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Drying Unit Operations

Israel Pala-Rosas

Instituto Politécnico Nacional


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The drying operation is an important stage in biotechnological and chemical processes since it allows to pretreat feedstocks with different moisture content, such as wet solids, gels, suspensions, and solutions, for their physical or chemical transformation. Drying processing also enables the post-treatment of products for their final presentation and packaging, thus having wide application in the food, agroindustrial, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
This book aims to comprise the current state of the art of the drying operations, at a laboratory and industrial scale, through the presentation of chapters that cover the fundamentals and applications of the different drying methods such as convective, freeze (lyophilization), osmotic, supercritical, vacuum- and irradiation-assisted drying. The comparison, analysis, modeling, and scale-up of the diverse type of dryers are also topics under the scope of the book. Besides, the engineering aspects of drying are considered, specifically the drying kinetics and the transport phenomena during the process, as well as energy consumption, operating costs, equipment safety, and environmental controls.

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Date completed: August 1st 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: October 21st 2019

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Review results due: January 9th 2020

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Expected publication date: March 9th 2020

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About the editor

Israel Pala-Rosas

Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Israel Pala-Rosas is Biochemical Engineer by the Instituto Tecnológico de Tehuacán (ITT), Master in Chemical Engineering by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and Doctor in Sciences in Chemical Engineering by the Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias Extractivas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (ESIQIE-IPN). Currently, Israel Pala develops research at ESIQIE-IPN and at the Laboratorio de Procesos Catalí­ticos of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco (UAM-A). His interest lies in, but is not limited to, the research and development of catalytic and biotechnological processes for the transformation of biomass to value-added compounds and biofuels, regarding the synthesis, characterization, and testing of catalysts, as well as the design and analysis of (bio)chemical reactors. Areas related to the catalytic processes, such as chemical thermodynamics and unit operations, are also under his scope.

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