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Working Party on High Pressure Technology -  WP HPT

 

Welcome to the website of the EFCE Working Party on High Pressure Technology.

 

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Current activities

 

The Working Party welcomes ist new Chair, Professor Maria José Cocero Alonso.

 

Business Meeting

 

History and Mission of the Working Party

 

History

The Working Party (WP) on High Pressure Technology (HPT) of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) was established in 1988. Prof. Gerhard Vetter (University of Erlangen, Germany) was one of the founders of the WP HPT. The chairmen of WP HPT were as follows:

Chair Term of office
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany) 1988 -
Prof. Dr. Helmut Tiltsher (Munich, Germany)  
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany)  
Prof. Dr. Alberto Bertucco (Padova, Italy) 1997 - 2003
Prof. Dr. Željko Knez (Maribor, Slovenia) 2003 - 2010
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schlücker (Erlangen, Germany)  2010 - 2021
Prof. Dr. Maria José Cocero Alonso (Valladolid, Spain) since 2021

Europe has been the cradle of high pressure technology in the 20s and 30s when most relevant high pressure chemical processes and plants were developed. The special scientific and technical knowledge required in this respect became a precious technological heritage of European Conutries. In the last two decaded the demand expertise in the field has increased considerably: both academic and industrial researchers from different ares (chemists, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food technologists) have been involved in projects about high pressure applications to new processes and products.
 


Aims and objectives

Aims and objectives of the WP HPT are:

  • operation, coordination, promotion and advancement of high pressure research activities within Europe and co-operation activities beyond

  • active collaboration in the organisation of thematic sessions on HPT

  • coordination of international scientific events organised in Europe in the field of high pressure technology

  • establishment of closer co-operation within high pressure research groups at university and industry from different areas

  • education of phD students, researchers from universities and industry in the fundamentals and applications of high pressure technology in chemical and process industry: organisation of an intensive course.

  • active participation in the initiatives of the EFCE advisory board about DSCPT

Nowdays, the WP HPT has 21 members from 13 different countries , which hold one technical meeting per year, and are present at different events dealing with high pressure technology: international conferences, meetings, symposiums and other.

The WP contribution to Development of Sustainable Chemical and Process Technologies (DSCPT) involves substitution of organic solvents by the use of harmless compressed gasses, i.e. water and carbon dioxide at high pressure, in many applications of the chemical, food, pharmaceutical, biochemical, cosmetic, materials industries.

 

"High pressure is a wonderful tool to develop new processes and products".

Prof. Dr. Thomas GAMSE (Delegate; WP Secretary)
Graz University of Technology
Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology
Inffeldgasse 2, 8010 Graz

Tel: +43 316 873 7477
Contact

http://www.ceet.tugraz.at

TGamse

Dr. Eduard LACK  (Honorary Member)
NATEX Prozesstechnologie GmbH
Hauptstrasse 2, 2630 Ternitz

Tel: +43 2630 32120; Fax: +43 2630 38163
Contact

http://www.natex.at/

ELack

DI Martin SOVA  (guest member)
NATEX Prozesstechnologie GmbH
Hauptstrasse 2, 2630 Ternitz

Tel: +43 2630 32120; Fax: +43 2630 38163

http://www.natex.at/


CZECH REPUBLIC

Dr. Helena SOVOVA (Delegate)
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals
Department of Diffusion and Separation Processes
Rozvojova 2, 165 02 Prague 6 - Suchdol

Tel: +420 220390 234, 23
Contact

http://www.icpf.cas.cz/sep/sep.aspx

HSovova

FINLAND

Prof. Tapio SALMI  (Elected Member)
Abo Akademi University
Laboratory Industrial Chemistry
Biskopsgatan 8, 20500 Turku / Abo

Tel: +358 02 2154427; Fax: +358 02 2154479
Contact


FRANCE

Ms. Elisabeth BADENS  (Elected Member)
Aix Marseille University
Laboratory M2P2 UMR-CNRS 7340
Europôle de l'Arbois BP 80, Bat. Laennec Hall C, 13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 4

Tel: +33 442 90 85 00 / 33 6 85 54 30 17; Fax: +33 442 90 85 15
Contact


Prof. Martial SAUCEAU  (Guest Member)   
Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux
Laboratoire de génie des procédés des solids divisés, UMR CNRS 2392
81013 Albi Cedex 09


GERMANY

Prof. Dr. Markus BUSCH (Elected Member)
Technical University Darmstadt
Alarich-Weiss-Strasse 8, 64287 Darmstadt

Tel.: +49-6151-1628190; Mob.: +49-171-1233444
Contact

http://buschlab.de  or https://www.chemie.tu-darmstadt.de/busch/index.de.jsp

MBusch

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcus PETERMANN  (Delegate)
Ruhr University of Bochum
Feststoffverfahrenstechnik
Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum

