Chemistry in Groningen has the CHE Excellence Label
Within the Master's degree programme Chemical Engineering you can conduct research in the following fields of expertise:
Design and engineering of new and improved products and processes
A structured methodology is applied to design and develop materials and processes with unique performance properties. Recent examples include the design of:
- water-swellable elastomer formulations for sealing applications in oil wells
- novel polymeric materials for enhanced oil recovery
- new biobased and renewable (polymeric) products
-new processes for biomass conversion
Cooperation with many industrial sponsors ensures fast applicability of the obtained results in relevant and actual industrial problems.
Most processes in the chemical industry rely on the use of a suitable catalyst to produce the desired compounds with high yield and selectivity. Therefore, the design and development of enhanced catalysts is of crucial importance. Catalysis is also essential to achieve the production of chemicals according to the Green Chemistry principles. At the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Groningen you will learn how to synthesise, characterise and test the next generation of industrial catalysts, with a special focus on the production of useful chemicals from renewable and bio-based feedstock, such as CO2, glycerol, or agricultural wastes.
Chemical reaction engineering
In the coming years this research area will also move towards a product-oriented approach with a 'green' (renewable resources) accent. Examples include a) the modification of renewable polymers like starch and cellulose using new processes to obtain new structured products, and b) the design of new processes for platform chemicals based on renewable feedstock. Green Chemistry principles are being employed to assist the development of more sustainable chemical processes. Innovative reactor designs using process intensification methods such as miniaturisation are being used aiming at a substantial improvement in the reaction efficiency and a fast extraction of kinetic information.