Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 14th Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Moisès Graells
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), E-08019 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: process systems engineering; sustainability and circular economy; artificial intelligence tools for decision-making support
Prof. Dr. Rosa Nomen
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Institut Químic de Sarrià (URL-IQS), Universitat Ramon Llull, Via Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: process safety and risk analysis; thermal analysis and calorimetry; process intensification; waste valorization
Dr. Raquel Ibáñez
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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Universidad de Cantabria (UC), 9005 Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Interests: advanced membrane processes; advanced oxidation processes; risk assessment
Prof. Dr. Antonio Espuña Camarasa
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), E-08019 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: process systems engineering; sustainability and circular economy; artificial intelligence tools for decision-making support
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Mediterranean Congress of Chemical Engineering (MeCCE) is a triennial event that has been taking place in Barcelona since 1978 in the framework of the trade fair EXPOQUIMIA. The event gathers at the premises of Fira de Barcelona chemical engineers from the academy and the industry visiting the industrial exhibition, presenting and sharing new ideas, and networking.

After the parenthesis of the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (held also in Barcelona in 2017), the Spanish Society of Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SEQUI), the Catalan Association of Industrial Engineers (AEIC), and the Chemical Institute of Sarrià (Institut Químic de Sarrià, IQS) established an alliance to undertake the organization of this 14th edition, aimed at renovation and further internationalization.

However, 2020 will be undoubtedly remembered because of the way COVID-19 altered our lives and the way of working worldwide, including also MeCCE and EXPOQUIMIA, which had to be re-scheduled and re-designed. In these circumstances, the very basic concept of “congress” faced new threats and opportunities, and the way we face most of the specific Congress topics, such as biomedical engineering, supply chain management or training and education, was also significantly affected. All these issues were inevitably part of the 14th MeCCE.

This Special Issue is coordinated with the 14th MeCCE Scientific Committee, and it includes selected papers from this conference. This Special Issue focuses on, but is not limited to, papers that align with the topics of the conference:

Advances and results in chemical engineering science:

  • Chemical reactors and separation technologies;
  • Processes intensification and process systems engineering;

their applications in:

  • sustainable development and environmental engineering;
  • food, biochemical and biomedical engineering;
  • process and product engineering;

and the provision of Chemical Engineering solutions to the society by responsible research, innovation and introduction of new developments, products, and processes to the market.

Dr. Moisès Graells
Prof. Dr. Rosa Nomen
Dr. Raquel Ibáñez
Prof. Dr. Antonio Espuña Camarasa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Processes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • unit operations
  • reaction engineering
  • process systems engineering
  • process intensification
  • process control
  • process safety
  • training
  • innovation

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Fabrication and Characterization of Hydrophobic Porous Metallic Membranes for High Temperature Applications
Processes 2021, 9(5), 809; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9050809 - 05 May 2021
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Hydrophobic porous metallic membranes can be integrated in a microreactor for in situ separation of steam at high temperatures. This study investigates the fabrication and characterization of hydrophobic coatings on metallic substrates. Two different coating methods were explored: (1) Plasma Enhanced—Chemical Vapor Deposition [...] Read more.
Hydrophobic porous metallic membranes can be integrated in a microreactor for in situ separation of steam at high temperatures. This study investigates the fabrication and characterization of hydrophobic coatings on metallic substrates. Two different coating methods were explored: (1) Plasma Enhanced—Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) to form amorphous carbon silicon-doped a-C:H:Si:O thin films and (2) Direct Immersion in fluoroalkyl silane (FAS-13) solution using dip coating to form Self-Assembled Monolayers. The results on wettability as well as SEM images and EDS/WDS analyses indicate that the coated sintered stainless steel membranes are adequate as hydrophobic surfaces, maintaining the porosity of the substrate and withstanding high temperatures. Especially the FAS-13 coating shows very good resistance to temperatures higher than 250 °C. These findings are of special significance for the fabrication of porous metal membranes for separation of steam in high temperature applications. Full article
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