ICFMCE 2017 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Rafiqul Gani

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Speech Title: A multilayered view of chemical and biochemical engineering

Research Area:

Multiscale modelling for managing the complexity in process-product design; Sustainable process design and analysis, including process intensification; Computer aided product (molecule and formulation) design; Development of systematic computer aided methods & tools; Development of predictive models for estimation of properties of chemical systems.

Bio: Rafiqul Gani is professor of systems design at the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark and the former head and co-founder of the Computer Aided Process Engineering Center (CAPEC). His current research interests include development of computer aided methods and tools for modelling, property estimation, process-product synthesis & design, and process-tools integration. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal-proceedings articles and book chapters, and, delivered over 300 lectures, seminars and plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences, institutions and companies all over the world. Professor Gani is the former editor-in-chief of the Computers and Chemical Engineering journal (2009-2015), editor for the Elsevier CACE book series and serves in the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Process Systems Engineering and Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering. Professor Gani has been awarded three Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from University Politehnica Bucharest, University of Pannonia and Babes-Bolyai University. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Professor Gani is the president of the EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering), elected for a second term 2016-2018; a Fellow of the AIChE and also a Fellow of IChemE. He is a co-founder of the PSE for SPEED (Sustainable Product Process Engineering, Evaluation and Design) company.

Keynote Speaker II


Prof. Mario Richard Eden

Department Chair

Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, USA

Speech Title:Next Generation Computer-Aided Tools for Chemical Process and Product Design

Research Area:

Process design, integration and optimization; Molecular synthesis and product design; Development of systematic tools/methodologies for process and product synthesis, design, integration, and optimization.


Dr. Mario Eden is the Department Chair and Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. He has published 2 edited books and 120 refereed papers/book chapters and contributed over 350 presentations at national/international meetings, including more than 50 invited lectures/seminars. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2006), the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council Junior Faculty Research Award (2006), the William F. Walker Superior Teaching Award (2007), the Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award for Excellence (2009 and 2011), the SGA Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering (2009 and 2011), the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Department of Chemical Engineering (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014), the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council Senior Faculty Research Award (2012), and the William F. Walker Merit Teaching Award (2014). He was awarded the 2014 AIChE Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division Outstanding Young Researcher Award and is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Auburn University Creative Research and Scholarship Award (the highest recognition for research at Auburn University). Dr. Eden received his M.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees from the Technical University of Denmark, both in Chemical Engineering. He has been an active member of the process systems engineering community for almost 20 years. Dr. Eden is a Director of the CAST Division of AIChE and a Trustee of Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering (CACHE) Corporation. Dr. Eden was also selected to co-chair the 2014 Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD) conference and is serving as Co-Chair of the 2018 Process Systems Engineering conference (PSE 2018). He is a co-founder of the PSE for SPEED (Sustainable Product Process Engineering, Evaluation and Design) company.

Keynote Speaker III


John M Woodley 


Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs Lyngby, Denmark

Speech Title:Engineering Scalable Biocatalytic Processes


John M. Woodley (originally from the UK) is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark), a position he took up in 2007 after 20 years at University College London (UCL, London, UK). His research group is focused on the development of new bioprocesses (biocatalysis and fermentation) for the synthesis and production of chemicals (from bulk chemicals to pharmaceuticals). Collaborative work with many industrial companies is directed towards multi-enzyme cascades, biooxidation, and continuous bioprocesses. His interests include process intensification and scale-up, involving laboratory and pilot-scale experimentation, as well as modelling (thermodynamics and kinetics). His interests also extend to quantitative process evaluation, including techno-economic analysis of new bioprocesses (and biorefineries). He has published around 175 ISI journal papers, 60 conference proceedings, 20 book chapters and 450 conference abstracts. He has industrial experience from ICI (UK) where he held one of the first two Academic Research Fellowships (1989-1994). He sits on numerous scientific advisory and editorial boards. In 2010 he was a joint recipient of the Rita and John Cornforth Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). In 2014 he was a Gambrinus Forum lecturer (TU Dortmund, Germany). In 2016 he was the elected Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Biocatalysis (USA). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK).

Keynote Speaker IV 


Flavio Manenti


Chemical Plants and Operations at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Speech Title:Sustainable technologies for industrial CO2 reuse - Efficient resource exploitation and bulk production


Flavio Manenti is Professor of Chemical Plants and Operations at Politecnico di Milano, where he leads the Centre for Sustainable Process Engineering Research (SuPER, www.super.chem.polimi.it) with 6 permanent staff and about 20 collaborators.

He has been recently elected as Charity Trustee at the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and he is Executive Board Member of the Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) Working Party and the Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (AIDIC).

