The Working Party welcomes ist new Chair, Professor Maria José Cocero Alonso.
History and Mission of the Working Party
The Working Party (WP) on High Pressure Technology (HPT) of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) was established in 1988. Prof. Gerhard Vetter (University of Erlangen, Germany) was one of the founders of the WP HPT. The chairmen of WP HPT were as follows:
|Chair||Term of office|
|Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany)||1988 -|
|Prof. Dr. Helmut Tiltsher (Munich, Germany)|
|Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany)|
|Prof. Dr. Alberto Bertucco (Padova, Italy)||1997 - 2003|
|Prof. Dr. Željko Knez (Maribor, Slovenia)||2003 - 2010|
|Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schlücker (Erlangen, Germany)||2010 - 2021|
|Prof. Dr. Maria José Cocero Alonso (Valladolid, Spain)||since 2021|
Europe has been the cradle of high pressure technology in the 20s and 30s when most relevant high pressure chemical processes and plants were developed. The special scientific and technical knowledge required in this respect became a precious technological heritage of European Conutries. In the last two decaded the demand expertise in the field has increased considerably: both academic and industrial researchers from different ares (chemists, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food technologists) have been involved in projects about high pressure applications to new processes and products.
Aims and objectives
Aims and objectives of the WP HPT are:
operation, coordination, promotion and advancement of high pressure research activities within Europe and co-operation activities beyond
active collaboration in the organisation of thematic sessions on HPT
coordination of international scientific events organised in Europe in the field of high pressure technology
establishment of closer co-operation within high pressure research groups at university and industry from different areas
education of phD students, researchers from universities and industry in the fundamentals and applications of high pressure technology in chemical and process industry: organisation of an intensive course.
active participation in the initiatives of the EFCE advisory board about DSCPT
Nowdays, the WP HPT has 21 members from 13 different countries , which hold one technical meeting per year, and are present at different events dealing with high pressure technology: international conferences, meetings, symposiums and other.
The WP contribution to Development of Sustainable Chemical and Process Technologies (DSCPT) involves substitution of organic solvents by the use of harmless compressed gasses, i.e. water and carbon dioxide at high pressure, in many applications of the chemical, food, pharmaceutical, biochemical, cosmetic, materials industries.
"High pressure is a wonderful tool to develop new processes and products".
Members of the Working Party
Prof. Dr. Thomas GAMSE (Secretary)
Graz University of Technology
Institute of Thermal Process and Environmental Engineering
Inffeldgasse 2, 8010 Graz
Tel: +43 316 873 7477; Fax: +43 316 873 7472
Dr. Helena SOVOVA
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals
Department of Diffusion and Separation Processes
Rozvojova 2, 165 02 Prague 6 - Suchdol
Tel: +420 220390 234, 23
Prof. Tapio SALMI (Guest Member)
Abo Akademi University
Laboratory Industrial Chemistry
20500 Turku / Abo
Tel: +358 02 2154427; Fax: +358 02 2154479
Prof. Jacques FAGES
Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux
Laboratoire de génie des procédés des solids divisés
UMR CNRS 2392
81013 Albi Cedex 09
Ms. Elisabeth BADENS (Guest Member)
Aix Marseille University
Laboratory M2P2 UMR-CNRS 7340
Europôle de l'Arbois BP 80, Bat. Laennec Hall C, 13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 4
Tel: +33 442 90 85 00 / 33 6 85 54 30 17; Fax: +33 442 90 85 15
Prof. Eberhard SCHLÜCKER
University of Erlangen
Institute for Process Technology and Machinery
Cauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen
Tel: +49 9131 85 29450; Fax: +49 9131 85 29449
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcus PETERMANN
Ruhr University of Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum
Tel:+49-234 32-26442; Fax:+49-234 32-14277
Dr. Bela SIMANDI (Honorary Member)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (retired)
Department of chemical engineering
Műegyetem rkp. 3-9., 1111 Budapest
Tel: +36 1 463-1490; Fax: +36 1 463-3570
Dr. ing. Patricio DI LILLO
Walter Tosto S.p.A.
