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Product and Process Engineering (PPE)

Product and Process Engineering (PPE)

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Contact details

Contact: Prof.dr.ir. Ruud van Ommen
Email: J.R.vanOmmen@tudelft.nl

Secretary: Leslie van Leeuwen
Phone: +31 (0)15 27 86678
Email: L.vanLeeuwen@tudelft.nl


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 (dpti.tudelft.nl).

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).
  4. The Rwei Group engineers smart therapeutic and diagnostic platforms for next-generation precision therapies. Our long-term research goal is to bridge clinical translation with scientific discoveries by interfacing biology, materials science, and engineering in biomedical innovations that will make a long-lasting impact in patients’ lives. We aim to increase the effectiveness of drug delivery systems using chemical and materials engineering, electronic engineering and cell biology approaches. Current fields of focus include: light-, ultrasound- and magnetically-triggered therapeutics for alleviating pain and combatting cancer, wearable electronics for personalized real-time diagnostics, and study of nanoparticle and cellular interactions for designs of effective targeted delivery systems (Alina Rwei).
  5. My current research focuses on solar fuel plants. The term solar fuel generally refers to a synthetic chemical fuel produced directly or indirectly from solar energy. Besides renewable energy also water, carbon dioxide or nitrogen are needed as raw materials to produce fuels/chemicals like methanol, hydrocarbons or ammonia. During use solar fuels are converted back into water, carbon dioxide or nitrogen, so their production is circular with a small or even net zero carbon footprint (Adrie Heusman)

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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