Engineering Of Micro-Nano-Atto Scale Chemical Reactors.
By Honorable Speaker
Dr. Goran Jovanovic
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate-Director of Microproducts Breakthrough Institute
Oregon State University
School of Chemical Biological and Environmental Engineering, Corvallis Oregon
There are exceptional occasions in the professional lives of engineers and scientists when emerging technologies take a significant departure from the prevailing paradigm, yielding disruptive conditions for momentous technological changes. One of these occasions has been made possible by the emergence of nano and microscale-based technologies. While the impact of nano-technologies was often reduced to simple, functional features embedded in physicochemical properties of nanoparticles, microtechnology innovation brought real technological changes from its inception.
Since the advent of microscale-based technologies with embedded nanoscale functional features, scientists and engineers have been making bold advances in diverse areas of chemical processing. Heterogeneous catalytic processes and separation processes hold the most prominent place in this effort. These developments are fueled by the most fundamental advantages of chemical processing technologies designed and manufactured in microscale based structures, such as extremely high surface-to-volume ratio, and exceptionally high and controllable heat and mass transfer.
A new era in the design, manufacture, and operation of potentially disruptive chemical processes must be accompanied and enabled by a novel conceptual approach, which could genuinely deliver better-faster-cleaner-cheaper performance.
Therefore, a conceptually innovative approach to the design, fabrication, and operation of microscale-based catalytic reactors, separation unit operations, and entire chemical process technologies is imperative. Future chemical technologies in all likelihood will be based on quasi-2D surface-enabled processes. This approach will reflect principal advantages of micro/nanostructured processes, as they affect design, manufacturing, assembly, and operation of microscale-based, chemical reactors and separation unit operations.
Research, development, and design of micro-nano-atto based technologies are already well established in several advanced national and academic laboratories, and in private industry. However, these technical approaches are yet to be systematically applied and rooted in the contemporary design of chemical processes.
Manufacturing of the micro-nano-atto-scale based devices to facilitate needs of industrial scale processes is bringing additional changes. Often, these changes are typified in the lamination technical approach in which particular devices are designed, manufactured and assembled. The changes in this area have to be focused on functional advantages of the lamination approach in designing new generations of process devices, and large-scale massive, inexpensive manufacturing approaches to the fabrication of lamina elements enhanced for separation processes and heterogeneous catalytic reactors.
Date: 8-19 January 2018
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