Sustainable Industrial Process Innovation

Jan Harmsen for Sustainable Industrial Process Innovation

You can appoint me for courses and independent advice in Process Innovation and Scale-up in relation to Sustainable Development.

For 33 years I have worked in Research, Development, Design and Operation as a Process Engineer at Shell. Until December 2013 I was also a part-time Professor of Sustainable Chemical Technology at Groningen University. Since 2010 you can request advice and courses. Clients come from a variety of industries, such as:

  • FoodJan Harmsen - Harmsen Consultancy BV
  • Ceramics
  • Fine / bulk chemicals
  • Life sciences
  • Biotechnology  

Take a look at the courses and workshops the Process Technology Academy can offer your company’s sustainable goals and needs.

Recently I have provided a risk assessment and risk mitigation advice for a large process development project. Something of interest to your project?

Updated: 9 March 2019

Latest publications by Jan Harmsen

industrial process scale-up jan harmsen second edition

Jan Harmsen, “Industrial Process Scale-up, Second Edition”, Elsevier (2019) ISBN 9780444642103

Industrial Process Scale-up: A Practical Innovation Guide from Idea to Commercial Implementation, Second Edition helps industrial process innovators in research, development and commercial start-ups assess the risks of commercial-scale implementation, also providing them with practical guidelines and methods to reduce the risks to acceptable levels. In addition, the book can be used in cooperation with industrial R&D people and academic researchers to shape open innovation programs, and in education as a reference book. This updated edition has the latest literature and has been expanded with a scale-up of pharmaceutical processes and their history in both academia and the process industries.


Jan Harmsen, André B. de Haan, Pieter L. J. Swinkels, “Product and Process Design: Driving Innovation“, De Gruyter (2018) ISBN 9783110467727.

A book for the industrial innovation practioner, as well as for academic teachers. It provides knowledge for each innovation stage, Discovery, Concept, Feasibility, Development, Detailed Design, Start-up, and for each academic level, BSc, MSc, PDEng, PhD.

The three main authors and the three supporting authors, have both industrial experience and academic teaching practice. A lot of their tacit knowledge has now become coded knowledge, in addition to the 365 references used in this book.


engineering for sustainability - jan harmsen

Gerald Jonker and Jan Harmsen, “Engineering for sustainability, A practical guide for sustainable design”. Elsevier Amsterdam (2012) ISBN 9780444538468. Also available in Spanish: “Ingeniería para la sostenibilidad

A book for teaching sustainable design, as well as executing sustainable design. It follows a step-by-step approach. The authors experience in teaching sustainable development and design has been consolidated in this book.