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Runaway Reactions
Reactive chemical hazards can lead to runaway reactions with a catastrophic consequence. The hazards in such system are seldom the characteristics of the chemical by itself but are highly dependent on the process conditions and modes of operations. Therefore, identifying the thermal behavior of a reaction system and assessing the hazards for potentially catastrophic scenarios, by considering the exceedance of process variables, reaction components, mixing of incompatible materials or contaminants, are very important.

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Marc Levin

Marc Levin, Ph.D
Brion Wise Professor of Energy Production
Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Washington State University


Dr. Marc Levin is a chemical engineering PhD professional with over 29 years of experience working for a major petrochemical operating company, specializing in Process/Technical Safety and Catalysis. Dr. Levin is experienced in reactive chemistry, reactive relief evaluation, Bow Tie analysis, LOPA, HAZOP, HAZID, building siting, risk assessment, barrier analysis, and development of Safety Critical Element Performance Standards. His specialty areas also include kinetics, catalysis, and thermodynamics; experimentation and dynamic simulation. He has a strong interest in sharing his knowledge and experience.

  • Technical Safety Engineer, Shell Exploration & Production Co. – U.S., Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2016
  • Process Safety Advisor, Shell Canada Ltd. – Canada, Oct. 2010 – Oct. 2014
  • Reactive Hazards Assessment (RHA) Portfolio Manager, Shell Global Solutions (US), Jan. 2002 – Oct. 2010
  • Process Safety / RHA Specialist, Shell Oil Company / Equilon Enterprises – U.S., Jan. 1992 – Jan. 2002
  • Research Engineer – Catalysis Dept., Shell Development Company – U.S., Jan. 1987 – Jan. 1992


Chemical Processing Process Safety Series

The need for process safety in the chemical industry is paramount.  Technical knowledge and understanding of hazards and risks associated with operations in addition to the implementation of that knowledge into practice are the keys to keeping workers and the environment safe.  Chemical Processing’s Process Safety webinar series aims to address best practices by covering the major areas within process safety to improve process safety performance.

The late Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP, DHC, regents professor and director, Mary Kay O' Connor Safety Center, worked with the editors of Chemical Processing to create this series. He served as the expert presenter for each webinar.


Dr. M. Sam Mannan
1954 - 2018
Wonderful Friend of Chemical Processing 
Champion and Pioneer of Process Safety



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