He published more than 200 papers indexed by Scopus on peer-reviewed journals and a series of 5 books titled “… for the Chemical Engineer: Solving Numerical Problems” edited by Wiley-VCH on modeling and optimization of chemical plants. He has 7 filed patents on sustainable processes for CO2 reuse, renewable energy and chemical synthesis and he has been responsible for more than 40 industrial projects for technology transfer.

He received the Alexander von Humboldt Award for Senior Scientist in Berlin and the Zdenek Burianec Award in Prague.

In free time, he is active UEFA licensed coach, he won the National League in 2015, and he is Executive Board Member of the Italian Association of Soccer Coaches (AIAC).

Invited Speaker I


Dr. Maurizio Rovaglio

Vice President of Oil & Gas Technology and Alliances at Schneider Electric,Italy

Speech Title:Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Impact on the Oil & Gas Industry Value Chain


Maurizio Rovaglio is Vice President of Oil & Gas Technology and Alliances at Schneider Electric. Mr. Rovaglio holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He also holds multiple patents and has authored over 120 technical articles published in international scientific journals, and has delivered presentations at multiple international conferences.  Mr. Rovaglio has over 15 years’ experience in software sales, marketing, resource planning and project execution in the O&G domain across the world.  A passion for knowledge-sharing has led to almost 20 years’ experience as a University Professor at Politecnico di Milano where he lectured various control, instrumentation and process design courses.  Mr. Rovaglio is a specialist in the fields of IIoT, virtual reality applications, simulation, process control, Manufacturing Execution Systems, performance monitoring and optimization solutions in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries. 

Invited Speaker II


Dr. Bent Sarup

Vice President of Edible Oil System global technology sales in Alfa Laval.   

Speech Title:Technology Challenges and Solutions in the Edible Oil Processing Industry

Abstract:The talk will provide a general introduction to the global edible oil industry,  the technology and some of the current trends,  drivers and challenges in the industry.   More than 200 mill tons of oil are processed annually,  most of this for edible purposes, but in this millenium a significant part is also going to biofuels such as biodiesel. Vegetable and animal fats are also the source of a wide range of oleochemicals,   mainly going into applications such as personal care and detergents. Examples will be given on how solutions for some of these challenges have been identified using different approaches.

Bio:Bent Sarup is Vice President of Edible Oil System global technology sales in Alfa Laval. Dr.  Sarup holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering,  as well as an executive MBA degree.    He has authored or co-authored more than 30 technical articles, a frequent presenter at conferences and is inventor or co-inventor of several patents. Dr.  Sarup has more than 30 years of industrial experience in applied R&D,   scale-up work,  project engineering and management as well as sales and marketing. The industries he worked in includes petrochemical and petroleum refining industries,  within the last more than 10 years also in the edible oil refining industry. He has deep interest in business and organisational development coupled with technology development,   and development work involving multiple organisations such as universities,  customers and suppliers.

Invited speaker III


Prof Ali Elkamel

Khalifa University of Science & Technology, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi.

Speech Title:A Bender Decomposition Algorithm for Municipality Solid Waste Supply Chain Management under Uncertainty

Abstract:Unconscious storage of municipality solid waste (MSW) in landfills is a traditional practice in the past. Economic, environmental, and social impacts of landfills have motivated interest in the sustainable utilization of the MSW in order to bring values. This can be attained by exploring possible production of valuable products from the MSW constituents.  In this study, we cover the organic MSW supply chain network through different echelons under uncertainty. The first echelon represents collection/transfer stations where the tasks of MSW collection and sorting the MSW into its constituents are performed. The second echelon represents locations where the organic solid is distributed to several technologies in order to generate power. In the third echelon, several markets are assumed to absorb the electrical power to satisfy power demand. Parameter uncertainty are assumed in the supply and demand sides, and electricity prices. A stochastic two stage MILP model is formulated to examine the effects of the model parameter uncertainties. Due to the model complexity, a Bender decomposition algorithm is developed to find the model optimal solutions to evaluate the stochastic and financial risk conditions. A case study will be presented to show the application of the mathematical programming formulation.

Invited speaker IV 


Prof.Iqbal M Mujtaba

Professor & Head, School of Engineering, University of Bradford,Bradford BD7 1DP, UK

Speech Title:Applications of Reverse Osmosis for the Removal of Organic Compounds from Wastewater: Modelling and Simulation


This paper presents a state-of-the-art on distributed models and associated performances of the most recent wastewater treatment methods based on the reverse osmosis (RO) process for the removal of high toxicological organic compounds from wastewater. The review begins with a discussion of key challenges for the removal of such harmful compounds. It provides a comprehensive critique on various models taking into account the impact of variable operating conditions and membrane dimensions and configurations, which are all aimed at improving performance on one hand and reducing cost on the other. Whilst the review readily shows major RO successes in this aspect of work, it nevertheless highlights the continuing challenge of completely removing N-nitrosodimethylamine-D6 (NDMA) from wastewater. 

