Martin van Sint Annaland chairs the research group Chemical Process Intensification that develops novel multi-functional reactor concepts based on improved fundamental knowledge using validated advanced (multi-phase) reactor models. This is achieved by employing a combination of state-of-the-art numerical models (using the multi-level modeling approach), advanced (non-invasive) experimental techniques, and experimental demonstration of novel reactor concepts (proof of concept). Important research themes of the group include:
i) Integration of reaction and separation. The focus here is on membrane reactors, chemical looping processes and sorption-enhanced processes and combinations thereof. Both (high temperature) packed bed and fluidized bed membrane reactors and packed bed and fluidized bed chemical looping processes are studied for many different applications.
ii) Integration of endothermic and exothermic reactions. This comprises for instance the rapid cycling reverse flow reactor to couple the endothermic propane dehydrogenation with the exothermic combustion of methane/carbon deposits. Another example is the packed bed membrane reactor with a dual function catalyst to couple the oxidative coupling and steam reforming of methane. A third example is the Cu-Ca process for sorption-enhanced steam methane reforming coupled with chemical looping.
iii) Integration of heat exchange exploiting dynamic reactor operation. This theme entails reverse flow (membrane) reactors and dynamically operated packed beds e.g. for cryogenic separation of CO2 from flue gasses, and chemical looping combustion for power production) or liquid injection (viz. induced condensing agents in gas phase polyolefin reactors).
We need to intensify our efforts to boost process intensification.
Martin van Sint Annaland studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (UT, Enschede, The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc (1994) and PhD (2000) degrees. His thesis on 'A novel reverse flow reactor coupling endothermic and exothermic reactions' was supervised by professors Hans Kuipers and Wim van Swaaij. In 2000 Van Sint Annaland joined the UT research group Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering (FCRE) as an Assistant Professor. In 2006 he was appointed Associate Professor. In 2010 he moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands), where he was appointed Full Professor. Martin van Sint Annaland chairs the research group Chemical Process Intensification.
Fluidised bed membrane reactor for ultrapure hydrogen production via methane steam reforming: Experimental demonstration and model validationChemical Engineering Science (2007)
Packed Bed Reactor Technology for Chemical-Looping CombustionIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2007)
Cryogenic CO2 capture using dynamically operated packed bedsChemical Engineering Science (2010)
On the drag force of bubbles in bubble swarms at intermediate and high Reynolds numbersChemical Engineering Science (2011)
Development of a novel infrared technique for instantaneous, whole-field, non invasive gas concentration measurements in gas-solid fluidized bedsChemical Engineering Journal (2013)
Current Educational Activities
- Advanced separation technology
- Multiphase reactor modeling
- Physical transport phenomena for pre-master
- Physical transport phenomena
- Numerical methods
- Advanced Numerical Methods
- Physical Transport Phenomena 1 for premasters
- Physical Transport Phenomena 2 for premasters
- Physical Transport Phenomena 1
- Design project
- Review project proposals in the field of chemical engineering/chemical process intensification,