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Job Record #11801
TitleMultiphase transport processes in novel milli-scale reactors
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerKU Leuven
LocationBelgium, Leuven
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateTuesday, July 01, 2014
Description:
The aim of chemical engineering and its unit operations is to transform raw
materials into products (e.g. commodity and specialty chemicals like
pharmaceuticals). However, motivated by the awareness of the world’s finite
resources, it is desirable that these products are obtained in a sustainable and
efficient fashion minimizing environmental impact, resource and energy use, and
making increasingly use of renewable raw materials. Process intensification is
an approach in chemical engineering where one aims to achieve this by trying to
identify how the limitation posed to transport phenomena of matter, momentum and
energy can be overcome. In the present project we focus on novel systems for
continuous reaction systems. As many of the relevant chemical transformations
involve multiphase flow (gas-liquid, liquid-liquid, or solid-liquid) a detailed
understanding of these systems and the underlying physics of the transport
processes is needed to successfully design these novel continuous reaction systems.

One promising approach for novel milli-scale reactors involves the integration
of micro-structured porous media, which then allows the translation of the
benefits from the micro-scale to production scale for multiphase reactions. The
aim of the proposed research is to understand interfacial transport processes in
porous structures in more detail, and using this knowledge to design milli-scale
multiphase flow reactors, in particular using metal foams. This is accomplished
by identifying the physical mechanisms of interfacial mass transfer in porous
media using non-invasive, laser-optical measurement techniques. The obtained
results will directly impact the efforts in process intensification and
sustainable advanced manufacturing. 

The successful candidate will be offered a PhD fellowship to become part of our
international team with global research links to work towards a PhD. Funding can
be provided for a period of 4 years.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Simon Kuhn via mail:
simon.kuhn@ucl.ac.uk

Contact Information:
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NameSimon Kuhn
Emailsimon.kuhn@ucl.ac.uk
Email ApplicationYes
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