The DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC 1615 "SMART Reactors for Future Process Engineering" is divided into four project areas. The four areas are closely interlinked and build on each other. On this page you will find an overview of all projects.
In Project Area A, "Development of components for in situ detection and self-regulation of SMART reactors", individual reactor components (e.g. stimuli-responsive polymeric internals, reactive catalytic surfaces) will be developed and their self-regulation mechanisms are tested on a small scale.
In Project Area B, "Experimentally assisted modelling of local process conditions tailored with self-adaptive components", the process conditions required for the SMART reactors targeted in Project Area C will be investigated experimentally and numerically with regard to thermodynamics, local transport phenomena and their actuation mechanisms in real process environments. This will clarify how the components delivered by Project Area A will need to adapt to cope with critical process conditions.
In Project Area C, "Investigating self-adjustment of SMART reactors at pilot-scale", will develop concepts for the integration of individual components from Project Area A into prototype reactors, which are operated according to the models and insights gained in Project Area B. Both the reaction itself and the corresponding downstream processing (e.g. formulation) will be addressed exemplarily for fluid-fluid and solid-fluid systems.
Project Area D focuses on the methods, concepts, and technologies required to process large amounts of data from SMART Reactors and other intelligent systems in real time. Likewise, the project area is responsible for the administration of the Collaborative Research Center and the organization of joint project meetings, retreats, workshops and symposia, the coordination of the pooling of the scientific results of the projects, the implementation of equal opportunity measures, the organization of the supervision of guest and visiting scientists and the presentation of the CRC to the public.