Postgraduate Seminar Presentation : Design, Optimization and Retrofit of the Formic Acid Process

Speaker Sergio Jose Rodrigues Da Cunha (Supervisor(s): A/Prof Hidajat Kus and Prof Rangaiah)

Host Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Date/Time 25 May - 25 May, 3.00pm

Venue E5-02-32 , Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore


Formic acid is an important chemical with many applications in the industry. Despite this, formic acid process has not received much attention in the open literature. In this work, process design and optimization are performed for the production of high-purity formic acid. In addition, a recently developed methodology for process retrofit is applied, and three retrofit options are investigated. These options include well-known process intensification technologies, namely dividing-wall column, reactive distillation and reactive dividing-wall column. Results show that the reactive dividing-wall column is the most attractive retrofit option, giving savings of 2.9% in total annual cost.