Tel:+49-234 32-26442; Fax:+49-234 32-14277
Contact

https://fvt.rub.de/indexeng.html

MPetermann

Prof. Eberhard SCHLÜCKER  (Delegate)
University of Erlangen
Institute for Process Technology and Machinery
Cauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen

Tel: +49 9131 85 29450; Fax: +49 9131 85 29449
Contact

http://www.ipat.uni-erlangen.de/

ESchluecker

Ms. Sabine GRÜNER-LEMPART (Elected Member)
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

Contact


HUNGARY

Prof. Edit SZEKELY  (Delegate)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering
Műegyetem rkp. 3., H-1111, Budapest

Contact

ESzekely

ITALY

Prof. Giuseppe CAPUTO  (Delegate)
Università di Palermo
Dept. of Industrial and Digital Innovation (DIID)
Viale delle Scienze, ed.6, 90141 Palermo

Contact 

GCaputo

Prof. Alberto BERTUCCO  (Honorary Member)
University of Padova (retired)

Contact


Prof. Ireneo KIKIC  (Honorary Member)
University of Triest (retired)

Contact


LITHUANIA

Prof. Rimantas VENSKUTONIS (Guest Member)
Kaunas University of Technology
Radvilenu pl. 19, 50254 Kaunas

Contact


The NETHERLANDS

Dr. Ludo KLEINTJENS  (Honorary Member)
DSM Research BV (retired)

Contact


POLAND

Prof. Dr. Edward RÓJ  (Delegate)
Fertilizer Research Institute
Supercritical Extraction Department
Aleja Tysiąclecia Państwa Polskiego 13 a, 24 – 110 Puławy

Contact


Prof. Irena ZIZOVIC  (Elected Member)
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Chemistry 
Norwida 4/6, 50-373 Wroclaw

Tel. +48 71 320 3425 
Contact

Institutional link: https://pwr.edu.pl/en/

Irena Zizovic

PORTUGAL

Prof. Dr. Manuel NUNES DA PONTE (Honorary Member)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCT/UNL, Department of Chemistry
Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica

Contact


ROMANIA

Prof. habil. dr. Catinca SECUIANU (Delegate - to be confirmed)
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry & Electrochemistry
Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnologies
University Politehnica of Bucharest
Campus “Polizu”, 1-7 Gh. Polizu Street, Building E, Rooms 305-306
011061 Bucharest, District 1

Tel.: +40 21 402 3823/3988
Contact

CSecuianu

SERBIA

Prof. Dejan SKALA  (Honorary Member)
University of Beograd (retired)

Contact

DSkala

Dr. Marko STAMENIC (Delegate)
Belgrade University
Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy
Karnegieva  4, 11000 Belgrade   Serbia 

Tel. +381 11 3303 710 
Contact

Institutional link: http://www.tmf.bg.ac.rs

MStamenic

SLOVENIA

Prof. Dr. Željko KNEZ (Delegate)
Faculty of chem and chem Eng.
University of Maribor
Smetanova 17, 2000 Maribor

phone mobile: +386 41 371 666
Contact

https://www.fkkt.um.si/en/

ZKnez

SPAIN

Prof. Dr. María José COCERO ALONSO  (Delegate; WP Chair)
Universidad de Valladolid
Dpto. Ingeniería Química y Tecnología del Medioambiente.
EII Sede Mergelina.
47011 Valladolid

Tel: +34 983 423174
Contact

http://www.bioecouva.es

MCocero

Prof. Francisco RECARENS (Delegate / Honorary Member)
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya  (retired)

Contact


SWEDEN

Prof. Charlotta TURNER  (Guest Member)
Lund University
Department of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
P.O. Box 124, 22100 Lund

Tel: +46 46 222 8125; Fax: +46 46222 8125
Contact


SWITZERLAND

Dr. Beat H. ZEHNDER  (Delegate)
SITEC-Sieber Engineering AG
Lohwisstrasse 46, 8123 Ebmatingen

Tel: +41 44 982 20 78; Fax: +41 44 982 10 79
Contact

http://www.sitec-hp.ch

Zehnder

TURKEY

Dr. Cerag DILEK  (Guest Member)
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering Department
Middle East Technical University
ODTÜ
Dumlupinar Bulvari No:1
06800 Çankaya Ankara/TÜRKIYE

Tel: +90-312-210 2626
Contact

https://che.metu.edu.tr/en/assoc-prof-cerag-dilek-hacihabiboglu

CDilek

Prof. Dr. Can ERKEY (Delegate)
Koc University
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sariyer, 34450 Istanbul

