The research area of “structured multiphase reactors” focuses on the development of catalytic three-phase reactor systems for a range of applications, varying from Fischer-Tropsch synthesis or water purification to oxidation and hydrogenation reactions in the fine-chemistry and pharmaceutical industries. Work is done on understanding the effects of particle agglomeration and particle-bubble adhesion on mass transfer and reaction rate in slurry-based reactor systems. A particular focus is on the use of meso-structured, foam-based materials as catalyst supports to significantly improve reactor performance. A recent line of research explores the potential of a new generation of intensified reactors exploiting rotating motion to induce high shear flow conditions mimicing high gravity conditions that provide excellent heat and mass transfer.
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