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"We need to intensify our efforts to boost process intensification."

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Martin van Sint Annaland chairs the research group Chemical Process Intensification that develops novel multi-functional reactor concepts based on improved fundamental knowledge using validated advanced (multi-phase) reactor models. This is achieved by employing a combination of state-of-the-art numerical models (using the multi-level modeling approach), advanced (non-invasive) experimental techniques, and experimental demonstration of novel reactor concepts (proof of concept). Important research themes of the group include:

i) Integration of reaction and separation. The focus here is on membrane reactors, chemical looping processes and sorption-enhanced processes and combinations thereof. Both (high temperature) packed bed and fluidized bed membrane reactors and packed bed and fluidized bed chemical looping processes are studied for many different applications.

ii) Integration of endothermic and exothermic reactions. This comprises for instance the rapid cycling reverse flow reactor to couple the endothermic propane dehydrogenation with the exothermic combustion of methane/carbon deposits. Another example is the packed bed membrane reactor with a dual function catalyst to couple the oxidative coupling and steam reforming of methane. A third example is the Cu-Ca process for sorption-enhanced steam methane reforming coupled with chemical looping.

iii) Integration of heat exchange exploiting dynamic reactor operation. This theme entails reverse flow (membrane) reactors and dynamically operated packed beds e.g. for cryogenic separation of CO2 from flue gasses, and chemical looping combustion for power production) or liquid injection (viz. induced condensing agents in gas phase polyolefin reactors).

Academic background

Martin van Sint Annaland studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (UT, Enschede, The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc (1994) and PhD (2000) degrees. His thesis on 'A novel reverse flow reactor coupling endothermic and exothermic reactions' was supervised by professors Hans Kuipers and Wim van Swaaij. In 2000 Van Sint Annaland joined the UT research group Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering (FCRE) as an Assistant Professor. In 2006 he was appointed Associate Professor. In 2010 he moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands), where he was appointed Full Professor. Martin van Sint Annaland chairs the research group Chemical Process Intensification.

Affiliated with

  • Dutch Graduate School on Process Technology (OSPT)
  • J.M. Burgerscentrum (JMBC, Research School for Fluid Mechanics)
  • PIN-NL, Dutch Process Intensification Network

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Tecnalia, ECN,TNO
  • Sabic, Shell, DSM, AkzoNobel, TataSteel

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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