ITCP 07-2023 Master Thesis: Development of new reactor systems for large-scale polymerizations

  • Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)
  • Fixed-Term
  • Full-time

Your Tasks

The transition from laboratory-scale chemistry to industrial production is fraught with many challenges related to chemistry, engineering, safety, economics, and environmental considerations. In large batches reaction rates, heat and mass transfer as well as mixing of the reaction medium behave differently, therefore a successful scale-up requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving chemists, engineers, and process experts to design reaction schemes and suitable reactor layouts. In this interdisciplinary project, a reactor system is developed to scale-up modern polymerizations.

Master Project 1 (Chemical engineer/technical chemist): Development of a suitable reactor system for large-scale chemical syntheses.

In the first part of this project, the reaction behavior is investigated through computer simulations and theoretical considerations with the support of experimental data. From this, a suitable reactor system as well as reaction conditions will be developed, including the construction and optimization of a first prototype.

Master Project 2 (Chemist): Investigation of kinetics of model reactions in confined geometries.

In the second part of this project, respective polymerization reactions are investigated on the lab-scale to analyze the kinetic behavior as well as heat and mass transfer effects. Further, suitable monomers and monomer combinations (also from renewable sources) will be investigated, including the optimization of the respective reaction conditions.

Your Profile

  • Knowledge of chemical engineering
  • Basic knowledge of polymer chemistry

Interested?

Carrasco Sanchez, Raquel

Tel: +49 721 608-42016

Contract duration

6 Months (5 months lab work, 1 month thesis writing)

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Patrick Théato, e-mail: patrick.theato@kit.edu, Dr. Dominik Voll, e-Mail: dominik.voll@kit.edu, Dr. Patrick Lott, e-mail: patrick.lott@kit.edu or Dr. Christian Schmitt, e-mail: christian.schmitt3@kit.edu.