Process Intensification

Process intensification, achieved through the integration of adsorption and reaction, marks a paradigm shift in enhancing efficiency, reducing energy consumption, and optimizing overall performance. Prominent methodologies in this area include PSAR, SMBR, and PermSMBR. This integration leads to reducing the number of unit operations and equipment required, leading to a more compact and cost-effective process layout. By integrating adsorption and reaction, it is possible to enhance selectivity and overcome thermodynamic limitations by continuously removing reaction products from the reaction mixture, driving the reaction towards completion, and increasing conversion rates. Innovation in the development of new bifunctional materials combining adsorbents and catalysts is crucial for advancing sustainable manufacturing practices. By combining adsorbents and catalysts into a single material, it is possible to maximize the process efficiency. Notably, adsorption-based reactors, when meticulously designed and optimized, operate under milder conditions compared to conventional counterparts. This not only translates to energy savings but also contributes to a reduced environmental footprint.

Our research in this domain covers various applications, including the production and purification of p-xylene, the synthesis of green fuels and additives such as 1,1-diethoxybutane, n-Propyl Propionate, or butyl acrylate, and the valorisation of glycerol to produce solketal, tartronic and glyceric acids, or dihydroxyacetone. In the gas phase, our focus extended to carbon dioxide utilization through multifunctional reactors employing layered beds or bifunctional materials. Our contributions to the field of process intensification are encapsulated in 33 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 3 Ph.D. theses, and 4 M.Sc. theses, reflecting our commitment to advancing knowledge and fostering sustainable, efficient manufacturing practices.

Major projects in this research area include: