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Chemical systems exhibit behavior rich enough to provide endless research questions in dynamics and control. Understanding and expressing them mathematically is the cornerstone of my research. The rest is icing on the cake. 

Research profile

Leyla Özkan is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her research seeks to improve the operation and increase the understanding of industrial chemical systems. She uses modeling, system theory and mathematics to develop new tools and methods and apply them to chemical applications. She collaborates closely with industrial partners, developing solutions for processes with real industrial needs, and her work has demonstrated the commercial value of these methods. The group specifically advances methods for autonomous operation support technology: models for predictive control, real-time optimization, process monitoring both at unit and enterprise level, and integration of process design with instrumentation and operational aspects.  

In addition, Özkan teaches master’s degree level courses such as Model Based Control, Advanced Process Control and the System Integration Project in the Systems and Control master’s degree program. She is the chair of the PSE-NL Network and is an associate editor for the Journal of Process Control. 

Academic background

Leyla Özkan holds a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University (Turkey). She undertook her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University (USA), studying model-based control of chemical processes.  

Upon graduatingÖzkan became a postdoc at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) as part of EPSRC project Chemicals Behaving Badly II. In this projectÖzkan developed tools and methods for the control of pharmaceutical crystallization processes for companies including GSK, Pfizer, Syngenta and Astrazeneca 

In 2005, Özkan joined IPCOS Technology Boxtel as an R&D consultant, developing model reduction technology for glass melting tanks. In 2009, she returned to academia as Assistant Professor in the Control Systems group of the Electrical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

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Constrained control and estimation of homogeneous reaction systems using extent-based Linear Parameter Varying models

Marquez Ruiz, A., Mendez Blanco, C. & Özkan, L., 12 feb 2020, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 59, 6, blz. 2242-2251 10 blz.

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    A second order cone formulation of min-max MPC with zone control for LPV systems

    Marquez-Ruiz, A., Patino, J., Ozkan, L. & Espinosa, J., okt 2019, 4th IEEE Colombian Conference on Automatic Control: Automatic Control as Key Support of Industrial Productivity, CCAC 2019 - Proceedings. Garcia-Tirado, J., Munoz-Durango, D., Alvarez, H. & Botero-Castro, H. (redactie). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 6 blz. 8921029

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  • Dynamic modeling of milk acidification for product design and process control

    Porru, M., Ozkan, L., Huppertz, T. & Szymanska, E., 9 okt 2019.

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    Integration of Max-plus-linear scheduling and control

    Dirza, R., Marquez Ruiz, A., Ozkan, L. & Mendez Blanco, C., 25 jul 2019, In : Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. 46, blz. 1279-1284 6 blz.

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    Modeling of reactive batch distillation processes for control

    Marquez Ruiz, A., Mendez Blanco, C. S. & Ozkan, L., 2 feb 2019, In : Computers and Chemical Engineering. 121, blz. 86-98 13 blz.

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    29th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE 29)

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    Simulation Models Increase Process Efficiency

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    Research: Dynamic modeling of ultrafiltration membranes for whey separation processes

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    Dynamic modeling of ultrafiltration membranes for whey separation processes

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    Disturbance model and observer tuning method for model predictive control

    Auteur: Gonzalez Burgos, J., 30 sep 2011

    Begeleider: Backx, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Ozkan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    Extremum seeking based auto-tuning of MPC for a tubular polymerization reactor

    Auteur: Bruggeman, O., 31 aug 2015

    Begeleider: Ozkan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    LPV modelling and parameter estimation for reaction systems

    Auteur: Prikken, D., 7 sep 2018

    Begeleider: Ozkan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Mendez Blanco, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Van den Hof, P. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    Modeling and optimal control of fluidized bed membrane reactors

    Auteur: Wu, J., 27 jun 2018

    Begeleider: Özkan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & van Sint Annaland, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    Model learning predictive control with applications to batch processes

    Auteur: Loonen, M., 28 jun 2018

    Begeleider: Weiland, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Ozkan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Marquez Ruiz, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Saltik, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master