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"Combining my jobs at NWO and TU/e is truly inspiring. It shows me every day what huge impact science has on society and what important role engineers play."

Research profile

Jaap Schouten’s research in chemical reactor engineering focuses on three areas.

The research area 'high-gravity high-shear multiphase reactors' focuses on the development of multiphase reactor systems that use rotation to create high gravity and high shear conditions, thus leading to excellent interphase mass transfer, intraphase mixing, and fluid-to-wall heat transfer. Applications are especially in (exothermic) fast reactions that are interphase mass transfer limited, mixing limited, or heat transfer limited. The rotating systems also enable separation processes such as distillation (gas-liquid), extraction (liquid-liquid), and crystallization (liquid-solid). The two main concepts under study are the ‘spinning disk reactor’ and the ‘rotating bed reactor’.

The research area of 'microstructured reactors and devices' focuses on the development and scale-up of microchemical systems that provide intricate geometries with characteristic length scales of 10-100 µm to achieve optimum mixing, mass and heat transfer, (catalytic) reaction, and product separation. The challenge is to explore the potential benefits of these miniaturized chemical systems in terms of e.g. productivity, selectivity, energy efficiency, new reaction pathways, safety, and environmental benign manufacturing. Areas of application include fuel processing and hydrogen production, high-throughput catalyst screening, and chemicals synthesis.

The research area 'catalysis engineering' integrates reactor engineering with catalysis. Here the rotating reactors and microreactors mentioned above are developed into catalytic reactors and investigated by means of kinetic and mass transfer measurements. This improves the understanding of both the catalyst and the reactor to improve them further and be able to model their behavior.

Academic background

Jaap Schouten studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente where he obtained his master's degree in 1983 cum laude. In 1988 he obtained his PhD at TU Delft, again cum laude. He was research manager at the Unilever Research Laboratory (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands) until 1990, when he was appointed assistant professor at the Department Chemical Engineering of TU Delft. In 1994 he became associate professor at TU Delft. In 1998 Schouten was appointed full professor of Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). During 2001-2005 and 2008-2011 he was Vice-Dean at the TU/e department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and from 2011-2016 he was the Dean of the department. Since 2017 Jaap Schouten is member of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and chair of the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW).

Affiliated with

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), member Executive Board
  • NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW), chair

External positions

Member Executive Board Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

1 Jan 2017 → …

Chair NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW)

1 Jan 2017 → …

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Research Output 1978 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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stators
metal spinning
Stators
rotors
mass transfer
4 Citations (Scopus)

Adsorptive water removal from dichloromethane and vapor-phase regeneration of a molecular sieve 3A packed bed

Jovic, S., Laxminarayan, Y., Keurentjes, J. T. F., Schouten, J. C. & van der Schaaf, J., Apr 2017, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 56, 17, p. 5042-5054 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Methylene Chloride
Molecular sieves
Dichloromethane
Packed beds
Vapors
5 Citations (Scopus)

Epoxidation of propene using Au/TiO2: On the difference between H2 and CO as a co-reactant

Kanungo, S., Su, Y., Neira d'Angelo, M. F., Schouten, J. C. & Hensen, E. J. M., 1 Jan 2017, In : Catalysis Science & Technology. 7, 11, p. 2252-2261 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Epoxidation
Carbon Monoxide
Propylene
Oxides
Oxygen
3 Citations (Scopus)

Direct synthesis of propylene oxide in a packed bed membrane reactor

Kertalli, E., Kosinov, N., Schouten, J. C. & Nijhuis, T. A., 1 Jan 2017, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 307, p. 9-14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Packed beds
Propylene
oxide
membrane
Membranes
8 Citations (Scopus)

Micromixing in a rotor-stator spinning disc reactor

Manzano Martinez, A. N., van Eeten, K. M. P., Schouten, J. C. & van der Schaaf, J., 15 Nov 2017, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 56, 45, p. 13454-13460 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Stators
Energy dissipation
Rotors

Prizes

Prof. dr. ir. Jaap Schouten

Jaap Schouten (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: NWOStevinScientific

engineering
science

Smart Structured Rotating Reactors

Jaap Schouten (Recipient), 2008

Recognition: ERCAdvancedScientific

Gravitation
Intelligent materials
Chemical plants
Multiphase flow
Rotating disks

Spinning Disc Reaction Technology for Cost- and Resource Effective Chemicals Production

Jaap Schouten (Recipient), 2011

Recognition: ERCProof of conceptScientific

Batch reactors
Costs
Chemical industry
Drug products
Industry

Student theses

A kinetic study of the water gas-shift reaction on two molybdynum carbide catalysts coations with different morphologies

Author: Akam, S., 26 Jun 2008

Supervisor: Rebrov, E. (Supervisor 1), de Croon, M. (Supervisor 2) & Schouten, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Alkyne hydrogenation using a Pd/silicalite-1 catalyst: catalyst preparation and kinetics

Author: Hermans, E., 30 Nov 2015

Supervisor: Schouten, J. (Supervisor 1) & Truter, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A mechanistic study of methane steam reforming over ceria-zirconia supported rhodium

Author: van Leendert, R., 31 Aug 2009

Supervisor: Halabi, M. (Supervisor 1), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2), de Croon, M. (Supervisor 2), Meuldijk, J. (Supervisor 2) & Schouten, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A mechanistic study of the high temerature Fischer-Tropsch process using SSITKA - C2+ formation

Author: van de Vin, T., 29 Feb 2008

Supervisor: Govender, N. (Supervisor 1), de Croon, M. (Supervisor 2) & Schouten, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Ammonia oxidation on Pt catalyst in microreactors

Author: Duinkerke, S., 31 May 2001

Supervisor: Schouten, J. (Supervisor 1), Rebrov, E. (Supervisor 2) & de Croon, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master