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CRE-IX: Chemical Reactor Engineering
Meeting The Challenges For New Technology. The ninth conference in a series on Chemical Reactor Engineering (CRE IX)
Date: June 29, 2003 - July 4, 2003
Location: The Radisson Hotel, Quebec City, Quebec,, Canada
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Organizer: Engineering Conferences International
Application Areas: Process Industry, Power Generation, Environmental
Deadlines: November 1, 2002 (abstract)
Type of Event: Conference, International

The Engineering Conferences International announces the ninth conference in its series on Chemical Reactor Engineering (CRE IX). It is expected that Chemical Reaction and Reactor Engineering will have a major and increasing influence on the conception, the development and the implementation of novel reactor technologies. As a result, chemical reactor engineers will have a main role on the discovery and on the implementation of new environmentally acceptable products and processes, safety strategies and policies, computer modeling for process control and process simulation. It is anticipated that main driving forces behind these new challenges are going to be:
  • Catalysis Research. Innovations are urgently needed in the design of catalysts promoting new reaction pathways, with these discoveries leading to new chemical processes and products. This research will involve original techniques for catalyst testing and molecular based reaction modeling.
  • Biotechnology. Major progress is expected in biochemical reactor engineering, particularly as a consequence of recent advances in the area of genetics. These discoveries will have a definite impact on the synthesis and development of new pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, production of new agricultural products and novel bioreactor processes using animal, plant, and insect cells.
  • Reactor Engineering for the XXI century. Chemical reactors, and more specifically catalytic reactors, offer ample opportunity for new concepts with superior performance. Thus, there is unique prospect for novel multiphase and multifunctional chemical reactors, designed on the basis of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and targeted experimentation in mock-ups. This will lead to the synthesis of new materials, better exploitation of natural resources, minimization of non-utilizable by-products, novel sensors and instrumentation.
  • Energy Technologies. Many inventions are expected in the area of new fuels, with these fuels being more compatible with expected strict environmental regulations. This situation will motivate discoveries for the production of less polluting fuels as in the case of reformulated gasoline, of oxygenates, of fuels with very low sulfur emissions and for the production of hydrogen for fuels cells. It is envisioned that these advances will move us progressively, in the 21st century, from environmentally friendly carbon based fuels to hydrogen.
  • Environmental Research. Mitigation of the effect of chemical process effluents both in soil, air and water are at the forefront of today society concerns. There is special opportunity for forward-looking innovation that will help minimizing the impact of chemical processes. It is expected that novel reactors and catalysts, that will use renewable natural resources, like solar light, with minimization of impact of emissions (e.g. reduction of greenhouse gases) will have an essential function in these new technologies.
  • Recycling Processes and Products. Chemical processes and products are being examined nowadays in terms of the overall contribution to environmental impact and in terms of the complete cycle of utilization. In this context, both waste reduction and reuse of end products create new opportunities for innovative reactor engineering based on new reaction pathways and original reactors.

As we move ahead through the first decade of the 21st Century, it is proposed to organize the CRE IX conference in Québec City focusing the main theme on "Innovation in Chemical Reactor Engineering".

Plenary lectures will specifically reflect these challenges, visions and opportunities. At least four plenary lectures of 60 minute duration each will be coordinated as part of the Technical Program, selected to reflect the specific Conference Themes:

  • Theme I: Combinatorial Catalysis
  • Theme II: Environmental Reaction Engineering
  • Theme III: Multifunctional Reactors
  • Theme IV: Novel Experimental Reactors and Sensor Technologies
  • Theme V: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Theme VI: Reactor Engineering in Biotechnology.

The several plenary lectures planned for "CRE IX: Chemical Reactor Engineering Meeting The Challenges For New Technology" Conference of the ECI will be accompanied by short presentations of a significant number of refereed papers (5-10 min), combined with poster displays of these presentations and plenary sessions for poster paper discussion. Papers will be refereed and selected on the basis of extended abstracts (250 words). There will also be workshops and other technical activities that will enhance and enrich the technical program.

Event record first posted on September 7, 2002, last modified on September 7, 2002

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