Publications 1985-2017

Publications by Jan Harmsen 1985 – 2017


Scientific refereed

Jan Harmsen, Novel sustainable industrial processes: from idea to commercial scale implementation,

Green Processing and Synthesis, 2014, Volume 3, Issue 3. Pages 189-193




Gerald Jonker and Jan Harmsen, Engineering for sustainability A practical guide for sustainable design. Elsevier, Amsterdam (2012),


Johan P.M. Sanders, Process intensification in the future production of base chemicals from biomass,  Special Issue of the journal “Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification” Vol. 51, pp 117-136, 2012.


All authors:

Johan P.M. Sanders, Wageningen University and Research centre

James H. Clark, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York, UK

  1. Harmsen, University of Groningen
  2. Heeres, University of Groningen

J.J. Heijnen, Delft University of Technology

S.R.A. Kersten, University of Twente

  1. van Swaaij, University of Twente

J.A. Moulijn, Delft University of Technology, BiCHEM Technology BV




  1. Veerman, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reverse electrodialysis: a validated process model for design and optimization. Chem. Eng. J. 166 (2011) 256-268.





  1. Veerman, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Electrical power from sea and river water by reverse electrodialysis:  a first step from the laboratory to a real power plant,  Environ. Sci. Technol. 44(2010) 9207–9212.

Jan Harmsen, Process intensification: its drivers and hurdles for commercial implementation, Chemical Engineering and Processing 49 (2010) 70–73.

Jan Harmsen,  Powell, Joseph B. (eds.), Sustainable Development in the Process Industries
Cases and Impact, ISBN-13: 978-0-470-18779-1 – John Wiley & Sons, New York (2010).

  1. Veerman, reverse electrodialysis, design and optimization by modeling and experimentation, PhD thesis, RijksUniversiteit Groningen, 2010.
  2. Veerman, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reverse electrodyalysis, evaluation of suitable electrode systems, J. Appl. Electrochem. 40 (2010), 1461-1474.
  3. Veerman, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reverse electrodyalysis: a validated process model for design and optimization, Chem Eng J. 2010, Accepted, Available on line





  1. Veerman, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reverse electrodialysis: Performance of a stack with 50 cells on the mixing of sea and river water, Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 327, Issues 1-2, 5 February 2009, Pages 136-144.


  1. Veerman, R.M. de Jong, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reverse electrodialysis: comparison of 6 commercial membrane pairs on the thermodynamic efficiency and power density,

Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 343, Issues 1-2, 1 November 2009, Pages 7-15.


Refereed Proceedings

Jan Harmsen, Process Intensification: its Drivers and Hurdles for Commercial Implementation, keynote lecture and refereed abstract, WCCE, Montreal, 23-27 August 2009.

Jan Harmsen, Gerald Jonker, Sustainability courses at University Groningen, Poster, and refereed abstract, GPE-EPIC, Venice, 14-17 June 2009.




  1. Veerman, J.W. Post, M. Saakes, S.J. Metz, G.J. Harmsen, Reducing power losses caused by ionic shortcut currents in reverse electrodialysis stacks by a validated model, Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 310, Issues 1-2, 5 March 2008, Pages 418-430.




G.J. Harmsen, Reactive Distillation: The frontrunner of Industrial Process Intensification: A full review of commercial applications, research, scale-up, design and operation, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification, Vol. 46, Issue 9, 2007, 774-780


Refereed proceedings

G.J. Harmsen, Reactive Distillation, The frontrunner of Industrial Process Intensification: A full review of commercial applications, research, scale-up, design and operation, keynote lecture, and abstract Proceedings ECCE 6,  2007, Copenhagen, September 2007, Conf CD  ISBN 978-87-91435-57-9.

G.J. Harmsen, Chewing gum that does not foul the streets, oral presentation and abstract Proceedings ECCE 2007, Copenhagen, September 2007, Conf CD ISBN 978-87-91435-57-9.

G..J. Harmsen, Life Cycle Design, oral presentation and abstract Proceedings LCM Zurich, August 2007



Refereed Proceeding

G.J. Harmsen, Reactive Distillation: A review of applications, research, development, design and operation, keynote lecture and paper  in Proceedings of 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2006, Prague 27-31 August 2006 on CDrom.




Refereed Proceedings

G.J. Harmsen, Catalytic Distillation: Review and Forecast of industrial applications & academic research, Review and Forecast paper and oral presentation (1 hour), World Petroleum Congress, Johannesburg, 25-29 September, 2005, on Cdrom, 14 pages.


H.H. Kleizen1 and G.J.Harmsen1,2 ,Conceptual Process Design fitting in a Sustainable Technological World, Paper in proceedings Sustainable (Bio)Chemical Process Technology

September 27th to 29th, 2005,Delft, The Netherlands.

Jan Harmsen, Diana van Eck, Combining stage/gate and concurrent engineering in Industrial R&D: Shown in a reversible reactive extraction project, Oral presentation, Abstract and paper, in Congress Manuscripts 7th World Congress Chemical Engineering, Glasgow, 10-14 July 2005, Cdrom, IChemE.



Scientific publications 

Harmsen, GJ (2004). Industrial best practices of conceptual process design. Chemical engineering and processing Vol.  43 (5),  671-675


Refereed proceedings and book contribution

Harmsen,G.J.,  Kleizen, HH, Korevaar, G, Lemkowitz, SM  (2004). Chemical Technology Sustainable Design Course: Key Success Elements for Creativity.. In  D. Ferrer-Balas,  K.F. Mulder,  J. Bruno &  R. Sans (Eds.), EESD 2004: Engineering Education in Sustainable Development.  Barcelona, Spain: Int. Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE).