Contact


UNITED KINGDOM

Prof. Dr. Martyn POLIAKOFF (Delegate / Honorary Member)
University of Nottingham
School of Chemistry
University Park, NG7 2RD Nottingham

Tel: +44 115 951 3520; Fax: +44 115 951 3058
Contact

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemistry/

MPoliakoff

Prof. Dr. Carl J SCHASCHKE (Delegate)
Glasgow Caledonian University
Dean
School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment

CSchaschke

 

Events

 

ESS-HPT "The European Summer School in High Pressure Technology"

 

HPT 2021  WebEFCE

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EFCE Spotlight Talks

27 April 2022: Technology to improve conventional chemical engineering processes

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Publications

 

High Pressure Process Technology: fundamentals and applications

 

Edited by:

A. Bertucco
Universita di Padova, Facolta di Ingegneria,
Via F. Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova PD, Italy
Email: Contact

G. Vetter
Universität Erlangen-Nürenberg, Lehrstuhl für Apparatetechnik und Chemiemaschinenbau,
Gauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

Hardbound, 684 pages, publication date: OCT-2001 (e-Book available, too)
ISBN-13: 978-0-444-50498-2
Imprint: ELSEVIER

For ordering (print and/or e-book) see: https://www.elsevier.com/books/high-pressure-process-technology-fundamentals-and-applications/bertucco/978-0-444-50498-2

Book

Clear evidence of increasing demands in the processing industry prompted the editors and authors to publish a new book about High Pressure Process Technology: Fundamentals and Applications.
This book presents the latest knowledge regarding the high pressure processing aspects combined with that about the modeling, the design and the operation of safe and reliable high pressure plants and equipment. This treatment and selection of the subjects is stimulating and unique. Consisting of nine chapters, each subdivided into several sections, the book addresses the high pressure aspects, providing well selected correlated information connected with a comprehensive overview together with a large number of references.
The main body of the first eight chapters refers to subjects like high pressure in general, the thermodynamics and kinetics of the fluids involved, the design of high pressure equipment, the modeling and design of reactors, separation and fractionation units, the safety aspects, the control and economics.
In the extended last chapter, examples of promising high pressure applications are explained, such as chemical and enzymatic reactions in supercritical solvents, hydrogenation under supercritical conditions, supercritical water oxidation, polymerization with metallocene catalysts, supercritical extraction, fractionation and precipitation, supercritical pharma processing, ultra-high pressure sterilization and supercritical dry-cleaning.
 

Audience:
For all those interested in high pressure process technology, including chemical engineers, process engineers, pharmaceutical technologists, food technologists and bio-technologists.


Contents:

  • Chapter headings.
  • Selected papers.
    Preface. Contents.List of Contributors.
  • Introduction.
    High pressure: definitions and examples in nature. Early historical roots of high pressure technology. High pressure technology today - motivations for using high pressure. High pressure technology today - application survey and examples.
  • Thermodynamic Properties at High Pressure.
    Introduction.Phase equilibria. Calculation of high pressure phase equilibria. Chemical reaction equilibria. Experimental methods.
  • Kinetic Properties at High Pressure.
    Interesting features at high pressure. Kinetics of high pressure reactions. Measurement of chemical kinetic data at high pressure. Transport properties.
  • Design and Construction of High Pressure Equipment for Research and Production.
    High pressure machinery. High pressure piping equipment. High pressure vessels and other components. Instrumentation of high pressure facilities.
  • Industrial reaction units.
    Reactors for homogeneous reactions. Hydrodynamics and mass transfer in fixed-bed gas-liquid-solid reactors operating at high pressure. Slurry catalytic reactors. Catalytic reactors for olefin polymerizations.
  • Separation Operations and Equipment.
    Pressure distillation. Packed towers: random and structured packings.Tray columns.Trays or packings? Conclusions for pressure distillation. Extraction from solids.Extraction from liquids.
  • Safety and Control in High Pressure Plant Design and Operation.
    General safety aspects in high pressure facilities.Runaway of polyethylene reactors.Safety in high pressure extraction plants.
  • Economics of High Pressure Processes.
    High pressure extraction plants. High pressure polymerization of ethylene. Precipitation by supercritical antisolvent.
  • Applications.
    Chemical reactions in supercritical solvents (SCFs). Enzymatic reactions. Hydrogenation under supercritical single-stage conditions. Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO). Application to industrial wastewater treatment. High pressure polymerisation with metallocene catalysts. Supercritical fluid extraction and fractionation from solid materials. High pressure polymer processing. Precipitation of solids with dense gases.Pharmaceutical processing with supercritical fluids. Treating microorganisms with high pressure. Dry cleaning with liquid carbon dioxide. References.