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Product and Process Engineering (PPE)

Product and Process Engineering (PPE)

Contact details

Contact: Ruud van Ommen

Secretary: Elly Hilkhuijsen
Phone: +31 15 2786725

Research Group Information

Designing and producing a proper product is not possible without considering the accompanying production process. On the other hand, developing a good process will be impossible without considering the required functionalities of the final product. Product & Process Engineering is active in this area, using disciplines such as chemical reactor engineering, physical transport phenomena, solids processing, microfluidics en life sciences. The theme of the ChemE department – advanced materials for energy and health – suits us very well. We are also actively participating in the Delft Process Technology Institute (

Product & process Engineering is a very broad research group. Some examples of our activities are:

  1. Scalable production of nanostructured materials for pharmaceuticals, LED lighting, and photo-, electro-, and thermal catalysis; processing of advanced solid materials. Advanced methods for designing, modelling, and measuring multiphase reactors (Ruud van Ommen).
  2. Developing microfluidic devices to tackle problems in health care (“organs-on-a-chip”, “early diagnostics of cancer”, “drug release from novel materials"), in life sciences and biotechnology (for screening of reaction conditions and micro-organisms) and in energy and food (flow of bubbles/droplets/emulsions in porous media) (Volkert van Steijn).
  3. Focusing on fundamental and applied topics in living soft matter, with a major emphasis on understanding the transport of biological fluids. Application of microfluidics to manipulate and control both biomolecules and cells for fundamental biophysical studies and applications, such as gene delivery, bio-sensing, and biomechanics (Pouyan Boukany).

There are ample opportunities for students with interest in courses such a process technology, reactor engineering and transport phenomena. For more information, please have a look at our web-sites, or contact one of the staff members.


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