CHEMPOR’98is the 7th edition of na International Chemical Engineering Conference held inPortugal. Previous meetings took place on Lisboa (1975), Braga (1978), Póvoa deVarzim (1981), Coimbra (1984), Lisboa (1989) and Oporto (1993) and we wereorganized by chemical engineering departments of local universities. Theperiodicity was initially to be three-yearly, nut organization difficulties andlack of an institutional organizer haveled to a delay in the last few editions. To try and avoid these problems, itwas decided that henceforth CHEMPOR should have a permanent co-organiser, theColégio de Engenharia Química da Ordem dos Engenheiros, thus ensuringcontinuity and periodicity.
The presentedition, CHEMPOR’98 is therefore jointly organizes by the Colégio de EngenhariaQuímica da Ordem dos Engenheiros and the Chemical Engineering Department ofInstituto Superior Técnico, with the collaboration of Sociedade Portuguesa deQuímica. The general topics are: Chemical Engineering Science; IndustrialChemical Processes; Biochemical Engineering, Equipment and Design; andDevelopment Strategy for the Chemical Industry in Portugal.