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Process intensification methodolgies for liquid-liquid systems in structured equipment

Objective

This project has the objective to develop and validate a design methodology & criteria for dealing with two-phase liquid/liquid-reactions leading to a new generation of flexible and high-performance process equipment (micro through to meso structured) for continuous manufacturing. This generic approach will be developed by the project members and will involve practical, theoretical and modelling aspects. The devices developed will be applied to 2 different industrial systems to show the wide applicability to the chemical industry: the mononitration of benzene and the cyclization of b–ionone. Micro and meso-scale reactors will be operated at scales relevant to commercial production to demonstrate improved selectivity, yield and specific performance. A state-of-the-art experimental research facility will be designed and constructed; this will be modular, flexible and expandable to ensure flexibility of process and operation. Having developed an improved fundamental understanding of these multiphase processes and the design and operation of appropriate micro/mesostructured environments, the partners will codify this learning, in the form of a “toolkit”, to identify the most suitable continuous processing methods for any liquid/liquid system. This will allow operators to improve the sustainability of chemicals production by selecting intensified process methods that are both eco-efficient and offer increased safety. The partners are drawn from six countries and include a knowledge transfer company, two SMEs, two manufacturers of equipment and three potential end-users thereof. Manufacturers of two complimentary continuous processing systems (micro and meso-scale) will combine forces with three end-users (two of whom in fact are engaged on pre-competitive research. The project,will develop an e-learning course and a practical demonstration on a educational micro system to train process technologists in the toolkit of methodologies developed during the project.
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Coordinator

CHEMISTRY INNOVATION LIMITED

Address

Burlington House Picadilly
W1j 0ba London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 146 000

Administrative Contact

Steve Fletcher (Dr.)

Participants (9)

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HUNTSMAN (EUROPE) BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 430 050

GIVAUDAN SUISSE SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 53 287,80

INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 550 302

BRITEST LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 231 120

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 587 011,20

FLUIDINOVA SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 430 080

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 475 448

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 263 216

CUF-Químicos Industriais, S.A.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 433 417

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 214599

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2009

  • End date

    31 March 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 622 342

  • EU contribution

    € 3 599 932

Coordinated by:

CHEMISTRY INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

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