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Abstract: "The objective of this contribution is to propose a multilevel-hierarchical approach to the MINLP synthesis of process flowsheets. Following a hierarchical strategy, the designer can postulate the superstructure at different levels of representation of flowsheet alternatives and model it at the corresponding level of aggregation and complexity. By the use of the prescreening procedure the superstructure is optimized more effectively and reliably. The approach enables one to address different process operations like reactions, connectivity and species allocation, separation, energy and heat integration and HEN through simultaneous superstructure optimization."