At the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Define new processes and/or reactor systems following a methodology based on process intensification frameworks, and compare it with a conventional equipment or process.
- Provide arguments on the applicability of two prevailing strategies:
a) Miniaturization, b) Scale-up, and their applicability in different markets (e.g. fine chemicals, commodities, etc.).
- Defend a proposed solution (prototype or concept) with elements to convince Business/Project managers about the risks/advantages of implementing the new process or equipment, based on hypothetical/real scenarios
This course is meant to be an interactive and self-driven experience, where students apply prior knowledge and newly acquired tools to propose new designs or concepts.|
A project will be assigned to small teams (2-3 students), with the best match between students’ interests and an existing "problem" database. All problems/projects belong to a "living" set of challenges or questions that have been selected from communication with existing industry or identified from relevant academic topics.
A singularity of this course is that it will be connected in time with future and past students taking the course. This means that if you are not the first student working on a project, you will most likely "inherit" a report, and perhaps a demonstrator or prototype.
Your challenge will be to make sure the project progresses, and together with the instructor(s), we will define in what direction we must move forward.
The final report is the most important document of this course, because it is the only guarantee that an efficient knowledge transfer takes place between you and the upcoming group of students.
To conclude, a pitch presentation will allow you to defend your project (and eventual prototype).
Depending on your level of ambition, and practical possibilities, you can receive assistance in the difficult trajectory of valorization, e.g. if you want to compete in (students) entrepreneurial events, or take one idea emerging from your work and transform it into a product, or perhaps a spin-off company.