The Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry performs cutting-edge research ranging from atomic scale molecular design and nanoscale organization of new functional materials to the design of large scale production, process, and equipment concepts. Department researchers work in close cooperation with commercial parties (e.g., representatives from the chemical industry, engineering firms, equipment manufacturers, and spin-off companies founded by TU/e staff). The department has many scientific and education collaborations with research organizations and universities across the globe.
There are two thematic clusters within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry: Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry and Chemical and Process Technology.
This thematic cluster focuses on the design and synthesis of novel molecules, macro- and supramolecular assemblies, and functional materials with a wide range of applications in the fields of energy, health, and sustainability. Researchers in this cluster investigate the relation between the structure of advanced materials, such as polymers and multi-materials, and their functional performance. The focus is on the control of structures and morphology as well as interfacial phenomena.
The research approach comprises the following key elements:
- new supramolecular concepts in organic and polymer chemistry, and materials science,
- organic and polymer materials for optical, electronic and responsive devices,
- interface and physical chemistry of polymer materials,
- bio-inspired and multi-scale materials, and
- new routes to polymer materials using renewable resources.
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,
- 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.