A new approach to manufacture high value products by process intensification

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm followed by refreshments
Venue: Darlington Centre, Conference Room, 174 City Road, Darlington 2008
University of Sydney

The Opportunity

Process intensification holds great potential to transform Australian industry from scale-dependent economics to more compact, optimized and distributed systems.

The Vision

New Designs and processes that:

  • offer dramatic reductions in size
  • boost efficiency
  • are cost-competitive
  • offer replacement for products derived from non-renewable sources.


For Industry

  • the conversion of waste and other low value streams into high value chemicals and products
  • developing superior products and processes (leading-edge technologies)
  • drive sales growth
  • additional sources of raw material

For the Wider Community

  • more efficient resource management and energy consumption
  • new jobs and opportunities

The Challenges

Traditional chemical processing has strongly scale-dependent economics, where many chemical processing operations in Australia face severe challenges when competing on a world stage. This initiative will change this perspective and this set of outcomes.
The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney sees a different route through the development of:

  • compact plant,
  • intrinsically safe process units
  • equipment that can be operated in distributed locations, close to the sources of raw materials
  • technology utilising solar and other forms of local renewable energy.

The key technical challenge remains the development of processes that are highly efficient in compact scale, so that processing is safe, technically feasible, energy efficient and economically viable. We will build on our experience with process intensification, computational fluid dynamics, process systems engineering, solar drying and processing, and life-cycle analysis to explore new ways to add value to agricultural and other waste streams. In addition, we will explore new business models that complement the distributed nature of these technologies and platforms.

The Process

The School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney is proposing a half-day workshop to explore the resource opportunity, challenges and research needs for this potential industry. The workshop will deliberate on contemporary process intensification platforms to identify and facilitate a common technological pathway for Australian industry.

You or your company representative are invited to attend and help:

Industry and University R&D Integration
  • shape the research mission
  • determine the implementation strategy
  • ascertain new research directions

We will identify projects

  • that improve the energy efficiency
  • use a new compact processing approach
  • reduce the environmental impact
  • manufacture new high value products

You will have the opportunity to discuss leveraging the University’s technical expertise and research facilities and the industry experience and resources.


  1. Speakers from University of Sydney on possibilities
  2. Speakers from Industry (or Industry Association) on resources
  3. Workshop looking at sector opportunities (e.g. industrial waste, food, forestry, aquaculture, meat processing, bioprocessing, and others)
  4. The Industrial Transformation Research Hub Program as a means to facilitate this research

We hope that you will find it compelling.




1:30pm – 2:40pm

Welcome and keynote presentations

2:40pm – 3:00pm

Networking break

3:00pm – 3:40pm

Presentation from various industries  

3:40pm – 3:50pm

An update on The Industrial Transformation Research Hub Program

3:50pm – 4:20pm

Roundtable discussion

4:20pm – 4:30pm

Conclusion and “where to next”