Chairman of the day : J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers

Hans Kuipers graduated in 1985 at the department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Twente. In December of the same year he started with his Ph.D. study at the Reaction Engineering group of University of Twente on detailed micro balance modeling of gas-fluidized beds. In June 1990 he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and was appointed as assistant professor in the Reaction Engineering group headed by Prof. W.P.M. van Swaaij. In 1994 he was appointed as associate professor in the same group. In 1999 he became fulltime professor in Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering at the University of Twente. Since August 2010 he is a fulltime professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and heads the group Multiphase Reactors. He teaches amongst others introductory and advanced courses on transport phenomena and multiphase reactors. His research interests are in the area of multiphase reactors.

Group Multiphase Reactors
Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof.dr. Andrzej Stankiewicz (TU Delft)

Topic : Safety Dimension of Process Intensification

Andrzej Stankiewicz is Full Professor at Delft University of Technology (Chair of Intensified Reaction and Separation Systems) and Director of TU Delft Process Technology Institute. He is author of numerous publications on chemical reaction engineering, industrial catalysis and process intensification, including the world’s first book on Process Intensification: Re-Engineering the Chemical Processing Plant.

Prof. Stankiewicz is Editor of Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification (Elsevier) and Series Editor of the Green Chemistry Books Series (Royal Society of Chemistry). He was founder and first Chairman of the Working Party on Process Intensification at the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He currently chairs the Board of the European Process Intensification Centre (EUROPIC).

Current research interests of Prof. Stankiewicz focus on control of molecular interactions and intensification of chemical processes using electric and electromagnetic fields (e.g. laser, microwave, UV). The research in that area has brought Prof. Stankiewicz prestigious Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council and another grant (with co-workers) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ir. Wouter Stam (Flowid)

Topic : Safety, Efficiency and Flexibility Beyond Standards

Flowid is working on size reduction of process equipment. This is done based on our own technology, but also by cooperating with partners, and integrating their technology in our solutions. The philosophy of Flowid is to create small environments for precise control to boost process performance in terms of efficiency, safety and flexibility. One of our products is the SpinPro reactor. This is a continuous reactor that allows for chemical reactions to take place under extreme, but highly controlled, conditions. During the presentation, I will tell you about Flowid, our products, some examples and the future of Flowid. Gert-Jan Schoenmakers (SABIC)

Topic: Safety aspects of production of polycarbonate and polyphenylether

  • MSc Chemical Engineering TU Eindhoven in 1993 – emulsion polymerisation – group Dick Thoenes
  • PhD Chemical Engineering TU Eindhoven in 1998 – turbulent mixing – group Dick Thoenes
  • Researcher TNO Industrie 1998 – 2000
  • Various roles in R&D, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer at GE Plastics / SABIC Bergen op Zoom from 2000 until now
Current role: Manager Global BPA Process Technology

Phosgene is an important intermediate used in the chemical industry e.g. for the production of polyurethanes and polycarbonates. It is also a very dangerous chemical with a TLV-TWA value below the odor threshold for humans. The safe production and use of phosgene requires the highest standards in terms of safety, during all phases of an assets lifetime such as:

  • process design
  • standard operating conditions
  • start-up and shut-down periods e.g. for maintenance reasons
  • emergency shut-down
Focus of the presentation will be on the process design aspects of safe production and use of phosgene for the production of polycarbonates. Genserik Reniers (TU Delft)

Topic : Safety and security within the Dutch chemical industry for the next decades.

(This is an open lecture in collaboration with Studium Generale, reservation possible at The Dutch chemistry – production, research, knowledge development and innovation – is among the global leaders and of great value to the Dutch economy. Unfortunately, a large chemical industry is not without risks. Safety of industrial areas is extremely important for both companies and the environment. However, disasters such as the Chemie-Pack fire (2011) and the explosion at the petrochemical plant of Shell (2014), both in Moerdijk, show that security is not obvious.

In this lecture, Genserik Reniers (TU Delft) addresses the state-of-the-art of safety and security in the chemical industry in the Netherlands. Furthermore, he looks into the future and indicates clear trends and visions of safety and security within this industry for 2030 and beyond.

About Prof. Dr. Ir. Genserik Reniers
Professor of Safety of Hazardous Materials in the Safety and Security Science research group at Delft University of Technology. He is also the Scientific Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Safety and Security. Furthermore, he is a professor at the City campus of the University of Antwerp and a professor at the Brussels campus of the Catholic University of Leuven, both in Belgium. Read more about Genserik Reniers.

