Over De rol van electriciteit in chemische reactoren

De rol van electriciteit in chemische reactoren

Avondlezing door prof.dr.ir. A. Stankiewicz georganiseerd door de Chemische Kring Zwolle.

De rol van electriciteit in chemische reactoren

Decarbonization of energy-intensive industries presents arguably the most important technological challenge in the years to come. Among those industries, the chemical sector (including refineries) is by far the biggest energy consumer - according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, manufacturers of coal, petroleum and chemical products consumed last year 59% of the entire energy consumed by the American industry.

Four basic pathways leading to decarbonization of chemical sector include:

  • energy-lean chemical processing;
  • renewable electricity-based processing;
  • manufacturing of zero-carbon fuels, hydrogen and ammonia in particular;
  • chemical valorization of the greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane in particular.

The present lecture examines the role that novel, unconventional catalysts and reactors already play or may play in each of the above areas. The discussion is illustrated with numerous examples from both academia and industry.

Curriculum Vitae:
Andrzej Stankiewicz is Emeritus Professor of Process Intensification at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and former Director of TU Delft Process Technology Institute.  With more than 40 years of industrial and academic research experience he is author of numerous scientific publications on process intensification, chemical reaction engineering and industrial catalysis. Prof. Stankiewicz is one of the pioneers of process intensification. He is co-author and editor of the world’s first book on Process Intensification: Re-Engineering the Chemical Processing Plant and principal author of another book The Fundamentals of Process Intensification. Andrzej Stankiewicz is the former Editor of Elsevier’s journal Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification. Presently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Chemical and Process Engineering: New Frontiers (Polish Academy of Sciences) and Series Editor of the Green Chemistry Books Series (Royal Society of Chemistry). Professor Stankiewicz was founder and the first Chairman of the Working Party on Process Intensification at the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He currently chairs the Board of the European Process Intensification Centre (EUROPIC).

The research interests of Prof. Stankiewicz focus on control of molecular interactions and intensification of chemical processes using electricity-based forms of energy (e.g. laser, microwaves, plasma, UV). In this field, Professor Stankiewicz was awarded, among other things, the prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council, for carrying out research on “perfect chemical reactors”.

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