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Sonication and Microwave Processing of Material Feedstock 

Sonication and Microwave Processing of Material Feedstock 

Objective

SIMPLIFY, the Sonication and Microwave Processing of material Feedstock project, aims at enabling the electrification of the chemical process industry – and in particular the specialty chemicals industries. SIMPLIFY's vision is that of intensified processes, where alternative energy sources enable flexible continuous technologies to achieve localized ultrasound and microwave actuation of multiphase, flow reactors powered by electricity from renewable sources for the purpose of high-value product synthesis.

SIMPLIFY has selected three major classes of specialty processes to work on:
i. The class of chemical processes involving highly viscous streams, with MW/US-assisted reactive extrusion of polyurethane as representative;
ii. The class of chemical processes involving suspensions, in particular those requiring long residence times (up to hours), with US/MW-assisted reactive crystallization of zeolite microparticles in a continuous oscillatory baffle reactor (COBR);
iii. The class of chemical processes involving suspensions, in particular those with inherently high reaction rates (residence times of seconds to minutes), with MW/US-assisted reactive crystallization of titania nanoparticle synthesis in a plug flow reactor (PFR).

SIMPLIFY advances the technology readiness level (TRL) of flow technology for these multiphase streams involving suspensions or viscous products from TRL4 (technology validation in lab) to TRL6 (industrial demonstration), thus pushing the transition from chemical reactions with poor resource – both material and energy – efficiency and variable product quality to processes with high resource efficiency and excellent, uniform product properties.
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 765 000

Participants (10)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 150 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 415 320

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 768 293,75

ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 163 312,50

COATEX SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 940 100

COLOROBBIA CONSULTING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 074 500

WEBER ULTRASONICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 392 875

MUEGGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 316 750

QUANTIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 284 375

ENGAGE - KEY TECHNOLOGY VENTURES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 251 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820716

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 417 488,75

  • EU contribution

    € 8 521 826,25

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium