Education Special Interest Group

Computational Aspects of Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Optimisation

Date From: 13 April 2017
Description: A general overview of life cycle assessment from the perspective of process systems engineering, with particular emphasis on its computational aspects.
Event Type: Webinar
Venue: Online

Time: 09:00-10:00 GMT

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an established framework for the analysis of “cradle-to-grave” environmental impacts of man-made systems. As such, LCA is an important tool to enable chemical engineers to integrate sustainability into their decision-making. In this webinar, Prof. Tan discusses a general overview of LCA from the perspective of process systems engineering (PSE), with particular emphasis on its computational aspects. In addition, life cycle optimization (LCO) is also included as a natural extension of basic LCA methodology for system design. Applications of LCA and LCO to some technological systems of contemporary interest are also covered in the webinar. This emphasis on understanding rigorous mathematical foundations of LCA and LCO has didactic advantages, particularly by linking the subject matter to core topics in chemical engineering curriculum (i.e., material and energy balances); it also provides in-depth understanding of principles that are utilized in commercially available LCA software.


Raymond R. Tan is a full professor of chemical engineering, University Fellow and current Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. His main areas of research are process systems engineering and process integration. Prof. Tan received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University, and is the author of more 200 Scopus-listed publications (including over 150 journal articles) with an h-index of 32. He is co-editor-in-chief of Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (Springer/Nature), subject editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier/IChemE), and an editorial board member of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer/Nature) and Int. J. of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (Inderscience). He is also editor of the books Recent Advances in Sustainable Process Design and Optimization (World Scientific) and Process Design Strategies for Biomass Conversion Systems (Wiley). For his scientific work, Prof. Tan has received multiple awards from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).


A one-hour online session: 40 minutes' presentation + 20 minutes' Q&A.
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