Chemical and Process Technology

The research within this thematic cluster covers a broad spectrum in the field of the chemical engineering sciences, ranging from fundamental scientific understanding to targeted engineering applications. This approach positions the cluster at the cutting edge of academic research while retaining a high standard of industrial innovation. The major research areas in this cluster are reactor and separation technology, process intensification, and molecular heterogeneous catalysis. Combining these research areas across the relevant length scales often leads to novel or improved reactor, separation, and process technologies and concepts.

The primary topics of investigation include:

  • multi-scale multi-phase flow,
  • transport phenomena,
  • integrated and intensified reactors,
  • catalysis,
  • new (reactive) separations and affinity solvents, and
  • renewable feedstock conversion.

The research groups collaborate intensively with the chemical industry to ensure the sustainability of chemical processes by increasing their energy and feedstock efficiency, as well as cooperating in the development of novel chemical and physical operating windows.