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:

  • Food
  • 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:

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

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.