10 years of Harmsen Consultancy – a Summary of 2010 -2020
My independent consultancy started in 2010. At that time I was part-time professor sustainable chemical technology at Groningen University. Together with Gerald Jonker we provided a course Sustainable Design for which we also wrote a textbook. Next to that I started a course, industrial process scale-up. To my surprise only experienced process engineers, from all over Europe, came to this course. On the second day, in the question and answers session, the participants asked lots of detailed questions regarding scale-up. I answered the questions drawing from my 33 year experience inside Shell in research, development, design and operation. When I cycled home it dawned on me that the participants knew very well what they did not know, and that that was a main reason for participating in this course. It was also clear to me that I did not know that I still had this knowledge. So I quickly wrote a book on Scale-up, not to forget this knowledge. In the following years I kept giving courses, and advice and writing books (with others). The books appeared prominently on my website (an idea from our daughter Emily), and sold well. Some of the readers became clients by asking for advice or for providing a course. Presently courses, books, and advice, connect me with more and more clients.
10 years of Harmsen Consultancy in bullet points
- Project advice process technology research institutes
- Advice R&D plans for new process ideas
- Moderator in-house groups for generating and evaluating process ideas
- 2nd pair of eyes evaluation pilot plant design and development test programme
- Scale-up innovation from idea to commercial implementation
- Sustainable design of products processes and systems
- Process Intensification concept design
- Chemical engineering for recruiters: education programmes, innovation, stakeholders
- Chemical engineering for dummies
- Bulk Chemicals
- Fine Chemicals
- Research institutes
Harmsen, Jan; Verkerk, Maarten. Process Intensification: Breakthrough in Design, Industrial Innovation Practices, and Education, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2020.
Harmsen J. Industrial process scale-up: a practical innovation guide from idea to commercial implementation, 2nd revised edition, Elsevier; Amsterdam, 2019.
Jan Harmsen, André B. de Haan, P.L.J Swinkels, Product and Process Design Driving Innovation, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2018.
Gerald Jonker and Jan Harmsen, Engineering for sustainability A practical guide for sustainable design, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2012,
Also translated into Spanish: Ingeniería para la sostenibilidad, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2013).
Harmsen, J. / Powell, Joseph B. (eds.), Sustainable Development in the Process Industries
Cases and Impact, John Wiley & Sons, New York (2010).