About the Author

Mr. Mihir M. Patel
Chemical Engineer

The author, Mr. Mihir M. Patel, is a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree from USA in 1987. He is a practicing chemical engineer with 30+ years experience in process and process safety engineering. Additionally, he is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from PMI, USA, which gives him a unique overall project perspective in addition to process perspective.

He has worked all around the globe, in small as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects. The projects have been oil & gas, petrochemicals, polymerization as well as chemical plants. The processes have been continuous as well as batch.

He has worked in premium companies in design as well as in operations field.


Foreword by Mr. Manoj Shah
22 September, 2017

Setting up of a Greenfield Chemical Plant is essentially a complex process and a chemical engineer (quite often called a process engineer) has to wear different hats while visualizing and implementing any chemical plant from “Concept to Commissioning”, in a time bound manner. Whereas theoretical understanding of concepts is very important, it is equally critical to have an easy access to the vast pool of Chemical Engineering knowledge in the form of handy design tools, documents and formats which help the process engineer to overcome the challenges of time and cost constraints of a project. “The Handbook of Chemical Process Engineering” endeavors to do just that. The author with his vast experience as a “Process” as well as a “Project” Engineer in the chemical industry, has brilliantly compiled the various practical aspects of process design and project management in this Handbook.

The Handbook does excellent justice to the most common Unit Operations encountered in the Chemical and Petroleum Industry. Besides covering the important theoretical aspects from a more practical viewpoint in various chapters in Volumes I & II, one must note that the Volume III, Chapters 40 to 44 place a very important tool in the hands of the Process / Project engineer by vividly covering the important Process Engineering Calculation Templates, Checklists, Datasheets, Technical Bid Evaluation Formats and Typical P&IDs.

Overall, this is an excellent reference book for Process / Project Engineers of all ages involved in Chemical Process Engineering. I wish Mihir all the success for the launch of this handbook and complement him for his tireless efforts in compiling and publishing such a useful reference book for chemical process engineers.

Mr. Manoj Shah

Presently: Consultant-Chemical Plants and Technologies.
Previously: Retired as Executive Director (Technical) at IBI Chematur Engineering & Consultancy Ltd., Mumbai, India

Background of Mr. Manoj Shah:

He is a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from USA. He has 40+ years experience in the Chemical industry, having carried out engineering on many projects, greenfield as well as brownfield in the international market.