Via Erasmo Piaggio 62, 66100 Chieti Scalo (CH)
Prof. G. CAPUTO
Università di Palermo
Dept. of Industrial and Digital Innovation (DIID)
Viale delle Scienze, ed.6, 90141 Palermo
Dr. Ludo KLEINTJENS
DSM Research BV (retired)
Prof. Dr. Manuel NUNES DA PONTE (Elected Member)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCT/UNL, Department of Chemistry
Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica
Prof. Dejan SKALA (Honorary Member)
University of Beograd (retired)
Faculty of technology and metallurgy
Department of Organic Chemical Technology
Karnegijeva 4, 11001 Belgrade
Tel: +381 11 3370-460; Fax: +381 11 3370-387
Prof. Dr. Željko KNEZ
University of Maribor
Laboratory for Separation processes
Smetanova ul. 17, 2000 Maribor
Tel: +386 (0) 2 2294461; Fax: +386 (0) 2 2516750
Prof. Francisco RECARENS
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (retired)
Departament d''Enginyeria Química
Avda Diagonal 647, E.T.S.E.I.B. Pavelló G, 08028 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 016 676; Fax: +34 934 017 150
Contact or Contact
Prof. Dr. María José COCERO ALONSO (Chair)
Universidad de Valladolid
Dpto. Ingeniería Química. Facultad de Ciencias
Tel: +34 9 83 423166; Fax: +34 9 83 423166
Prof. Charlotta TURNER (Guest Member)
Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 124, 22100 Lund
Tel: +46 46 222 8125; Fax: +46 46222 8125
Asst. Prof. Dr. Cerag DILEK (Guest Member)
Middle East Technical University
Chemical Engineering Department
Universiteler Mah., Dumlupinar Blv. No. 1, 06800 Ankara
Tel: +90 312 210 2626; Fax: +90 312 210 2600
Dr. Carl J SCHASCHKE
School of Science, Engineering and Technology
Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG
Tel: +44 1382 308146
The members of WP HPT are/were present at following events:
High Pressure Course
Different Meetings and Conferences on Supercritical fluids and their applications organised by the International Society for the Advancement of Supercritical Fluids (ISASF)
High Pressure Process Technology: fundamentals and applications
Universita di Padova, Facolta di Ingegneria,
Via F. Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova PD, Italy
Universität Erlangen-Nürenberg, Lehrstuhl für Apparatetechnik und Chemiemaschinenbau,
Gauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Hardbound, 684 pages, publication date: OCT-2001 (e-Book available, too)
For ordering (print and/or e-book) see: https://www.elsevier.com/books/high-pressure-process-technology-fundamentals-and-applications/bertucco/978-0-444-50498-2
Clear evidence of increasing demands in the processing industry prompted the editors and authors to publish a new book about High Pressure Process Technology: Fundamentals and Applications.
This book presents the latest knowledge regarding the high pressure processing aspects combined with that about the modeling, the design and the operation of safe and reliable high pressure plants and equipment. This treatment and selection of the subjects is stimulating and unique. Consisting of nine chapters, each subdivided into several sections, the book addresses the high pressure aspects, providing well selected correlated information connected with a comprehensive overview together with a large number of references.
The main body of the first eight chapters refers to subjects like high pressure in general, the thermodynamics and kinetics of the fluids involved, the design of high pressure equipment, the modeling and design of reactors, separation and fractionation units, the safety aspects, the control and economics.
In the extended last chapter, examples of promising high pressure applications are explained, such as chemical and enzymatic reactions in supercritical solvents, hydrogenation under supercritical conditions, supercritical water oxidation, polymerization with metallocene catalysts, supercritical extraction, fractionation and precipitation, supercritical pharma processing, ultra-high pressure sterilization and supercritical dry-cleaning.
For all those interested in high pressure process technology, including chemical engineers, process engineers, pharmaceutical technologists, food technologists and bio-technologists.
- Chapter headings.
- Selected papers.
Preface. Contents.List of Contributors.
High pressure: definitions and examples in nature. Early historical roots of high pressure technology. High pressure technology today - motivations for using high pressure. High pressure technology today - application survey and examples.
- Thermodynamic Properties at High Pressure.
Introduction.Phase equilibria. Calculation of high pressure phase equilibria. Chemical reaction equilibria. Experimental methods.
- Kinetic Properties at High Pressure.
Interesting features at high pressure. Kinetics of high pressure reactions. Measurement of chemical kinetic data at high pressure. Transport properties.
- Design and Construction of High Pressure Equipment for Research and Production.
High pressure machinery. High pressure piping equipment. High pressure vessels and other components. Instrumentation of high pressure facilities.
- Industrial reaction units.
Reactors for homogeneous reactions. Hydrodynamics and mass transfer in fixed-bed gas-liquid-solid reactors operating at high pressure. Slurry catalytic reactors. Catalytic reactors for olefin polymerizations.
- Separation Operations and Equipment.
Pressure distillation. Packed towers: random and structured packings.Tray columns.Trays or packings? Conclusions for pressure distillation. Extraction from solids.Extraction from liquids.
- Safety and Control in High Pressure Plant Design and Operation.
General safety aspects in high pressure facilities.Runaway of polyethylene reactors.Safety in high pressure extraction plants.
- Economics of High Pressure Processes.
High pressure extraction plants. High pressure polymerization of ethylene. Precipitation by supercritical antisolvent.
Chemical reactions in supercritical solvents (SCFs). Enzymatic reactions. Hydrogenation under supercritical single-stage conditions. Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO). Application to industrial wastewater treatment. High pressure polymerisation with metallocene catalysts. Supercritical fluid extraction and fractionation from solid materials. High pressure polymer processing. Precipitation of solids with dense gases.Pharmaceutical processing with supercritical fluids. Treating microorganisms with high pressure. Dry cleaning with liquid carbon dioxide. References.