The Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) is one of the largest and most awarded technical universities in Germany. Established in 1870, RWTH Aachen today is divided into nine faculties. Their approximately 30,000 students are enrolled in 85 courses of studies. The proportion of foreigners (19 percent) substantiates the university’s international orientation. Every year about 2,700 graduates as well as doctoral graduates leave the university. Approximately 400 professors as well as 2,000 academic and 2,000 non-academic colleagues work at the RWTH Aachen. The university budget amounts to approximately 500 million Euros – of which 142 million Euros are third-party expenditures. Moreover, 14 special fields of research and two further interests, two interdisciplinary working groups, five graduate colleges, 15 competence centres, ten ancillary institutes with strong industrial alignment as well as the settlement of three Fraunhofer institutes illustrate the university’s considerable research potential. The RWTH Aachen University is characterised by its strength in science and engineering education.
The Chair of Chemical Process Engineering at RWTH Aachen University employs one professor, five senior engineers, 25 PhD students and 20 permanent staff in lab, machine shop, IT service and administrative areas. Its tasks include teaching in chemical and environmental engineering and research and development projects for private and public customers. Research focuses on membrane process analysis and development, particularly on module design and operation, on process intensification and on environmental engineering.
With its specific and consolidated experience on membrane process analysis and development, the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering will lead the WP 2 (Gas Separation).
Research is focused on membrane process analysis and development, particularly on module design and operation, on process intensification and on environmental engineering. The tools used for these tasks development are
- both commercial and internally developed software for fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, specifically at and in membranes and modules and for process simulation,
- experimental and analytical equipment for the characterisation of membrane and module performance and for model validation.