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Abstract: "The development of new mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) algorithms, coupled with advances in computers and software, is opening promising possibilities to rigorously model, optimize and automate the synthesis of engineering systems. A general overview of the MINLP approach and algorithms will be presented in this paper with the aim of gaining a basic understanding of these techniques. Strengths and weaknesses will be discussed, as well as difficulties and challenges that still need to be overcome. In particular, it will be shown how proper problem representations, effective modelling schemes and solution strategies can play a crucial role in the successful application of these techniques. The application of MINLP algorithms in synthesis will be illustrated with several examples."