Structuring Reactors

Nature-inspired ways to structure multiphase reactors, such as the use of a tree-like fractal injector for uniform, scalable fluid distribution, and the use of oscillating gas flows to induce regular bubble patterns.

For our most recent work on using this approach to distribute and collect fluids efficiently, in a scalable way, for applications to fuel cells, see: Fuel Cells.

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Key Publications

M.-O. Coppens, 
"A nature-inspired approach to reactor and catalysis engineering",
Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 2012, 1, 1-9.
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J.R. van Ommen, J. Nijenhuis, and M.-O. Coppens,
"Reshaping the structure of fluidized beds",
Chem. Eng. Prog., 2009, July, 49-57.
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D. Christensen, J. Nijenhuis, J.R. van Ommen, and M.-O. Coppens,
"The influence of distributed secondary gas injection on the performance of a bubbling fluidized bed reactor",
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2008, 47, 3601-3618. (Special Issue in honor of Prof. E.B. Nauman)
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Lilian de Martin