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Chemical Reaction Engineering

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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  
Keywords
catalysis; chemical reaction engineering; reactors; transport phenomena;methane valorization;oxidative methane coupling; partial oxidation of methane; biomass transformation; transformation of levulinic acid
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Researchers (47)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  52995  PhD Filipa A. Andre Vicente  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2019  96 
2.  51268  PhD Kalpana Avasthi  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2019  21 
3.  39113  PhD David Bajec  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  47 
4.  03124  PhD Gorazd Berčič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  135 
5.  53031  Lara Bezjak    Technical associate  2019 
6.  52432  PhD Ana Bjelić  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2019  60 
7.  39932  PhD Ashish Bohre  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2018  38 
8.  51402  Bojana Bradić    Technical associate  2018 - 2019  15 
9.  37381  PhD Miša Mojca Cajnko  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2019  49 
10.  37995  PhD Venkata D.B.C. Dasireddy  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  109 
11.  06259  PhD Ljudmila Fele Žilnik  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  226 
12.  53420  Eric Frančišković    Technical associate  2019 
13.  28558  PhD Jernej Gašperšič  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2017  62 
14.  38256  PhD Matija Gatalo  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019  129 
15.  34522  PhD Miha Grilc  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  390 
16.  29954  Matic Grom  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2019  34 
17.  51403  Lucija Hladnik    Technical associate  2018 - 2019  15 
18.  38259  PhD Brigita Hočevar  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2019  86 
19.  04332  PhD Stanko Hočevar  Chemical engineering  Retired researcher  2015 - 2019  302 
20.  30470  PhD Nejc Hodnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  371 
21.  34342  PhD Matej Huš  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  659 
22.  52860  PhD Gorica Ivaniš  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2019  45 
23.  27687  PhD Edita Jasiukaityte  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2019  125 
24.  29327  Saška Javornik    Technical associate  2015 - 2019  15 
25.  35375  PhD Primož Jovanovič  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2019  184 
26.  51704  PhD Khaja Mohaideen Kamal Musthafa  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2019  22 
27.  36316  PhD Miha Kastelic  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2018  34 
28.  26222  Urška Kavčič    Technical associate  2015 - 2019  16 
29.  51193  PhD Andrii Kostyniuk  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2019  57 
30.  38303  PhD Damjan Lašič Jurković  Computer science and informatics  Technical associate  2015 - 2019  53 
31.  00849  PhD Janez Levec  Chemical engineering  Retired researcher  2015 - 2018  466 
32.  25446  PhD Blaž Likozar  Chemical engineering  Head  2015 - 2019  1,178 
33.  38502  PhD Jing-Lin Liu  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2016  29 
34.  50145  PhD Jhansi Lakshmi Mamilla  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2017 - 2019  12 
35.  50241  Leonard Jean Moriau  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2017 - 2019  62 
36.  33161  PhD Uroš Novak  Biotechnology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  250 
37.  53614  PhD Ana Oberlintner  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2019  68 
38.  34598  Mitja Ogrizek  Computer intensive methods and applications  Technical associate  2015 - 2016  18 
39.  34528  PhD Andraž Pavlišič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  102 
40.  37455  PhD Urša Petek  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019  40 
41.  29399  PhD Andrej Pohar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  157 
42.  52019  PhD Stefan Popović  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019  15 
43.  37629  Karmina Rubin    Technical associate  2015 - 2019 
44.  38339  Neja Strah Štefančič    Technical associate  2015 - 2016  20 
45.  38304  PhD Marko Trampuž  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2019  26 
46.  38787  PhD Jigneshkumar K. Valand  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2016 
47.  27507  PhD Katja Venko  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2016  79 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  21,377 
Abstract
The research program of the group is aimed at methane valorization and biomass processing. In the first case, activation of methane will be studied through coupling, partial oxidation and photochemical reforming, for the purpose of obtaining ethylene and higher hydrocarbons, or other value added chemicals via syngas as intermediate product. In the second case, transformation of levulinic acid into higher-value chemicals will be investigated. All the research will be focused on finding the proper catalyst that would ensure optimal chemical paths and conditions that guarantee maximum yield of the desired product, with the rate laws (kinetics) provided for all the paths in the system. Postulated and experimentally checked kinetic equations will be later used for the description of the operation at commercial scale and the economic assessment of the process feasibility.
Significance for science
Because more than 90 % of all commercial chemical processes are catalytic in nature, searching for new catalytic systems and providing kinetics of these potential systems may occupy important part of research efforts in numerous research institutions. The present group research activity is thus directed into the search for new catalytic systems that would offer efficient conversion of methane into more added value chemicals such as ethylene and other lower olefins. Here one can expect new catalysts and a development of new reactor types with short residence time and good heat management. In the area of biomass conversion an intensive research is going to be directed into new catalysts for efficient transformation of alcohols and acids, which are obtained from biomass into a more added value chemicals. In both cases new potential catalyst are to be characterized by means of a modern tools available at the Institute. Process kinetics is provided in a form of formal kinetic equations, whereas in the cases of new reactor design is needed it will be mathematically modeled by means of CFD. Since many aspects of new discovery are foreseen the results can be easily disseminated in international journals of high ranking.
Significance for the country
The research group has been active in cooperation with foreign (Sued Chemie and KTI-Mannesmann) and domestic industrial partners (Krka, Lek). The group has also contributed in the research activities within the EU Frame Program (5 & 6). Aspiration towards practical solutions the group has already demonstrated in patents granted by an EU Patent Office as well as by US and Japan Patent Offices. Further activity in the area will undoubtedly expand the group vast expert knowledge of chemical process design and process intensifications. It should be stressed at this point that there is a need for continuous cooperation with a spin-out SME (Mebius), which was founded by the group. The group partakes in the establishment of numerous trans-European cooperation within the framework of several Horizon 2020 project proposals (SPIRE, WASTE and LCE 2014 calls), whereas the readiness for cooperation in similar calls in 2015 is already expressed. Here a specific effort was placed on the integration of leading Slovenian industrial partners. In addition to the listed, several ERA-NET and a Nato project were submitted within the scope of the Research Programme, while more than a few connections have been established with the aid of IJS Technology Transfer Centre that is within EEN platform. Three members of the group are involved in teaching courses at both undergraduate and graduate level of the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Ljubljana. Thus, education and integration of PhD students into a research process enables the group to transfer their knowledge into the industrial environment.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
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