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Modular Chemical Processing Intensification

Increasing productivity and efficiency, and reducing operating costs and waste, by reconfiguring existing operation schemes into ones that are both more precise and more efficient

Modular Chemical Processing Intensification makes use of new technology that’s smaller, safer, and more energy-efficient, and/or combining multiple operations into fewer ones.


Modular chemical processing intensification pays off at both molecular and process levels. At the process level, it can drive many economic, safety, and environmental benefits, including:

  • Increasing efficiency by reducing process size and complexity, and number of barriers
  • Lowering capital costs and raw material usage
  • Reducing energy consumption by introducing low-energy technology and reducing the   equipment number and space needed for operations
  • Improving process safety by employing smaller processes and requiring less chemical inventories
  • Lowering negative environmental impacts by producing less waste and pollutants

At the molecular level, it can maximize molecular interactions that result in reactions, create a consistent processing experience, enhance driving forces at every level, and introduce multifunctionality, which can offer additional advantages.


  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Power Industry
  • Biofuels
  • Water Treatment and Recycling
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Petroleum Refining

The Argonne Advantage

Initiating and optimizing process intensification are complex feats, requiring deep and diverse knowledge tools. Argonne is among the few places that unites both the right knowledge and the right tools needed to innovate and gain a competitive edge. Argonne capabilities that can be leveraged to advance modular chemical process intensification include expertise and facilities that enable:

  • Process simulation
  • Process development and scale-up (bench-to-pilot and field-scale)
  • Synthesis of advanced hierarchal materials and catalysts
  • High performance computing
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Techno-economic assessment
  • Life-cycle analysis


Argonne has a variety of water projects spread across divisions that focus on resilience, simulating water flows, and monitoring water use and quality in urban and rural areas.


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