Jan Harmsen, Gijsbert Korevaar en Saul M. Lemkowitz, Process Intensification contributions to Sustainable Development, Chapter 14 in Re-engineering the Chemical Processing Plant, Process Intensification, Ed. Andrzej Stankiewicz, Jacob A. Moulijn,  Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York (2004). ISBN 0-8247-4302-4, p. 495-522 (28 pages).



Refereed publications 

Harmsen, GJ   (2003). De oogst van milieutechnologie: van curatieve naar duurzame technologie. In Boersema, JJ (Ed.), De oogst van het milieu. (pp. 104-119). Amsterdam: Boom.


Harmsen, GJ , Korevaar, G,  Lemkowitz, SM (2003). Process intensification contributions to sustainable development. In Stankiewicz, A & Moulijn, JA (Ed.), Re-engineering the chemical processing plant. (pp. 495-522). _  Marcel Dekker.



Refereed Proceedings

Harmsen, G.J. Sustainable Process Design Method, Refereed Abstract and Oral Presentation, In Final Program 52nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver Canada, 20-23 October 2002.ISBN 0-920804-39-X


Harmsen, G.J. (2002), “ Development of MSc courses sustainable chemical technology design”, oral presentation and abstract in Mulder K. (Ed) book of Abstracts Conf. Engineering Education in Sustainable Development, Delft Oct. 24-25, no. 049, page 47


Korevaar, G., G.J. Harmsen, S.M. Lemkowitz, Incorporation of sustainability demands into the conceptual process design phase of chemical plants. In J. Grievink and J. van Schijndel (Editors), European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering – 12,  Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering 10, Elsevier, 2002, p.103-108. ISBN 0-444-51109-1.




Refereed publications

G.Jan Harmsen, Joint management of Energy and environment in Industry, Cleaner Production, Environmental Management Systems and Energy Management Facilitating Sustainable Development in Industry, book review of Audun Amundsen, in Milieu, 2001/1, p. 41-42.


S.M. Lemkowitz, G.Korevaar, G.J. Harmsen, and H.J. Pasman, Sustainability as the Ultimate Form of Loss Prevention: Implications for Process Design and Education, 10th international symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries (620th Event of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering), Stockholm – Sweden 19-21 June 2001; Amsterdam 2001, p33-p52


M. Lemkowitz, H. Bonnet, G. Lameris, G. Korevaar, and G.J. Harmsen, How ‘Subversive’ is Good University Education? A Toolkit of Theory and Practice for Teaching Engineering Topics with Strong Normative Content, Like Sustainability, in Proceedings of ENTREE 2001, Florence




Refereed Proceedings

Harmsen, 2000, Jan, Industrially applied process Synthesis Method Creates Synergy between Economy and Sustainability, In M.M. Malone,, (eds) 5th Int. Conf. Of Computer-Aided Process Design, Breckenridge Colorado, USA July 19-24, 1999, AIChE Symp Series No. 323, Vol 96, 2000, p. 364-366.


Berends, R.J., E.M. van den Haak, E.C.B. Koerts, G. Kraijo, I.M. Mewe, G.J. Harmsen and S.M. Lemkowitz; Integrating sustainability into design of alternatives for CFCs, Second International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG-2), Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 8-10 September, 1999; In Proceedings, Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases: Scientific Understanding, Control and Implemenation, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2000, p. 399-404. ISBN 0-7923-6199-7; OZS/Inst OSPT; BTA Cpi.


Lemkowitz, S.M.,  G.J. Harmsen and G.H Lameris; Implementation of ‘Sustainable Development’ in University Education. In Proceedings International Conference on Industrial Ecology and Sustainability, University of Technology of Troyes, Troyes, France, 22-26 September, 1999; published on Symposium CD (2000), 16 pages. ISBN:


Lemkowitz, S.M., G.  Korevaar and G.J. Harmsen; Implementation of Sustainable Development into (Chemical) Engineering Education at Universities, In Proceedings Symposium ENTRÉE 2000 (ENvironmental Training in Engineering Education), 14-17 November 2000, Belfast, Northern Ireland p. 41-60. ISBN 90-76760-02-0


Lemkowitz, S.M., G.H. Harmsen, G. Korevaar, and G.H. Lameris; Implementation of Sustainable Development into Industrial and University Chemical Engineering, In Proceedings 14th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2000, 27-31 August 2000, Prague, Czech Republic,  Session  Chemical Engineering Education in the 21st Century, 29 August 2000. Published on Symposium CD-ROM, 14 pages.


Kleizen H.H.; Functional Age of Materials and Products, In: Proceedings Helsinki Symposium on Industrial Ecology and Material Flows, Helsinki August 30th- September 3rd, 2000. University of Jyväskylä CD-ROM ISBN 951-39-0783-X, 10 pages.




Scientific Publications

G. J. Harmsen and L. A. Chewter, Industrial applications of multi-functional, multi-phase reactors,Chemical Engineering Science, Volume 54, Issue 10, May 1999, Pages 1541-1545

G.J. Harmsen, “ Industrially Applied process synthesis method creates synergy between economy and sustainability” In M.F. Malone, J.A. Trainhem (eds) 5th International conf. Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design,  Breckenridge USA 19-23 July 1999. p 364-366



Refereed Proceedings

  1. Prins, G.J. Harmsen, G.J. de Jong, W.P.M. van Swaaij, “Heat transfer from an immersed fixed silver sphere to a gas fluidised bed of very small particles”, , in J.R. Grace,, (eds), Proc. VI, Int. conf. Fluidization Engineering Foundation, New York, 1987, 672.-677