CRC 1615: SMART Reactors

Reactors for Future Process Engineering

Welcome to the DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC 1615 SMART Reactors

We are facing the societal challenges of transforming economic and production chains from fossil raw materials to sustainable and renewable raw materials. However, these can fluctuate seasonally and geologically in their availability and quality. Society therefore urgently needs processes and reactors that can respond flexibly to fluctuating raw material properties. To enable such adaptation, a very high level of process control is required: pressures, temperatures, concentrations and dispersed phases must be monitored continuously and in situ in the reactors using suitable sensors.

As part of the Collaborative Research Center, we aim to address this issue and enable SMART reactors through basic research. In the future, the SMART reactors will convert sustainable renewable resources into different products (multi-purpose) in a more sustainable way and operate autonomously (self-adapting), which will lead to more resilient processes that are more transferable between scales and locations.

To achieve our vision, interdisciplinary collaboration between process engineering, materials science and electrical engineering with physicists, chemists, mathematicians and data scientists from Hamburg University of Technology and five research institutions enables the focusing of expertise and unique experimental facilities.

Within the framework of this website, we would like to give you an insight into the individual subprojects, publications related to the CRC, upcoming events and career opportunities within the Collaborative Research Center.

News CRC 1615


Exploring Catalytic Three-Phase Flows: ERC-awarded Kuipers-group from TU/e meets CRC 1615 “SMART Reactors”

The research group “Multi Scale Modelling of Multi-Phase Flows” from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology visited our CRC “SMART Reactors” at TUHH. Insights into their latest advancements in the development of reactor models for multiphase reactors were presented.

CRC SMART Reactors at the "Annual Meeting of the DECHEMA/VDI expert groups on multiphase flow, CFD, and aerosol technology"

PhD candidate Christoph Wigger presented a poster on the integration of lattice structures in chemical reactors paving the way for enhanced efficiency and sustainability at the meeting in Bremen.

New publication available online!

PhD candidate Julio Urizarna-Carasa, technomathematics student Leon Schlegel and Professor Daniel Ruprecht from the Institute for Mathematics at the Hamburg University of Technology have shared their latest results on numerical methods for the Maxey-Riley equations with Basset history term.

Prof. Steven T. Wereley from Purdue University visits the CRC "SMART Reactors"

Professor Steve Wereley, one of the international top experts in microfluidics from Purdue University College of Engineering, USA, visited our partners’ labs at TU Hamburg and HAW Hamburg and was thoroughly impressed by the outstanding equipment for experimental analysis of gas bubble motions.

CRC SMART Reactors at the "57. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker"

Our consortium members Professor Raimund Horn and PhD candidate Diego Espinoza from the Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering at TUHH introduced new methods for intra-reactor diagnostic measurements at the DECHEMA conference in Weimar.