Process Intensification

Session Host

Prof. Adam HarveyProfessor of Process Intensification - Newcastle University

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.30 to 11.00, Stage 3

About this session

Reflecting the importance of ‘process intensification’ methods & technologies in improving unit process & chemical processing plant efficiencies  and at the same time contributing substantially to sustainability goals, CHEMUK will feature daily discussions around this key topic, through daily hosted expert sessions from the Process Intensification Network (PIN)  & PI Group at Newcastle University

Prof Harvey will describe what “process intensification” is, and give an overview of the diverse range of “intensified” process technologies available in the Process Intensification Group (PIG) at Newcastle. This will illustrate how “PI” can transform many chemical processes, by reducing the size, cost and environmental impact of many technologies/processes. The Group is the largest of its type in the World, with over 70 active researchers.

Session format daily:

Part 1 – Introduction to Process Intensification – Prof. Adam Harvey, Professor of Process Intensification

Part 2 – Presentation & Q&A around an a specific ‘PI’ theme:

Day 1 (13 May)

Dr Jonathan Lee , Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University  –  will talk on ‘Carbon Capture using Rotating Packed Beds’

Day 2 (14 May)

Dr Jonathan McDonough , lecturer in the Process Intensification Group (PIG) at Newcastle University) will talk on ’The role of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Facilitating Process Intensification.

Speaker Bio


Professor Adam Harvey is the Professor of Process Intensification at Newcastle University, School of Engineering and Head of the Process Intensification Group (PIG). The group is World-leading, and the largest PI research group in the World, comprising over 70 researchers: 15 academic staff, 10 research associates/visitors and over 45 PhD students.

Prof Harvey also manages the international network, PIN (Process Intensification Network), which recently held its 27th meeting (in Newcastle, June 2019), and is one of the authors of the main textbook on the subject (Reay, Ramshaw and Harvey).

His research spans a diverse range of research areas including: process intensification, biofuels, CO2 chemistry, biomass processing, bioreactors, plasma processing and flow chemistry. In these areas, he has over 140 publications: