Student projects

MSc/BSc thesis projects

Currently, there are several openings in my group for student projects, related to the following themes:

  • Fermentation of syngas using hollow fibre membrane units (experimentation + modelling)
  • Techno-economic assessment of the impact of intermittency on renewable electricity-driven microbial production processes (modelling)

Currently, there are several openings in my group for student projects, related to the following themes:

  • CFD simulations of industrial fermentation processes: Projects are available for various processes (syngas/sugar based fermentations) and reactor configurations (stirred, airlift, bubble column) working both with Finite Volume simulation techniques and the Lattice-Boltzmann approach. Based on your interest, a project can be more applied (studying the impact of hydrodynamics on a specific process) or fundamental (looking in-depth at hydrodynamic interactions).
  • CFD simulation/numerical modelling of microfluidic chips: Smaller is better? Perhaps so, but while we do not have to deal with turbulence on the microscale, other important phenomena need to be unravelled, with respect to multiphase behaviour and nutrient transport.
  • Coarse grained reactor models: Join the efforts to develop fast simulation processes to probe the impact of hydrodynamics in industrial fermentors, and refine your own numerical modelling skills in the process.
  • Experimental assessment of bioreactor hydrodynamics: Different projects are available in this scope, considering novel techniques for mixing quantification, assessment of mass transfer, and of two-phase dynamics. Lab work, but also development of data analysis methods.

Are you a student with a strong interest in process modelling and industrial biotechnology, and do you have interest in taking up a research project in this field? Please contact me to discuss your interests and to gain more insight in the exact projects that are currently available. You can use the contact form for students to indicate your interest.

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