10C Microdevices for chemical processing

The aim of the programme Microdevices for chemical processing is the development of scalable microstructured reactors and functionalisation of microreactors, and the use of these reactors for selected applications, thereby proving the technical and commercial relevance of the use of microdevices in chemical processing. This is essential for the uptake of this technology by industry.

The programme consists of 2 closely related, clustered projects focusing on:

  1. channel functionalisation (e.g. wetting control, catalyst implementation)
  2. scalable microstructured reactors

For the microstructured reactors the complete range of channel sizes from 10 μm (researchscale) to several millimetres (required for production) will be covered. The challenge is therefore to obtain a thorough understanding of scaling issues, both focusing on the direct influence on the reaction itself, and on the influence on the reactor performance. This latter effect will especially come into play when creating stacked networks of parallel channels, influencing thermal management and fluid distribution. Furthermore the influence of scaling on sedimentation in microdevices will be studied.

A second scientific focus will be microreactor functionalisation, in combination with optical techniques. Work will be centred around:

  1. new, improved functionalization procedures
  2. modelling and simulation of catalytic coatings in microreactors
  3. use of planar waveguides for both coating/catalyst characterisation and monitoring the catalytic reactions

All 3 foci involve new research and development and do not overlap with current research.

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Programme Director:
Dr. ir. Marko Blom (Micronit Microfluidics BV)