Dr. Paolo Pescarmona (RUG)

Topic: Alternative route to phosgene free synthesis of polycarbonates and polyurethanes

Paolo was born in Italy and studied at the University of his hometown (Torino), where he obtained his Master Degree in Chemistry in 1997. In 1999 he moved to the Netherlands, where he obtained his PhD from Delft University of Technology in 2003. Then, he worked for various years at the KU Leuven, in Belgium, first as post-doc and then as assistant professor. In 2014 he moved to his current position at the University of Groningen, where currently is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Chemical Products and Catalysis at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

His research approach involves the rational design and development of catalytic materials for applications of academic and industrial relevance, with a special focus on green chemistry. All aspects of the development of catalysts (heterogeneous and homogeneous) are covered: from the synthesis to the characterisation and testing.

The targeted applications include CO2 fixation, biomass conversion, catalytic oxidations, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis and the use of high-throughput techniques for the synthesis and testing of catalysts in liquid phase and in supercritical CO2. He is the author of 63 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, and leads a research group consisting in 1 post-doc, 7 Ph.D. students and 2 Master students.

He likes to travel the world in his free time, and also his work brought him to give presentations in different corners of the planet. Recently, he became the President of the Dutch Zeolite Association. He has also been active as Session organiser and Chairman at various international conferences. He enjoys scientific discussions and sharing hid ideas with other researchers.

Dr. Brecht Egle (Janssen Pharmaceutica)

Topic: A cautionary tale of hazardous boron byproducts from Suzuki coupling reactions

Suzuki organometallic coupling reactions have been gaining popularity as a versatile method for synthesizing complex molecules on large scale, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. However, a series of incidents in our production plant sparked an extensive investigation which revealed that a boron byproduct of a Suzuki coupling reaction possessed previously unknown hazardous properties. Since most of the complex chemistry of this elusive byproduct took place in the waste layers generated by the process, the events also served as a strong stimulus to revise the way we look at process waste streams.

About Dr. Brecht Egle


  • Bachelor in Chemistry, UHasselt, 2004-2007
  • Master in Chemistry, KULeuven, 2007-2009
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry (FWO fellowship), KULeuven 2010-2014


  • Lecturer at University of Antwerp: Explosives (postgraduate degree “ Advisor Hazardous Goods / Adviseur Gevaarlijke Stoffen”), 2011-present
  • Process Safety scientist at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, 2014 – present.

My professional interests are in process safety, energetic materials and organic chemistry.My hobbies include electronics, welding, hiking and traditional Japanese martial arts.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Genserik Reniers

Topic: Safety and security within the Dutch chemical industry for the next decades.

The Dutch chemistry – production, research, knowledge development and innovation – is among the global leaders and of great value to the Dutch economy. Unfortunately, a large chemical industry is not without risks. Safety of industrial areas is extremely important for both companies and the environment. However, disasters such as the Chemie-Pack fire  (2011) and the explosion at the Chemie-Pack fire  (2014), both in Moerdijk, show that security is not obvious.

About Prof. Dr. Ir. Genserik Reniers.

Professor of Safety of Hazardous Materials in the Safety and Security Science research group at Delft University of Technology. He is also the Scientific Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Safety and Security. Furthermore, he is a professor at the City campus of the University of Antwerp and a professor at the Brussels campus of the Catholic University of Leuven, both in Belgium.

Dr. Albert Colomer (Akzo Nobel)

Topic : Topic: Benefits of using the “Hazard Study 1 to 6” methodology

Dr. Albert Colomer graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the IQS University, Barcelona (ES). Then, he was for one year researcher in chemical plant’s safety at Inburex GmbH, Hamm (DE), working on the proper modelling of the level swell that is crucial for the correct simulation of a runaway emergency venting. He returned afterwards to IQS University and obtained a PhD in Chemistry for his work “Design, selection and production of new biolubricants”, which was dedicated to enhance the chemical stability of vegetables oils and was partly carried out at INSA, Toulouse (FR). In 2012, he joined the Safety Testing & Modelling department at AkzoNobel, Deventer (NL), since then he acts as the focal point for Gas and Dust Explosion (i.e. testing, consulting and training) and leads Hazard Studies on organic peroxide plants (e.g. HazOp).

Ir. Jeroen Triepels

Topic: Hygienic design of process installations

After his graduation at the TU/e-Mechanical Engineering department, Jeroen Triepels started working for Tebodin in 2007. Tebodin is a worldwide engineering and consultancy company servicing industrial clients who are planning to optimize or expand their production facilities. In the markets chemicals, oil and gas, industrial, food and pharma, Tebodin has expertise in the full project execution, from feasibility studies up and until the final start-up of a new facility. Jeroen - started as mechanical engineer and afterwards as project manager - is now responsible for the food and pharma department in the Eindhoven office. This multidisciplinary department designs new production facilities for clients such as FrieslandCampina, Cargill, Heineken, DSM, MSD, Aspen, Sanofi and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Furthermore, Jeroen is member of the strategic advisory group for the food market, who advices the Board of Tebodin with respect to trends in the food market. This in order to develop new expertise and products to meet the continuously changing market requirements.


