Chemical Production Systems
Method development for the optimal design of catalytic gas phase process systemsis emphasized in the Project "CatSys". In order to account for practical technical constraints (safety, recycle streams, production sites, complexity of process designs, etc.) in our Elementary Process Functions Methodology (EPF) approach, we have established discussion platforms around two case studies – the electrochemical chlorine production and the heterogeneously catalyzed synthesis of hydrogen cyanide – with leading chemical companies including BASF, Evonik and Bayer Materials, which is a particular feature of this project.
The "InPROMPT" Project is dealing with integrated chemical processes where multiple liquid phases coexist. Consequently, this project couples optimal solvent and reactor design with dynamic optimization aspects. This project is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) sinc 2010 in the form of a transregional collaborative research center (SFB/TR 63). Within the center the PSE group has established strong collaborations with several university groups at TU Berlin (Prof. Schomäcker) and TU Dortmund (Prof. Behr, Prof. Sadowski).
The Project "ShapeCrystal" constitutes the third type of phase interactions within the chemical production systems: solid-liquid. Within this project we try to understand how the shape of growing crystals and crystal populations can be controlled. In order to achieve this goal, we consider the combined design of products and their production processes. Our collaborators within this project are two mathematical groups (Prof. Le Borne/TUHH, Prof. John/WIAS, Berlin) and the project is supported by the DFG program SPP 1679 “Dynamic simulation of interconnected process units for solids processing”.