2009.

Science and Technology

New EFCE Section on Process Engineering for Sustainable Energy

In May 2009, the EFCE General Assembly approved the formation of a new EFCE Section on Process Engineering for Sustainable Energy. The main objective of the Section is to become a reference in Europe on process engineering for sustainable energy technologies.
Therefore, the targets of the section are: To be a platform of debates on technological evaluation; To create a stable network among centres of research (academia and industry); Promoting collaborative research projects; Developing evaluation methods; Providing expertise for governmental organizations; To promote education on sustainable energy sources, production and management.
The main scientific topics to be considered by the Section are: CO2 capture and use, Biofuels production, H2 production and use, Energy storage, and Energy from biomass and waste.
For further information about Section activities and Section membership, please click here

XVIII International Conference on Chemical Reactors (CHEMREACTOR-18)

September 29 - October 3, 2008, Malta, EFCE Event 673
The XVIII International Conference on Chemical Reactors (CHEMREACTOR-18) was organized by the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences, Russian Center of Science and Culture in Valletta (Malta), Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Russian Center of International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The conference was held under the auspices of the EFCE. It took place in the Congress Center of the Dolmen hotel, Malta, on September 29 - October 3, 2008.
The conference CHEMREACTOR has a long historical tradition - the first conference on this subject was organized in 1960. The conference takes place biennially in different scientific and industrial centres of Russia and Europe. This meeting continues a series of CHEMREACTOR conferences, recent events having been held in Helsinki (2001), Berlin (2003), Athens and Crete (2006) on the basis of the Russian Centres of Science and Culture.
CHEMREACTOR-18 conference brought together about 200 participants from 30 countries all over the world. The scientific program included 5 plenary lectures, 6 key-note presentations, 80 oral sectional presentations, and 100 posters. An exhibition in the frame of the conference dem-onstrated the innovative ideas and the state-of-the-art of the developing modern technologies.
Well-known European scientists were invited to give the plenary lectures at CHEMREACTOR-18: Professor Guy Marin (Belgium) presented the lecture on suspension polymerization reactions and reactors, Professor Wolter Prins (The Netherlands) gave a talk about the role of catalysis in fast pyrolysis of biomass, Professor Jesus Santamaria (Spain) presented the results of the development of zeolite-coated microreactors, Professor Olaf Deutschmann (Germany) presented the lecture "Catalytic Conversion of Hydrocarbon Fuels: From Molecular Modeling to Reactor Optimi-zation", and Professor Pio Forzatti (Italy) talked about the catalytic partial oxidation of methane to syngas.
The Proceedings of the conference are traditionally published in Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier Science).
The principle objective of the event was to give a wide overview about recent achievements in the field of chemical engineering and to discuss the latest advances. The conference was devoted to the fundamental aspects and practical application of catalytic processes and chemical reactors, as well as to the development of novel modern technologies. A significant part of the conference program was devoted to considering the technologies providing environmental safety and energy-efficiency. The event also provided a venue for the fruitful interaction and exchange of ideas, at estimating and discussing the current state of novel technologies developing new methods of catalytic processes and their realization in new reactor types.
The main scientific topics were: Kinetics of catalytic reactions (this Section being dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Professor M.I. Temkin, the outstanding specialist in the field of physical chemistry and chemical kinetics); Physico-chemical and mathematical fundamentals of the processes in chemical reactors; Catalytic process development and reactor design: modeling, optimization, new catalyst application; Catalytic technologies in fuel and energy production; Catalytic processing of renewable sources: fuel, energy, chemicals
The interest in the CHEMREACTOR conference series is increasing. The next conference is planned to be in 2010 in Vienna. There is a wish to use the EFCE to a greater extend so as to attract the European leaders in the field of Chemical Engineering, and to involve the members of the EFCE Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering to more active collaboration and partnership. It is hoped that such cooperation will help to reflect the latest achievements and understandings in the field of Chemical Engineering.

News from the Member Societies / related organisation

New EFCE Member Society

The EFCE welcomes its new Member Society, the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Haifa. Full EFCE membership of IIChE, who had been a Corresponding Member of the Federation since
the 1970s, was unanimously confirmed by the General Assembly on 15 May 2009.
Currently, 40 professional technical and scientific societies from 30 countries are Member Societies of the Federation. A further 10 societies from all over the world join EFCE as Corresponding Societies.


Editor: Ines Honndorf, e-mail: honndorf

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