Product safety is the key requirement in the design of new production facilities for the food and pharmaceutical industry. To ensure the health of consumers and to avoid any secondary damages such as image damage, claims and recall costs, it is of utmost importance that hygienic requirements are strictly followed. An engineer for hygienic process installations has a crucial role within the quality of the end product. In this lecture Jeroen will focus on the food industry. Which aspects are crucial in guaranteeing food safety?  What are the main design guidelines for delivering hygienic process installations?  How does a typical hygienic production environment and installation look like? This short introduction to hygienic design will answer these questions.

Dr. ir. Marion Den Hollander

Topic : Process Safety – Incidents have happened; how the past can help to build a safer future

Marion den Hollander studied Chemical Engineering- Masters and PhD in Industiral Catalysis – at Delft University of Technology.  Marion has worked for Shell since 2000 in various roles in technology, process engineering, and operations management in Refining and Chemicals locations in the Netherlands and Germany. From 2008 untill 2016 she worked as HSSEQ manager of Moerdijk, where she established the Moerdijk safety center and managed the interface with (external) investigations teams and authorities. Currently Marion works as Principal Technical Safety Engineer for Shell Projects & Technology in Rijswijk.

Dr. Cristhian Almeida-Rivera

Topic: OPCW and the extensive effort to eliminate chemical weapons

Cristhian Almeida-Rivera is an inspection team leader at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He obtained his engineering degree in Chemical Engineering at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional (Quito, Ecuador) in 1997, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands) in 1998 and 2005, respectively. His areas of interest included the multilevel modelling of fundamental mass, heat and momentum transfer phenomena of hybrid processes. In 2005, Cristhian started to work as R&D engineer and global supply chain manager at Unilever R&D in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. In that capacity he was responsible for the synthesis and development of new manufacturing process in global innovation projects. His activities included the development of computational models, proof of principle testing, prototyping, scale-up and global roll-out. Cristhian has several industrial patents under his name. As supply chain manager, Cristhian was responsible for the supply chain delivery of global innovation projects, including supply chain support to regional teams during later stages of innovation roll-out, execution of medium and long term capacity planning activities for key technologies and being the contributor and lead contact to regional and global sourcing studies.

Since 2014, Cristhian has joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (The Hague and 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) as chemical process technology inspector and inspection team leader. In his current capacity, Cristhian is responsible for leading inspections of industrial and military sites to verify the compliance to the Chemical Weapons Convention by member States. Specific activities include the evaluation of engineering features and production methods of chemical plant sites to gauge the feasibility of chemical weapons production, factual findings reporting and debriefing to management regarding conduct of inspections. Cristhian has been continuously involved in teaching and continuous learning activities, resulting in more than 50 scientific publications in peer-review journals and conference proceedings. Some of Cristhian’s awards and distinctions include: Unilever author award (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Unilever grant award (2008), Unilever patent award (2013), dean’s list (Escuela Politécnica Nacional (1992-1997)), UFP-Nuffic fellowship holder (1998- 2000), runner-up in the Dow Dissertation Award (2007), cum-laude graduate (Delft University of Technology, 2000), class valedictorian of the MSc International Programme (Delft University of Technology, 2000), best graduate student and best grade average (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, 1997), cum-laude graduate (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, 1997), best graduate student in Physics and Mathematics (Colegio Alemán de Quito, 1990); award of Outstanding Achievement (Colegio Alemán de Quito, 1990) Cristhian’s hobbies range from amateur photography, acoustic guitar to long distance running.

OPCW and the extensive effort to eliminate chemical weapons The development and use of chemical weapons first began during World War I. Even though the use of chemical weapons were prohibited in 1925 chemical weapons have since been used a number of times by both nations and terrorists. An international convention that also prohibited the manufacture and storage of chemical weapons came into effect in 1997. That same year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was formed for international cooperation to ensure that the convention is honored through inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons. In this lectures the activities related to the key focal areas for OPCW in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention will be addressed. In particular, those daily activities aiming at preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons by monitoring the production and trade of chemical that could be used to make chemical weapons. The skills and competencies required to become an OPCW inspector will be discussed together with the role that an inspector has in this honourable quest of making this world free of chemical weapons. The OPCW was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.