Energy and Process Systems Engineering

Major research interests

Major interest:

  • Methods for identifying (electrochemical) reaction kinetics including macro- and microkinetics, uncertainty, aging and dynamics influences
  • Feasible (dynamic/robust) operating ranges of reactors and cells
  • Reliable parameterisation, state estimation and optimisation of reaction systems including uncertainties
  • Understanding and optimizing dynamic behavior including diagnosis 

Fields of application:

  • Pharmaceutical (reaction) processes
  • Electrochemical engineering including various batteries, electrolysis and fuel cells
  • Chemical energy systems, e.g. Power-to-ammonia


  • Linear and nonlinear dynamic analysis in time and frequency domain
  • Model-based analysis and optimisation of surface processes, reactors/cells and systems
  • Multiscale and multiphysics modeling, e.g. coupling surface reactions (kinetic Monte Carlo) with multidimensional macroscopic reaction/transport models for reactors and electrochemical cells, or coupling electrochemical cell models with high dimensional thermal-electric models 
  • Uncertainty quantification and model-based optimal experimental design

Current PhD students in the IMPRS program

Moritz Schulze

Moritz Schulze

PhD Project: Uncertainty Analysis and Model Calibration in Pharmaceutical Processes

IMPRS Alumni

Xiangzhong Xie

PhD thesis: Sensitivity Analysis and Robust Design of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes
(Feb. 10, 2020)

Izzat Iqbal Cheema

PhD thesis: Model-Based Analysis and Optimisation of Haber-Bosch Process Designs for Power-to-Ammonia
(Feb. 21, 2019)

Victor Nnamdi Emenike

PhD project: Model-based design of optimal reactors for (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing
(Nov. 4, 2019)

Youngseung Na

PhD thesis: Characterization of autonomous direct methanol fuel cell systems with various designs for portable applications
(May 2, 2017)

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