Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 3rd International Conference on Chemical Engineering
Chicago, Illinois ,USA.

Day 1 :

Chemical Engineering 2017 International Conference Keynote Speaker Nicolas Abatzoglou photo

Nicolas Abatzoglou is a full Professor and Ex-Head of the Department of Chemical & Biotechnological Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. He
is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Laval University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Specialist in
Process Engineering involving particulate systems. He is the Director of the GRTP-C&P (Group of Research on Technologies and Processes in the Chemical &
Pharmaceutical Industry). Since May 2008, he is the holder of the Pfi zer Industrial Research Chair in Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) in Pharmaceutical
Engineering. He is one of the leaders in Canada’s NCE Network BioFuelNet on Biorefi ning. He is also a Co-Founder of the company Enerkem Technologies Inc.,
precursor of Enerkem Inc., a spin-off commercializing technologies in the fi eld of energy from renewable resources. His scientifi c production includes more than
100 publications, reviews, conferences, keynotes, plenaries and invited lectures, patents and three book chapters


Statement of the Problem: A new nickel catalyst was prepared from an ilmenite metallurgical residue consisting of an
upgraded slag oxide (UGSO). Dry reforming of biogas, a mixture of equimolar amounts of CH4and CO2, does not necessitate
other special reactants if the catalyst is effi cient and suffi ciently robust at the reaction conditions (T, P and gas spatial velocity).
In recent scientifi c publications and a PCT patent pending, it has been shown that such a catalyst can be produced at low cost
with a low-materials and energy intensity production protocol.
Purpose: Present the preliminary engineering of an integrated industrialunit combining the in-house production of this novel
catalytic formulations and its use to produce H2, using a typical landfi ll biogas or a combination of biogas and natural gas.
Results: Th e study presents results on the following points:
• Description of the catalyst and its chemistry.
• Mechanistic aspects relying on fresh and used catalyst analyses.
• Development of a phenomenological kinetic model, including
the apparent activation energy of the controlling step and its
use to simulate the reforming reactor operation.
• Proofs of the catalysts effi ciency, robustness, regenerability and an estimation of its life cycle.
• Description of this catalysts production unit aimed at both providing the necessary in-house quantities
and tackle the external market.
• Preliminary engineering of a hydrogen production unit utilizing the new catalyst.
• Estimation of the production cost as function of the unit size in targeting to evaluate its break-even point.
Conclusion: Th e conclusion will focus on the techno-economic feasibility of such an industrial project within the actual
market globalization context as function of parameters such as, size, reactants and products market price, market outreach and
socioeconomic and environmental incentives.

Keynote Forum

Ignacio Gracia

University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Keynote: Crossing the gap between research and market in chemical engineering: Application to supercritical technology

Time : 11:30-12:10

Chemical Engineering 2017 International Conference Keynote Speaker Ignacio Gracia photo

Ignacio Gracia is Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Castilla_La Mancha (Spain). PhD. in Chemical Engineering
in the UCLM (1999), Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellowship in the University of Salerno (Italy) in 2002. Has devoted his scientifi c career to the fi eld of supercritical
fl uids, focused on natural extracts, waste oil regeneration and polymer synthesis. He is currently working in the synthesis of biocompatible biodegradable polymers
with medical applications. Vice president of the Spanish association for the Advancement of High Pressure Technologies (FLUCOMP). Co-author of more than 50
scientifi c sci publications, two patents (one in application) and ten books and chaptiers. Supervisor of four PhD’s. He worked in more than 50 research projects
and 12 projects with private companies, in 22 like Head. Master in MBA (2010). Entrepreneurship price in 2010. Founder of GARLICINSA, private spin-off with a
registered product:


Industrial development of laboratory research in Chemical Engineering is diffi cult due to the lack of knowledge for researchers
about business behavior and marketing strategies. Th is inability to communicate makes unable to understand the real
potential of new products for fi nancial or management managers. Th is work presents some information for researchers to be
able to understand basic concepts of economy related to the industrial implementation new processes, including examples
applied to Supercritical Technology (ST). ST is ready to be widely used for the development of new products especially in the
food, nutraceutical and pharmacy industry. In spite of the advantages about production, safety, quality, normative, proven
therapeutic characteristics and marketing, the industrial implementation of ST products is scant, because their products are
generally considered like simple substitutes for low market niche goods. Based on a Business Plan procedure, several tools and
strategies were used to determine and quantify the industrial potential of some ST-based products. Th e SWOT test and Business
Plan strategy were used to identify real possibilities for market application in a proper segment. New emerging opportunities
about FDA or EFSA regulations, labelling, market demands and opportunities have to be exploited. New products obtained by
ST were demonstrated like economically profi table, according to cost estimation, price curve and some fi nancial ratios.