Adsorption and absorption processes
Set up and operation of a multi-purpose mini-plant system for the fast track on-site testing of scrubbing fluids for CO2 and SO2 absorption under industrial conditions. Augmentation of process automation with underlying models to ensure fast and robust operability, as well as reduced experimental effort.
High Gravity Machines
Investigation of mass transfer of absorption and distillation processes in centrifugal fields using Rotating Packed Beds (RPBs). Application of RPBs enables space and CAPEX savings through enhanced micromixing and mass transfer, as well as possibility to use high specific surface area packing materials.
Tunable liquid multiphase systems
Switchable surfactant containing reaction media are investigated to enable the efficient and highly selective conversion of long-chained oleo-chemicals in a macroscopically homogeneous system. Quantitative catalyst recycling and product separation is then enabled by the distinct phase separation behavior of microemulsion systems.
Developing and utilizing membrane reactors and fluidized bed membrane reactor for catalytic oxidative processes to increase reaction selectivity and yield. This covers especially the integration of product separation, using dual-membrane reactor and dense-selective membrane concepts.