Process System Engineering – Introduction & Overview

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 13 June 2011
  • Copyright: WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Source / Publisher: AIChE Journal/John Wiley & Sons
  • Associated Societies: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
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Process Systems Engineering (PSE) encompasses the activities involved in the engineering of systems with physical, chemical, and/or biological processing operations. The engineering of processing systems is as old as the onset of the industrial revolution, but the term PSE was only coined about 50 years ago at the outset of the modern era of computer-aided engineering.

In recent years, PSE has expanded significantly beyond its original scope, the continuous and batch chemical processes and their associated process engineering problems. Today, it encompass the creative design, operation, and control of biological systems, complex networks of chemical reactions, free or guided self-assembly processes, micro- and nano-scale processes, energy systems based on renewables, and global supply chains of fuels and chemicals that involve environmental and life cycle issues.


In a virtual issue on PSE, the Guest Editors Ignacio E. Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, and George Stephanopoulos, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT), USA, selected 210 top cited papers giving an interesting collection of articles that have had a large impact on PSE. The issue gives insights into historical trends and is an excellent overview and introduction on PSE-related research. It is published in four parts:

  • Part-A: Process Modeling, Simulation and Optimization
  • Part-B: Process Synthesis and Design (published early June)
  • Part-C: Process Identification, State Estimation and Control (published early July)
  • Part-D: Process Operations: Optimization, Monitoring, and Fault Diagnosis (published early August)


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