The Process Intensification Area aims at equipment design and process conception that can lead to a drastic reduction in size or impact on sustainability, in order to produce intrinsically safer designs and achieve a reduction in capital and operating costs.
Process intensification diverges from the classical conception of design to incorporate innovative technologies that can structurally modify its development. The technologies we use are microwaves, ultrasound and supercritical water, mainly in the area of extraction of bioactive compounds from natural products.
By means of these techniques we achieve alternative, economically competitive and highly efficient processes. Apart from designing processes, we also study the equipment design and the measurement of properties.