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Diss. ETHNo. 17186

Decision-making Framework for

Chemical Process Design Including Different Stages of

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Assessment

A dissertation submitted to

ETH Zurich

for the
Doctor of Sciences

degree (Dr.

of
ETH

sc.

Zürich)

presented by
HlROKAZU SUGIYAMA

Master of Engineering, The

University

of

Tokyo

born 30.09.1978 citizen of Japan

accepted

on

the recommendation of

Prof. Dr. Konrad

Hungerbühler,

examiner

Prof. Dr. Masahiko Prof. Dr. Alexander

Hirao, co-examiner

Wokaun, co-examiner

2007

Acknowledgement
This thesis is the result of almost four years of research at the

Safety

and Environmental

Technology

group at ETH Zurich.

During

this

time,

many wonderful

people provided

me

with scientific and

personal support. appreciation
to

I would like to express my sincerest

Konrad

Hungerbühler

for

giving

me

the

opportunity

to

conduct this thesis work at his group. He

guided

my research with

a

well-

balanced amount of critical and

creative, broad and in-depth
to

comments.

My deepest gratitude also belongs
my work with

Ulrich Fischer who

was

most

dedicated in

supervising
was so

precious ideas, great atmosphere

enthusiasm and steadfast
our

leadership,

and besides

important

for the great

in

process group.

My special thanks

go to Masahiko Hirao who

provided

the other essential

pillar

from

Japan
I
was

under the international and multicultural collaboration framework. The

opportunity

given
I
am

to

conduct parts of this

project
to

at

his group is very much

appreciated.
a

also

particularly grateful
as

Alexander Wokaun for his kind acceptance to be
on

second

reviewer of the thesis

well

as

creative comments

this work.

The financial support from

Nagai

Foundation

Tokyo greatly

is

gratefully acknowledged.
this work of CIBA

Numerous

people

from

industry

contributed

to

by giving Specialty

me

insights

from

industrial

practice.

I would like to thank Gerhard

Giger

Chemicals for the
Go Inoue

big picture

of industrial process

development,

Koichi

Nagai,

Kunihiko

Shigematsu,

and Hisanori Watanabe of Sumitomo

Chemicals,

Hermann

Siegelt

and Dirk Sarcinelli of

Degussa for specific experiences

on

MMA

production

processes, and Karl Straessle of Zurich
am

Financial Services for know-how of industrial hazard assessment. I Iwao Matsumoto of JEEL for his IDEF

also very

grateful

to

expertise,

and Yoshio

Kumagae of

PreFEED for his

valuable comments

on

process

design

heuristics.

My research further profited greatly from
Volker Hoffmann at ETH Zurich for

many academic researchers.

Special

thanks go to
Tetsuo

providing
at

his

economy-oriented perspectives,
Institute of

Fuchino, Atsushi Aoyama and Yuji Naka

Tokyo

Technology

for

encouraging

the direction of

integrated

process

design,
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