Centre for Advanced Process Intensification
Process Intensification represents one promising path for the chemical and process industry.
The multidisciplinary research activities propose to apply force field driven separation techniques (electrical, magnetic, ultrasound, microwave, light) while optimising the driving forces at every scale and maximising the specific surface area to which these forces apply. This will lead to the development of new and improved concepts of processing methods and equipment for chemical and energy conversion systems.
The activities will also contribute towards understanding and modelling the dynamics of complex process systems as well as their systematic integration from functional units.
The research on separation processes also targets advanced integrated technologies, such as reactive and hybrid separations in batch and continuous systems. This represents a paramount contribution towards sustainable processes able to enhance conversion efficiencies significantly, and to incorporate new functionalities in materials and products while pushing the transition into renewable resources.
For instance, we aim at designing supramolecular polymer systems for improved water purification processes. This offers the possibility of a paradigm shift in the development of technological approaches for water and soil decontamination. This research will produce highly selective, recyclable and low cost polymers to produce potable water, irrigation flow waters and the on-site monitoring of pesticides.
We work also on engineering solutions for CO2 conversion. The engineered catalysts are tested in different reaction conditions aiming to find the optimum activity/stability balance to guarantee a successful scaling up into intensified processes. This approach includes model-based optimal experimental design which represents an important contribution for the process evaluation in an early stage of process design and synthesis and for the economic feasibility of the overall process.