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Minimizing Environmental Impact Of Chemical Manufacturing Processes

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.411.1 - 3.411.7



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Joan F. Brennecke

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Joseph A. Shaeiwitz

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Mark A. Stadtherr

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Ph.D., Richard H. Turpin

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Mark J. McCready

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Roger A. Schmitz

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Wallace B. Whiting

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Session 1526

Minimizing Environmental Impact of Chemical Manufacturing Processes # Joan F. Brennecke*, Joseph A. Shaeiwitz , Mark A. Stadtherr*, # Richard Turton Mark J. McCready*, † Roger A. Schmitz*, and Wallace B. Whiting # *University of Notre Dame/ West Virginia University/ † University of Nevada, Reno


Knowledge of technologies and strategies for pollution prevention and the remediation of hazardous pollutants, as well as the environmental impact of pollutants that are released into the environment, is an increasingly important part of the average Chemical Engineer's job responsibilities. Therefore, in the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, West Virginia University and the University of Nevada at Reno, we are implementing through courseware, research and design projects a program to 1) develop the students' appreciation of the impact of pollutant release from chemical processes and of the environmental, ecological and long-term economic benefits of pollutant minimization or elimination, 2) equip them with active knowledge of the technology that is being developed for minimizing the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing processes and 3) show students how this new technology can be implemented. The overall goal of this project is to incorporate the results of recent and ongoing research taking place at the three participating institutions, as well as elsewhere, on environmentally conscious chemical manufacturing processes into the chemical and metallurgical engineering curricula. This research includes pollution prevention, waste reduction, environmentally conscious chemical process design, and the modeling and assessment of the environmental and ecological impact of pollutant release.

The overall program includes the development of three new courses: 1) Environmentally Conscious Chemical Process Design, 2) Ecology and the Environment and 3) Environmental Flows. In addition, we are incorporating research results into instructional modules that are integrated throughout the chemical engineering curriculum, with a special emphasis on the design sequence. Information on the entire project can be found at : In this paper we will discuss two aspects of the project: 1) the new course on Environmentally Conscious Chemical Process Design, which has been taught and tested at the University of Notre Dame and 2) new design projects that illustrate the minimization of the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing processes. Finally, we conclude with our methodology for assessment.

Courseware: Environmentally Conscious Chemical Process Design

Overall, our philosophy is that strategies for minimizing the environmental impact of chemical processes need to be included and integrated throughout the normal chemical

Brennecke, J. F., & Shaeiwitz, J. A., & Stadtherr, M. A., & Turpin, P. R. H., & McCready, M. J., & Schmitz, R. A., & Whiting, W. B. (1998, June), Minimizing Environmental Impact Of Chemical Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7287

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