Research Prof. Liauw
In the group "Technical chemistry and reaction engineering", the aim is to produce valuable compounds from common raw materials and to maximize their production with precise process monitoring and control. By determining the whole network of reactions and their dependence on each other as well as process parameters the formation of undesired by-products can be reduced and prevented. For this purpose, the on-line monitoring of the process and the control of this process as close as possible to the optimal reaction path is important.
To find the optimale reaction path alternative reactor concepts and a change from batchwise to continuous operation mode are examined and useful reactor models are created and simulated. In our research group we do this by performing micro-and macro-kinetic studies, applying process analytical technologies, in short PAT, and developing new reactor concepts and microstructured sensors.
Currently we are working on the research of customised combustion fuels from biomass, also known as Tailor Made Fuels from Biomass in short TMFB, the development of sustainable chemistry systems , in short SusChemSys, as well as the use of exhaust gases from steel mills to produce alcohols and other basic chemical compounds, in short Carbon2Chem®, Carbon2Chem.
- ATR-IR-, ATR-UV/VIS- and Raman-spectroscopy with fiber optical probes
- Time-resolved reaction monitoring under process parameters, elevated pressure and temperature
- Chemometrical analysis of concentrations using hard models and kinetic modeling
- Implementation of ATR-IR-, ATR-UV/VIS- and Raman-spectroscopy with fiber optical probes for on- and offline applications
- Chemometric modelling as a tool for the analysis of concentrations
- Development of continuous labscale synthesis
- Reactor modelling in Berkeley Madonna and Python
- Chemical network analysis
- Design and construction of a self-optimizing reactor
- Application of in situ Raman spectroscopy
- Measuring and modelling of the reactors residence time distribution and the kinetics of the reaction