Research

The TU Delft Process Technology Institute (DPTI) focuses its educational and research efforts on realizing significant scientific impact that enables (bio)chemical, energy and materials industries to meet sustainability challenges of the future. Research is centered around three major scientific areas:

Biochemical Process Engineering

• Multi-scale design of cell factory-based production systems; pathway scouting and engineering; design of fast protocols for selection of efficient cell factories
• Systems integration for char-free conversion of second generation biomass to fuels and chemicals; biorefineries; small-scale systems for distributed energy production
• Intensification of high cell density processes, such as tissue/organ engineering, biofuel cells and large high-cell density fermentors

Process Intensification

• Process intensification via energy-material-medium interaction; use of photons and electrons in catalysis and for control of molecular interactions in the gas phase
• Design of ultra-large interfaces such as micro-/nano-droplets, bubbles and cavities, high-density structured catalysts and 'capillary vein' microchannels and surfaces
• Development of intensified methods and devices for information generation, from micro/nano sensors to high-speed analysis of complex biomolecular mixtures

Process Technology for Advanced Materials

• Novel methods and devices for reactions and separations in highly viscous and rheologically complex systems.
• Scalable, high-precision processes for nanostructured solid materials, such as high precision catalysts, optoelectronic materials and pharma crystalline products.
• Design, engineering and intensified production of formulated products, including rational formulation of soft products and drug delivery.