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Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering research group, led by Ville Alopaeus, has a strong tradition in practical industrial collaboration.
Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

The research methodology is based on natural sciences and mechanistic modelling of chemical processes. The research aims at developing methodology and tools that allow fast and reliable development and scale-up of new industrial chemical processes. Teaching in Chemical engineering aims at development of generic skills and fundamental understanding of chemical processes. This understanding can be applied in a wide variety of chemical technology fields and practical applications.

Annually about 1.5 doctoral students finish their doctoral thesis and about 5 master students finish their master thesis.

Main research topics

  • Measurement of phase equilibria relevant to chemical process industry. Especially measurement capabilities for vapor-liquid equilibria research are well developed.
  • Microprocess technology, especially development of small scale distillation units. The technology is also applied in research of process intensification with integrated miniaturized chemical process plants.
  • Modeling of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and multiphase chemical processes. The aim in this focus area is to combine fundamental models describing molecular scale kinetics into unified integrated process modeling tools with high predictive power. These tools can significantly speed up traditional process development and design.

Ongoing projects

  1. Phase Equilibria for Bio-refineries (PEQBIO)
  2. Crystallization  - FLUKI
  3. Academy Research Fellow Project: Process development intensification by utilization of a new generation of Micro-plants
  4. Physical Properties and Phase Equilibria Measurements for Pyrolysis Oil Components
  5. Phase Stability Calculation and Equilibrium Measurements for Biorefinery
  6. Fubio Joint Research 2 / Ionic Liquids
  7. Fubio Joint Research 2 / Modelling of Hot Water Extraction
  8. Products from dissolved cellulose / Modelling of viscose process
  9. CLEEN- Carbon Capture and Storage

Latest publications

Chemical engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Modelling a molten salt thermal energy system – A validation study

Publishing year: 2019 Applied Energy
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Biorefineries, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Chemical Recovery of Î-Valerolactone/Water Biorefinery

Publishing year: 2018 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Chemical engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Modeling of nickel-based hydrotalcite catalyst coated on heat exchanger reactors for CO2 methanation

Publishing year: 2018 Chemical Engineering Journal
Chemical engineering, Printing Technology, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Investigating elastic relaxation effects on the optical properties of functionalised calcium carbonate compacts using optics-based Heckel analysis

Publishing year: 2018 International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Temperature and Pressure Dependence of Density of a Shale Oil and Derived Thermodynamic Properties

Publishing year: 2018 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Quaternary and ternary LLE measurements for solvent (2-methyltetrahydrofuran and cyclopentyl methyl ether) + furfural + acetic acid + water between 298 and 343 K

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Compartmental modeling of large stirred tank bioreactors with high gas volume fractions

Publishing year: 2018 Chemical Engineering Journal
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering, Biorefineries

Vapor pressure, vapor-liquid equilibria, liquid-liquid equilibria and excess enthalpy of the system consisting of isophorone, furfural, acetic acid and water

Publishing year: 2018 Chemical Engineering Science
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Simulation and design of a dividing wall column with an analysis of a vapour splitting device

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Chemical engineering

Separation of furfural and acetic acid with liquid-liquid-extraction and distillation in biorefinery systems

Publishing year: 2018
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Ville Alopaeus
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Petri Uusi-Kyyny
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher