Research at the Department of Chemical Engineering links fundamental research and application-oriented development. We believe that this way we can contribute to the advancement of the processes serving current human needs as well as the methods for optimally designing these processes.
Current research focus – among others – is on:
- material and processes in the energy sector, including advanced battery and fuel-cell materials,
- sustainable process development including biobased processes (e.g. for biofuels and bioplastics), capture and utilization of carbon dioxide, waste2value in waste-water treatment, energy optimization, and life-cycle assessment
- low-temperature investigations for spacecraft
The research includes the corresponding fundamentals e.g. for fluid dynamics and mass transfer in multiphase systems, chemistry of sol-gel processes and coatings, 3D-image analysis for tomographic techniques. Two major characteristics of our expertise are that we are active on all relevant scales from molecules to large-scale equipment and that we can cover all aspects of process design from conceptual design to optimization of individual equipment.
Our research is organized along three axes:
- NCE - Nanomaterials, Catalysis & Electrochemistry: The NCE laboratory is active in the development of nanostructured materials for various applications such as catalysis, electrochemistry and functionalized coatings. The specificity of NCE's research lies in their transversality, through which materials science and chemical engineering are approached in an integrated way.
- PEPs - Products, Environment, and Processes: The PEPs group is active in the fields of (bio-) chemical reaction engineering, thermal and mechanical unit operations, process simulation, low carbon energy systems and sustainable development. A major strength of the PEPs group is the capability to tackle problems on very diverse scales from molecular to designing entire processes.
- CRYO - Cryotechnology: The CRYO group has specialized in solving dedicated problems on components or equipment of cryogenic engines for the European spacecraft "Ariane". To achieve this, specific test benches are operated, with the essential characteristic of an extremely complete instrumentation managed by a high performance and flexible data-acquisition system.
The research details of these groups are detailed in the corresponding dedicated webpages.