Mixing and Separation Technologies
Mixing and separation technologies are crucial for chemical processes and have a significant impact on efficiency and cost. Further progress in separation techniques employing adsorption methods, membranes or extraction is essential for the success of new processes. Transformation and downstream processing are becoming more integrated, resulting in hybrid methods such as reactive distillation. Another important development is the use of multiphase reactions. Bubble columns play an important role in chemical processing, especially in fermentation and cultivation of microalgae. Efficient mixers are needed for fluid-fluid as well as fluid-solid or fluid-gas systems.