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Design of ultrasound integrated milliscale flow reactors for clogging prevention Leuven Belgium,  

Posted on : 01 May 2017

Project Description

ProjectDespite the many successfulapplications of continuous flow reactors in the manufacturing of chemical compounds,one major drawback greatly limiting their use is their susceptibility tochannel clogging for flows containing particulate matter. Ultrasoundintegration strategies have been developed for microfluidic devices, howeverthe scale-up of this technology in continuous flow reactors to an industriallyrelevant scale has not been addressed so far. Hence, the aim of theoffered PhD position is to design ultrasound integrated milli-scale flowreactors which prevent channel clogging and reduce wall fouling due to the presenceof particles. These developed reactors will then be applied to nanoparticlesynthesis and the crystallization of organic molecules. In addition to cloggingprevention, hydrodynamic studies will identify the optimum flow and mixingregimes to obtain particles of specific size, size distribution, purity, andmorphology.Theproject is embedded in the Marie SkBodowska-Curie ETN program COSMIC , aninitial training network for new PhD students which is dedicated to intensifiedprocesses, where continuous technologies use alternative energy sources toachieve the localized ultrasound and microwave actuation of multiphase,milliflow reactors for the purpose of high-value product synthesis. Furthermore,the student will be trained in the COSMIC graduate school, covering training inscientific, personal and complementary skills. The student will also perform secondmentsat our academic and industrial partners. Weare looking for highly motivated students, who can perform a Ph.D. project onthis challenging topic.


3000 Leuven Belgium

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