MACC Researchers have released 20 new example simulations for solvent-based CO2 and H2S capture processes in common commercial software packages such as Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS, Pro/II, and ProMax.
Solvent-based process for capturing CO2 from major energy conversion processes such as power plants and synthetic fuels processes have been in use for decades and are now experencing even greater interest due to their potential use in mitigating climate change. However, simulating these...[full story]
We are excited to welcome the following new students to the MACC team!
Update:Philip Tominac, Hadi Shahnazari, and James Scott were left off the list of recipients... sorry guys! I guess we had so many recipients that I couldn't keep track.
We are incredibly proud of our graduate students who continue to perform at the very best of their game. We had no less than EIGHTEEN! students win some sort of scholarship this year, with the nine pictured above winning new scholarships at the highest level (full funding).
NSERC Vanier Scholarship
Jake Nease This is...
Assistant Professor Thomas A. Adams II recently received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation for his research entitled "Sustainable Synthetic Fuels: Combining biomass, natural gas, and nuclear energy to produce diesel and gasoline with reduced CO2 emissions". The award is given to leading young scholars in the province from all fields of science, engineering, technology and medicine and consists of a $150,000 research grant over a period of five... [full story]
We are proud to announce the graduation of three of our MACC graduate students this year:
Jingyan Chen. MaSC
Thesis Title: Statistic methods for process monitoring and control.
Adviser: Prashant Mhaskar
Kuilin Chen. MaSC
Thesis Title: Data-driven modeling for quality control in chemical processes.
Adviser: Prashant Mhaskar
Dominik Seepersad. MaSC
Thesis Title: Dynamic simulation and control of a hybrid coal gasifier / steam methane reformer system.
Adviser: Thomas A....
The MACC recently held its 26th annual Meeting & Workshop, entitled "Best Practices in Control and Optimization - from R&D to Industrial Implementation". Speakers included McMaster Professors Chris Swartz, Thomas A. Adams II, Vlad Mahalec, and Prashant Mhaskar; industrial member speakers from Exxon Mobil, Johnson Control, and ProSensus; special guest speakers Dr. Ali Cinar (IIT), Dr. Lotfi Belkhir (Walter Booth School of Engineering Practice at McMaster), and Dr. Danielle Zyngier at Hatch.... [full story]
The MACC has launched orfre.mcmaster.ca, a new website dedicated to showcasing our ongoing research in sustainability. Funded by an Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellent grant, the MACC has been researching how to design new sustainable chemical and energy processes, how to control them, and how to automate them in a sustainable way. Our research projects include the development of better solid oxide fuel cell systems, better biofuel systems, more sustainable air separation units,... [full story]
We are delighted to announce that in recognition of the distinguished MACC alumn's 70th Birthday, John MacGregor has been honoured with a special Festschrift issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
In addition, the work of Dr. MacGregor will celebrated in two special sessions on November 3 at the upcoming national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in San Francisco. The sessions will feature presentations and contributions from his many students and...[full story]
We are proud to announce that Invensys has joined the McMaster Advanced Controls Consortium. Invensys serves the electricity, chemicals, petroleum, gas, and nuclear industries through a range of products and services including software, industrial automation, controls, and appliances. They are the producers of the SimSci-Essor suite of process design and simulation simulation software packages such as DynSim, ROMeo, and Pro/II. [full story]
The MACC Celebrated 25 years with the largest Annual Meeting and Workshop to date, boasting record attendance and evidence of its continued growth, impact, and success.
This year's keynote speaker was Manfred Morari from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, who delivered a riveting talk about how control and optimization could be used in the chemical, automotive, electrical, and computer industries. The workshop featured industry talks from Michael Dudzic (ArcelorMittal Dofasco), Prof. Christos...[full story]
Hadi Shahnazari, Prashant Mhaskar. Distributed fault diagnosis for networked nonlinear uncertain systems [more]
Nor Farida Harun. Fuel Composition Transients in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Hybrid Systems for Polygeneration Applications [more]
Manufacturers are making decisions... [more]
Pulkit Mathur, Chris L. E. Swartz. Optimal Short-Term Scheduling for Cascaded Hydroelectric Power Systems considering Variations in Electricity Prices [more]
Abhinav  Garg, Prashant Mhaskar. Quality Monitoring of Rotational Molded Parts Using a Non-destructive Technique [more]