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Front cover of the book

A generous alumnus of the Department of Chemical Engineering has donated a copy of his recent book 'Pinch Analysis and Process Integration: a User Guide on Process Integration for the Efficient Use of Energy'. Ian Kemp's book was awarded the Brennan Medal, given by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), for the 'best book published by the Institution in 2007'. The book is the only dedicated pinch analysis and process integration guide and covers the practical analysis of both new and existing systems with full details of industrial applications and case studies.

Professor Gladden, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, expressed her gratitude saying, "This is a very valuable addition to our library which students and staff alike will find useful. It is particularly pleasing to realise how strong our links are with our former students and to feel that they care for the Department and wish to support those studying here today with donations such as this. I would encourage all of our alumni to consider sharing their own successes with current students in this way".

Ian Kemp, who came to study in the Department in 1980, was a consultant with the Energy and Process Integration Service at Harwell, UK, and is now a senior technical manager with GlaxoSmithKline plc. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was previously awarded the 1989 IChemE Junior Moulton Medal for his work on pinch analysis of batch processes.

He said, "I hope that students will find it stimulating to see how the material they learn in the course can be applied in practice to understand and improve real industrial processes. With energy costs back in the spotlight and simple low-cost software now available, pinch-based energy targets should be as routine a part of the chemical engineer's armoury as the heat and mass balance."

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