Chemical Production Systems
The research area Chemical Production Systems is structured according to the thermodynamic phases interacting in the processes.
The Project “CatSys” is focused on new methodological developments for the optimal design of catalytic gas phase process systems. In order to account for practical technical constraints (safety, production sites, complexity of process designs, etc.) in our Elementary Process Functions Methodology (EPF) approach, we have established discussion platforms with leading chemical companies including BASF, Evonik and Bayer Materials, which is a particular feature of this project.
The Project “InPROMPT” is dealing with integrated chemical processes where several liquid phases coexist. Since 2010 this project is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 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 third initiative in the chemical systems area is the Project “ShapeCrystal”, where we try to understand how to control the shape of growing crystals and crystal populations. The general direction of research in this project is the combined design of products and their production processes. This work is done in collaboration with two mathematical groups (Prof. Le Borne/TUHH, Prof. John/WIAS, Berlin) supported by the DFG program SPP 1679 “Dynamic simulation of interconnected process units for solids processing”.