to the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 63
"Integrated Chemical Processes in Liquid Multiphase Systems" (InPROMPT)
The Transregional Collaborative Research Center is engaged in the development of efficient production processes based on chemical reactions in liquid multiphase systems. For this process development, a bottom-up-approach and a top-down-solution approach are combined and implemented. The bottom-up-approach is based on the reaction and leads to the overall process. The top-down-solution approach derives individual process steps requirements from all possible process variants. Consequently, not only the reaction step but – in a holistic spirit – rather the entire process chain from raw material to the pure product is dealt with to attain an integral and fast process development. With this integrated process development in mind, the following novel methods for
– precise identification of the kinetic and thermodynamic properties,
– optimal design of the unit operations for reaction and separation,
– and accelerated process development and optimisation
were developed. By means of the developed methods and tools, the Transregional Collaborative Research Center pursues the goal to open the door for the technical implementation of a new class of chemical production processes. The above mentioned methodological studies are carried out using the hydroformylation of long-chain olefins with the use of thermomorphic or micellar solvent systems as a model reaction. The Transregional Collaborative Research Center is divided into three project groups that apply and develop experimental and theoretical methods from the disciplines of chemical engineering, thermodynamics and process- and systems engineering. In project group A, the chemo-physical phenomena of representative substrate systems are studied. Based on this, project group B investigates individual process steps and partial sequences for chemical reactions and separation processes. These results are cross-linked to efficient overall processes in project group C in an optimal manner.
In this network, more than 60 scientists from different universities and institutions such as Technische Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dortmund, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, ETH Zürich and Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme are involved.