Chemical Process EngineeringCopyright: AVT
Since 2010 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling is the head of the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering (AVT.CVT). The core research field of the chair focuses on the development and application of membrane technology for current global challenges.
Projects within the AVT.CVT can be divided into five research groups: Gas (Gas-Group) , Electrons to Chemicals (e2chem), iMem group, Water (Water group) and Fluidics and Reactor Design (FRD). Fundamental research and applied sciences on laboratory scale are part of each research group.
Projects in the gas sector include the development of novel membrane reactors, the use of enthalpy exchangers in building ventilation technology, CO2 adsorption behavior in newly developed sorbents and the bubble-free aeration of biofermenters. The gas-group is mainly investigating and analyzing processes in which gas separation, sorption or diffusion are elementary.
The e2chem research group aims at synthesizing both: new membranes and membrane electrode assemblies, transforming electrons and regenerative sources into chemicals. Furthermore, a related research topic is the development of novel energy saving systems for regenerative energy.
The iMem research group tackles the fundamental physic-chemical questions in membrane applications: how does membrane fouling during filtration occur, and how to prevent it? Optical analysis and precise control of filtration parameters are keys for a better understanding of fouling. Through precise experimentation in the microfluidic domain, jamming phenomena and dejamming during controlled flow instabilities are elucidated.
The Water group investigates different aspects related to water treatment and purification systems. The combination of membrane processes with other type of treatments, like adsorption or electrochemical processes is investigated. Main research projects of the water group link the development of novel process concepts and materials with pilot tests in a real environment.
FRD uses novel methods and tools like 3D printing and microfluidic to evaluate and optimize controlled flow fields in the reactor. In particular, the minimization of boundary layers and a more efficient mixing in focus of the research.