PPEPPD 2013
Petrobras Brasil Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva Materials Design Radix Capes Scienomics Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica Conicet Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico National Science Foundation Fundação Araucária Asociación Industrial Química de Bahía Blanca Petrobras Brasil Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva Materials Design Radix Capes Scienomics Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica Conicet Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico National Science Foundation Fundação Araucária Asociación Industrial Química de Bahía Blanca Petrobras Brasil Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva Materials Design Radix Capes Scienomics Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica Conicet Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico National Science Foundation Fundação Araucária Asociación Industrial Química de Bahía Blanca Petrobras Brasil Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva Materials Design Radix Capes Scienomics Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica Conicet Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico National Science Foundation Fundação Araucária Asociación Industrial Química de Bahía Blanca

History

The origin of the PPEPPD Conferences can be found in the recognition by the United States in the early 1970's that a severe communication gap existed between theoreticians and practitioners in the properties and phase equilibrium area. A meeting was arranged -- supported by the US Engineering Foundation and National Science Foundation -- with the purpose of remedying this situation. The conference was held at Asilomar, California, in January, 1977. It was organized by Truman Storvick and Stanley Sandler, both US professors of chemical engineering. Only 3 of the more than 100 participants were not from the US.

The contributions and discussions at Asilomar were subsequently published by the American Chemical Society (T.S. Storvick and S.I. Sandler, "Phase Equilibria and Fluid Properties in the Chemical Industry," ACS Symp. Ser. 60, Washington, D.C., 1977, 537 pp). The volume indicates the depth and breadth of the material covered. Even more important was the mood of enthusiasm and collaboration which developed as a result of the many acquaintanceships established, and the mutual respect of the researchers who participated.

In this spirit, the second Conference was held in Berlin, in March, 1980, organized by Professor Helmut Knapp and the German chemical engineering society, DECHEMA. Professor Knapp had a few years earlier initiated a series of informal "Seminars on Applied Thermodynamics," still held annually in Europe. Hence, Berlin was a natural choice for the second conference. This conference was also highly successful, to a large extent because of the balance of participants by geography (Europe/North America/Asia) and profession (industry/academia). Publication of the proceedings was by DECHEMA (DECHEMA, "Phase Equilibria and Fluid Properties in the Chemical Industry," EFCE Publications Series No. 11, Frankfurt, 1980, 1012 pp).

It was concluded that for the foreseeable future, conferences should be continued on a three-year period with locations alternating between North America and Europe. The Chairs for the next two conferences, John O'Connell (U. of Florida, USA, 1983) and Aage Fredenslund (The Technical University of Denmark, 1986) were to work together.

The 3rd conference was held in Callaway Gardens, Georgia, USA, in April 1983. The number of participants was 196, a little more than half of which came from universities, the rest from industry or governmental agencies. With Callaway Gardens, the conference found a format which was especially suitable for "Fluid Properties and Phase Equilibria for Chemical Process Design," an area characterized by its large degree of international collaboration and openness, rather than competition and secrecy. The main elements of the format were: relatively few, but longer, contributions instead of many, shorter papers; no parallel sessions; poster-sessions with a limited number of contributions preceded by well-prepared introductions from rapporteurs; sessions scheduled for the mornings and evenings, with afternoons free for unscheduled, individual interactions; publication (after review) of the proceedings in the international journal Fluid Phase Equilibria" (Volume 13 with 394 pp and 14 with 416 pp, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1983); participation, with financial support, of some "young research workers" in the field; housing, meals and meetings at one location only.

The motivation and spirits of these first PPEPPD conferences have been kept over more than 30 years of uninterrupted triennial editions:

 

May 26-30, 2013, Iguazu Falls, Argentina - Brazil
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