LAPSE featured in research articles

The Living Archive for Process Systems Engineering (LAPSE), a project of, was featured in a recent article in the journal Computers and Chemical Engineering. The article, “Challenges and future directions for process and product synthesis and design”, by Prof. Mariano Martín at the University of Salamnca (Spain) and Prof. Thomas A. Adams II at McMaster University (Canada), presents a short history of the field of chemical process design as context within a perspective of where the field is headed toward the future. The authors included LAPSE as one of the key new advancements in the cultural change of the PSE community toward more open access models and transparency.

In the article, the authors note that using LAPSE to share process models “will greatly enhance the rate of progress of conceptual process design research, increase the reproducibility and accuracy of our work, and lead to greater global impacts”. This is important because another recent work by PhD student Avinash Subramanian at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU), Prof. Truls Gundersen (NTNU), and Prof. Thomas A. Adams II (McMaster), the authors conducted a review of over 300 research papers within the field of energy systems modeling. In their paper, published recently in Processes (a partner journal of LAPSE) they found that out of all of these papers, only 8 released their models open to the public, with the most recent ones in LAPSE. This indicates the very closed-nature of the modelling community today, one that LAPSE will be an important part of changing.

You can check out the articles yourself at the links below:

Martín M, Adams TA II. Future directions in process and product synthesis and design. Comput. Chem. Eng., 128:421-436 (2019) [Publisher’s Version]. (Open access postprint to appear in LAPSE after embargo period.)

Subramanian ASR, Truls Gundersen, Adams TA II. Modeling and simulation of energy systems: A Review. Processes 6:12:238 (2018). [Publisher’s Version] (Publisher’s version is open access)

Thomas A. Adams II

Professor of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).