A Capita Selecta is a specialized course offered by our research groups. The content of a CS course is determined on an individual basis and can be used as a preparation for the MSc assignment or to deepen knowledge in a particular topic.|
Depending on the background, need and interest of the student, an individual assignment (theoretical as well as practical) is discussed. The course is offered in form of self-study. Support is offered in personal consulting sessions with the student. Assessment depends on the chosen assignment.
In physics and chemistry the mesoscopic scale is the length scale at which one can reasonably discuss material properties or phenomena without having to discuss individual atom behaviour. Applied research at this scale is covered by the fields of nanotechnology and microtechnology and includes for example microreactors and microseparators.
The aim of the research group Mesoscale Chemical Systems is to study the behaviour and control of fluids, including miscible and immiscible liquids, gases and two-phase gas-liquid systems and of the chemical species contained in these fluids in a confined environment and more specifically, near nanostructured and active surfaces and interfaces.
The main research themes are:
I. process intensification using renewable sources of activation (ultrasound, plasma, solar light),
unconventional conditions (emulsions, supercritical fluids) or new reactor designs (typically
microreactors) to perform chemical reactions and separations;
II. miniaturized chemical analysis systems, applied in local measurement of chemical
variables. Of particular interest are small, energy-efficient systems that can be used to monitor
the composition of (industrial) reactors, to monitor air, soil or water quality, to monitor exhaust
streams of chemical plants, or to monitor feedstock quality in the chemical, pharmaceutical or
food industries ;
III. nanostructured devices for reaction and analysis on single particles (chromatographic beads,
catalyst particles, nanowires).
IV. the use of solar light or electricity from renewable sources (wind, water, solar) for chemical
conversions, including new materials, new processes, or new equipment involved in these