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Chemical Reaction Engineering

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.02.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Chemical engineering   

Code Science Field
T350  Technological sciences  Chemical technology and engineering 

Code Science Field
2.04  Engineering and Technology  Chemical engineering  
Chemical Engineering; Chemical Reaction Engineering; Catalysis; Transport phenomena; Multiphase reactors
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (22)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  09773  PhD Jurkica Batista  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2009 - 2010  128 
2.  03124  PhD Gorazd Berčič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2009 - 2014  135 
3.  32774  Katja Čeh  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2010 - 2011 
4.  28557  PhD Petar Djinović  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2009  241 
5.  28564  PhD Boštjan Erjavec  Chemistry  Researcher  2011  136 
6.  06259  PhD Ljudmila Fele Žilnik  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2009 - 2014  226 
7.  34522  PhD Miha Grilc  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  390 
8.  04332  PhD Stanko Hočevar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2009 - 2014  302 
9.  30470  PhD Nejc Hodnik  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  371 
10.  29327  Saška Javornik    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  15 
11.  31398  Alma Jazbinšek    Technical associate  2009 - 2011  23 
12.  26222  Urška Kavčič    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  16 
13.  00849  PhD Janez Levec  Chemical engineering  Head  2009 - 2014  466 
14.  25446  PhD Blaž Likozar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,178 
15.  32417  PhD Mitja Linec  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2010 - 2013  17 
16.  33545  Boštjan Nograšek  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2010 - 2011 
17.  32100  PhD Ana Obradović  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2009 - 2014  14 
18.  29336  PhD Ilja Gasan Osojnik Črnivec  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2009  232 
19.  29614  PhD David Perko  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2009 - 2012  11 
20.  11874  PhD Albin Pintar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2009  848 
21.  29399  PhD Andrej Pohar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2012 - 2014  157 
22.  16347  PhD Marko Šetinc  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2010  87 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  21,377 
The group research activities are directed into the kinetics of homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical transformations, either catalytic or noncatalytic. In heterogeneous reaction systems the interactions between the kinetics of surface processes and the transport phenomena are emphasized in particular, because they frequently dictate the type and size of reaction vessels. Indeed, modeling of multiphase reactors accompany these research efforts. Seeking for sustainable processes the group also study reactions in less conventional media such as supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. A portion of the group activity is devoted to the development of new, more active and more selective catalysts for processes with commercial potentials. The two examples are: catalytic hydrogenation of nitrate in drinkable water and catalytic oxidation of toxic organics in industrial wastewaters.
Significance for science
Program research group has achieved a significant success in the area of reaction engineering by introducing novel reactors for processing reversible catalytic reactions in which conversions exceed thermodynamic one. This was attained either by internal condensation one of the products or by selective sorption one of the products. For the first approach the proof of concept was demonstrated by a reactor with high temperature gradient between catalytic surface and condensation plate, which was only a few millimeters apart. The model reaction used therein was methanol synthesis. The second approach was demonstrated with the sorption enhanced steam methane reforming reaction, where the key element was a structured type catalyst that enabled countercurrent flow of the two phases, namely downward of solid and upward of gaseous reaction mixture. Formed carbon dioxide by water-gas-shift reaction was simultaneously removed by the sorption on solid phase. The described proof of concept is positively very stimulating for other reverzible catalytic reactions that are thermodynamically limited with a single pass of reaction mixture through catalyst bed.
Significance for the country
The excellent research outcomes of the group have undoubtedly demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the field of chemical reaction engineering. With the knowledge equipped the group can further contribute in upgrading the Slovenian industrial potential, such as pharmaceutical industry in particular. Other topics, e.g. biomass transformation into a fuel or higher added value chemicals are going to be the group activity in the next period. Pyrolysis of wood chips into a gas-fuel, which via internal combustion motors generate electricity, is an important issue in the country and therefore orientation of the group in nearby future.
Audiovisual sources (2)
no. Title (with video link) Event Source
1. Chemical Reaction Engineering  Promotional video of research programme on Videolectures  Research programme video presentation 
2. Aplikativna in bazična fiziologija in patofiziologija v medicini (Slovene)  Promotional video of research programme on Videolectures  Research programme video presentation 
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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