The abilities and indeed possibilities of the RO process for removing NDMA are yet to be fully explored or realised with many opportunities and challenges for optimising the underlying operating conditions, superstructure and membrane synthesis. However, the RO process remains the most promising treatment method for the removal of a wide range of hazardous chemicals albeit largely dependent on the operating conditions and the associated process configuration.


Iqbal M. Mujtaba is a Professor of Computational Process Engineering and is the Head of the School of Engineering. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and is a Fellow of the IChemE. He is currently an executive member of (a) IChemE Computer Aided Process Engineering Subject Group (Secretary 2000-2010; Chair 2015 - ), (b) the European Committee for Computers in Chemical Engineering Education (Secretary 2007-2010; Chair 2010-2013) and (c) Chair of BUET Chemical Engineering Forum, Bangladesh (2016 -). Professor Mujtaba was the member of the University Senate from 2002-2010 and was members of a number of committees including University Equality & Diversity committee, University Research Degree committee (Deputy Chair), School Board and School Executive Committee, School HR committee (Chair).

Professor Mujtaba is actively involved in many research areas like: dynamic modelling, simulation, optimisation and control of batch and continuous chemical processes with specific interests in distillation, industrial reactors, refinery processes, desalination and wastewater treatment. His current research focus is in the area of energy and water. He was recently successful in attracting funding from the British Council, Texas A&M University, Royal Society and DST (India) to organise a UK-Qatar workshop on 'Water & Energy Security' in Qatar (2015), UK-India workshop on 'Food, Water & Energy Nexus' in India (2015) and UK-Egypt-South Africa workshop on 'Water Management' in South Africa (2016). Professor Mujtaba has managed several research collaborations and consultancy projects with industry and academic institutions in the UK, Italy, Hungary, Malaysia, Iraq, China, Libya, Qatar, India, Bahrain, Algeria, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. He has published over 250 technical papers in major Engineering Journals, International Conference Proceedings and Books and has supervised 26 PhD students since 1997 and is currently supervising 8 PhD projects. He has given over 60 invited lectures home and abroad and several keynotes in international conferences.

Professor Mujtaba is a co-editor of the book 'Application of Neural Networks and Other Learning Technologies in Process Engineering' published by the Imperial College Press, London in 2001(http://www.icpress.co.uk/books/compsci/p225.html). He is also a co-editor of the book 'Composite Materials Technology' published by CRC Press, in 2009. Professor Mujtaba is the author of 'Batch Distillation: Design & Operation' published by the Imperial College Press, London in 2004 (http://www.icpress.co.uk/books/engineering/p319.html) which included his 18 years of research in batch distillation.

Professor Mujtaba has led the re-launch of UG and PG Chemical Engineering programme at Bradford in 2008 and is currently the External Examiner for BEng & MEng Chemical Engineering programmes at the University of Hull (UK) and University of Malaya (Malaysia). He was External Examiner for MSc at the University of Cranfield (UK, 2009-2012), External assessor for UG Chemical Engineering Curriculum at the University of Hull (2012), External assessor for MSc in Oil and Gas Management at Wolverhampton University (2013). 

Professor Mujtaba obtained his BSc in 1983 and MSc in 1984 all in Chemical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). He studied at Imperial College, London with the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and received his PhD and DIC in 1989. He worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at BUET (1984-1990) and as Research Fellow at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College, London from 1990-1994. He joined University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in 1995.

Special Session

Session Title: CO2 management


Prof. Flavio Manenti        paper title: AG2S™: a new CO2-reuse technology

Prof.Edwin Zondervan       paper title: CO2 sequestration

Ing. Johanna Kleinekorte       paper title: Life-cycle assessment of CO2 utilization

Program Preview

Nov. 24, 2017: Registration + Icebreaker Reception
Nov. 25, 2017: Opening Ceremony+KN Speech+Technical Sessions 
Nov. 26, 2017: One day tour or Technical Sessions+ Half Day Tour/Lab Tours

Round II

Submission Deadline(Full paper)Oct. 24,  2017
Submission Deadline(Abstract)Oct. 20,  2017
Author notificationBefore Nov. 5, 2017
Final versionBefore Nov. 15, 2017
RegistrationBefore Nov. 10 2017
Main conferenceNov 24-26,2017