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Course module: 201800325
Innovating Reactor Systems
Course info
Course module201800325
Credits (ECTS)2.5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact D. Fernandez Rivas
Contactperson for the course D. Fernandez Rivas
Examiner D. Fernandez Rivas
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of this course, the students will be able to:
  1. 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. The explanation will be based on a six-step Guide to Innovate.
  2. Explain a framework with three ingredients, Knowledge, Persuasiveness, Empathy (KPE), identifying the role of KPE in each of the six-steps Guide to Innovate, and criticise the definitions of Engineer and Entrepreneur
  3. Use KPE’s framework to solve problems of different nature, (e.g. defining new processes and/or reactor systems) and decide which indicators to use with the Intensification Factor (IF) method to calculate for different solutions or alternatives to a given technology, apply it in making decisions, and assess the Applicability of a given solution.

This course aims at filling a knowledge gap: a ‘how-to-start innovating guide for newbies’ who are facing the 21𝑠𝑡 century. It 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. There will be tips from examples of professional trajectories told by innovators about their journeys, which will prepare you for the fast-changing world we are living. We will clarify the words innovation and entrepreneurship, which you might have heard in different contexts.

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. There is also a possibility for the team of students to define a problem in collaboration with the teacher/instructor.

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 can "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.

Assumed previous knowledge
Basic BSc of STEM disciplines.
Participating study
Master Chemical Engineering
Required materials
Empathic Entrepreneurial Engineering (book in Library/online)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Self study with assistance
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

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