Preface

X Argentine Congress of Chemical Engineering (CAIQ-2019)

This special issue of Latin American Applied Research (LAAR) contains selected contributions that were presented at the X Argentine Congress of Chemical Engineering (CAIQ-2019) held in the Convention Center Los Maderos, in Santa Fe, Argentina, from August 2 to 7, 2019. The CAIQ Congress is organized by the Argentine Association of Chemical Engineers (AAIQ) since its first edition in 1969, Buenos Aires. Nowadays, this is one of the most important congresses in the field in Latin America representing the natural forum for Chemical Engineers dedicated to teaching, research, consultancy and governmental or industrial activities. The CAIQ-2019 had a special relevance because of the celebration of 100 years of Chemical Engineering in Argentina and Latin America, commemorating the creation in 1919 of the School of Chemical Engineering of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Santa Fe.  The Opening Ceremony of CAIQ-2019 took place in the historical auditorium of UNL (Paraninfo).

The Program consisted of 112 oral contributions, including 5 plenary (Ignacio Grossman, USA; Carlos Negro, Spain; Noemi Zaritzky, Argentina; Jorge de Zavaleta, Argentina; Silvia Toccaceli, Argentina) and 6 invited (Ramón Cerro, USA; Armando Borgna, Singapur; Antonio Monzón, Spain; Luis Gugliotta, Argentina; Gustavo Correa, Argentina; Carlos Arques, Argentina) lecturers, and 150 poster contributions that were presented in oral and poster sessions. Besides, the Conference comprised two roundtables on "Challenges and Paradigms of Chemical Engineering Teaching in the 21st century" and "Energy: Global Vision, Present and Future" in a participative discussion format involving speakers and audience. About 250 delegates from 10 Latin American countries participated in this symposium, including scientists and engineers from industry, academia and research institutions. The topics covered in the congress were: Chemical engineering science, Chemical reaction engineering and catalysis, Process systems engineering, Industrial biotechnology and bio-economy,  Food science and technology, Conventional and non-conventional energies, Materials and nanotechnology, Process industries and process intensification, 4.0 Industry, Teaching chemical and food engineering, Safety of industrial processes, Sustainability and environment, Business and project management.

The Guest Editors would like to thank all the authors for their excellent contributions. We are indebted to the reviewers for the numerous valuable suggestions to improve the scientific quality of the manuscripts. Also, we want to acknowledge the Editors of LAAR, Dr. Alberto Bandoni and Dr. Patricia Hoch, for the time devoted to this issue. We would also like to express our gratitude to Ing. Oscar Pagola and Ing. Rubén Maltese, President and Secretary of the Organizing Committee of CAIQ-2019, for its valuable support for the preparation of this special issue. The excellent scientific program would not have been possible without the generous support by APLA (Asociación Petroquímica y Química Latinoamericana), the Government of Santa Fe, IPA (Instituto Petroquímico Argentino), IAPG (Instituto Argentino de Petróleo y Gas) and the Universidad Nacional del Litoral. We hope that the material presented in this special issue will be appreciated by the scientific and technical community and will stimulate more investigation and new ideas.

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                  Juana I. Di Cosimo                                     Carlos R. Apesteguía
                                                             Guest editors

Catalysis Science and Engineering Research Group (GICIC),
INCAPE, UNL-CONICET, CCT CONICET, Paraje El Pozo, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina

E-mail: dicosimo@fiq.unl.edu.ar, capesteg@fiq.unl.edu.ar

Published: 2020-04-01

Chemical Engineering