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.


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences involved in two projects of the CRC 1615

Prof. Dr. Alexandra von Kameke is involved in two projects in the new DFG-funded collaborative research centre "SMART Reactors" at TUHH.

In the sub-project "Tailored transport processes in multiphase reactors", von Kameke and her colleague Prof. Dr. Michael Schlüter from the TUHH want to better understand the transport processes on the smart surfaces on which enzymes, bacteria or catalysts are applied. In most cases, the fastest possible transport to and from the surfaces is advantageous, so that as much fluid as possible can react in a short time. Various factors play a role here, for example the flow guidance in the reactor or the formation of bubbles.

In a second project by Prof. von Kameke, which she is working on with colleague Prof. Dr. Kathrin Padberg-Gehle from Leuphana University, flows and mixing processes in chemical reactors are being studied on a larger scale. To this end, von Kameke's team will collect experimental measurement data, for example using sensors and high-resolution particle tracking with high-speed cameras, which HAW Hamburg has just been able to successfully acquire with the large-scale MUST device. This data will then be analysed by Prof. Padberg-Gehle and her team at Leuphana using network theory.

Further information on HAW's participation in CRC 1615 can be found on HAW's press portal