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Jun 08, 2017

New Roadmap: Chemical Reaction Engineering is a key enabler for product innovations

The completely updated “Roadmap Chemical Reaction Engineering” developed by the ProcessNet Subject Division Chemical Reaction Engineering shows: Chemical Reaction Engineering is a key enabler for product innovations and new business concepts. New methods and technologies, but also a fundamental change in philosophy turn it into an integral part of product development. The roadmap describes the theoretical and methodological approaches and process design from the lab to the industrial process. It is available for download.

At the interface between chemistry and process engineering, chemical reaction engineering is currently undergoing a fundamental change: As quality and innovative properties of novel products are directly linked to the production process, reaction engineering is becoming an integral part of product design and process development. Microstructured polymers or functional nanoparticles require a profound understanding and control of the chemical reaction.

On the other hand, the market pull is complemented by a technology push: 3D printing and digitalization allow for taylor-made devices that are optimized in terms of fluid and particle flow, heat and mass transport, reaction and structural properties and customized to one specific reaction. New approaches such as multiscale modeling and simulation in combination with modern measurement techniques open up the path for a rational approach to design a chemical process from the molecular level to the industrial scale.

Chemical Reaction Engineering is also increasingly relevant for the process and product development of industrial sectors outside the chemical industry such as energy technology or automotive engineering.

The completely revised Roadmap covers all aspects, starting from a general definition and classification of chemical reaction engineering in the context of the process industries and describing chemical reaction engineering in the lab. Mathematical and modeling approaches are presented as well as the principles of reactor design, process development and process intensification. Six case studies demonstrate how the concepts can be implemented in practical applications.

In order to increase the international visibility and impact of the roadmap, the document has been published in English. It is available for free download at


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