Special Issue "Recent Advances in Novel Chemical Reactor"

A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 2299

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Fraunhofer IMM, Head of Division Energy, Carl-Zeiss-Straße, 55129 Mainz, Germany
Interests: catalysis; reaction engineering; kinetics; fuel processing; reforming; methanation
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Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: environmental pollution; wastewater treatment; process engineering; process simulation; process optimization; separation technology; distillation; chemical process design; mass transfer; flue gas treatment; chemical absorption; absorption column; marine scrubbers
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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
Interests: catalysis; photocatalysis; reactor engineering; flow chemistry
Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Ghent University, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: reactor design; computational fluid dynamics; CFD-DEM; multiscale modeling; process intensification; process simulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the 21st century, a greater awareness of world governments is leading to a new and rising trend in energy and energy use on the global scale. This shift will require not only the conviction needed to drive clean energy transitions through both legal and political innovations, but also flexibility in addressing the future uncertainties of the global energy market. From this perspective, clean transitions will require political, technological, economic, social and environmental changes.

Over the past few decades, the design of chemical reactors has been driven by economy of scale and low prices of fossil fuels. However, in the scope of the energy transition, other production concepts such as the decentralized utilization of renewable sources will give rise to novel criteria such as compactness and process intensification.

Contributions are welcome that deal with all kinds of reactor technologies capable of utilizing solar or wind energy such as photoreactors, plasma reactors, electrically heated reactors, etc., and also reactors for the production of green and yellow hydrogen from renewable sources.

Contributions should focus on the potential for (future) scaling and evaluation of the overall process efficiency (also compared to conventional technologies).

Dr. Gunther Kolb
Dr. Domenico Flagiello
Dr. Antonio Jose Exposito
Dr. Laurien Vandewalle
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  • novel reactor concepts
  • energy transition
  • renewable energy
  • solar powered reactors
  • renewable powered chemical reactors
  • electrical heated reactors

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Experimental Evaluation of a Coated Foam Catalytic Reactor for the Direct CO2-to-Methanol Synthesis Process
ChemEngineering 2023, 7(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering7020016 - 21 Feb 2023
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The era of considering carbon dioxide (CO2) as a waste stream has passed. New methods of utilising CO2 as a carbon feedstock are currently the focus of extensive research efforts. A fixed-bed reactor containing a commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 [...] Read more.
The era of considering carbon dioxide (CO2) as a waste stream has passed. New methods of utilising CO2 as a carbon feedstock are currently the focus of extensive research efforts. A fixed-bed reactor containing a commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst washcoated on a Cu foam was used for the synthesis of methanol through direct CO2 hydrogenation. Catalytic activity tests in this reactor were conducted at reaction pressures of 30 and 50 bar, temperatures in the range 190–250 °C, and weight hourly space velocities (WHSV) in the range 1.125–2.925 NL gcat−1 h−1. The best reactor performance was recorded at 50 bar pressure: CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity of 27.46% and 82.97%, respectively, were obtained at 240 °C and 1.125 NL gcat−1 h−1. Increasing the WHSV to 2.925 NL gcat−1 h−1 resulted in a twofold increase in methanol weight time yield (WTY) to 0.18 gMeOH gcat−1 h−1 and a decrease in methanol selectivity to 70.55%. The results presented in this investigation provide insight into the performance of a bench-scale reactor in which mass transfer limitations are non-negligible and demonstrate that metal foams are promising catalyst support structures for CO2 hydrogenation towards methanol production. Full article
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