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

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering, Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion, Chemical Engineering in Aqueous Systems, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Biorefineries

Physical Properties of 7-Methyl-1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (mTBD)

Publishing year: 2019 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERMOPHYSICS
Chemical engineering, Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Dual aeration tests with heap leaching of a pyrrhotite-rich pentlandite ore

Publishing year: 2019 Hydrometallurgy
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Approximating catalyst effectiveness factors with reaction rate profiles

Publishing year: 2019 CATALYSTS
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 Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical engineering

Modeling of bioreactors

Publishing year: 2019
Chemical engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Physicochemical Modeling for Pressurized Hot Water Extraction of Spruce Wood

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

Isobaric Vapor–Liquid Equilibrium of Furfural + γ-Valerolactone at 30 kPa and Isothermal Liquid–Liquid Equilibrium of Carbon Dioxide + γ-Valerolactone + Water at 298 K

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

Chemical Recovery of γ-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
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Kaj Jakobsson

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
University Lecturer

Karhan Özdenkci

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Petri Uusi-Kyyny

Petri Uusi-Kyyny

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ville Alopaeus

Ville Alopaeus

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor
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